The French leaving cert orals run after on the 13-24 April 2015. We've put together some advice to help you through the exam
5 Tips for doing well in the French oral
#1 Practice, Practice, Practice
The best preparation you can do is to practice speaking French as much as possible. Practice with your friends, record yourself on your phone or even watch French TV. We've added loads of great notes from students who got an A1 in their French exam last year. Check out
#2 Lead the conversation
Rather than waiting for the examiner to ask question after question try and lead the conversation into areas you have a good knowledge of and are well prepared for.
Examiner: "What did you do last weekend?"
Student: "On Saturday morning I..., then in the evening I did... On Sunday I studied, studying takes up a lot of my free time at the moment..."
Mindmapping out possible links between conversation topics can be worthwhile.
#3 Know your verbs
One of the key skills in an oral is to know your verbs. Be prepared to speak in the past, present and future tenses.
#4 Know what the examiner will ask
In the French Oral you have the choice to bring a project that you can discuss. The examiner is likely to say Vous avez apporté un document? (you've brought a project?)
#5 Check you know your question words
One thing students often forget is to study the vocabulary the examiner will use when asking you questions. Listen carefully to the tense that is used in the question as this wil guide you in your response. You'll find a video with some sample questions here.
And if you find yourself struggling at any point don't forget
Désóle, Je ne comprends pas la question!
(Sorry, I don't understand the question)