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GRADE 10 FAL LANGUAGE EXAM PAPER
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Please note that the questions and memoranda are set according to the ‘Examination Guidelines’ from the DBE. The cognitive levels according to Barrett’s Taxonomy of Reading Comprehension have been indicated for the reading comprehension. We would like to point out that we found some variation in the interpretation of the type of questions in the papers we received from teachers. Some questions are more difficult to categorise but we have tried our best to ensure that they comply with the descriptors in Barrett’s Taxonomy. The cognitive levels are distributed according to the prescribed recommendations as far as possible so as to allow for the different levels of complexity at which the language is being assessed.
Reading for comprehension: comprehension skills; vocabulary (comedian, humorous, commentators, satirical, parentage, discriminated, influential); antonyms (immorality, illegalise); use of punctuation (brackets); visual literacy.
Summarising in your own words: point-form summary of 60 – 70 words.
Language in advertising: purpose of adjective; alliteration; parts of speech (verb, adjective); prefix (semi); figures of speech (simile, metaphor, personification, antithesis); write a sentence in negative form; explain use of exclamation marks.
Understanding other aspects of the media: visual literacy; idiomatic expression (Don’t count your chickens before they hatch); vocabulary (coop); figure of speech/explain humour (pun); reported speech.
Using language correctly: prepositions; choose correct form of the word in brackets (boring=bored, loose=lose); write abbreviation in full (mic.); passive voice; literal vs figurative (meets the eye); choose correct pronouns.
Total number of pages: 12 pages
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