Sunday 23 July 2017

Three 'near certainties' on Leaving Cert higher level English Paper 2

Leaving Cert students (stock image)
Leaving Cert students (stock image)
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Nobody could complain about the poets selected for the Leaving Certificate higher level English Paper 2, with three of the “near certainties” , Boland, Donne and Keats, turning up, according to teacher Jim Lusby.

Mr Lusby, of the Institute  of Education, Dublin  was generous in his praise for the paper and  said the “facile debate about which poets  appear is dead.”

He added:   “Of far more importance is the subtlety of the phrasing in the questions, with a thought-provoking phrase or concept in each, such as ‘penetrating truths about society’, ‘a range of profound tensions’ and ‘life’s harsh realities,” he said

In the Single Text section, he described  questions on each of the prescribed texts as “fresh and inventive.”

He said most  candidates would have answered on Hamlet, and there was choice was between a “really engaging discussion of the play as a ‘psychological thriller’ and a novel analysis of the secondary characters”.

 In the Comparative Study, Mr Lusby said that , “as  with the other sections of the paper, the expected areas turned up – Viewpoint and Theme – but the tasks were inventive and stimulating.”.

He described the ordinary level paper  as “extremely friendly, with generous choices in all sections, interesting questions, enjoyable tasks and wonderful presentation.

It was, said Mr Lusby, “absolutely perfect for encouraging the ordinary level student to engage with literature pleasurably.

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