LC English Ordinary (Paper 2): A paper whose main virtue was clarity
It was a double for poets John Montague and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, who turned up on the Leaving Certificate English Ordinary Level Paper Two, as well as at higher level.
Like the higher level paper, ordinary level went down very well.
"The poetry was lovely," said teacher Fintan O'Mahony of Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, and an ASTI subject representative,
"The four poetry question choices were all welcomed by our students," he said.
Mr O'Mahony described the single text questions as "very doable, with plenty of choices and scope for showing a student's knowledge".
In the comparative study section, he said while the relationships questions were good, with plenty of room for discussion, a question on hero/villain, asking about how shocked or impressed the students were about the characters, was not as comforting.
The verdict of Jim Lusby, a teacher at the Institute of Education, was that it was "a very successful paper whose main virtue was clarity".
He said the single text questions, on the eight available texts, all followed the same template, giving the section a pleasing consistency and evenness. "The questions themselves, on the characters and characteristics of the various texts, were extremely well set, clear and helpful," he said,
Similarly, the comparative study and poetry questions "had great clarity and were helpfully phrased, guiding the candidates in how they should respond and leaving nothing obscure and nothing to guesswork".