Wednesday 17 January 2018

Leaving Certificate English ordinary-level Paper II: Pupils happy with a 'fair and varied' exam

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

pupil-friendly with the expected topics turning up. That was how teacher Sinead Caslin, of Yeats College Galway, summed up the Leaving Certificate English ordinary-level Paper 2.

Pupils were happy with a "fair and varied paper", she said.

There was a real and modern-world touch to it, offering an opportunity to imagine making a YouTube video, while the unseen poem was about earbuds, small earphones used with devices such as MP3 players and mobile phones.

Alan Thompson, of the Teachers' Union of Ireland, described it as "very well structured and well presented, with very accessible questions that were well phrased".

He said the style of the questions allowed pupils to come up with a personal and original response, but they also tested their knowledge. "It was a very well put-together paper," said Mr Thompson of Abbey Vocational School, Donegal.

Michael Doherty, of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland, agreed that, overall, pupils were very happy.

Jim Lusby, English teacher at the Institute of Education, said that it was "a good paper".

The comparative study encouraged a pupil-centred approach to studying literature, asking pupils if they would like to live in the world of the text, he said.

Irish Independent

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