Wednesday 22 November 2017

Few gripes over 'the wonderful' first paper

LC Irish

WONDERFUL is how teacher Samantha Hogan, of Yeats College Galway, described the higher level paper.

Paper 1 opens with the aural exam and students were "really happy with that", said teacher Ruth Morrissey, of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) and St Michael's Community College, Kilmihil, Co Clare.

"It was easier than previous years, the speakers spoke slowly and clearly, students could understand the dialects, and answer every question," she said.

In the written part, Ms Hogan said popular topics such as youth and the status of the Irish language all appeared, much to the delight of many.


Robbie Cronin, of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and Marian College, Ballsbridge, Dublin, agreed it was a "very fair paper".

The only title he was critical of was the debate – "There seems an improvement to be seen in Irish economic circumstances at present". Mr Cronin was "not too sure that many students would have understood the word "cuinsi" (circumstances) as most would have used "cursai" (affairs).

Clare Grealy, of the Institute of Education, Dublin, also liked the higher level paper, the language in which was "clear".

She said "there wouldn't have been an obstacle in comprehending any of the titles, except perhaps the seanfhocal (proverb) 'Things are not always what they seem' in Section B.

At ordinary level, Mr Cronin said while the aural was fine, in the second part of the second conversation, the question used colloquial Munster Irish – sular imiodar – "The normal, standard Irish, would be 'sular imigh siad' – before they left .

"None of my good ordinary level students understood this question – nor did some of the higher level students I asked. Unfortunate, since the rest of the paper was excellent," he said.

Irish Independent

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