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Mini Resource: Language Exam Paper Gr 10 FAL (2020)


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NOTE: this exam paper was originally published in the 2020 Ratpack (FAL) so only 2020 non-subscribers should purchase this exam paper to avoid duplication.


Below is a brief analysis of the contents of this exam paper. We hope that you will find the information useful when looking for a question on a specific area of language for testing or when checking for questions which are not suitable for your learners.

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; important vocabulary (nationality for Sweden = Swedish, effective, strike, protest, outcomes, Plan B); synonym (engage); use of punctuation (inverted commas); style (alliteration for effect, connotations)
Summarising in your own words: point-form summary of 60 – 70 words
Analysing advertising: visual literacy (illustrations); vocabulary and word skills (pure-filter, who-knows-what); identify sound device (alliteration)
Understanding other aspects of the media: visual literacy; reported speech; negative form; literal and figurative language
Using language correctly: prepositions; synonyms (persistent, estimated); passive voice; correct form of words in brackets; antonym (punishment); idiomatic expressions (Prevention is better than cure, light at the end of the tunnel); meaning of words (arsonists, unlawful); choose correct pronouns; spelling error (government); error of concord; incorrect degree of comparison; identifying a figure of speech (personification)

Total number of pages: 11 pages

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