English as a Second Language Examinations 2017-21

Syllabus 2017-21

These examinations encourage confidence in the use of English by those for whom it is not their first language. As with other Irish Board examinations, the emphasis will be on clear, fluent and expressive speech. However, in these examinations, the syllabus concentrates on functional language skills, rather than interpretive skills.

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Preliminary

  1. Present a one minute prepared talk about yourself
  2. Read a short extract (approximately 12 – 15 lines) from a book of your choice
  3. Carry on a short conversation with the examiner about living in Ireland

Intermediate

  1. Present a one minute prepared talk about yourself
  2. Read a short extract (approximately 12 – 15 lines) from a book of your choice
  3. Read a passage from a newspaper on a topical news story selected by the examiner
  4. Carry on a short conversation with the examiner about living in Ireland

Advanced

  1. Present a prepared talk on any topic of your choice
  2. Read a short extract (approximately 12 – 15 lines) from a book of your choice
  3. Read a passage from a newspaper on a topical news story selected by the examiner
  4. Present an unprepared talk on one of a selection of topics provided by the examiner prior to the examination (one minute)
  5. Carry on a short conversation with the examiner about living in Ireland