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Afrikaans is currently the 1st Additional Language taught at St Benedict's. It is compulsory for boys from Grades 9 to 12. (Immigrants are exempt from taking Afrikaans.) St Benedict’s.
The main aim of the Afrikaans Department is to
ensure pupils have accessibility to Afrikaans and to promote their
communicative skills. In a country with such diverse population demographics,
it is a necessity to communicate at least at a basic level in more than one of
the official languages.
Pupils are encouraged to greet and talk to their Afrikaans speaking teachers in
Afrikaans when not in the formal classroom environment and are often surprised
at their own ability to hold a conversation.
Please follow the link below to peruse the subject policy
within the website’s policy library:
St Benedict's College Policy Library
Language and the various aspects of languages (sentence
construction, parts of speech, figures of speech and so on) are taught across
the grades and if our
pupils leave St Benedict’s at the end of their Matric year with the ability to
communicate well in Afrikaans, then we have achieved our goal!
Throughout their College career, boys
are taught the following:
Mondeling (Communicative Competence and Oral)
At the junior level, the
learning of Afrikaans needs to be as interactive and as "fun" as possible, for example, the Grade
8’s hone their Scrabble skills on a regular basis as they build their
vocabulary in an informal manner.
also listen to Afrikaans music and read Afrikaans stories to help build their
vocabulary and comprehension.
Afrikaans in the three senior grades prepares boys for their final Matric examination.
The language learnt builds on previous years' learning while the literature, both poetry
and fiction, is chosen to prepare the boys for their matric setworks and their
final matric examinations.
The inaugural "Toespraak Aand" was held in 2013 and was a resounding success. Boys in each Grade participate in an evening of entertaining public speaking. The Grade 9 boys also entertain the audience by presenting one of their poems. The aim is to encourage boys to speak Afrikaans in a more formal environment and to also showcase our best Afrikaans speakers.
The purpose of these outings is to enhance and supplement teaching that takes place in the classroom. If there is a film or play on circuit that is of interest to a particular grade, we make every effort to take the pupils to see it. Where possible, we take the boys to watch the film adaptations of their setwork novels. I
This presentation takes place annually and the matrics are treated to an enactment of their setworks. Actors highlight themes from the novel and poems that are prescribed for the year and present them to the matrics in our hall.
Nog 13 Spookstories – Jaco Jacobs Geniet Afrikaans Gr 8 Werkboek 2014 (R120) Available at school
An English/Afrikaans Dictionary
Optional: Beryl Lutrin’s Studiegids in Afrikaans
Nog 13 Spookstories (purchased in 2013) Available at school
Nog 13 Spookstories: Werkboek (R50) Available at school OR available as e-book at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rinada-
Goed, Beter Afrikaans Gr 9 Werkboek (R120)
Beryl Lutrin’s Studiegids in Afrikaans (if not purchased in Grade 8)
Spring – Fanie Viljoen Spring – Werkboek (R50)
Goed, Beter Afrikaans Graad 10 (R120)
Sweef en ander kortverhale – Marieta Nel en Adinda Vermaak
Goed, Beter Afrikaans Gr 11 Werkboek (R120)
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