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GRADE 8-9 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.
Note: Time allocated is 1½ hours but please use your discretion. The mark allocation has changed
to 60 so that it can be more easily converted to 30 marks as prescribed.
Comprehension skills: vocabulary (superhero, century, fatal, supposedly, French, daredevil); punctuation in context – inverted commas.
Summarising skills: point-form summary of 50-60 words in full sentences.
Language structure and conventions: figures of speech – simile; synonym; write a full sentence (subject and verb); analyse an advert; spelling
Visual literacy and language: finding visual clues; literal vs figurative meaning; rewrite in reported speech; explain humour.
Total number of pages: 9 pages
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