Léamh na Filíochta
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The Léamh na Filíochta (Poetry Reading) is the first main section of the oral Irish and takes place after the initial Fáiltiú section. This is worth 35 marks and with a little preparation you can score very highly in this section.
So what's involved?...
- After the Fáiltú the examiner will ask you to read from one of the five poems that you are studying for the Leaving Cert.
- You will read either the full or part of the poem, depnding on which poem you are asked to read from
- Géibheann : an dán ar fad (the whole poem)
- Colscaradh: an dán ar fad (the whole poem)
- Mo Ghrá-sa (Idir Lúibíní): trí véarsa i ndiaidh a chéile (three verses in a row)
- An tEarrach Thiar: dhá véarsa i ndiaidh a chéile (two verses in a row)
- An Spailpín Fánach: dhá véarsa i ndiaidh a chéile (two verses in a row)
- You simply read the poem! No questions, no discussion!
- You are allowed bring your own copies of the poems into the exam.
- You are allowed have pronunciation / phonetic notes etc. written on your copies of the poems.
- The examiner can select any one of the five poems, so you should have all five poems prepared well.
- When practicing reading the poems you should prepare the full poem as the examiner can ask you to read from any point in the poem.