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GRADE 11-12 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 comprehension: synonym; rhetorical question; use of italics; understanding a picture and relating it to the text
Summary Point-form summary: 60-70 words
Vocabulary: unique, city dweller, diverse, hues, road-tripping, off-the-beaten-track, regal
Spelling: they’re vs their; hippopotamuses / hippopotami
Analysing an advertisement: visual literacy skills; message; target audience; slogan
Analysing a cartoon: visual literacy skills; font; body language, tone of voice
Using language correctly: parts of speech – noun, adjective, verb, adverb; passive form; write abbreviations in full; reported speech; use of apostrophe; antonyms; forming an adverb; correction of spelling errors; prepositions
Total number of pages: 13 pages
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