Top 5 Tips
1. You need to study the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. When you are listening and reading, take notes of vocabulary and expressions to learn that you will use in the writing and speaking tasks.
2. The best way to improve your speaking style is to record yourself and listen back. Remember the oral exam is a conversation, so don’t be tempted to learn whole passages off by heart. It won’t sound natural.
3. Prepare a document for the oral exam. Students who have a document get better marks.
4. Familiarise yourself with the question formats and the vocabulary used in the exam questions.
5. Make sure you know the basic grammar perfectly.
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About the Author
Josephine Grandgeorge graduated from NUI Maynooth with a M.A. in French. She is a secondary teacher and has taught English as a foreign language in France for sixteen years both at third level and lifelong learning. Josephine has worked as an examiner with the State Examinations Commission at Leaving Cert Higher level.
Her publications include Anglais Médical à la Fac, a textbook for medical students studying English.