Friday 24 November 2017

Leaving Cert 2012: Students have challenging morning with ‘difficult’ German paper

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

GERMAN Leaving Certificate Higher Level candidates had a challenging morning, with a "somewhat difficult paper", according to one teacher.

Orla Ni Shuilleabhain of the Institute of Education described the first comprehension text “as very long and challenging in parts,” in comparison to previous years.

And she said elements examined in both grammar questions had not appeared in the last 10 years.

“Students were asked to change five sentences from ‘indirect speech’ to ‘direct speech’, this is a task with which students would have been unfamiliar . It was a slightly off putting section” she said.

Ms Ni Shuilleabhain said the written section required students to think in their feet, with no scope for pre-prepared responses.

“The topics provided were challenging for even the more capable student. Many of the topics required quite specific vocabulary”.

She described the ordinary level exam as “very topical”, covering the environment, travel and school.

“That said some vocabulary in the comprehension texts were difficult for the ordinary level examination ,while the tasks in the letter question were more difficult than in previous years” , she said

* Don’t miss tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent for exclusive in-depth analysis of today’s Leaving Cert and Junior Cert papers

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