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Please apprise all those you know of who are preparing candidates for Matriculation examinations in Latin for 2008 of the following:

1               From 2008 ONLY the Independent Examinations Board will be examining final-year school Latin in South Africa. The National Education Department will be paying the candidates' fees involved for 2008 and 2009, after which it may be re-negotiated.

2               Please consult the IEB website at www.ieb.co.za for the format of the examination (which will be much the same as before, even if "outcomes-based", i.e. First paper: setwork (200), Second paper: unseens (100), Portfolio: Classical Culture and cumulative assessment together (100), total 400)

3               IEB will have available a "mock-Grade 11" for those who wish to use it to get used to the format for the end of this year-consult IEB website for prescribed reading. This exam will take place on a specific day in the week before the National exams.

4               IEB will prescribe reading only for Grade 12; teachers can follow their own syllabi for Grade 11 (unless they utilise the "mock-grade 11" , which is for this year ONLY).

5               Note that there will be only ONE combined portfolio, of 11 items, including two research essays, tests, exercises and exams-consult IEB website for specifications. The only significant innovation is that candidates may be asked to do a brief oral presentation of the material of ONE essay.

6               Note that the "Guidance for Teachers and Learners" on the CASA website (http://www.casa-kvsa.org.za/Latyndoc/latinteach.html) is still appropriate and applicable EXCEPT for suggestions regarding the portfolios-these will be updated over time. For the moment keep exactly to the IEB specifications.

7               Individual queries may be directed to Mrs Frances Kerr-Phillips at kerr-phillips@ieb.com.

Sursum corda-there is still life for Latin after 2007!

Jo-Marie Claassen