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GRADE 8-9 HL 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.
Reading for meaning and understanding: comprehension skills; personification; use of inverted commas; provide a synonym; visual literacy skills [length suitable for Grade 8 or 9]
Summarising in own words: point-form summary of 70 – 80 words [recommended for Grade 9 level]
Understanding an advertisement: critical language awareness; use of fonts; visual literacy; ambiguity
Visual literacy: visual literacy skills; understanding the use of exclamation marks for effect; recognising tone of voice; correct spelling (programme)
Language structures and use: identifying parts of speech (common noun / collective noun); Americanism (neighbourhood not neighborhood); use of suffixes to form different parts of speech (verb to noun and noun to verb); write a sentence with a homophone (one/won); rewrite in reported speech; identify a phrase from a clause; rewrite in passive voice.
Total number of pages: 12 pages
Compiled by Macrat Publishing