New Junior Cycle Oral Communication Guide

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Table of Contents

Classroom-Based Assessment 1 Guide 4

Specification Outline 4

Completing the Assessment 4

1. Performance 4

2. Presentation 4

3. Interview 5

4. Response to stimulus material 5

Choosing the topic 5

Analysis 5

Advice 6

Sample Task Outlines 7

1. Performance 7

Example 1: The Election 7

Example 2: The Missing Scene 7

Example 3: The Monologue 7

2. Presentation 7

Example 1: The Hunger Games 7

Example 2: War Horse 7

Example 3: My Home Country 7

3. Interview 8

Example 1: Louis Sachar 8

Example 2: Then and Now 8

Example 3: The Late Late Show 8

4. Response to stimulus material 8

Example 1: Oscars 8

Example 2: Responding 8

Example 3: Ekphrasis (creating art based on art) 8

Other Useful Resources 9

Classroom-Based Assessment 1 Guide

Specification Outline

The Classroom-Based Assessment, Oral Communication, has two priorities – the development of students’ basic research skills and the communication.

Students are given an opportunity to choose a topic or issue that is of interest or importance to them and to carry out an exploration over time. The development of basic research skills will be central here, e.g. searching for information, reading and note-making, organising material, using key questions to give shape to ideas, developing a point of view, preparing a presentation, using props, hand-outs etc.

This task provides useful opportunities for practice of a range of oral presentation styles. In addition, the task offers students opportunities, where appropriate, to collaborate with classmates and others in gathering and developing materials, leading to the Oral Communication for summative assessment.

Junior Cycle English: Curriculum Specification (2014)

The main learning outcomes to be assessed through Oral Communication are:

Oral Language Reading Writing

OL 1, 5, 7, 9, 13 R 3 W 3, 5

There are two areas of activity to the assessment of Oral Communication: preparation and

communication. Students will...

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