I'm not sure whether you mean writing a speech or actually presenting one, but I interpreted the question as the latter anyway.
According to my teacher, we might have to write a speech in the exam, but we won't have an oral examination in front of an examiner. He said the exam could ask us to describe the experience of giving a presentation or speech in front of people, but that the exam won't include an actual oral. I haven't actually heard anything about it myself, but that's what my English teacher told me.
We basically have to choose a topic that interests us and prepare a 2 minute speech on that topic. We have to give that speech in front of our class and our teacher will grade us. I think it counts for some percent of our junior cert
I was told that we are to prepare a 3 minute speech and it will be recorded and sent to an examiner. It's worth 20÷ and the other 20÷ is for two of your best written pieces. Then 60÷ will be a 2 hour examination in June.
The junior cycle English course was revised last year & the oral communication & collection of writing are now separate to the final exam. There is no % for them as they are classroom-based assessments. The Assessment Task (10%) in Dec is about the writing process & then there's a 2hr exam (90%) in June.
The Unions got the Dep of Ed to drop the 40% for the 2 classroom-based assessments. The CBAs now are to be completed but only carry a Descriptor grade such as Above Expectations & are reported by the school. In Dec of 3rd yr students are to sit an Assessment Task (10%) which is a reflection about the writing process & this is sent off with the June exam (90%) to the SEC & students next Sept will get their grade which will now be Distinction, Higher Merit etc & not As, Bs.
The course is messed up at the moment and I am not sure if we will even get the percentage for the assessments. I think it depends on where your school is at in terms of the unions but I mean all of the students are kind've stuck for the moment