Sunday 17 December 2017

Students give thumbs up after 'very fair' first of the Irish papers

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Students were happy coming out of yesterday's Leaving Certificate Irish Paper 1 exam, according to teachers.

Ruth Morrissey, of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), said students thought the higher level aural was "very fair" and, unlike other years, there were no complaints about the tape being too fast.

One of the essay topics was second-level education in Ireland, and Ms Morrissey, who teaches at St Michael's Community College, Kilmihil, Co Clare, said it was something with which students would have been very familiar.

However, in relation to some of the other essays, such as scandals in sport, she felt students might have struggled with vocabulary.

"They would have the vocabulary for the positives in sport, but maybe not for ticket touting or doping," she said.

Robbie Cronin, of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, thought both papers were "very fair."

However, he said a lot of students had difficulty with the first section of the ordinary level aural, about a vacancy in Foras na Gaeilge, which he regarded as "too challenging."

Irish Independent

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