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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; evaluating word choice; identify and read a bar chart
Summarising in your own words: Summary skills/summarise 60–70 words in point-form
Analysing advertisements: Identify product and target audience; visual literacy; advertising techniques
Analysing a cartoon: visual literacy – find visual clues; understand a cartoon/humour
Using language correctly: spelling and punctuation errors; parts of speech (adjective and noun); tag question; change from passive to active voice; write reported speech; explain function of single inverted commas; write degree of comparison; change from present to past continuous tense; combine sentences; write a sentence in the negative form; form an antonym using a prefix; form a noun from a present participle; plurals
Total number of pages: 13 pages
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