Monday 26 February 2018

Brian O'Driscoll provides a contemporary twist to challenging test

LC Irish: Ordinary Paper 2

Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O'Driscoll's long goodbye continued with an appearance in a comprehension text.

"It was a nice, familiar, contemporary topic, which would have helped," said Clare Grealy of the Institute of Education, Dublin.

Teachers were just as pleased with the subject of the other comprehension, sean-nos dancer, Sibeal Davitt.

Robbie Cronin, of the ASTI and Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, said the questions were "very level appropriate".

Although he thought some words, such as ceardlanna rince, were challenging, overall his students were happy with it.

While Mr Cronin had no issues with the prose questions, other teachers identified potential difficulties for students.

Ruth Morrissey, of the TUI and St Michael's Community College, Kilmihil, Co Clare, thought the focus on language in 'Oisin i dTir na nOg' questions was more than students would be accustomed to. She said students at this level were more used to summarising.

Samantha Hogan, of Yeats College, Galway, said although students may have predicted the stories, 'Hurlamaboc' and 'Oisin i Tir na nOg', the structure of the questions may have been misleading for some.

Ms Grealy thought the prose questions were heavily weighted in detail, while the amount of vocabulary required would have been tedious and challenging for ordinary level students.

In relation to the 'Hurlamaboc' question about the preparation for the party, na hullmhuchain, Ms Grealy said while students might be familiar with the verbal noun, the noun in the plural may have caused more difficulty.

She added: "A huge amount of knowledge was required."

There were no quibbles about poetry. "You couldn't get two nicer ones," said Ms Morrissey.

Ms Grealy described the poetry questions as straightforward and save for the prose, thought it a fair paper.

Irish Independent

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