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Thursday 21 August 2014

'Approachable' Leaving Cert French paper

Katherine Donnelly

Published 11/06/2014 | 13:17

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An approachable and fair paper was how teacher Corinne Gavenda of the Institute of education, Dublin summed up the Leaving Certificate French Higher Level paper.

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Candidates were treated to “an excellent choice of questions on a range of interesting and relevant subjects”, she said.

While both reading comprehensions were quite challenging, good students would have found the  section manageable, while there was “an excellent range of topics” in the productive writing section, said Ms Gavenda

Among the challenges in the comprehension section, was words such as ‘erecting’ and ‘dismantling’ a tent in journalistic passage about a family circus business. She said  these words may have caused slight confusion for students.  But, otherwise, the style of questions was very similar to previous papers,

The literary passage, about a father being very strict with his daughters, would have demanded very close reading , while some of the words in the questions such as ‘to arouse suspicion’ might have been difficult for weaker students, she said.

In the productive writing section, Ms Gavenda  said while Question 1, about whether parents in Ireland give too much freedom to their children. was “nice,  it was quite broad, so students would need to have been careful with how they structured their piece”.

She thought the subject of the diary question. tattoos was “very accessible”,  while the email  was one of the easier questions.

Meanwhile the range of opinion pieces presented was “really excellent - from the use of iPads in the classroom, to shopping and young people, to the topic of tobacco and satirical cartoons about feminism”.

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