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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.
Comprehension: comprehension skills; use of inverted commas; explain metaphor; identify sound device (alliteration); media literacy skills (judge a book cover); identify difference in format or style (written review of a documentary vs a book cover) vocabulary skills (veteran broadcaster, cue, witness statement)
[Suitable for Grade 8 or 9]
Summary: point-form summary of 60-70 words
[Recommended for Grade 8]
Visual literacy: visual literacy skills; identify and explain figure of speech (simile); recognising the use of bold font to effect meaning (tone of voice); recognise and explain humour (irony)
Language structures and conventions: identify subordinate clause; identify and explain a prefix; add a suffix to form a noun; identify parts of speech (definite article, verb, proper noun, adjective); provide a synonym (microscopic); explain a metaphor (comparison); identify and explain a sound device (onomatopoeia); rewrite in reported speech; correct spelling (right, prosperous); insert correct punctuation (capital letter, commas, end stop); completing idiomatic expressions (waste not, want not; tip of the iceberg)
Total number of pages: 10 pages
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