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GRADE 11-12 HL 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 skills: writing style – diction, colloquialisms; point of view; visual literacy
Summary skills: summarise 80 – 90 words in a concise, cohesive paragraph
Vocabulary: statistical; beneficial; practical; sparse; patronising; arrogant; dangle
Expressions: noses to the grindstone; no man’s land
Spelling: cielings vs ceilings
Advertising and language: neologism; advertising analysis – slogan, layout, design; visual literacy
Understanding other aspects of the media: irony; visual literacy
Using language correctly: malapropism; types of sentences; spelling; punctuation – hyphen, brackets; synonym; correction of errors – split infinitive, concord, tense.
Total number of pages: 13 pages
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