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Mini Resource: Language Exam Paper Gr 10 FAL (2021)


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NOTE: this exam paper was originally published in the 2021 Ratpack (FAL) so only 2021 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; vocabulary skills (arena, condemned criminal, careless vs admirable, antonym for ‘bondage’, synonym for ‘foremost’, meaning of Amazon and Achilles); idiomatic expressions (survival of the fittest, high birth); use of punctuation (italics); literal and figurative meaning; tone of voice
Summarising in your own words: point-form summary of 60–70 words
Analysing advertising: effect of font style; purpose of exclamation mark; vocabulary and word skills (mesmerising); connotations of ‘super’ and ‘lightning’; identifying personification vs metaphor, hyperbole and irony; sentence building
Understanding other aspects of the media: visual literacy; recognising features of a comic book; recognising effective use of font; finding supporting evidence in the text
Using language correctly: inserting prepositions; using correct punctuation; change to passive voice; correct form of words in brackets; change sentence to negative; identify idiomatic expression (accident prone); write in full (approximately); join sentences to form a complex sentence; form adjectives

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Number of pages: 12