Horse-meat topic tricky but pupils pleased overall
THE horse-meat scandal was one of the topics that came up on the Leaving Certificate French higher level paper and while topical "it would have perhaps been one of the most challenging questions on the paper", said one teacher.
But teachers agreed that the paper was fair and Maire Ni Chiarba of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said students were pleased.
There were no complaints about the "very clear" aural CD, said Ms Ni Chiarba of Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co Cork
Corrine Gavenda of The Institute of Education said the reading comprehension journalistic passage was made very approachable because the question, posed in English, told them that the topic was hitchhiking, a good starting point for the candidates.
However, she said the tense question might have caught some pupils out, as this specific tense had not come up on the examination paper before.
The literary passage is always the more challenging question in this section but the text was very accessible and the only thing that might have caught pupils out were specific words added to the questions such as 'exactement'.
While question 4 (a) about the influence of celebrities on young people would have proved popular; question 4(b), where students had to react to a cartoon about the horse-meat scandal, while topical, "would have perhaps been one of the most challenging questions on the paper", she said.
Ms Ni Chiarba described the ordinary level paper as "grand", although she said there was a lot of reading for the candidates in the written section. Carole Oiknine of The Institute of Education said the paper was "fair" and one that checked a wide range of vocabulary.
But she commented that pupils may have been thrown slightly by the 'Fill in the Form' exercise in question 7, as it was worded slightly differently to usual.