Wednesday 18 July 2018

YouTube and quirky texts help soften the blow of tricky German listening

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The reaction of pupils was positive, said Jim O'Dea, the ASTI subject representative. Stock photo
The reaction of pupils was positive, said Jim O'Dea, the ASTI subject representative. Stock photo
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

The construction studies higher level paper gave students plenty of scope to shine, with a nice range of questions.

James Howley, the ASTI subject representative and teacher at St Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, said that the questions were topical, and he welcomed the question on sustainable building. He also said students would have been familiar with the questions asked.

"I think students should be very happy with that paper," he said.

The ordinary level paper was also broadly in line with expectations.

Meanwhile, students who undertook the German higher level paper found the accents of one of the male speakers in the listening tricky to understand, due to him speaking quickly.

But overall the students were happy with the paper and they found the two reading comprehensions "accessible", according to Fiona Healy, the ASTI subject representative and a teacher at St Joseph's Ballybunion, Co Kerry. "The grammar section was nice compared to some of the more trickier areas in German grammar that are on the syllabus," she said.

The ordinary level German paper was "in line with expectations" and two of the reading texts featured interesting texts on young people who are YouTube stars, and a rather quirky text on old telephone boxes, she said.

When it came to the Latin higher level and ordinary papers, Aryn Penn, the ASTI subject representative and a teacher at Gonzaga College in Ranelagh, Dublin, described them as "fair". She said the higher level paper was "in keeping with how the exam has been in previous years".

Meanwhile, in relation to the classical studies higher paper, teachers felt that the questions were "very reasonable" and they were pitched at the right level for pupils.

The reaction of pupils was positive, said Jim O'Dea, the ASTI subject representative. The ordinary level paper was very reasonable paper and along expected lines.

Irish Independent

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