Friday 28 October 2016

Leaving Cert Spanish: A paper most students would have found manageable

Published 21/06/2016 | 12:57

Students sitting the Leaving Certificate
Students sitting the Leaving Certificate

THIS morning's Leaving Cert Spanish exam (Higher Level) was "a fair, accessible paper", according to teacher Begoña de la Fuente

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Ms de la Fuente, who works at the Institute of Education, believes that most students would have found it "manageable".

Section A focused on education and the recession in Spain which, she said, was topical with straight-forward questions.

Ms de la Fuente said the most challenging part of the paper was an extract about an accident that occurred when someone was taking a selfie. "The vocabulary was quite specific and challenging here," she added. 

Section B looked at the lifestyle of a former president of Uruguay after retirement. Ms de la Fuente said the topics for the opinion pieces - ‘Life can be simple’ / ‘We have to do more for other people’ - "were nice and open and gave good scope to students."

For Section C, she noted that predicable structures appeared in the dialogue piece, and the subjunctive came up - which most students would have prepared for.

She also said the letter topics were current and accessible, and described the note as straight-forward.

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