Top Tips for the Oral Exams

Updated: Mar 26

The Leaving Certificate oral exams are a very important element of language subjects with the Irish oral exam worth 40 per cent of the overall grade and 25 per cent in all other languages.


GENERAL TIPS FOR ALL LANGUAGES:

  • Speak a little of the language with your friends and family- get as much practice in as possible.

  • Get someone to quiz you on oral questions each day aloud.

  • Try and expose yourself to as many native speakers as possible- follow language accounts on Instagram.

eg: @muinteoirmurphy @muinteorimeg @gripswitgaeilge @muinteoirgaeilge2020 @muinteoirmom @french_notes.ie @mslenslanguages @deutschonline

  • Make sure you fully understand your notes before trying to learn them.

  • Practice your prepared work aloud and don’t rely on reading notes.

  • Record yourself speaking in the language and re-listen on the way to school in the mornings.

  • Listen to videos/ watch movies in the language- use subtitles on Netflix.

TIPS FROM OUR IRISH TUTOR:

  1. Talk slowly, loudly and clearly. Smile and make eye contact.

  2. Be confident in your ability- the examiner will give you every opportunity to use the language you have.

  3. Do not give one-word answers. Always expand and lead the conversation in the direction/ topic you want to discuss.

  4. Remember the tense you are talking in- present/ past/ future.

  5. If you make a mistake, don’t be afraid to correct the error- this shows the examiner that you are aware of your mistake.

  6. Don’t be afraid to ask for a question to be repeated or let the examiner know that you don’t understand the question posed.

TIPS FROM OUR FRENCH TUTOR:

  1. Greet the examiner- Bonjour Madame/ Monsieur.

  2. Talk slowly, loudly and clearly. Smile and make eye contact.

  3. If you have a ‘document’ in the oral exam, make sure that you engage the examiner by pointing at the pictures as you speak.

  4. Keep talking- do not stop, the examiner wants to give you as many marks as possible and they can’t do this if you are silent.

  5. Remember the tense you are talking in- present/ past/ future.

  6. Avoid Oui/ Non answers. Try to expand by saying that you don’t have any interest in the topic but prefer something else.

  7. If you make a mistake, don’t be afraid to correct the error- this shows the examiner that you are aware of your mistake.

  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for a question to be repeated or let the examiner know that you don’t understand the question posed.

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