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Strategies to Help Pupils to Tackle Paper 1

Strategies to Help Pupils to Tackle Paper 1

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Strategies to Tackle Paper 1

What is to be tested in Paper 1?

Knowledge and understanding of vocabulary Knowledge and understanding of grammar Knowledge and understanding of spelling & punctuation Reading skills

Guidelines for Questions 1 - 10 Vocabulary

This section tests on pupils‟ vocabulary at either word, phrase or sentence levels. Pupils must have a good knowledge and understanding of vocabulary in order to answer the questions. If there are graphics, pupils must look carefully at the graphics before answering.

Vocabulary      Objects Clothing Activities Transport Places      Games Animals Relationship Occupation Food .

Word level (Questions 1 – 4)  Read the questions carefully  Check on the clue word / words  Check all the possible answers .

A ________ is a place where scientists conduct experiments.Vocabulary (Word Level) Example 1. A B C D kitchen lab clinic cinema .

Vocabulary – Word Level   Vocabulary – lab Clues – place where scientists conduct experiments .

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  Vocabulary – audience Clues – listening/speaker gave his speech .

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  Vocabulary – safari Clues – wild animals / park in Africa .

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  Vocabulary – oil-lamp Clues – lights the / getting dark .

     Collective nouns (a bouquet of flowers. a troop of soldiers) Adverbial phrases (sleep soundly. more popular than me) Similes (as busy as a bee.Phrases (Questions 5 – 7 ) Some samples of phrases are. as kind as an angel) Phrasal verbs (ran away from home. a few ringgits) . fell down this morning) Phrasal quantifiers (some books on the table.

Phrase Level ( Questions 5 – 7) Read the paragraph given Study the pictures Check on clue word / words    .

Phrase Level (Questions 5 – 7) .

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(phrase level)  Vocabulary – collective nouns  Clue : picture of flamingoes at a pond

(phrase level)  Vocabulary – prepositional phrase  Clue : picture of seeds in hand

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(phrase level)  Vocabulary – prepositional phrase  Clue : picture of seeds in a packet .

Sentence Level Questions 8 .10 Get clues from:  the subjects  the verbs  the time or place described .

Questions 8 – 10 (sentence level) Study the pictures carefully Check and read all the possible answers Decide the best possible answer that descibes the picture as a whole.    .

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Question 8 (sentence level)  Clue – The picture shows a boy and a man making a wooden shelf. .

.Question 9 (sentence level)  Clue – The picture shows a girl making a basket.

.Question 10 (sentence level)  Clue – The picture shows a woman feeding a cat a fish.

Types of situations and responses (Questions 11 – 15)         Greetings & saying farewell Introducing yourself or friends Asking for specific objects. permission Greetings during festival Making encouraging remarks Congratulating Offering assistance Seeking and making suggestions .

confirmation Showing concern Expressing gratitude .Types of situations and responses (Questions 11 – 15)         Excusing yourself Making an emergency call Apologising Offering sympathy Inviting someone to a function Seeking clarification.

Ask this question.SOCIAL EXPRESSIONS (Q 11 – 15)    Understand the situation in each picture. “What will be a suitable sentence to respond to what is being said?” . Read what the person is saying in each picture carefully.

SOCIAL EXPRESSIONS (Q 11 – 15)   If not sure of the answer. To do well in this section. . pupils must get used to the different language forms and functions in the English Language. Find a suitable response. read the list of answers given to see if any of them fits the situation.

The place in which the dialogue takes place. . canteen. etc.1. E. house. library. E. two friends.g. Look at the picture and identify    The relationship between the two speakers. teacher and pupil. e. looking at an object. mother and son. receiving prize. at the playground. waving hands.g. etc.g. The action by one or both the speakers. in a bus. etc.

etc. could the response be positive or negative or must it contain information or show politeness? . Read the words spoken by one of the speakers and identify   The purpose of the words spoken by one of the speakers. The second speaker‟s possible response. E. is the speaker making a statement.2.g. E.g. asking questions or exclaiming a word.

