Saturday 20 January 2018

Leaving Cert Spanish: A paper most students would have found manageable

Students sitting the Leaving Certificate
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THIS morning's Leaving Cert Spanish exam (Higher Level) was "a fair, accessible paper", according to teacher Begoña de la Fuente

Ms de la Fuente, who works at the Institute of Education, believes that most students would have found it "manageable".

Section A focused on education and the recession in Spain which, she said, was topical with straight-forward questions.

Ms de la Fuente said the most challenging part of the paper was an extract about an accident that occurred when someone was taking a selfie. "The vocabulary was quite specific and challenging here," she added. 

Section B looked at the lifestyle of a former president of Uruguay after retirement. Ms de la Fuente said the topics for the opinion pieces - ‘Life can be simple’ / ‘We have to do more for other people’ - "were nice and open and gave good scope to students."

For Section C, she noted that predicable structures appeared in the dialogue piece, and the subjunctive came up - which most students would have prepared for.

She also said the letter topics were current and accessible, and described the note as straight-forward.

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