Monday 20 November 2017

LC Higher Level Irish P2: 'All in all, a fair paper with contemporary themes and topics'

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

While certain questions may have been challenging, Leaving Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper 2 was, all in all, a fair paper, according to teacher Clare Grealy

Some nice, contemporary themes and topics appeared with which students would have been familiar , she said .

For instance, Question 1, Comprehension dealt solely with the late Nelson Mandela, from his school days to his death. Meanwhile, reminiscences of 2013 -  the Troika, the Gathering, astronaut Chris Hadfield and famous people who died , all made an appearance. 

“Although the questions were long in this section, they would have been easily understood, said Ms Grealy, of the Institute of Education, Dublin.

For the second year, the Prose questions were split in three, with students required to answer two and one of the more challenging pieces on the syllabus, ‘Dís’, came up, although questions asked were straightforward, she said. 

The featured poem was ‘An Spailpín Fánach’ , and , according to Ms Grealy, well prepared students would have had no problem.In fact, she  said, “some students would have been very familiar with the questions in this section, as they featured on some of the mock papers”.

For Question 4,on  additional literature, Ms Grealy said  the An Triail question was straight forward but “very narrow as it focused only on one character”.

On the other hand the Fill Arís question “was a nice, broad question and gave students great scope” and  similar to what appeared on some mock papers.

She said  the ordinary level paper  was fair apart from  the prose section  which was  “very challenging for ordinary level students” because of the  vocabulary and the level of detail required in some questions..

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