Monday 19 August 2019

'Well-practised linguists' benefit in 'smart' paper

  

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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.

Irish Independent

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