Sunday 25 February 2018

Students happy with some widely anticipated topics

LC Irish Paper 2

Leaving Cert student Rebecca Killalea Tierellan who sat the honours Irish paper at Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes
Leaving Cert student Rebecca Killalea Tierellan who sat the honours Irish paper at Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill, Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Some widely anticipated topics surfaced on the Leaving Certificate higher level Irish Paper 2, which would have pleased students.

One such was the poem 'Géibheann', which, according to teacher Robbie Cronin, a representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI), "all the students were predicting as it hadn't been asked for a while".

Ruth Morrissey, of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), said students were delighted with its appearance and the questions asked.

Ms Morrissey, of St Michael's Community College, Kilmihil, Co Clare, said students would also have been expecting something about TG4, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and which was the subject of one of the comprehension texts.

While she said students felt the language was friendlier than in previous years, Mr Cronin of Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, said there were different levels of questioning and some students found it tough.

Mr Cronin also thought the second comprehension, on the Syrian crisis, was "difficult although being able to take the answers directly from the text makes it a bit easier."

Ms Morrissey said students may also have anticipated 'Hurlamaboc' in the prose section.

She had "no difficulties" with ordinary level, although Mr Cronin regarded the text on the comprehension, about the Wild Atlantic Way as "quite challenging". However, she said the questions were "accessible." Among his other quibbles were that the question on the film, 'Cáca Milis', "was very wordy".

He also pointed to the question on the poem 'Colscaradh/ Divorce': "Not only were students asked about what the solution to the problem was, they were asked if they thought if it was a satisfactory one!"

Irish Independent

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