Remember :   The speech bubble at the top indicates the speech of the first speaker The speech bubble at the bottom indicates the speech of the second speaker. .

.First speaker Second speaker Do not choose statement with negative attitude.

15 .Questions 11 .

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Question 11  Clue – play basketball / court .

Question 12  Clue – second speaker answers “No” / Question should either start with “Is” or “Are” .

Question 13  Clue – hand gesture of the second speaker .

Question 14  Clue – first speaker is introducing someone to the second speaker .

Question 15  Clue – action of the first speaker .

Grammar (Questions 16 . ! „ .she.20) Areas of grammars       Nouns – singular & plural-table.the WH-question words-who.because Verbs-do.fast Prepositionin.tables Pronouns-he.on.they Adjectives-huge.live.round Tenses-present.between       Articles-a.what.where Conjunctionsan.but. .like Spelling Punctuation marks-? .an.past Adverbs-angry.

GRAMMAR Questions 16-20  Read the questions carefully  Study the picture (if any)  Look for clue word / words  Be extra careful with the tenses. .

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     Question Question Question Question Question pronoun 16 17 18 19 20 – – – – – adjective conjunction verbs (plural) future tense article / possessive .

Read the sentence and choose the best answer. Determine if the question is asking for opposite meaning or same meaning. .Opposite/Same (Question 21)    Read the instruction.

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.  Be aware of the spellings of each suggested answers.  If possible.  Choose the best answer that you think has the correct spelling.Questions 22-23 (Spelling)  Read each suggested answers carefully. segment the words.

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 Choose the best answer that you think is correct. commas and other punctuation marks.Questions 24-25 (Punctuation)  Read each sentences carefully. .  Be aware of the capital letters.  Listen carefully to the intonation as you read the sentences.

Make sure you know how to use all these properly ( . . ( A-Z ) capital letters. ) comma ( ! ) exclamation mark. etc. (“ ”) inverted commas. ) full stop (?) question mark ( ’ ) apostrophes ( .

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“What is this picture about?”  Read the passage at least twice.Text Completion (Questions 26 – 30)  Look at the picture carefully. This will give clues to choose the best answer. . Underline all the verbs.  Read it again to see if the answers make sense. the tenses used.  Ask.

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charts. speeches  . notices.READING COMPREHENSION contains 2 texts for reading in the form of:- Questions 31 – 35 (non-linear text) . dialogues.e-mails. timetables. product labels. advertisements. stories. graphs  Questions 36 – 40 (linear text) . formal or informal letters.posters. TV or movie guides. newspaper reports.

 Read the questions given (study the needs of the questions).Steps in answering comprehension questions  Read the passage quickly to get a general idea of the passage (skimming). .  Do not waste time on difficult words.

) . Underline words or phrases which may help.Steps in answering comprehension questions   Read through the passage slowly and carefully a second time (scanning) to find answers to given questions. (e. Read the questions carefully again. best / most probably / „them‟ in line …. paying attention to words in bold /italic or words in quotation marks.g.

 For the vocabulary question. C and D. cancel the impossible answers. check the remaining options for the BEST possible answer.Steps in answering comprehension questions  From the options A. . Then.choose a word that is of the same tense and part of speech as the original word. B.

 Don‟t leave any questions unanswered.Steps in answering comprehension questions  If a question is difficult. . do other questions first and come back to it later.

choose the one which best summarises the passage as a whole Because – many questions have the word „because‟.40 Reading Comprehension  When asked to select a suitable title for the passage. which are “WHY” questions  .Guidelines for Questions 31 . These questions ask about REASONS.

untrue – some of the options contain WRONG details.Except.  . not. Check the text and cross out the options that are wrong  Most probably. main – all given choices may be correct in some ways. Think carefully before answering. best.

g. tear. Choose the one that fits the meaning in the sentence. bow. [Be extra careful with words that have more than a meaning] e. Can best be replaced by – read the paragraph where the word or phrases is used. bank. watch . Replace it with each option.

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