Subject: Afrikaans First Additional Language

Subject Description:

The Afrikaans First Additional Language subject focuses on equipping students with listening, speaking, and reading and writing skills that are used in everyday social situations. Afrikaans First Additional Language is a core subject and all students are required to take the subject (unless they have been granted immigrant status).

Value of Afrikaans as First Additional Language subject:

The study of language is fundamental to the development of students’ thought structure and thought processes.
With more than 7 million speakers, Afrikaans is South Africa’s second biggest language. This figure doesn't include second language speakers. There are many of them.

The structure and discipline of language is therefore of the utmost importance in the development of the minds of young students. Afrikaans helps the student to develop a clear, logical, and reasonable way to express themselves and to develop a well-formed mind.

Afrikaans as a First Additional Language helps students to appreciate our dynamic and diverse country.
Students get an in-depth look into a culture that plays a fundamental role in the heritage and future of our country.

When asked why he was learning Afrikaans, Nelson Mandela was once quoted as saying: “If you speak to a man in a language he understands it goes to his head. If you speak to him in his language it goes to his heart.” 

Skills/Content Carried over from Grade 10-12:

Skill

Content

Writing skills

Essay writing (long), transactional writing (short), communication & creative tasks

Listening and speaking

Oral assessments, class discussions, listening tests

Reading

Reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature (novels, plays, poetry, films), visual literacy

Language conventions

Language, grammar, and spelling principles applied to all skills and tasks

Grade 10 Curriculum:

Skill

Content

Literature

  • Oor ’n motorfiets, ’n zombiefliek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan word - Jaco Jacobs
  • 6 poems (throughout the year)

Language

All grammar, spelling, and language rules and principles

Writing

  • Essays: literature, narrative, argumentative
  • Transactional: blog, open letter, email, speech, newspaper and magazine article

Speaking

Prepared speech, class discussions, prepared reading, unprepared reading

Visual Literacy

Cartoons, advertisements, graphs, infographics, posters, film study

Grade 11 Curriculum:

Skill

Content

Literature

  • Iewers vlieg daar fairy dust - Marisa Haasbroek.
  • 9 poems (throughout the year)

Language

All grammar, spelling, and language rules and principles

Writing

  • Essays: literature, narrative, argumentative, descriptive
  • Transactional: blog, open letter, email, speech, newspaper and magazine article

Speaking

Prepared speech, class discussions, prepared reading, unprepared reading

Visual Literacy

Cartoons, advertisements, graphs, infographics, posters, film study

Grade 12 Curriculum:

Skill

Content

Literature: IEB picks new literature every three years

  • Novel (2021): Asem - Jan Vermeulen
  • Film study: Ballade vir 'n Enkeling
  • 12 poems

Language

All grammar, spelling, and language rules and principles

Writing

  • Essays: literature, reflective, narrative, argumentative, persuasive
  • Transactional: open letter, email, speech, newspaper and magazine article

Speaking

Prepared speech, class discussions, prepared reading, unprepared reading

Visual Literacy

Cartoons, advertisements, graphs, infographics, posters, film study

Common Assessment Task – the IEB picks the theme for the CAT each year

  • Essay
  • Prepared speech
  • Class discussion
  • Prepared reading

Grade 9 Requirements:

Students must be well-grounded in their Grade 7-9 Afrikaans foundations – basic understanding, reading, and writing. Afrikaans is not a very demanding subject; if students complete activities and assessments on time, study well, and prepare well for their orals and writing pieces, they will do well.

Stationary Requirements:

  • Grade 10

  • Grade 11

  • Grade 12

Stationery required

  • Afrikaans Handbook & Study guide (used from Gr 4-12) - R295
  • Oor ’n motorfiets, ’n zombiefliek en lang getalle wat deur elf gedeel kan word - Jaco Jacobs Reader & Workbook - R75
  • Goed, Beter, Afrikaans Grade 10 handbook - R185
  • Afrikaans-English Dictionary
  • Quotation File

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