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Mini Resource: Language Exam Paper Gr 8-9 FAL (2021)


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NOTE: this exam paper was originally published in the 2021 Ratpack (FAL) so only 2021 non-subscribers should purchase this exam paper to avoid duplication.


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.

Comprehension: Comprehension skills; word-attack skills, vocabulary (appreciation, rhythm, Hip Hop, beat, technique, merry-go-round, pop, traditional, uniquely, rhythmic, contemporary, elite, mansion, humble)
Summary: Summarising skills/write a point-form summary of 50–60 words in full sentences using your own words.
[Recommended for Grade 8]
Visual literacy and language: reported speech, visual literacy skills, homophones (soul–sole), idiomatic expression (make a song and dance …), reported speech
Language structures and conventions: idiomatic expression (put your best foot forward); give the correct form of the word in brackets (form adjectives); use of underlining to highlight titles; rewrite in the negative form; use conjunctions to join sentences; rewrite in the passive form; rewrite as a full sentence; identify and quote words; fill in suitable prepositions; correct errors (spelling of performers, past vs passed); rewrite in formal English; identify figure of speech (simile)

Total number of pages: 9 pages

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