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Grades 4-6 Afrikaans Second Language

Homeschool curriculum resources for Afrikaans second language (additional language) learners.

When learning a Afrikaans second language, students need to speak, write, read and listen to the language being learned.

Below are Afrikaans second language resources that will help you to give your students these four types of language experiences.

We suggest that in addition to classroom workbook activities that you also select good Afrikaans literature to read aloud together, as this will increase the database of grammatically correct and sophisticated Afrikaans language patterns in your children’s brains, which in turn will better enable them to produce similar language patterns of their own!

Afrikaans Second Language Text Books

The Afrikaans Sonder Grense series of text books have been designed for classroom use in SA schools. However, you may find them a useful option to use as a guide for Afrikaans Second Language homeschooling, along with the workbooks, readers and read alouds which follow below.

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Afrikaans Handbook and Study Guide

The Afrikaans Handbook & Study Guide

Since this guide to Afrikaans grammar will be used from senior primary through to high school, it is a worthwhile investment.

English/Afrikaans Dictionary A good bilingual dictionary is an essential Afrikaans second language resource.

Workbooks and Readers

Afrikaans Second Language Resources – click here to request prices of the products in this section.

We recommend using a combination of the two products below during each grade of this phase, as each one alone would probably take about 6 months to complete. They are good complements to each other and will re-inforce your children’s Afrikaans language skills before you move on to the next level in each series.

Leer Afrikaans Lag-Lag Workbooks

This Leer Afrikaans Lag-Lag series of workbooks offers great value for little money! They include comprehension exercises, grammar instruction and drill, ideas for orals and creative writing activities, spelling, dictation, vocabulary activities as well as fun activities such as coloring, crosswords and more! There are also regular revision tests. Helpful hints are also provided in English along with the Afrikaans instructions to help second language learners to help themselves!

Schedule about 2 pages a day and your children will make good progress.

Leer Afrikaans Lag-Lag Boek 3

Ant Books – Workbooks and Readers

For this age level, your children could progress through levels 1-3 of the Ant Book series. Each level consists of two yellow workbooks plus four green colored readers for each workbook, making a total of eight readers.

Each reader is a 12 page booklet which will increase vocabulary, improve word-order, confidence, competence, pronunciation and comprehension skills.There is a dictionary page to start and questions at the end of each book.

The workbooks, based on each set of readers, are designed to develop comprehension, Afrikaans grammar, vocabulary extension, phonics, spelling, written expression …virtually every aspect of written language. They include plenty of repetition and practice as well as fun activities such as crossword puzzles, word searches and more.

1. Vlak 1 (aimed at Grade 4 second language Afrikaans learners) The readers have up to 25 words per page in the present tense. The stories are about Stoute Neels at home.

2. Vlak 2 (aimed at Grade 5 second language Afrikaans learners) There are up to 35 words per page in the present tense. The stories are about Stoute Neels on the farm.

3. Vlak 3 (aimed at Grade 6 second language Afrikaans learners) Readers have up to 50 words per page in the present tense. The stories are about an irritating aunty, Tannie Miems, who comes to stay!

Ant Books - Afrikaans Werkboek 1

There are also two orange supplementary A4 workbooks for levels 1 & 2 and one for level 3.

Ant Books - Workbook 1

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Afrikaans Second Language - Readers

Speurder Annika Maak ‘n Plan This book has 64 pages which can be read slowly over a few weeks. Use it at an instructional level, not expecting fluency or full understanding.

Afrikaans second language readers

Bessie Hemelbesem en die Skat van Smokkelaarsbaai Another book to read through slowly, looking up words and understanding contemporary Afrikaans.

Read Alouds

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Jakals Dans en Wolwedans Timeless fables in Afrikaans for younger children to listen to or for older children to read aloud.

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Die Avonture van Magrietjie Swaaiboude The most delightful story to read aloud. Based on the true story of Phillip, a man who lives in George, and his dog Magrietjie and his cockatiel, Samuel. We took almost a year to go through this as a lot of time was needed translating for the children.

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Die Geheime Bestanddeel van Petra Pienk se Piesangbrood A fun read aloud, that boys too will enjoy!

