This MasterClass covers all the important topics that students need to master for the Grade 12 DBE isiZulu First Additional Language examinations. These topics can be examined within either the Paper I or Paper II formats.
The isiZulu First Additional Language MasterClass Series of videos was produced to highlight, clarify and refine the most important concepts as described in the CAPS Document for isiZulu First Additional Language. The concepts learnt prior to Grade 12 are not explicitly covered as individual topics but are reinforced to the extent that they apply to Grade 12.
These videos serve to summarise the important concepts related to each topic. They will provide students with theory in order to gain context related to the question and thus enable them to answer examination questions with deeper and greater understanding. They also include a thorough look at the mechanics of how to approach the poetry questions and apply grammar rules; ultimately, they will serve as a valuable summary of the course and will provide an excellent starting point when studying for examinations.
The videos further address common mistakes that students make and how to avoid them. An effort is made to expose students to various ways that the content can be tested. This includes guidance on how to approach examination questions systematically, in order to maximise marks and save time. This is done by working through common examination-style questions and discussing the logic behind each answer; students are then able to apply this acquired knowledge to a multitude of diverse questions, rather than simply rote learning solutions.
A student who watches this MasterClass Series attentively - and who reinforces the explanations given by actively working through multiple past paper questions - will be thoroughly prepared for the final examinations.
Maureen originally set out to study a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work, majoring in Child Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, at the University at the North. Later, however, she would change direction and attain a JTPD qualification at Soweto Teachers’ College (UJ), majoring in Education1-3, IsiZulu, English and Didactics.
In terms of her working career, Maureen began at the Nedbank Early Learning Centre, implementing School Readiness Programs, where she was promoted to the position of Principal, in 1996; in this capacity, she was tasked with overseeing the entire centre. In no time, Maureen’s focus began to shift more specifically in the direction of isiZulu teaching. In this regard, Maureen accepted positions at Trinity College and at Aurora Private School; at the latter, she taught isiZulu and Music and was later promoted to Head of Department. This was followed by a stint at Heron Bridge College, where she not only headed the Department of isiZulu but also taught Art and Drama – all in a quest to spread the love of the isiZulu language whilst also breaking new ground.
A renowned educator for twenty-two years, Maureen specialises in Pre- preparatory/ Junior Preparatory/ Senior Preparatory and High School methodology. In this regard, she has always been impressively active in her field of expertise: she has co-compiled and produced the Masilalele Learning Audio Programmes, she has facilitated Additional Language classes for adults / parents and she authored Zulu Clinic Thresholds: Modules 1, 2 and 3. Furthermore, Maureen also founded and structured the IEB’s current isiZulu theme-based curriculum and acted as Language Moderator for the isiZulu benchmark assessments. And, lastly, she co-formed AFSAL from its inception to the present, well-established AFSAL (ISASA Additional Language Conferences); here, she plays a pivotal role as co-planner and facilitator of cluster workshops.
The present finds Maureen at Redhill School, where she not only heads the Department of isiZulu in the Preparatory School but also facilitates Language acquisition, in the Middle Years Programme, and is the Grade 8 Grade Head.