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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  • 03:51:54 hours on-demand videos
  • 9 Lessons
  • Access until 31 December 2021
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  • All 8 DBE Subjects
  • Access until 31 December 2021
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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.
  • 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.
  • There is a focused, detailed presentation 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.
  • 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.
  • A thorough look at Visual Literacy and Critical Literacy Awareness, with special emphasis on central concepts, e.g. Satire, Irony, Intention, Positioning, etc.
  • Interrogation of the play Hamlet concentrating on central themes, the characterization of Hamlet himself, revenge, and the role of providence in the action of the play. It also explores some of the patterns of imagery in this multi-faceted tragedy.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 and other entities.

Curriculum for this subject
9 Lessons 03:51:54 hours
Grade 12 English
9 Lessons 03:51:54 hours
  • English Home Language Sample Video
  • Critical and Visual Literacy examples
  • Visual Literacy
  • Unseen Poetry: Shakespeare Sonnet 130
  • Unseen Poetry: Robert Frost - Design
  • Unseen Poetry: Adrienne Rich - Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
  • 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 started on her path to a career in Education by completing a BA at Wits University, majoring in Psychology and Italian. She followed that with an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg and a Psychometrics internship at Tara Children’s Clinic on her path to getting her Master's in Educational Psychology.  Prior to starting the Master’s Degree, she was required to do a teaching diploma, which she did through the University of Johannesburg, and while doing her teaching prac at Redhill High School (her alma mater), the teaching bug bit and psychology was abandoned.

Natalie has been teaching English at Redhill for 21 years and has three sons currently in Grade 5, 8 and 11. She is passionate about her subject, her school and her sons.

Digby Ricci completed 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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