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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 B C D kitchen lab clinic cinema .Vocabulary (Word Level) Example 1. A ________ is a place where scientists conduct experiments.
Vocabulary – Word Level Vocabulary – lab Clues – place where scientists conduct experiments .
Vocabulary – audience Clues – listening/speaker gave his speech .
Vocabulary – safari Clues – wild animals / park in Africa .
Vocabulary – oil-lamp Clues – lights the / getting dark .
a few ringgits) . Collective nouns (a bouquet of flowers. more popular than me) Similes (as busy as a bee. as kind as an angel) Phrasal verbs (ran away from home.Phrases (Questions 5 – 7 ) Some samples of phrases are. a troop of soldiers) Adverbial phrases (sleep soundly. 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) .
(phrase level) Vocabulary – collective nouns Clue : picture of flamingoes at a pond
(phrase level) Vocabulary – prepositional phrase Clue : picture of seeds in hand
(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.
.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.
SOCIAL EXPRESSIONS (Q 11 – 15) Understand the situation in each picture. Ask this question. “What will be a suitable sentence to respond to what is being said?” . Read what the person is saying in each picture carefully.
. pupils must get used to the different language forms and functions in the English Language. read the list of answers given to see if any of them fits the situation. Find a suitable response.SOCIAL EXPRESSIONS (Q 11 – 15) If not sure of the answer. To do well in this section.
teacher and pupil. two friends.1. canteen. waving hands.g.g. The place in which the dialogue takes place. looking at an object. receiving prize.g. Look at the picture and identify The relationship between the two speakers. e. etc. . etc. etc. in a bus. mother and son. E. The action by one or both the speakers. E. library. house. at the playground.
Read the words spoken by one of the speakers and identify The purpose of the words spoken by one of the speakers.g. is the speaker making a statement.2. asking questions or exclaiming a word. E. etc.g. E. The second speaker‟s possible response. could the response be positive or negative or must it contain information or show politeness? .
.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.
Questions 11 .15 .
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 .what.they Adjectives-huge.because Verbs-do.an.past Adverbs-angry.like Spelling Punctuation marks-? .the WH-question words-who.live.but. .where Conjunctionsan.between Articles-a.round Tenses-present.she.on.fast Prepositionin. ! „ .20) Areas of grammars Nouns – singular & plural-table.tables Pronouns-he.
GRAMMAR Questions 16-20 Read the questions carefully Study the picture (if any) Look for clue word / words Be extra careful with the tenses. .
Question Question Question Question Question pronoun 16 17 18 19 20 – – – – – adjective conjunction verbs (plural) future tense article / possessive .
Opposite/Same (Question 21) Read the instruction. Read the sentence and choose the best answer. . Determine if the question is asking for opposite meaning or same meaning.
If possible. Choose the best answer that you think has the correct spelling. Be aware of the spellings of each suggested answers. .Questions 22-23 (Spelling) Read each suggested answers carefully. segment the words.
Choose the best answer that you think is correct. Be aware of the capital letters.Questions 24-25 (Punctuation) Read each sentences carefully. . commas and other punctuation marks. Listen carefully to the intonation as you read the sentences.
(“ ”) inverted commas. . ) comma ( ! ) exclamation mark. ( A-Z ) capital letters. ) full stop (?) question mark ( ’ ) apostrophes ( . etc.Make sure you know how to use all these properly ( .
. Ask.Text Completion (Questions 26 – 30) Look at the picture carefully. the tenses used. Read it again to see if the answers make sense. “What is this picture about?” Read the passage at least twice. This will give clues to choose the best answer. Underline all the verbs.
graphs Questions 36 – 40 (linear text) . stories.e-mails. notices.posters. newspaper reports. charts. advertisements. timetables. TV or movie guides.READING COMPREHENSION contains 2 texts for reading in the form of:- Questions 31 – 35 (non-linear text) . speeches . product labels. dialogues. formal or informal letters.
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. . Read the questions given (study the needs of the questions).
) . Underline words or phrases which may help.g. paying attention to words in bold /italic or words in quotation marks. (e.Steps in answering comprehension questions Read through the passage slowly and carefully a second time (scanning) to find answers to given questions. Read the questions carefully again. best / most probably / „them‟ in line ….
Then. check the remaining options for the BEST possible answer.Steps in answering comprehension questions From the options A. B. C and D. For the vocabulary question. . cancel the impossible answers.choose a word that is of the same tense and part of speech as the original word.
. 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.
These questions ask about REASONS.Guidelines for Questions 31 .40 Reading Comprehension When asked to select a suitable title for the passage. which are “WHY” questions . choose the one which best summarises the passage as a whole Because – many questions have the word „because‟.
. not. untrue – some of the options contain WRONG details. Check the text and cross out the options that are wrong Most probably. best. main – all given choices may be correct in some ways.Except. Think carefully before answering.
Can best be replaced by – read the paragraph where the word or phrases is used. bank. Choose the one that fits the meaning in the sentence. Replace it with each option. [Be extra careful with words that have more than a meaning] e. tear. watch . bow.g.
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