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Friday 29 August 2014

Even teachers were confused by prose question

JC Irish Higher & Lower

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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The prose text was tricky
The prose text was tricky

EVEN a seasoned teacher admitted being confused by the unseen prose text on higher level Paper 2.

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"I had to read it a few times," said Robbie Cronin of Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, and the ASTI.

"I was afraid to ask the lads how they got on. I wonder, considering an extensive glossary was given for the poetry, why no glossary of difficult terms was provided for the prose."

But otherwise, Mr Cronin thought the afternoon paper "quite good". His ASTI colleague, Richie MacLiam of Chanel College, Coolock, Dublin, agreed that the prose question was difficult.

Poetry was no pushover either, with Mr Cronin describing it as "challenging", although the questions were "good and fair", while Mr MacLiam said the first question was very difficult, especially the two-part questions.

Mr MacLiam was disappointed that, thematically, throughout both higher level papers, there wasn't too much on sport.

While Mr Cronin regarded the higher level essay range as "good", he was surprised that the character story was on a film star rather than their favourite sport star as "most teachers would have had something prepared on the World Cup and Brian O'Driscoll".

He said in the popular sceal/ eachtra (incident) option, many students would have mixed the word "greannmhar" (funny) up with "grianmhar" (sunny). Both teachers agreed that the use of the word "scoilse" would have caused difficulty and "it would have been just as easy to say scoil", said Mr Cronin.

Mr Cronin said while the ordinary level paper was "fine", there was some confusion on the first comprehension question pictures between cois locha (beside a lake) and avoiding sunburn.

He said the comprehension piece on Aer Chleire threw some of the students who didn't understand the term "le riachtanas speisialta" (with special needs), while the second question was "way too wordy".

Irish Independent

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