Friday 30 September 2016

'The French paper is not one that you can predict' - challenging Leaving Cert Higher French paper

Katherine DonnellyEducation Editor

Published 15/06/2016 | 13:20

Ms Gavenda said the question on the importance given to maths and scientific subjects versus foreign languages was challenging Picture posed
Ms Gavenda said the question on the importance given to maths and scientific subjects versus foreign languages was challenging Picture posed

A very challenging paper that required students to read the questions carefully and target the angle of their answers very carefully, is how teacher Corinne Gavenda described Leaving Certificate French Higher Level.

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“It shows again that the French paper is not one that you can predict, “ said Ms Gavenda of the Institute of Education, Dublin

She said while the reading comprehensions ”were approachable  the questions asked on both were tough, with quite a lot of reformulation required.”

In the Productive Writing Section, Ms Gavenda said the question on the importance given to maths and scientific subjects versus foreign languages was challenging.

She described the second question, in which students were asked to write an email, as “very vague.”

In Question 2, the diary “was very doable”, but she was very surprised at the reappearance of the formal letter. 

Since 2007, emails have featured in this question, instead of the formal letter.

Ms Gavenda said students would have been prepared for the first topic, family, in Question 3, while the second topic, on the 1916 commemorations was widely anticipated

In Section 4, she thought students would need to have been careful answering the questions on the topic about Ireland becoming a multi-cultural society.

Obesity also featured as a topic and as students would have covered food for the oral, they should have found this question manageable, she said

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