JC Irish: A move away from some of the old reliables
A slight move away from some "old reliables" was detected in the Junior Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper Two.
Seamus O Fearraigh of Gairm Scoil Cú Uladh, Lifford, Co Donegal and the TUI, noticed the shifts to less predictability in sections of questions two and four, where the scope of questions was broader than in previous years.
Robbie Cronin, a teacher at Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, and an ASTI subject representative, said he was "happy enough" with Paper Two overall, but also had a quibble with question two, which is on a prose piece that students have prepared.
"It was a bit more convoluted than usual. They were asked to write on the abstract theme of bravery, skulduggery, kindness, cleverness, laziness or talent. Generally the question would have been more to focus on a brave person, a lazy person etc. A bit unfair," he said.
New Zealand singer Lorde was a familiar face for students, featuring in one of the reading comprehensions on Higher Level Paper One. But according to Mr Cronin, while the comprehension texts generally were relevant and interesting, some of the questions were "too difficult".
One of his complaints was the use of the word "úire" in question five on Lorde. "It would not be known. None of my students understood it.
And I, while I do understand the word, find it difficult to ascertain how to answer the question. The word means freshness - a freshness to her music," he said.
Mr Cronin also thought question three on the second comprehension, about the Irish language festival, Oireachtas Na Gaeilge, was "difficult, if not impossible". Again his gripes were about language, including the spelling of nua-aimseartha - "and not nua-aimsire as appeared on the paper".
Mr O Fearraigh said students should have been happy with the grammar questions about the future tense.
He said the ordinary level paper helped to take Irish into the modern age by featuring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor - aka Nidge in 'Love/Hate' - and Cork camogie player Briege Corkery.