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Trompie Do you remember him from TV when you were younger? His ‘kattekwaad’ is still endearing, even though as parents we now know that some of his antics are pure disobedience! Still a fun read aloud for boys and girls!

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How to Improve your Skills in Afrikaans Second Language Writing

13 October 2020

7 minutes reading time

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  • 01. How to Get Started
  • 02. Watch Afrikaans Films and Series
  • 03. Read to Write
  • 04. Read Newspapers and Magazines in Afrikaans
  • 05. Read Novels and Poetry
  • 06. Writing in Afrikaans

Marvin couldn’t help but smile when he read young Dane’s essay in which he explains that he had seen a suspicious car “there under.” He was busy making English essays when he came across this direct translation from his learner’s native Afrikaans. Such errors are a natural occurrence when one is speaking a tongue foreign to you, as you may first be formulating your thoughts in your mother tongue and then translating them into a second language, such as Afrikaans. The most difficult thing to do, is to imagine your brain as a blank slate onto which this new language has to be written, along with its different word order, spelling, grammar and idiom.

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How to Get Started

Uit die staanspoor, (one of many Afrikaans phrases meaning from the very start or the get-go), an almost peerless way to improve your skills in Afrikaans is to work with a native Afrikaans-speaker.

If you choose to immerse yourself in the Afrikaans language by spending time with a family, you would not only be learning and utilising the language daily, but also learning interesting ways in which Afrikaans is used by first-language speakers as well as their traditions, customs, cuisine and dress code. Initially, observing them run over words at a canter or gallop may be intimidating. However, with the passing of time, with encouragement from your hosts, you will soon be joining in full and, hopefully, fluent, intelligible conversation. This is a very good way to learn Afrikaans, as you will be working with a family which also speaks English and is very conversant with Afrikaans and many of its intricacies.

Another brilliant way, of gaining traction in Afrikaans, is to work closely with a native Afrikaans speaker in a method called language exchange. In this approach, half the time is spent speaking your mother tongue and the other half is spent using the mother tongue of your partner. In this way, you are learning Afrikaans , for example, while you’ll be helping your partner acquire English.

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Watch Afrikaans Films and Series

A wonderful way to expose yourself to Afrikaans, in a non-threatening way, is to watch Afrikaans news, movies and soapies. You can always check your understanding of the news by watching it with a native speaker or by checking the English news later on. You could also copy down new words you’ve heard and check them out in your tweetalige or verklarende woordeboek .

Many Afrikaans soapies carry sub-titles which would help your interpretation of whatever situation is playing itself out on “the box”. Viewing movies and soapies or other series can be used to inform the way you utilise Afrikaans in a formal, as opposed to, an informal setting. There are a number of Afrikaans soapies on air, either on the free-to-air format or via a subscription service. Either way, you’ll be able to view and hear spoken Afrikaans daily, generally displaying a very good use of the language in day-to-day settings. You can, additionally, tune your radio in to one of a number of Afrikaans radio stations and listen at home, in your car or even on your phone. This is a great way to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world, in a totally different format!

Read to Write

Indisputably, the basis for a lot of learning is reading. This is why looking for information is called research (re-search). Generally, before the advent of the Internet, people did research by scouring through volumes of books and encyclopaedias.  Even in our modern age of technology, many students can still be encountered poring over volumes of books in libraries. Reading is an invaluable skill which has an undeniable impact on the learning of any subject – even maths has a reading component.

As soon as you start reading you will be faced with Afrikaans spelling, which generally, is not difficult or complicated. For the most part, words are spelled, more or less, in the way they are spoken. Certain letters take on a different sound when they have a caret above them. An example of this is the “ê” as found in the words sê (pronunced like share without the “h”) and lê (as in lair... not liar ). Others announce the introduction of a separate sound within the word, as in geëet (ge – eet) and voël (pronounced “foo”+ “will”). These little idiosyncrasies will, in due course, become second nature to you as you progress through your learning material with greater confidence every day.

The more one reads, the quicker and deeper your understanding of texts in all their different formats: books, newspaper articles, documents, contracts, advertisements, etc.

So, too, will it influence your writing immeasurably as words, ideas, idioms, writing style and sequencing of ideas will readily spring to mind. You would have become wired to write!

