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New JC English sample papers released. Any thoughts?

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  • 08-11-2015 8:40pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 11,812 ✭✭✭✭


    So this is it folks... what do the intelligencia of AH think. Much has been made of some teachers' resistance... so now its here do yees think the standard is suitable for teenagers?

    https://www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/BI-EX-10094598.pdf

    You have 5mins to read through the paper.

    You may begin.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,877 ✭✭✭✭Realt Dearg Sec


    Gebgbegb wrote: »
    So this is it folks... what do the intelligencia of AH think. Much has been made of some teachers' resistance... so now its here do yees think the standard is suitable for teenagers?

    https://www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/BI-EX-10094598.pdf

    You have 5mins to read through the paper.

    You may begin.

    Piece of pi5s. Back in my day blah blah blah...


  • Registered Users Posts: 744 ✭✭✭dpofloinn


    In what way is this an improvement to what is already in place? This takes dumbing down to a brand new low.The most feeble minded would piss through this


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,733 ✭✭✭Duckworth_Luas


    FFS! Kavanagh didn't come up!


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,166 ✭✭✭Fr_Dougal


    What is this? A school for ants? It needs to be at least three times bigger.

    I hope that sample paper is for kids that don't read good.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭c_man


    New JC English sample papers released. Any thoughts?

    Yes, the Junior Cert's a joke and nobody in the real world actually gives a flying fuk.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,437 ✭✭✭✭ohnonotgmail


    Is the Junior Cert what they used to call the Group Cert, The exam taken by kids not able for the inter cert?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,751 ✭✭✭mirrorwall14


    I'm just going to reiterate from the T&L forum that 20% of one of those sample papers goes for Multiple choice, matching and some definitions that are ridiculously easy. That is absolutely batty. It doesn't even have a full essay in it, just an intro


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,751 ✭✭✭mirrorwall14


    Is the Junior Cert what they used to call the Group Cert, The exam taken by kids not able for the inter cert?

    Nope. Junior cert=intercert but to be honest after reading that paper I don't think you can say it's equal to this new junior cycle!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 32,688 ✭✭✭✭ytpe2r5bxkn0c1


    Is the Junior Cert what they used to call the Group Cert, The exam taken by kids not able for the inter cert?

    No. The group was dropped. Junior replaces Inter.


    This is some dumbing down. Can you read at all? OK, Honours in English it is so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 261 ✭✭carefulnowted


    That paper is ridiculously dumbed down, even compared to the HL papers for the last few years. It's practically first year level.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,707 ✭✭✭whatismyname


    Would not do well in this, since I've not recently studied for this memory test.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 46,938 ✭✭✭✭Nodin


    Gebgbegb wrote: »
    So this is it folks... what do the intelligencia of AH think. Much has been made of some teachers' resistance... so now its here do yees think the standard is suitable for teenagers?

    https://www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/BI-EX-10094598.pdf

    You have 5mins to read through the paper.

    You may begin.

    Can't remember me inter, so the only thought now is that I'm old....old and grey


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,751 ✭✭✭mirrorwall14


    Would not do well in this, since I've not recently studied for this memory test.

    Did you read it? It's definitely not a memory test


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,707 ✭✭✭whatismyname


    Did you read it? It's definitely not a memory test

    Not all of it is a memory test, but I read enough of it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,614 ✭✭✭Badly Drunk Boy


    It's Sunday evening, Glenroe is about to start, and I've no homework to do. But then this comes along? :(

    Where (else) In The World would that happen?


  • Registered Users Posts: 81,310 CMod ✭✭✭✭coffee_cake


    Is it that dumbed down? Interpreting a text I assume they haven't seen before, comparing it to & analysing a text they *have* seen, justifying their decisions, creative writing? In the LC we had "write a story based on this image" as well so I don't see the fuss there.

