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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.
Reading for meaning and understanding: Comprehension skills; use word-attack skills; provide synonym for ‘dialogue’; comment on idiomatic expressions (‘on safari’; ‘out of touch’; a ‘sitting duck’); identify tone of voice; write abbreviation in full; read a map; compare texts.
Summarising in your own words: Summary skills/summarise 60–70 words in point-form.
Analyse an advertisement: Identify purpose and target audience; comment on suitability of font; identify and discuss effect of alliteration; assess effectiveness of text and design.
Analysing a cartoon: visual literacy – explain ‘eco-tourist’; find visual clues; form a question; understand a cartoon; explain humour.
Using language correctly: identify parts of speech (adverb and proper noun); identify and correct concord and spelling errors; form tag question; rewrite sentences using reported speech, passive voice and future continuous tense; write the correct word to form: a noun, infinitive verb and plural; explain function of hyphen; combine sentences; write a sentence in the negative form; form an antonym by adding the correct prefix.
Total number of pages: 14 pages
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