Woema wins again with Grade 4 Afrikaans (first additional language) workbook

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Title: Woema: Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Graad 4 Teksboek en Werkboek
Authors: Cecile Smith and Kara Smith
Publisher: Woemaboeks
ISBN: 978-0-9947168-6-6
Reviewed by Fiona de Villiers

Woema textbooks are characteristically colourful and packed full of interesting features.

The Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal (Afrikaans first additional language) textbook and workbook for Grade 4 is no exception, and will make learning the language an enjoyable experience. Woema resources are also as user-friendly as possible. The authors, Kara Smith and Cecile Smith, have clearly put themselves in a pair of Grade 4 shoes to make sure that no-one flounders along the way. In module one (as in every module), a list of new words will be a useful guide throughout the school year, as students build up their vocabularies for spoken and written work. The module is entitled ‘This is my story’ – a clever title that can and does encompass a variety of activities, such as a playful set of riddles, a general test of students’ prior learning, a chance to get to learn classmates better and a diary entry. Smith and Smith have gone to great lengths to make some activities a solo affair, some a collaborative endeavour and some a pursuit for partners. English translations pop up here and there to provide extra support and reassurance. Next up is a section on the sound of Afrikaans words within the context of the module’s theme. It’s a marvellous chance to get everyone up from behind their desks and rhyming, using rhythm perhaps to emphasise key sounds. Thus energised, students can then master the sections on plurals, question words and how to write a sentence in Afrikaans.

A diverse range of activities

Smith and Smith are also authorities when it comes to developing different cognitive skills in students. Activities range from completing sentences and tables to using the colourful pictures to aid pupils as they consolidate learning. As they can write straight into their workbooks, everyone can try until they get it right. An example of the diverse range of activities can be found in the section on time. Here, pictures will definitely be integral to the completion of all sorts of related activities. It’s an easy jump then to free Afrikaans conversation time, allowing students to discuss their daily routines, their favourite seasons or times of the school day and which holiday of the year they like the best. They’ll stay on course, as Smith and Smith sneak in the opportunity to provide some consolidation activities to make sure students are not losing their way. Activities such as asking students to unscramble letters can be fun for everyone, and are a good way to revise skills at the start or end of any lesson. Then it’s back to conversation again, and up to the teacher to assist those students who may still feel shy pronouncing unfamiliar words. The module closes with some reflective writing tasks that will draw on all the language skills students have amassed. Afterwards, teachers can turn the lesson into a cross-curricular affair, asking students to talk in Afrikaans about their other classes using words and sentence-building skills they have recently learnt.

This particular Woema title will be available at the end of 2019 in A4 full-colour format. A teacher’s guide will also be available, as well as ‘e-pub’ version. All Woema titles are Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) aligned. Readers are welcome to contact Woemaboeks (see: https://woemaboeke.com/) to receive a free sample of the first three chapters of this title.

Category: Spring 2019

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