Natasha Lynch

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Students were asked to answer questions on a passage about a canal clean-up. Photograph: iStockphoto

Junior Cert students emerged very happy from their French exam on Wednesday after sitting a predictable paper that threw up few surprises. Candidates(...)

French teacher Natasha Lynch is using social media to teach pupils during the school closures. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Many school pupils were celebrating the prospect of several days free of school and homework yesterday. But for John Gavin’s pupils in a Limerick sec(...)

Employers’ group Ibec has repeatedly warned about a shortage of skilled language graduates. Photograph: iStock

For many Irish people of a certain vintage, France was an exotic overseas destination. Parents packed the kids into the car, drove on to the ferry and(...)

Junior Cert Franch students were asked about zodiac signs which will have tested their adjectives and tenses. Photo: iStock

This year’s Junior Cert French papers were manageable with no surprises, according to teachers. On the higher-level paper, students were asked about (...)

Natasha Lynch in Cork: the French-language teacher used social media to teach students online during the recent school strikes. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

It’s difficult at the best of times to capture students’ attention – especially when they are forever checking their phones. So, as the saying goes, (...)

Leaving Certificate students relax in the shade of a tree on the grounds of Colaiste Einde in Salthill, Galway, after completing their French paper on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Thousands of Leaving Cert French students took to the internet on Wednesday to complain about a question on their paper asking them to write a “letter(...)

A comprehension question concerning a woman smuggling a tortoise onto an airplane   was one of the highlights of this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French exam. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Whoever set this year’s Junior Cert higher-level French paper must have been in a good mood, judging by the general reaction to the paper. Many of t(...)

Charlie Hebdo on sale at a news stand on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Homelessness, terrorism, and moving house: they’re not quite the topics a person needs for doing business or taking a holiday in France, but they were(...)

Twitter: the topic of the day at Junior Cert level. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The majority of Leaving Cert candidates who applied for exam support were granted one or more supports last year, according to new figures released by(...)

Natasha Lynch: "When I first set up the business, the biggest challenge was people taking me seriously as I was so young."

What distinguishes your business from competitors?We have a very student-focused programme. I started the business at 23, straight out of college, so (...)