Read Newspapers and Magazines in Afrikaans

A great springboard would be to start reading Afrikaans magazines, – the Huisgenoot, Sarie, Rooi Rose and Weg! – newspapers and novels. Here, again, you are exposed to writing which will influence yours in one way or another. Once you have decided on a magazine, you will be drawn to a particular writer and/or the particular topic they tend to write about and possibly their writing style.

This will encourage you to stay the course and complete reading the entire article or series of articles. We would suggest that you have a tweetalige woordeboek (bilingual dictionary) at hand. Of course, nowadays, many publications can also be accessed online , facilitating the enjoyment of magazine and newspaper articles wherever you have cell-phone reception.

Read Novels and Poetry

If you have a smattering of Afrikaans as a background, you may want to delve deeper into the treasure trove of Afrikaans literature available: novels, poetry, prose and drama.

Poetry, with is rhythm and rhyme, casts a quick spotlight on the use of the language, in that it is much shorter than a novel, drama or biography. The light, of course, can shine with quite a great intensity as the poet plays either with words or with their multiple meanings and/or inferences. The type of poem – serious, fun, historical – can be chosen on the basis of what you feel you would like to engage in at that particular point. All in all, this will prove to be another wonderful way to engage with what is regarded as the youngest official language in the world.

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Once you have achieved a greater deal of proficiency in Afrikaans, you can advance to reading more voluminous texts. Afrikaans has many great writers , some of whom have received legendary status in the country, given the fact that many of them have been studied by learners at schools for close on to 100 years, at least. They are also proudly quoted by Afrikaners, who are very passionate about their language, culture and traditions. Great Afrikaans books have been authored by the likes of N.P. van wyk Louw ( Raka ), Dalene Matthee ( Fiela se Kind ) and Deon Meyer ( Ikarus and Onsigbaar ). They head up a list of distinguished writers who have achieved great literary recognition in South Africa and even abroad.

You will find that these writers have excelled at crafting poetry, novels as well as short stories, as in the case of S.J. Naudé, whose debut publication, Alfabet van die Voëls, achieved critical acclaim, as did his novel Die Derde Spoel (The Third Reel). As indicated, this last-mentioned text is written in both English and Afrikaans and, if one has a mind to, could be read concurrently, the English version casting light and translation on the Afrikaans.

Search for grade 1 Afrikaans lessons  here on Superprof.

Writing in Afrikaans

You are now ready to start composing texts in Afrikaans, having immersed yourself, through reading, in the warmth, rhythm, vocabulary and idiom of the language. You would also have encountered different writing styles and may have started to gravitate towards the style of one or more of your now-favourite authors.

A fun way to get started would be to write notes or little poems to friends and Afrikaans-speakers you know. Their responses would soon indicate to you how quickly your learning is progressing, or not.

A good way to start is to write an Afrikaans letter to your tutor, a friend or a colleague, who can then critique your rendition objectively (at least ask them to). They will then be able to advise you on how to set out the letter and the correct language to use when greeting a male or female addressee.

Search for Afrikaans tutorials here on Superprof.

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Further, they will also guide you, in terms of how to close your letter. You will also receive guidance on how to structure a friendly (personal) letter as opposed to a business letter. This would be an excellent way to start off your first ventures into the world of writing in Afrikaans as your texts do not have to be lengthy and you would have some knowledge of letter-writing from doing so at school in your mother tongue. This exercise should definitely prove to be a confidence booster! Another interesting way to get started is to try your hand at poetry.

Longer texts, like essays, can now be attempted. Here, at least, you can fall back on the skills you employed in creating texts in your home language. Utilise those skills to plan your essay so that there is a wonderful, fluid flow to your composition (pardon the pun). Now the idioms, turn of phrase and Afrikaans vocabulary you have gleaned from your listening, reading and viewing will all come into play and flavour your writing in your own inimitable ( onnavolgbaar ) way.

There is no doubt that co-operation with a skilled tutor, knowledgeable in Afrikaans, will, no doubt, soon have you on a star-ward bound trajectory! Superprof have wonderful, highly skilled tutors who can help you on your way. Simply visit their website to set you off on the right foot. Voorwaarts!

Search for Afrikaans lessons for beginners here on Superprof.

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