First Additional Languages
Mrs Kobae Mrs van Aardt
Prestige College offers Afrikaans First Additional and Setswana First Additional Language, one of which must be offered to obtain a National Senior Certificate. Immigrant candidates, who only start their school career in South Africa in Grade 8, are exempted but still attend one of the two languages until Grade 10.
You should have passed Grade 7 in the Language or else be quite fluent in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the target language if you want to offer it in high school.
By Grade 10 you should have a working vocabulary to be able to communicate fluently- at least 5000 words. You will be expected to add to this about 100-200 words weekly. Memorising new vocabulary, noting down new words and phrases and independent reading, communicating as often as possible in the target language, listening to TV programmes etc. should assist learners to enrich themselves and broaden their understanding and skills.
Oral communication counts 16% towards your eventual final marks. Formal and informal speeches, dialogues, dramatisation, debates and discussion of literature are mostly used for formal marks in this section.
Language and grammar and written comprehension is studied contextually but also formally. You will have to be able to read complex instructions in the examined language to summarise, give account of meaning, or do transformations of words and sentences in the Grammar paper, counting about 25% of the eventual passing mark.
A firm foundation in vocabulary and grammatical skills will then enable you to express yourself in essays and transactional creative writing. This aspect counts 34% in written assessments and marks.
This will also enable you to read prescribed texts and incidental texts and articles independently and with confidence, and react on different levels.
from Grade 10-12 two Literature genres will be studied intensively. Learners will have to understand and explain not only broad contexts, plot, conflict and characterisation, literary terminology and conventions in the examined language, but also be able to give the meaning of phrases and words from the texts. Four formal assessments form about 25 % of the pass mark. We aim to have learners enjoy their lessons and use varied learning and teaching aids and strategies to make the study of a second language an enjoyable part of each day.