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Leaving Cert: 'Very student friendly' Irish papers kick off another exam day

Published 09/06/2015 | 12:54

Students will generally be pleased with the Leaving Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper 2, according to teacher Clare Grealy of Dublin’s Institute of Education.

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Areas which were widely anticipated in the literature, poetry and language sections all featured, she said.

In comprehension, there was a 'very student friendly' text on homelessness, and another based on the youth organisation, One Young World.

In prose, she said the widely anticipated film, Cáca Milis, appeared, but she expressed surprise that examiners had reverted to the old style of questioning in the prose section, with one question worth 30 marks being asked, without any subdivisions.

In poetry, the poem Colscaradh, would have been a popular option for students and had been widely anticipated, she said, adding that the questions asked were nice and accessible.

However, Ms Greal was critical of the additional literature section.

She said An Trial would have been the most popular choice, but 'it was a dull, boring question, which was too narrow and lacked imagination'.  

"It’s a shame the question only focused on three characters, when there are so many other topics that could have allowed students to display a wider knowledge of the play," she said today.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Hilary Clinton featured in Leaving Certificate Irish Ordinary Level Paper 2, described by teacher Clare Grealy as 'manageable with a couple of tricky parts'.

They were both subjects of comprehension texts that were 'very straight forward' and with 'clear and understandable' questions.

Ms Grealy, of Dublin’s Institute of Education said: “It was very much a case of déjà vu in relation to Question 2, with the same prose pieces appearing as last year. 

"This would not have been anticipated and was anything but predictable”.

She thought Part (i) of the question on Oisín I dTír no nÓg that asked students to describe Niamh’s ‘appearance’ may have been too specific for ordinary level students, as it required great detail.

In poetry, Ms Grealy  said part (ii) of the question on Mo ghrá-sa (idir lúibíni) was based on an image that was ‘funny’ but noted that 'emphasis on why it was funny, rather than on the image itself may have caused students to go off the point by addressing the image rather than the humour'.  

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