Saturday 20 July 2019

Hairy question may have shaved off some marks

  

Linguists: Niamh Browne, Jennifer Cummins, Jennifer Whitney and Emma Callaghan from St Mary’s Secondary School, New Ross, Co Wexford, after their German exam. Photo: Patrick Browne
Linguists: Niamh Browne, Jennifer Cummins, Jennifer Whitney and Emma Callaghan from St Mary’s Secondary School, New Ross, Co Wexford, after their German exam. Photo: Patrick Browne

A hairy question may have shaved some points from Leaving Cert higher students' German papers.

One of the questions asked students about a beard competition, but according to Pamela Conway, a German teacher at Skerries Community College, north Co Dublin, the question may have been too testing in the higher paper.

"The listening section, in particular, was difficult in some sections. It referred to a beard championships question and some of the higher students may have missed the word for 'beard'.

"But in general the kids gave me a thumbs up on the higher and ordinary paper," she said.

Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) subject representative Ms Conway said it was "really important" the questions on the German paper "engaged" the children and eased them into the work.

"There was a question on Austrian gay marriage, so that was really topical and there was another on computer addiction," she added.

"There was another question in the second text on a student who travelled the world on €50 and I'm sure a lot of the students enjoyed that."

Irish Independent

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