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GRADE 8-9 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.
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Comprehension Reading for comprehension: comprehension skills; American spelling; True/false; synonym
Summary Point-form summary: 50-60 words
Vocabulary: rate, proved, conclusion, excavated, idea, planted, couch potato, layers, hours = hrs
Spelling: flavor = flavour; you’ll = you will; ’em = them Language structures and conventions: figures of speech / sound devices – alliteration, metaphor, personification, simile; parts of speech – adjective and verb; active and passive voice; concord; negative
Visual text: idiom; body language; reported speech
Language in action: preposition; conjunction – join sentences; synonym; abbreviation; formal language
Total number of pages: 10 pages
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