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English first additional language

Grade 8


Module 16

The christmas/easter debate

Activity 1:

To listen actively in discussionslisten for specific informationinteract in additional languagedebate social and ethical issues

[lo 1.4, 1.3.1, 2.2.1, 2.4]

  • Two of the major public holidays in South Africa are Easter and Christmas. These are both religious holidays and both have relevance to the Christian religion.
  • There are people who are of the opinion that public holidays should not be linked to any religious festival. They argue that this amounts to favouritism and discrimination among religions.
  • You will now have a debate around this issue.
  • Your teacher will divide the class into two groups.
  • Group One will support the national celebration of Christmas and Easter as public holidays.
  • Group Two will oppose this and suggest that Easter and Christmas be a private and personal celebration. They will argue that South Africans be given the choice of using their leave benefits at work to celebrate these religious festivals.

About Debating:

Debating is more than just a class discussion. You are required to support and defend a particular point of view on a given topic. You will be given time to prepare yourself. Different roles will be assigned to different learners in the class.

These roles are:

  1. A chairperson: This learner will be in control of the debate. (S) he opens and closes the proceedings. (S) he will never express a personal point of view or support either group.
  2. A first speaker for each side. : These learners will each introduce their point of view before the debate starts in all earnest. When the topic has been thoroughly debated, these speakers will summarize their group’s argument.
  3. The floor (an uneven number of learners): These learners’ sole purpose is to listen to the arguments and cast their vote at the end of the debate, based only on the arguments they have heard.
1. Does not meet expectations.(1 each)
  1. Minimal completion of task and /or responses frequently inappropriate.
  2. Responses barely comprehensible.
  3. Pronunciation frequently interferes with communication.
  4. Inadequate and /or inaccurate use of vocabulary.
  5. Inadequate and/or inaccurate use of basic language structures.
2. Almost meets expectations.(2 each)
  1. Partial completion of the task, responses mostly appropriate yet underdeveloped.
  2. Responses mostly comprehensible, requiring interpretation on the part of the listener.
  3. Speech choppy and /or slow with frequent pauses, few or no incomplete thoughts.
  4. Pronunciation occasionally interferes with communication.
  5. Somewhat inadequate and/or incorrect use of vocabulary. Emerging use of basic language structures.
3. Meets expectations.(3 each)
  1. Completion of task, responses appropriate and adequately developed.
  2. Responses comprehensible, need minimal interpretation on the part of the listener.
  3. Some hesitation, but manages to continue and complete thoughts.
  4. Pronunciation does not interfere with communication. Adequate and accurate use of vocabulary.
  5. Emerging control of basic language structures.
4. Exceeds expectations.(4 each)
  1. Superior completion of task, responses appropriate and with elaboration.
  2. Responses readily comprehensible, needs no interpretation on the part of the listener.
  3. Pronunciation enhances communication.
  4. Rich use of vocabulary.
  5. Control of basic language structures.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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Source:  OpenStax, English first additional language grade 8. OpenStax CNX. Sep 11, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11042/1.1
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