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Monday, 24th June, 2019

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German (H): There was very little scope for rote learned material in this exam

2016German_Higher

Comment/ analysis on German paper (Higher Level) by Orla Ni Shuilleabhain, German teacher at The Institute of Education

A challenging exam. There was very little scope for rote learned material in this exam. Both comprehensions would have put students under pressure to complete within the allocated time. Overall the written section was tough and testing in all areas. It would have been difficult for weaker students, with little scope for students to prepare.

COMPREHENSION 1:
The First Comprehension was about a boy travelling on a metro without a ticket. Students would have found this comprehension testing. The language used was challenging and Question 4 would have been very difficult for all students.
The Grammar section, where students had to fill in relevant conjunctions to the passage, would be accessible for most students.

COMPREHENSION 2:
The second comprehension required knowledge of specific vocabulary relating to retail sales, which at times was tough and a lot of detail was required in the answers.
Overall both comprehensions would have put students under pressure to complete within the allocated time.

SECTION 2: WRITTEN SECTION
As is typical of the written section in the German paper there was no scope or potential for students to give back any prepared material on these themes.
In the äuserung zum thema section the students were asked to discuss the reasons why small shops are starting to reappear in cities and towns and what the situation with small shops was like in their own area as well as consumers buying online. Again this section would have tested student’s range of vocabulary and they would have been put on the spot.
Students had the option to write on the topic of teenagers wearing hoodies and why adults would have prejudice against this. They were also asked to discuss what fashion trends were popular amongst their age groups and why.
As with last year, students would have been challenged to respond to these topics.

LETTER
The themes in the letter were topical and challenging and the questions required well thought out answers.
Students had to discuss campaigns they would like to get involved in and what changes and improvements they would make in their schools. They had to discuss how refugees would be integrated in their schools and discuss the illegal downloading of music and what their opinion is on the Irish film industry.
Again all these topics would have been very testing and demanding.

ESSAY
The Short essay was topical yet challenging and dealt with the difficulty faced by young students when travelling. The topics ranged from comparing single rooms to group rooms to discussing what social media platforms they found useful for booking accommodation.
Overall the written section was tough and testing in all areas. It would have been difficult for weaker students, with little scope for students to prepare.

AURAL
The Listening section was tough and testing in places but overall manageable.

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Orla Ni Shuilleabhain

About Orla Ni Shuilleabhain

Orla has been teaching at the Institute 27 years and has also taught in a number of schools in the Greater Dublin area. She has contributed to a variety of exam programmes in the media, namely RTE radio’s post-exam analysis and Drive Time.Orla has worked as editorial consultant on a number of German text books, including Klassel and Klasse2 and is one of the authors of the 2014 Exam Times languages supplement, published by the Irish Times.

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