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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.
Comprehension: Comprehension skills; vocabulary (destiny, disadvantaged, vibrant, humanitarian, conductor, composer, standing ovation, limits, symbol, spelling of doctor); punctuation in context (use of exclamation mark, italics).
Summary: Summarising skills/point-form summary of 50-60 words in full sentences.
Reading an advertisement: literal vs figurative meaning; assonance (vs alliteration, metaphor, personification); quote a phrase to show understanding.
Understanding a cartoon: visual literacy; literal meaning.
Language structure and conventions: filling in prepositions; rewrite in negative form; correct word in brackets (encourage to encouragement); write in passive voice; identify formal vs informal language; use subordinate conjunctions to join sentences; spelling (twelve-year-old and interview); understanding idiomatic expressions (the big top, head over heels); vocabulary (trapezium, trapeze, tightrope); write in reported speech.
Total number of pages: 9 pages
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