At Somerset College, Afrikaans is a compulsory First Additional Language offered from grade 1 to 12. In grade 8 the children are awarded the choice of taking isiXhosa as a First Additional language.

In grade 1 the focus of the Afrikaans curriculum is on developing the children’s ability to understand and speak Afrikaans. In Grades 2 and 3 learners start to build literacy on this oral foundation. They also apply the skills they have already learned in their home language.

From grade 4 – 6 the children continue to strengthen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. In grade 7 the children enter the Senior Phase and should be reasonably proficient in Afrikaans with regard to both interpersonal and cognitive academic skills.

At Somerset College we focus on developing the following skills in Afrikaans:

 Listening and Speaking

 Reading and Viewing

 Writing and Presenting

 Language Structures and Conventions

We follow the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) as prescribed by the Department of Basic Education.

Mrs Elizabeth van Tonder
Head of Afrikaans