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A-Levels « Reply #30 on: January 01, 2006, 08:44 PM »
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wel we work so hard ya no we need relaxation time!!! wel exams eat into those holidays - 3rd and 6th years have to sit them and 5th years have to supervise - and generally irish students spend a month in an irish speaking region of the country so its not as if wer just hanging around for 3  months lol! x(",)x
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A-Levels « Reply #31 on: January 01, 2006, 08:46 PM »
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Wow that would be amazing! I'd love to spend more time in Welsh speaking areas, but I get so nervous using my welsh and theres a bit of stigma attached to being a second language rather than a first language speaker....
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A-Levels « Reply #32 on: January 01, 2006, 08:51 PM »
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no hte irish colleges are fantastic - half the time u dont noticed how much ur learning cos you're supposed to do what comes naturally and most of the time thats half english half irish - and theyre just so much fun and ya make so many friends and stuff!! is it like over here - r there welsh speaking and english speaking schools and areas and stuff? x(",)x
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A-Levels « Reply #33 on: January 01, 2006, 09:00 PM »
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Yup - the north and west are still very welsh - lots of first language speakers, can be quite anti-english, especially in the north. Theres also welsh first language schools all over the country where all subjects are taught through the medium of Welsh - there 3 or 4 secondary welsh schools in cardiff - plasmawr, glantaf, bro morgannwg and another one i've forgotten!
Welsh is compulsory in all english-medium schools until the age of 16. everyone (except me and my friends) tends to hate it and drop it straight after gcse. In my madness however i did AS, A and AEA level.... its really good fun; the teachers at my school were fab and the eisteddfod culture is wonderful! And of course, its the oldest language in Europe!!
I would love to learn more celtic language Smile
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A-Levels « Reply #34 on: January 01, 2006, 09:06 PM »
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i think all that A and AS stuff is like your final exams - iv had the gcse and a level thing explained to me but i can quite grasp it!! irish is compulsory over here until u leave school and rightly so otherwise like u say everyone would drop it, although the government is thionkin of making it one of our option subjects - i love irish and although i find it very frustrating to learn id love to be fluent nad i want to raise my kids throuh irish!! oh whats my cool welsh phrase - dwin hapus achos roedd hin bwta siocled - does that have something to do with being happy and chocolate lol???? x(",)x
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A-Levels « Reply #35 on: January 01, 2006, 09:12 PM »
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dw i'n hapus achos roedd hi'n bwyta siocled = i'm happy because she was eating chocolate!

dw i'n hapus achos rydw i'n bwyta siocled = i'm happy because i'm eating chocolate!

Gcses are the exams you take in your 5th year of secondary school - you do between 9 and 12 generally in loads of different subjects. Grades A* - E
AS levels are the ones you take in the 6th year of secondary school - you generally do 4. Grades A - E
A   levels are your final exams in the   7th year of secondary school - you generally do 3 or sometimes 4. Getting into uni depends on the results. Grades A - E

AEA are advanced papers beyond A levels. They don't really count towards anything (unless unis specifically ask for them) but are fun!
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A-Levels « Reply #36 on: January 01, 2006, 09:18 PM »
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ok so clearly my welsh friends have no grammar lol!!thanx that makes sense but thats a lot of exams - we just have junior certificate (juniour cert) in our 3 rd year when ur 15 or so and then the leaving cert in our 6th year when ur 18 or so (thats next year for me n lola) we have & (im special i have 8) exams and our best 6 results are taken and thats what the colleges and future employers look at - junior cert is useless - just something for us to worry aboot - x(",)x
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A-Levels « Reply #37 on: January 01, 2006, 09:21 PM »
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lol i had something useless like that too - SATS in third year in english, maths and science. Load of rubbish Smile

Got any funny irish phrases for me??! Very Happy
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A-Levels « Reply #38 on: January 01, 2006, 09:21 PM »
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We do also have SATS here in England (im not too sure about in Wales).... they're done in yr 2 (age 6-7), year 6 (age 10/11) and year 9 (age 12/13) ..... and the optional SATS which i think most schools do every year between yr 2 and 6 .... so age 7-10 (i think)

Edit: Damn..... same time as you Laura  :P
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A-Levels « Reply #39 on: January 01, 2006, 09:22 PM »
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erm no not really - but il translate something for ya - what wud u like to say lol?? x(",)x
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A-Levels « Reply #40 on: January 01, 2006, 09:23 PM »
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They've stopped them in Wales I think, although i had to do them in years 6 and 9 (my teachers went on strike when i was meant to have them in year 2 - go teachers!!)

I also had end of year exams in years 7, 8, 9, 10 in every subject, as well as mock gcses and mock a levels.... fun fun
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A-Levels « Reply #41 on: January 01, 2006, 09:24 PM »
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argh i don't know! how about 'hello, how are you?' !!! (sorry, was the first thing i could think of!!)
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A-Levels « Reply #42 on: January 01, 2006, 09:38 PM »
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Quote from: "eira_arian"
They've stopped them in Wales I think, although i had to do them in years 6 and 9 (my teachers went on strike when i was meant to have them in year 2 - go teachers!!)

I also had end of year exams in years 7, 8, 9, 10 in every subject, as well as mock gcses and mock a levels.... fun fun


Wow..... you didn't have to do the year 2 ones? that's pretty cool.... i always thought it was a bit mean to make 6 year olds sit exams....
Yup..... we have end of years too, i used to really hate them.... but now i'm used to them..... and i guess it gets you used to doing exams ..
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A-Levels « Reply #43 on: January 01, 2006, 09:40 PM »
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Really does - exam technique is everything for A Levels - its not what you know but how you write it down. Stupid system IMO.
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A-Levels « Reply #44 on: January 01, 2006, 10:32 PM »
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We do also have SATS here in England (im not too sure about in Wales).... they're done in yr 2 (age 6-7), year 6 (age 10/11) and year 9 (age 12/13) ..... and the optional SATS which i think most schools do every year between yr 2 and 6 .... so age 7-10 (i think)

Edit: Damn..... same time as you Laura  :P


It is weird, I neva did SATS, and I live in London, England - most of my friends did, but my skl didn't
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