Wednesday 22 November 2017

Leaving Cert Irish Paper Two: 'A lot of surprises' but questions appeared student-friendly

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

If students held their nerve, they would have been okay with Leaving Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper 2, according to teacher Clare Grealy.

She said the paper held a “lot of surprises; a number of topics that were not anticipated appeared.”

However, the questions that did appear were very student-friendly, said Ms Grealy of the Institute of Education, Dublin.

She cautioned that the paper showed “that the entire course has to be studied in preparation for this exam.”

In Comprehension, topical themes of the Olympic Games and climate change appeared and both were very straight-forward, said Ms Grealy.

In Prose, she thought the appearance of the story Oisin In dTir na nOg would have surprised students, as she believed many would have expected An Gnathrud to appear, as it is the only story that has not been examined to date.

“There is the danger that students may have been putting all their eggs in one basket, and it shows that the entire course has to be studied in preparation for this exam,“ she said.

But, she added that the questions were “very straight-forward and, if the work had been done, it would have posed no difficulty.”

Ms Grealy was also surprised by the Poetry section and said many students would have anticipated Geibheann, which has not appeared to date on the paper.

She said the questions themselves were straight forward, although students were asked to talk about the adjectives in the poem and unless this had been studied in class, they would have had a difficulty

In Additional Literature,  where students have a choice of six sections, she said the popular choice of An Triail had a straightforward question, but the answer required would have been lengthy.

In relation to the choice of poem in this section, Caoineadh Airt Ui Laoghaire, Ms Grealy said the questions were very similar to those recently asked on mock papers.

Ms  Grealy said the Ordinary Level Paper 2 was “fair, but there were certain areas that might have caused some difficulties for students.”

In the poetry section, the poem was An Spailpin Fanach, and she thought many students would have had difficulty in one of the two mark questions, as the word uirlis (working tool) appeared, which many may not have understood.

Meanwhile, one of the prose stories that featured. Dis, “is widely considered to be one of the most difficult pieces.”   

However, she said the questions were straight forward.

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