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Irish Oral Support Sessions

Please note that there will be no further Irish Oral Support Sessions for the academic year 2018-2019.

Unfortunately for the majority of second level students the thoughts of the Irish Oral brings with it a terrible panic and fear.  The one-to-one conversation, mixing up words (using French instead of Irish), running out of things to say and basically just not feeling prepared! With this in mind, DCU Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge and DCU Institute of Education are delighted to offer free weekly Irish Oral support sessions from 6-8pm on the following Wednesdays:



 17 & 24 October
 14, 21 & 28 November

Sessions will be held on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus.


How does the Irish Oral support session work?

Irish Oral support sessions are not grinds. Students will attend structured classes in groups of up to ten with a DCU student tutor. There will be specific topics each week and the schedule of topics will be announced on this website at the beginning of October.  Each session will incorporate all aspects of the oral examination and will include: Introductions, Reading Poetry, Picture Stories, General Conversation. We all know that the best way to prepare for an oral exam is to practice! So please, leave your inhibitions at the door and we will do our best to make these classes a fun way to help prepare you.

How much do the sessions cost?

They are free of charge.

Who are the tutors in the Irish Oral support session?

The tutors are DCU students from Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge and the DCU Institute of Education. They are fluent Irish speakers and in most cases they are training to be teachers.

Which secondary school students may attend?

The sessions are aimed only for exam year students – so students who will be sitting their Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams in 2019. Students can be from any school and all levels of Irish are welcome. We will open up the sessions to other years if there are spaces and this will be announced on our website.


When and where will the Irish Oral support sessions take place?

The sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm on the DCU St Patrick’s campus in the following rooms:

17, 24  Oct / 14 Nov  Rooms F113/F114/F115/F117/F119/F121/F126
21, 28 Nov      Rooms D207/D208/FG02/FG09/F115/F126


How can I sign up for an Irish Oral support session?

Use the booking form (CLICK HERE) each time you intend to come along to a session. This allows us to ensure we have sufficient tutors to provide adequate assistance to all students who attend.


Do I have to attend every week?

No, the support sessions are there for you to avail of as and when suits you. Some students may decide to attend weekly; others might just come along once or twice. It is entirely up to you. Keep an eye on the schedule of topics as you may want to attend when we cover a specific area.

What are the benefits of attending an Irish Oral support session?

Benefits include:

  • Practice speaking out loud
  • Practice using key words
  • Practice natural flow of conversation
  • Practice pronunciation

What do I need to bring with me?

The purpose of these sessions is to practice your Irish but if you want to take notes, please bring along pens, paper, any particular questions you want to work through during the sessions and above all, enthusiasm!

How many places will be available for the Irish Oral support sessions?

Places will be capped at 120 places – so it will be a first come first served basis. You will need to book your place each week and there will be no facility to block book sessions.

We hope this will prove to be a useful service for secondary school students!

Your email will be used to send a reminder email to register for the Irish Oral Support Sessions.

Your contact details will not be passed to a third party and will be destroyed within one year of the last date of the Irish Oral Support Sessions in Nov 2018.

If you do not wish to be sent email reminders, please email me on to be removed from the database.

Thank you.