Sunday 24 September 2017

BOD gets nod on scrum-ptious paper

Grainne Cunningham

THE appearance of rugby star Brian O'Driscoll on the Leaving Cert English ordinary level paper should have appealed to students and helped put them at their ease, teachers said.

Essays including your personal view on celebrity would also have engaged candidates, according to Michael Doherty of the ASTI and Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co Donegal.

"That was a case of having to know where to stop," he said, adding that most students seemed to emerge smiling from their first exam.

The general theme of the paper was leadership, which was then applied in separate texts to sport, politics and business. According to Jim Lusby, English teacher at the Institute of Education, Dublin, this provided both consistency and variety.

"No candidate with any usual range of interests could have felt excluded or poorly catered for," he said.

Alan Thompson of the TUI and Abbey Vocational School, Donegal town, said ordinary level students were "very happy".

"There was a nice mix of texts and visual images and the language in the three texts was perfectly pitched and appropriate to that level of candidate."

Christina Henehan, of the ASTI and Rice College, Castlebar, Co Mayo, said students would have "loved" what was a very balanced paper.

"All of the passages were very accessible and there was nothing awkward about them."

Irish Independent

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