A happy outcome

30th May 2008 at 01:00
Bold lettering and bullet points were useful additions to the Credit reading paper, helping pupils focus and find the relevant information quickly, said Maureen Stewart, principal teacher of modern languages at Notre Dame High in Greenock
Bold lettering and bullet points were useful additions to the Credit reading paper, helping pupils focus and find the relevant information quickly, said Maureen Stewart, principal teacher of modern languages at Notre Dame High in Greenock.

Overall, the Standard grade was very fair she said, as was the Intermediate 2 exam.

The topics covered in the reading and listening sections - the summer, the weather, the working day - were within pupils' grasp. She was happy with the listening exams at all levels. "The CDs were good quality," she said. "Sometimes the accent can be unclear and often, at Credit, we have felt the vocabulary and content were too difficult."

The only question that might have tripped pupils up, she thought, because of its unusual format, was Question 8 in General reading, which referred to the passage about computer viruses. It asked pupils to translate questions that had been found on a Spanish website: "It's not the type of question they are used to but we were happy with the exams, as were the pupils."

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