Saturday 21 April 2018

LC & JC Spanish: Rain in Spain is cause of much pain

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

ANY mention of Spanish and weather usually conjures up happy images but it struck a sour note for Leaving Certificate students yesterday.

For the first time in many years students came out of the Spanish aural saying it was difficult, according to teacher Marie Ni Chiarba.

It was the section relating to the weather and Ms Ni Chiarba of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) agreed it was a "bit confusing and quite difficult".

Ms Ni Chiarba, of Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Co Cork, said question 7 on holidays was also difficult as there was a lot of information, not all of which they needed.

Aileen Cusack, of The Institute of Education, agreed that the listening comprehension was difficult. Even well-prepared students would have found the weather section challenging, she said

Ms Cusack said there was a lot of vocabulary in this section and students would need to have had a discerning ear to make all of it out.

"A slower and clearer delivery would certainly have helped in this section" she said.

Ms Ni Chiarba described the written paper, at higher level, as suitably challenging, while the ordinary level paper was well pitched.

Maggie Fernandez, of The Institute of Education, thought higher level students should have been happy with a "fair and straightforward" written exam. She said the opinions text was similar to previous years and the question gave students excellent scope.

At ordinary level, Ms Fernandez said despite one or two challenging parts, this was generally an accessible paper – although students may have found question 4 in section A on the accident "quite challenging".

Irish Independent

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