Thursday 26 April 2018

Leaving Cert 2012: The verdict on English Paper One – more difficult that other years

Mark Cunningham and Leah Reid from St Olivers Community College, Drogheda. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Mark Cunningham and Leah Reid from St Olivers Community College, Drogheda. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

ST OLIVER’S Community College in Drogheda was the scene in 2009 when English Paper Two was mistakenly given out on the first morning of the exam, however there were no such disturbances for this morning's students.

This year’s higher level English paper was said to be slightly more difficult than previous years.

"It would have stretched them but it was doable" said English teacher Barbara Carr.

Mark Cunningham (17) from Collon sat the higher paper, said "I found it overall to be a fair and balanced paper, and that we were well prepared for it. I was overall happy enough with it.”

Leah Reid (17) from Drogheda said "I thought it was a good selection, some of it was difficult, but it was nothing we didn't see before."

However she added "the persuasive article I hadn't a clue on."

Hailey Bohan (17) didn't find the paper as challenging as others, saying "I was able to express myself well and my individuality was shown through it."

The Ordinary paper was generally the better received of the two, with the comprehension question on Brian O'Driscoll and Google proving particularly popular with students.

Leanne Connor (17) said: "The paper was grand, it went well for me. The question on Brian O'Driscoll was nice, but there's less work on this one than on paper two."

Jason Hill (18) said: "It wasn't too bad, the Google question was actually quite interesting, I learned something."

Eoghan Kavanagh (17) wasn't as pleased, saying "it was all right but it wasn't great. There weren't great choices on the essay."

Dillon Courtney (17), who is planning on moving to Australia after his results, said "it was handy enough. The essay titles weren't good at all, I was happy that I had it finished on time though, that was a good thing about it."

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