Mis pasatiempos, by James K., Curso 2

When working with students on preparing pieces of work - written or oral - I try to bring students input from lots of sources and not just the textbook. However, I do believe there is a moment when, in order for them to be able to express their personalities, you have to let them ask the …

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The Modern Language Leaving Cert Oral: tips (1)

I'm never one to do a countdown, but let's just put it this way: I'm writing this on the last Tuesday in March. On the second Monday in April half the country will be facing into their Modern Language Oral Examinations (the other half starts with Irish). All the examples here are in Spanish, and I refer …

Show-and-Tell for senior students of Spanish

(If you're a student and want to use this idea for your own oral practice, click on the post and then scroll all the way down for some study suggestions) My last two classes on a Friday are double sixth year (twelfth grade in the American system). That's two-fifths of our contact time every week at …

Talking about Easter in your Spanish Leaving Cert Oral (when the orals are after Easter)

A question I would regard as guaranteed for your Leaving Cert Oral examination is the one about Easter. This year, with the Easter holidays falling before the orals, the question will be a great way for the examiner to test your knowledge of Easter vocabulary as well as your past tenses. Vocabulario útil: Semana Santa …

Talking about Easter in your Spanish Leaving Cert Oral (when the oral is before Easter)

A question I would regard as guaranteed for your Leaving Cert Oral examination is the one about Easter. This year, with the Easter holidays falling after the orals, the question will be a great way for the examiner to test your knowledge of Easter vocabulary as well as your future tenses. Vocabulario útil: Semana Santa …

Using hand gestures in your Spanish Leaving Cert Oral

One of my favourite things to do with my students is talk about hand gestures in Spanish. The Spaniards use them all the time. It doesn't feel normal to us to use them, and even less so when we are nervous in the exam. However, it does pay off, and it is lovely to see students …

Talking about Concerts & (a little bit) about your Summer in the Spanish Leaving Cert Oral

As an oral examiner, I've listened to a lot of students tell me about Oxegen - they either went a few years ago or they're planning on going this year. Talking about a concert is a nice way to follow on from talking about your favourite singer or group. So have you planned something you can …