Speech and Drama Syllabus

The Drama & Speech Syllabus 2015-2018 for the RIAM Local Centre Examination System is now available! This Syllabus is the most comprehensive of its kind and offers a wide choice to students of all age groups.

Our Speech & Drama examinations from Kindergarten to Grade 8 encompass performance in poetry, prose, drama, mime, reading, theory and conversation. For those who wish to take a break from graded examinations, we offer Solo and Duologue Acting exams to further stretch the candidate’s ability and develop technique in performance. Recital Programmes, again another area to enhance the student’s ability in performance skills, have become very popular over the past number of years. We offer Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal Recital Examinations and cater for age groups from 12 years to 18 years. The Senior Certificate is the first time the student is faced with a written and practical examination. Students have the choice of taking both elements at the same session or just choosing one. For many students, the Senior Certificate examination brings the Speech & Drama studies to a close while offering a taste for more intensive work at Diploma level.

For the Primary/Secondary School wishing to participate in Speech & Drama we offer examinations in Choral Verse Speaking, Group Drama, Public Speaking and Oral Communication, the latter being extremely popular with Transition Students all over the country. We, at The Royal Irish Academy recognised the need to cater for students whose first language is not English and we now offer examinations in English as a Second Language to facilitate this educational requirement in the spoken word.

Our examiners travel the length and breadth of the country three times a year to examine students in all disciplines. If you wish any further information on any of the above please contact localcentre@riam.ie.

A set of theory guidelines for Speech and Drama examinations has been devised by Ms Audrey Behan (former Senior Examiner). Please download a copy of the Theory Guidelines for Teachers of Speech & Drama here. Copies may also be obtained from the Local Centre Examinations’ Office for a nominal charge of €5.00 to cover photocopying and postage.

Drama & Speech Syllabus 2015-2018

Exam Rules and Regulations 2018