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GRADE 11-12 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.
Comprehension: vocabulary (note: includes geographical terms); proper nouns; summary skills; read and analyse a table
Summary skills: summarise 60–70 words in point-form
Analyse an advert – identify target audience, discuss font and effectiveness; visual literacy
Understanding other aspects of the media: Visual literacy – understand a cartoon/humour, discuss body language and facial expressions; use of punctuation – question mark and exclamation mark; idiomatic expression – to put one foot in front of the other
Using language correctly: Parts of speech – adjective and adverb; change form of words; change to passive voice; write contraction in full; explain use of apostrophe; provide a synonym (picturesque) and an antonym for (widespread); change to reported speech; correct spelling (excessive); correct degree of comparison; write 50km/h in full; fill in prepositions
Total number of pages: 12 pages
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