Béaltriail gan Stró! - Leaving Certificate Irish Oral Prep Course

What kind of course is it?

The aim of this course is to provide learners with information that will enable them to:
- prepare answers on a variety of conversation topics
- give a detailed and rich description of an tsraith pictiúr [series of pictures]
- answer questions and ask the examiner questions
- correctly pronounce the words in the in the poems [‘léamh na filíochta’].
6 months


This is a course is for those who will be doing the Leaving Certificate Irish Oral Examination this year (Higher level and Ordinary level). This course is available on Gaelchultúr’s e-learning website,, and learners who enrol on the course will work by themselves, independent of a teacher.

Course Content

Vocabulary and useful phrases

Comprehensive lists of vocabulary and useful phrases relating to the topics below are provided in this course:

  • my background and my area
  • my family and my house
  • scoil, university and the points race
  • pastimes (music, sport, technology etc.)
  • Irish and the Gaeltacht
  • holidays
  • part-time job
  • conversations in the conditional tense
  • social issues
  • politics and current affairs
  • Covid-19.

Sample conversations between the examiner and the candidate are also provided.

An tsraith pictiúr

Vocabulary and useful phrases relating to each sraith pictiúr [series of pictures] as well as a sample description of each sraith pictiúr that is on the syllabus this year are also provided. The sample description of each sraith pictiúr is very detailed and a range of useful idiomatic and colloquial expressions are included, which will help candidates achieve high marks in this section of the oral examination.

Useful information

As well as the vocabulary and useful phrases that are provided in the course, there is also additional information and a range of interactive exercises that are based on important points of grammar relating to each conversation topic.

Sound files

In addition to the written materials, sound files are also provided throughout the course enabling learners to listen to the words and phrases as often as they like, which will help them to learn the correct pronunciation of new words and phrases.