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


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NOTE: this exam paper was originally published in the 2021 Ratpack (HL) 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 meaning and understanding: comprehension skills; vocabulary and word skills (aromatherapy, exotic and alluring, allure); discuss alliteration and its impact on meaning; understand meta-language (subtitle); apply understanding of a dictionary entry; visual literacy skills
Summarising in your own words: summary skills/summarise 80–90 words in a concise, cohesive paragraph
Analysing advertisements: visual literacy skills; analysing advertising techniques (logo, symbols, visual effects); discuss stereotyping (sexism)
Understanding a cartoon: visual literacy skills; synonym (hankering); explain humour
Using language correctly: identify/correct spelling (Americanisms – favorite, flavor, realize); provide an antonym (ancient); use of punctuation – commas; form an adjective (benefit = beneficial); identify prefix for ‘over’; identify jargon; correct error of concord; identify sentence as simple, compound or complex

Total number of pages: 14 pages

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