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GRADE 8-9 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; vocabulary (fantasy, myths, legends, coat-of-arms, enchanting, Greece); literal and figurative meaning
Summarising using your own words: Summary skills/point-form summary of 50 – 60 words
Advertising and language: visual literacy skills; sound device (alliteration); synonym (for ‘delightful’); use of exclamation marks in context
Visual literacy and language: visual literacy skills; abbreviation (Saint = St); rewrite in reported speech
Language structures and use: identify parts of speech; explain idiomatic expression (missed the boat); add the correct prepositions; vocabulary skills (hoaxes, tsunami); rewrite in negative form; join sentences with conjunctions; rewrite in passive voice; correct spelling errors (there/their, decieve/deceive)
Total number of pages: 10 pages
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