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LC and JC German: On-the-spot thinking required of candidates

Published 13/06/2015 | 02:30

There was very little scope for rote-learned material in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level German exam, said teacher Orla Ní Shuilleabháin of Dublin's Institute of Education.

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Students would need to have been able to respond on the spot to the written section, which is typical of the German paper, she said

Ms Ní Shuilleabháin said it was a challenging exam time-wise, and that weaker students may have found the written section quite demanding, including some testing vocabulary in comprehension one about an elderly woman who wants to fly for her 100th birthday.

She described the applied grammar section as "nice", featuring the relative pronoun, which hadn't appeared since 2011.

Students and teachers gave, for the most part, positive feedback on all the German exams, said Josephine Nielsen, on behalf of the German Teachers' Association.

She said the syllabus for both Leaving and Junior Certificate were fairly assessed.

The subject matter assessed was topical, varied and accessible for students at each level, said Ms Nielsen.

But she said some students and teachers observed that the Leaving Cert higher level paper contained a lot of detail to be read and analysed.

She said that some students had found this difficult to complete in the time allotted.

In the written sections, many felt that option B may have been a more manageable option than the often more popular section A, she said.

And in the letter section, some of the topics were not immediately obvious to students or were open to interpretation.

"Overall, however, both students and teachers were quite happy with the examinations" she said.

Irish Independent

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