    In my own one, or the mock, we had some nonsense Simpsons transcript - it wasn't any of the clever parts either

    There's no poetry though? Seems like a gap. Did they not have poetry before? Will there only be one paper?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,818 ✭✭✭Inspector Coptoor


    It's a higher level paper that includes multiple choice box ticking exercises.
    It's not challenging enough for Higher Level students.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,681 ✭✭✭Fleawuss


    Gebgbegb wrote: »
    So this is it folks... what do the intelligencia of AH think. Much has been made of some teachers' resistance... so now its here do yees think the standard is suitable for teenagers?

    https://www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/BI-EX-10094598.pdf

    You have 5mins to read through the paper.

    You may begin.

    It's intelligentsia.
    You may stand in the corner.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 11,812 ✭✭✭✭evolving_doors


    Fleawuss wrote: »
    It's intelligentsia.
    You may stand in the corner.

    Yesss well done young man, I did that on purpose to see who was paying attention (pat pat pat).

    But actually I was referring to the smart super-villain group in Marvel comic.

    I had a go anyway and I'd say I could well bluff me a pass armed with about 4 quotes and a quick character rundown of Shakespeare.


  • Registered Users Posts: 744 ✭✭✭dpofloinn


    For any one interested here is sample paper 2


    Sample Paper 2


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,681 ✭✭✭Fleawuss


    Gebgbegb wrote: »
    Yesss well done young man, I did that on purpose to see who was paying attention (pat pat pat).

    But actually I was referring to the smart super-villain group in Marvel comic.

    I had a go anyway and I'd say I could well bluff me a pass armed with about 4 quotes and a quick character rundown of Shakespeare.

    Of course. I believe you.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,433 ✭✭✭✭kneemos


    dpofloinn wrote: »
    For any one interested here is sample paper 2


    Sample Paper 2


    No actual way.
    That's second or third class stuff.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,299 ✭✭✭✭The Backwards Man


    All about perspective

    If that was a Maths paper it would be incredibly difficult


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    It's a Junior cert paper. I have no recollection of how difficult the JC may or may not have been except to say that a much bigger fuss was made about it than needed to be.

    It's a two-hour paper, an A student will complete it in 30-45 minutes. I don't see the issue here. The JC should be a relatively straightforward exam because it doesn't have any real meaning.

    For those bitching about the multiple choice, it's actually an incredibly clever way of easing students in and relaxing them. It still requires some brains to kick in, but because it's multiple choice it's easy to know if you're wrong or right.

    Many students are perfectly capable to do the material but have difficulty with the exam process. My recollection of English exams was that the first question often required you to straight out write a 3 page essay (or essay answer) from your imagination. Incredibly difficult thing to do at the start of an exam, and loads of people end up just staring at the paper in despair for 15 or 20 minutes until they get their **** together.

    If you design the paper in such a way that a student can launch into it straight away, then they'll be more confident when the harder stuff appears.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,420 ✭✭✭Lollipops23


    I did my JC in 2003 and still remember the Eng paper being a walk in the park. If this is a true representation of the newer cycle, it's fair to say it has been dumbed down.

    Translations in the footnotes of the Shakespeare extract? Really? For a play they've been studying all year? Nah, that's ridiculous.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,802 ✭✭✭✭suicide_circus


    Just be glad they still include Shakespeare.

    Question 1: Match the hadhtag to the appropriate selfie...

    Question 2: Write a topical status update in 140 character or less

    Question 3: How many "likes" do you need per month to validate your self worth?


    Although the last one is more of a maths question..


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,995 ✭✭✭conorhal


    Meanwhile in Seoul a special police unit has been formed to raid illegal grind schools at which students study well into the night....

    I don't condone either extremity, but it's easy to see why Asia is going to eat old Europe alive in the coming decades.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 39,022 ✭✭✭✭Permabear


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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,437 ✭✭✭✭ohnonotgmail


    Permabear wrote: »
    This post had been deleted.


    we should be grateful that the question wasn't in txtspk.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 81,310 CMod ✭✭✭✭coffee_cake


    I did my JC in 2003 and still remember the Eng paper being a walk in the park. If this is a true representation of the newer cycle, it's fair to say it has been dumbed down.

    Translations in the footnotes of the Shakespeare extract? Really? For a play they've been studying all year? Nah, that's ridiculous.
    I think the translations are for the unseen text...


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