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 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 …

Useful words & phrases for the oral

Bueno... (well) Pues...(well) ¿Cómo? (pardon?/what?) ¿Podría repetir la pregunta? (Could you repeat the question?) ¿Podría decirme la pregunta de otra manera? (Could you rephrase the question?) No entiendo. (I don't understand - only use this if you are feeling a little desperate!) No sé... (I don't know) Drag this out - no sééééé (sounds like …

Talking about your family in the Spanish oral

Recently there have been a lot of searches directed by to the site seeking to find out  how to talk about your family in Spanish so I'm just putting something together now about it. The following sites are all handy for learning and revising words about the family. This will bring you to a site …

Things to make sure you know for your Leaving Cert Oral

Tips from the top: the following text is taken from the Spanish Chief Examiner's Report, which is available to read in full on the web. Although, as you will see if you click on the link, the report was published in 2003, it still holds true today. The two sections which appear below for you …