English Home Language MasterClass DBE

This MasterClass presents lessons for English Home Language; it addresses the fundamental skills required by both DBE Paper I and Paper II.

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  • 05:04:50 hours on-demand videos
  • 12 Lessons
  • Access until 31 December 2024
  • Access on mobile and PC devices

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  • All 8 DBE Subjects
  • Access until 31 December 2024
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What will I learn?
  • Valuable hints in relation to time management, to ensure that students manage to complete the paper in the allocated time.
  • Reading and Viewing (Paper 1): A discussion focusing on Summary Skills highlights every important aspect of the process.
  • Interrogation of the play: The Tempest exploring the case for Prospero through examining the text for references that support the idea that Prospero choses appropriate justice over vengeance.
  • Reading and Viewing (Paper 1): A thorough look at Visual Literacy and Critical Literacy Awareness, with special emphasis on central concepts, e.g. Satire, Irony, Intention, Positioning, etc.
  • Watching this set of presentations will empower students to respond to both examinations with more confidence, thereby reducing the stress and anxiety traditionally associated with the examination process.
  • Reading and Viewing (Paper 1): Fundamental concepts such as Tone, Style, Register and Diction (among others) are discussed, including valuable hints on how to answer the attendant questions in each case.
  • Reading and Viewing (Paper 1): A detailed discussion on the Poetry section offers not only several references to poetic technique and poetic concepts and devices, but also useful hints in answering technique and how to avoid common mistakes.
  • Look at the different types of sentences – Simple, Compound and Complex as well as different Sentence Constructions – Loose versus Periodic Sentences and Active versus Passive Sentences, and how the construction determines the positioning of the reader or other entities.
  • Writing and Presenting (Paper 2): There are two focused, detailed presentations addressing all the elements that pertain to the writing of the Literary Essay, including many invaluable hints and cautions. The step-by-step approach is clear and concise. Essential elements, such as constructing a solid argument and how to create an academic style (including the use of quotations) are included.
  • Basic parts of speech – Nouns, Adjectives (including Articles), Pronouns, Prepositions, Interjections, Verbs, Adverbs and Conjunctions - and how each part of speech functions within a sentence. There is a particular focus on Verbs – in particular, Finite verbs versus Non-Finite verbs (Infinitives and how to conjugate them, and Participles). Transitive and Intransitive verbs are also addressed. In addition, you will learn the difference between a phrase and clause.
  • Interrogation of the play: The Tempest exploring the case for Prospero through examining the text for references that support the idea that Prospero choses appropriate justice over vengeance.
  • Reading and Viewing (Paper 1): A detailed look at answering technique across all sections of Paper 1.
  • Writing and Presenting (Paper 2): Both the individual formats and the structure of Transactional Writing pieces form the larger part of the presentation; however, there are also guidelines and precious tips on how to construct and express the content.
  • A systematic approach to writing the play essay is provided.
  • Explore common errors made in language and how to identify and correct them. Concepts explored include: Malapropism, Mixed Metaphor, Circumlocution and Verbosity, Euphemism, Innuendo, Ambiguity, Misrelated Participles, Split Infinitives, Comma Splice, Errors of Concord, Personal Pronouns (both Subjective Case and Objective Case).

Curriculum for this subject
12 Lessons 05:04:50 hours
Grade 12 English
12 Lessons 05:04:50 hours
  • English Home Language Sample Video
  • Visual Literacy
  • Critical and Visual Literacy examples
  • Unseen Poetry: Shakespeare Sonnet 130
  • Unseen Poetry: Robert Frost - Design
  • Unseen Poetry: Adrienne Rich - Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
  • Unseen poetry: William Carlos Williams
  • Unseen poetry: Emily Dickinson
  • Comprehension
  • Parts of Speech
  • Language in Context and Contextual Editing
  • Types of sentences and sentence construction
  • Hamlet
  • Sound knowledge of the structures of both examination papers
  • Paper
  • Pens

The English Home Language MasterClass Series was produced to highlight, clarify and refine the most important concepts and skills required to navigate the examinations, as outlined in the Examination Guidelines document for English Home Language. With its main focus largely on answering technique, the Series aims not only to address the challenges in each of the examinations but also to engender in the students an empowering sense of confidence. Each video is presented by highly qualified, highly experienced teachers who provide insightful advice and hints in their individual areas of expertise. Students who choose to work through the Series, or parts thereof, stand to gain immensely in terms of their examination preparation.
Teacher Biography

Natalie Sherman began her career in education by completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Psychology and Italian as majors, at Wits University. A further Honours Degree in Psychology followed, from the University of Johannesburg; in addition, as part of her training for a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, Natalie completed a Psychometrics internship at Tara Children’s Clinic.  Prior to starting a Master’s Degree, she was also required to complete a teaching diploma, which she did at the University of Johannesburg; it was while she was on her Teaching Practical at Redhill High School (her alma mater) that the teaching bug bit and Psychology was abandoned.

Natalie has been teaching English at Redhill School for twenty-three years; she is passionate about her subject, her school and her three sons - currently in Grades 7, 10 and first year at UCT.

Digby Riccicompleted his B.A. Honours at the University of the Witwatersrand and his M.A. at the University of Toronto. He went on to lecture at Wits University and at  RAU (as the University of Johannesburg was known in the 1980s); later, he accepted a teaching position at King David High School, Linksfield, where he also acted as Head of the Department of English; before his current appointment at Redhill School, Digby was Head of the Department of English at Roedean (South Africa) for no fewer than seventeen years. In addition to his lecturing and teaching, Digby also edited an anthology of writing about Johannesburg, Reef of Time (Ad Donker:1986), and he co-authored, with Mrs Jennifer Addleson, a guide to correct language usage, Writing Wrongs (Academica: 1989). In partnership with Hilary Semple, he has co-edited two Bankside editions of Shakespeare texts (Romeo and Juliet and Othello). He is a popular guest lecturer on literature and cinema and presents Brush Up the Bard lectures on You Tube. Currently, Digby is employed at Redhill School, as a subject expert in English. 

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