Monday 24 July 2017

Leaving Cert French: A manageable paper, but it had its challenges

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A very manageable paper, with a good choice of topics for the productive writing, said teacher Carol Oiknine of Leaving Certificate higher level French.

Ms Oiknine, of the Institute of Education, Dublin described the first reading comprehension as “fairly accessible”, but said the second literary passage proved “much more challenging”.

In the second comprehension, one of the questions required the students to rephrase a sentence in the subjunctive.

She said there was a good choice of topics in the productive writing section, all in line with the syllabus, including tourism, online shopping and the generation gap.

Not unusual in the State exams this year, there was a Brexit question, although, in this case,  Ms Oiknine said candidates had to be careful to focus their analysis on it impact on Ireland.

Ms Oiknine said the diary entry question, about meeting a celebrity, would have been well received and gave the students the opportunity to use the expressions of feelings that they had learned for this question.

And she also regarded email question in that same section as “approachable, as it allowed the students to use material that they had prepared for the oral examination”.

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