Wednesday 22 November 2017

Expert shares top advice to students ahead of Leaving Certificate Oral Exams

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A languages expert has shared some top advice to students ahead of the upcoming Leaving Certificate Oral Exams.

The first official state exams of the year kick off next week, with Irish being the main challenge for students, according to language teacher and expert Emer McTernan.

"Your teachers, parents, guardians, and friends fully understand that the Irish Oral can be a stressful and worrying time for students," Emer said.

"But the important thing is not to panic. Be confident in the work that’s done and don’t dwell on what’s not done."

"Treat it like a conversation, not an ordeal," said the teacher, who works with online exam resources site

"First impressions count so getting your welcome right will ensure you get those first five marks in the bag," she continued.

"On entering the room, make sure to welcome the examiner to your school or town. Smile, use eye contact, and be pleasant."

The Sraith Pictiúr (picture sequence) is worth 80 marks.

Emer suggests to use the final weekend before the exam to record yourself practising the Sraith Pictiúr, as well as the Léamh Filíochta, and listen back to the recording.

She said consistent Irish is the key to passing the Sraith Pictiúr.

"Each school has different methods of describing them. As long as your Irish is accurate, the way you describe it doesn’t make a huge difference."

She also suggested rehearsing with friends and tuning in to TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta to get used to the language before the exam.

Irish Oral makes up 40pc of the entire exam.

Finally, students are advised to plan a good night's sleep before the exam.

"Look over your work the night before, and then leave it behind you. Cramming into the early hours can be detrimental.

"Remember the examiner has the marks and really wants to give to them to you," eMER SAID.

"You’ve prepared well —now best foot forward and… déan do dhícheall!"

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