'Well-practised linguists' benefit in 'smart' paper
Leaving Cert French papers were "very much in line with expectations", according to Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) representative Siobhán O'Donovan.
She said higher-level students were pleased with the comprehensions and "this year they will certainly reward the well-practised linguist". Ms O'Donovan, of Patrician Academy, Mallow, Co Cork, said the written section covered interesting topics, including the advantages of learning a foreign language, the danger of drugs, sport, and the environment, and "allowed candidates to really demonstrate their abilities".
Ordinary-level students were equally pleased, she said, although one or two comprehensions "seemed a little more challenging than previous years".
Natasha Lynch, of grind school Essentialfrench.ie, praised examiners on a "very smart" higher-level paper and encouraging students to be independent thinkers and to spend time on learning how to form sentences and structures rather than learning sample answers.