Nglish in Perspective: English Language Studies 1 Eed101F

Topics: South Africa, English language, Question Pages: 6 (1926 words) Published: October 10, 2012

Tutorial letter 201/2/2012

Semester 2

This Tutorial Letter serves as Feedback on Assignments 01 and 02 for Semester 2 of 2012 and Examination Guidelines.

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Dear Student

Most of you scored well in this first assignment, showing that you had gone through the prescribed text and study guide and found the correct answers, which we have reproduced below. We apologise for the typographical error in Question 50, where instead of 1, 2, 3, 4, we had 1, 1, 2, 3. The second option was the correct one. The computer marking section was instructed to mark all students’ answers to this question correct. The answer to Question 50 is disapprove of its non-standard mixture of different languages. Question 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Correct answer 3 4 3 4 3 4 2 2 1 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 2 4 4 3 4 4 1 3 4 Question 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Correct answer 1 2 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 2 4 4 2 3 4 1 2 4 3 3 3 4 3 4 2



You will probably have noticed that this assignment was based largely on a previous examination paper. We did this to give you practice in the kind of questions you will have to answer in your examination. Suggested answers to the questions follow. In answering these questions, you had the benefit of access to your dictionary, which you will not have in the examination. In the latter situation, when you do not have additional resources, you must try to use the context of the word or phrase to work out its meaning, if you do not know it already. QUESTION 1: Comprehension (a) Explaining the meaning of phrases in the context of the passage. Remember that when you attempt this type of question, you should try to explain each word in the phrase. If you do not know these, try to work out or guess their meanings from the general context. (i) (ii) linguistic and cultural diversity Differences between different groups in terms of language, ethnicity and background non-native speakers People who speak a language which is not their mother tongue/first language/primary language almost extinct Virtually died out, nearly non-existent (6) (b) Does the writer agree with Blade Nzimande’s proposal? Give reasons for your answer. There is a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ to this question. ‘Yes’: The writer agrees that it is necessary for all South Africans to learn an African language, and that this should be made compulsory, seen in the sentence ‘this is not to say … contrary’. ‘No’: the writer disagrees that this measure should be implemented at university level. He believes that this is far too late, seen in the sentence ‘it should first apply at the primary and secondary levels’. 2 marks were allocated to each part of this answer. (4) According to the writer, what is the difference between the way a child and an adult learn an additional language?




A child learns a language easily and effortlessly. The language is acquired through exposure at an early age, and the process is largely unconscious. An adult has to make a conscious effort to learn an additional language. The process requires dedication, regular practice and application. 2 marks were allocated to each part of this answer. (4) (d) Quote a sentence from the passage which illustrates that official policy is not always put into practice. ‘This idea has long been advocated and is even prescribed up to Grade 9 in the 1996 Language in Education Policy, but this measure has yet to be implemented.’ (2) (i) Phonology, because this branch of language study entails the sounds of language, and the writer is talking about ‘clicks’ and ‘tones’. (2) (ii) Lexis entails the study of words/vocabulary. Syntax entails the study of grammar/sentence structure.


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