Sunday 18 August 2019

Students plagued by 'echoey' aural exam and 'GoT' question

 

Sunny outlook: Lina Amri, from Dundrum, and Joel Amador, from Tallaght, after sitting the Leaving Cert Spanish exam at Ballinteer Community School in south Dublin. Photos: Steve Humphreys
Sunny outlook: Lina Amri, from Dundrum, and Joel Amador, from Tallaght, after sitting the Leaving Cert Spanish exam at Ballinteer Community School in south Dublin. Photos: Steve Humphreys
Milan Murray, from Ballinteer, and Estephany Barba, from Lucan, also sat Spanish at the same school. Photos: Steve Humphreys
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The audio quality in the Leaving Cert Spanish aural exam came in for criticism from some students, although others made no comment about it.

One tweeted that it was "echoey" and "sentences were mumbled", but Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) subject representative Mark Walshe said students at his school made no complaints about the sound.

But Mr Walshe, of St Finian's Community College, Swords, Co Dublin, said some of the students coming out of the exam reported that they found the 'Game of Thrones' question difficult.

In general, Mr Walshe thought both the higher level and ordinary level papers were well pitched "with nothing unexpected or out of ordinary".

He referred to an article on the Iberian lynx on the higher level paper, which he said was "particularly interesting as there is a National Geographic documentary called 'Spain's Last Lynx' which the students would have seen".

Following on from the article on the lynx in the writing section at higher level, he said students had two nice options: 'Animals are Our Responsibility' and 'Zoos are Important', "where sometimes you get more abstract topics than animals".

Mr Walshe also had no quibble either about the written dialogue construction.

He said the tenses were "fairly straightforward" and that it was "fairly pitched" for students.

Irish Independent

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