Friday 23 March 2018

Few surprises in well-pitched test

Junior Certificate French

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

There was nothing on the Junior Certificate French higher-level paper that would have caused major difficulties for candidates, according to teacher Beth Cooney.

Ms Cooney, of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and St Mary's Secondary School, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, described it as a fair, accessible and well-pitched paper.

In the written production section, the formal letter made an appearance for the third time, although students had a choice between it and the informal letter. "Both were fine," said Ms Cooney.

Ordinary-level candidates had their tastebuds tickled by a mouth-watering picture of and recipe for a passionfruit cake.

Ms Cooney said the paper was well presented and very much in line with previous years.

She thought the only possible difficulty was the appearance of the word 'baignade' for swimming, as many students may not have been familiar with it.

Mary Costelloe, of the Teachers Union of Ireland and St Patrick's Comprehensive School, Shannon, Co Clare, said the higher-level paper was fine.

At ordinary level though, she said the questions in written expression, such as those for the postcard, were more specific than usual.

The higher-level paper covered the usual range of teenage-friendly subjects, including holidays, student exchanges and a student council.

And in the year of much publicity about the introduction of a city bike scheme in Dublin, there was a topical reading comprehension about a similar venture in Paris: a student called Marc told how it had revolutionised his life.

Meanwhile, fashionistas would have warmed to the reading comprehension about a designer called Sonia, and discovering how she had overcome her father's disapproval to get into that career, and not go on to be an architect as he was hoping.

Irish Independent

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