Leaving Cert Spanish Sample Essays

The essay is one of the sections of the exam that seems to make students apprehensive so as well as a few more tips, I’ve compiled the sample essays that are on this blog and the various posts I’ve written with suggestions for handling this section of the exam.

Sample essays:

Sample essay by Elyse on Facebook. 

Sample essay by Alanna on bullfighting.

Sample essay by Béibhín on bullfighting.

Sample essay by Róisín on whether you learn better inside the classroom or outside it.

Handling the essay question:

Dealing with the essay question

5 quick ways to improve your writing

Thinking about the language you use:

Connecting words to use in your writing

Long list of false friends (those pesky words that look like a word you recognise in English, but actually mean something completely different)

A list of useful words and phrases for your essay

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You'll find some advice on preparing for your Oral on our blog.  Many students forget to prepare for the listening comprehension (Aural) exam which takes up the first 30 minutes of the exam. You will find all the past recordings along with questions and answers in the Studyclix Aural topics.

Spanish Course Content

  • Oral (speaking)
  • Written
  • Aural (listening)
  • Reading

The Exam

(1) Oral Examination(25%) the Spanish oral exam has two parts, personal questions and role-plays. It usually takes fifteen minutes.

Part 1

First you will be asked personal questions to check you know your tenses. Make sure you respond in the correct tense (present, past and future and/or conditional tenses). Don't worry if you make a mistake, Just say "Lo Siento" (I'm sorry) and then give the correct tense.

Part 2

You will have prepared 5 role-plays prepared and the examiner will pick one. Do your best to avoid reading off a learned off piece monotonously. Try to learn a series of phrases for each of the role-plays. 

(2) Listening Examination(20%) 

Practice makes perfect with the Aural. Many students forget to prepare for the listening comprehension (Aural) exam which takes up the first 30 minutes of the exam. You will find all the past recordings along with questions and answers in the Studyclix Aural topics.

(3) Written exam (55%) 

In this part of the exam you will be tested on your ability to understand written Spanish as well as to write your own pieces in Spanish. Having a good vocabulary is vital here so you should try get in to the habit of writing down any new words you come across and revise them regularly. 

Future Careers with Leaving Certificate Spanish

Having one foreign language is a requirement for hundreds of CAO courses so it is unwise to drop your language unless you are certain it will not make you ineligible for a course you may choose in the future.Spanish is useful for travel and a wide variety of careers.

Download the leaving cert Spanish Syllabus

Download the leaving cert Spanish Chief examiner's report (2010) 

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