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GRADE 11-12 FAL LANGUAGE EXAM PAPER
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; identifying links to photograph and caption
Summarising in your own words: Summary skills/summarise 60–70 words in point-form
Analysing an advertisement: Identify product and target audience; visual literacy; recognizing stereotypes; use of capital letters for proper nouns
Analysing a cartoon: visual literacy – understand a cartoon/humour; discuss body language and facial expressions; use of punctuation (exclamation mark); use of typography (writing/font) to effect meaning; figurative language (pun)
Using language correctly: Style (sensational or factual); correct concord error; explain use of apostrophes; identify and write an acronym in full (SAPO); write degrees of comparison (fast); change from passive to active voice; correct spelling (past instead of passed); write reported speech; join sentences and write a sentence in the negative form.
Total number of pages: 13 pages
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