Wednesday 13 December 2017

Students would have been under pressure for time in Leaving Cert higher level German

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Students would have been under pressure timewise to complete the Leaving Certificate higher level German paper, according to teacher, Orla Ni Shuilleabhain

But she thought it a fair paper overall, although certain parts were "tricky as is to be expected from a German paper."

Ms Ni Shuilleabhain, of the Institute of Education, Dublin, said while the first comprehension was “quite long”, the questions were “clear and precise and gave students good direction.

She added that a lot of the questions were “fairly open ended, so students had to be careful they gave enough detail in their answers."

Meanwhile she described the second comprehension, on street children in Hamburg, as topical and accessible.  And the grammar section was also accessible, she said.

Ms Ni Shuilleabhain said, as is usual with the written section, there was “no scope or potential for students to give back any prepared material on the themes that appeared”.

She thought students had "decent scope" in the letter section where the topics included the musical La La Land and dance lessons, and what you would so if you had to leave your smart phone at home.

 In the essay question, students would have had to “write quite spontaneously”;  while a topical subject it was unpredictable, she said.

Ms Ni Shuilleabhain regarded the aural as “challenging in parts” and said, “ as with the written paper, the key thing was to ensure that students gave enough detail in their answers.”

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