Saturday 17 March 2018

Familiar writing tasks leave scribes puzzled

Junior Cert French

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

WRITING a letter to a penpal is a familiar task in Junior Certificate French papers but this year higher level candidates were left puzzled by this question.

They were asked to write the letter in the context of having moved to a new town but only one of the five points to be included was linked to that.

There were also to be references to a film or book they liked, a match they had played the previous day, a party to be attended the following weekend and a request to the penpal to send on photos from a Spanish holiday.

Maire Ni Chiarba of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co Cork, thought it a bit "disjointed".

Students also regarded the question where they had to write a "note" a little unusual. Although it was a "note", it had to be written to a teacher, which Ms Ni Chiarba said would have involved an element of formality. However, she felt sure candidates could manage it.

Although there was a "lot to read", the reading comprehension section was "fine", she said. Ms Ni Chiarba described the ordinary level paper as "very fair".

Irish Independent

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