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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Exams: A oui bit tricky, but still fair to students

Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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Leaving Certificate students in St. Vincent's Castleknock College who finished their History paper yesterday, from left, Colm Hawkes and Michael Boland.
Leaving Certificate students in St. Vincent's Castleknock College who finished their History paper yesterday, from left, Colm Hawkes and Michael Boland.

LC FRENCH: HIGHER AND ORDINARY

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DO Irish parents give their children too much freedom? That was among the popular higher level topics, although teacher Corinne Gavenda thought the broad nature of the question would have required candidates to be careful about how they structured their answer.

Teachers agreed that both the higher and ordinary level papers were fair, and had only a few quibbles.

Eimear Holly of ASTI, the French Teachers Association and Scoil na Trionoide Naofa, in Doon, Co Limerick, thought the subject matter of the diary entry option, tattoos, demanded specific vocabulary – and felt many would have avoided it.

Ms Gavenda, of the Institute of Education, Dublin, thought reading comprehensions were quite challenging. She said words such as 'erecting' and 'dismantling' a tent in a journalistic passage about a circus may have caused slight confusion.

She also thought the literary passage, about a father being strict with his daughters, would have demanded close reading, while some of the words in the questions such as 'to arouse suspicion' might have been difficult for weaker students.

David Duffy of the Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) said the ordinary level written section was broadly in line with that of previous years, with candidates given an opportunity to use the French they had prepared for the oral exams.

Irish Independent

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