Tuesday 24 April 2018

Gift of Kingdom gab in urgent need of revival

John Walshe

THE gift of the Kerry gab is not being passed on to pupils in a small school near Listowel.

Inspectors were surprised at how tongue-tied the pupils at the Dromerin national school were and concluded that their "expressive language is in urgent need of development".

Not for them, clearly, the verbal fluency of some of Listowel's most famous writers such as John B Keane and Brian McMahon.

Instead pupils' reading standards were found to be "less than satisfactory" while their verbal skills left a lot to be desired.

The pupils were reluctant to take part in discussion or to initiate a conversation on a given topic.

"In the senior classes, pupils experience difficulty in providing further information in response to prompting, in asking questions in order to further explore a topic and in conversing freely and confidently on a given theme," according to the Whole School Evaluation report on the school.

It found the pupils possessed a poor vocabulary and many were hesitant in their approach to reading familiar texts and words.

Irish Independent

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