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INFORMACIN SOBRE EL EXAMEN ISE DE TRINITY COLLEGE

Centro de Lenguas Modernas Jess Mendoza

Integrated Skills in English I

(ISE I): B1

INFORMACIN SOBRE EL EXAMEN ISE DE TRINITY COLLEGE Centro de Lenguas Modernas Jess Mendoza Integrated Skills in English I (ISE I): B1

INFORMACIN BSICA El examen Integrated Skills in English (ISE) es un examen diseado por Trinity College London que evala y certifica al participante en cinco grados de conocimiento y dominio del idioma ingls as como en las cuatro habilidades del mismo: hablar, entender, escribir y leer. Trinity College London es una asociacin que ofrece certificaciones en ingls con estndares de calidad internacionales y con el reconocimiento de ms de 60 pases

COMPONENTES DEL EXAMEN El examen est compuesto de tres pruebas: The Portfolio, the Controlled Written Examination y the Interview. Cada uno de estos componentes tiene unas caractersticas y requisitos especficos que pasaremos a describir a continuacin.

A. THE PORTFOLIO El portfolio es un conjunto de tres composiciones escritas que el alumno prepara con anterioridad al examen. Las redacciones no pueden ser corregidas por los profesores pero el alumno s puede recibir gua sobre aquellos aspectos que puedan ser mejorados de algn modo. Hay tres categoras dentro de las redacciones a elegir en el ISE I. Section 1 Correspondence, e.g. memo, note, postcard, letter, email. Section 2 Factual writing, e.g. instructions, directions, report, article, review. Section 3 Creative/descriptive writing, e.g. story, diary, description Aqu se describe la longitud de cada una de las tareas del portfolio:

Cada alumno tendr que elegir una tarea de cada una de las secciones del portfolio que aqu se presentan. No se pueden elegir dos tareas de la misma seccin. Las tareas que se realicen tienen que ser totalmente originales. El alumno puede usar diccionarios y enciclopedias pero no puede copiar de ninguna fuente. Si se detecta que se ha copiado ser automticamente marcado como 0 y habr suspendido la prueba. Las tareas se presentarn a ordenador y respetando mrgenes, signos de puntuacin, maysculas y todos aquellos aspectos necesarios. Los profesores, entregarn un Feedback form sobre las composiciones una vez entregadas y revisadas con aquellos aspectos a mejorar para que los alumnos las revisen. Este Feedback Form se adjuntar al Portfolio que se vaya a entregar. Adems, entregarn el Portfolio Cover Sheet (que se adjunta detrs) relleno correctamente. Las tareas se presentarn en orden. Respetando cada una de las secciones; es decir, Section 1, Section 2, Se respetar el lmite de palabras al mximo, ni se excedern ni sern menos de las indicadas en las distintas tareas. Aqu presentamos las tareas a elegir para ISE I: ISE I PORTFOLIO TASKS 2012 SECTION 1 ISE I Correspondence (word length range: 7080 words) 1. You are organising a music festival. Write a letter to a popular band inviting them to play at the festival. Give the location of the festival, saying how long it will last and why the band will be very popular. 2. Last week you went on a business trip and the airline lost your suitcase. Write a letter to the airline saying what happened, where you were travelling to and what was in your suitcase. 3. Last month you decided to go running every day before breakfast and after school or work in the evening. Write a letter to a friend who never takes any exercise, telling him why you think this is important, describing the positive results it has had and encouraging him to join you. 4. You are going on a trip to London next weekend with your Australian friend. Write an email, telling her what souvenirs you have to buy for your family and what you might get if you have enough money. Ask her what she might buy. 5. Your friend wants to know the best way to learn English. Write an email to her, saying how long you have studied English, what you find most difficult and what she must do to succeed. 2

Remember you must choose your ISE I correspondence task from the above list. SECTION 2 ISE I Factual writing (word length range: 110130 words) 1. Write an article for a transport magazine with the title, The changing car. Say how cars have changed and how they will be different in the future. Say which present-day car you prefer and why. 2. Write a report for a fashion magazine describing this seasons new styles for men and women. Say if you think they are suitable for everyday life and which ones you will buy if you can. 3. Write a report entitled The best way to travel for a travel magazine, in which you compare travelling by plane and by train. Give your own opinions and also include the views of other people. 4. There is a very old cinema in your area. Write an article for the local newspaper, giving your impressions of the cinema, saying how long its been open and why it isnt popular. 5. A new club opened recently in your area, offering several different kinds of music and a restaurant. Write a review for a local entertainment magazine, describing an evening there and giving your impressions of the club. Say what the manager might do to improve it. Remember you must choose your ISE I factual writing task from the above list.

SECTION 3 ISE I Creative and descriptive writing (word length range: 110130 words) 1. Write a story for a writing competition beginning with the words, When I woke up, I was on a beach. Say where you were, what you did next and how long you spent there. 2. Write your diary for a day when you discovered some surprising information about your family. Explain what you found out and why you were surprised. 3. Write a description for a bridal magazine of an unusual wedding. Describe the bride and groom and what they were wearing. Explain why the wedding was so different. 4. Write a short story for a school magazine beginning with the words The notice on the door said PLEASE KEEP OUT but of course we took no notice. 5. You have just been to a theme park. Write a diary entry of the day, describing what you did, what you saw and your favourite part of the day. Remember you must choose your ISE I creative and descriptive writing task from the above list. 3

B. CONTROLLED WRITTEN EXAMINATION The Controlled Written examination es un test de reading y writing que se realiza el da de la prueba. El uso de materiales tales como diccionarios y libros de texto est totalmente prohibido. En el caso del ISE I, se presentan dos tareas que tienen el mismo peso en la evaluacin. Los candidatos tendrn que completar ambas tareas. No se pueden elegir. Aqu se describen las tareas que se presentan: Task 1 Reading into writing task Candidates are given a text or texts to read and then must complete a written task using the information provided. The task tests the ability of candidates to read and understand an authentic text and then respond to its content. The task requires candidates to produce a letter, email, report, article or review. Task 2 Writing task The task is similar to the portfolio tasks at this level. Candidates are required to write a simple connected text on a range of familiar subjects. The task requires candidates to produce a letter, email, report, article, review, or a piece of creative or descriptive writing.

LA DURACIN DE LA PRUEBA ESCRITA SER DE 1 HORA Y 30 MINUTOS. El candidato decide cmo organizar su tiempo para completar las dos tareas.

C. THE INTERVIEW La entrevista del examen ISE simula situaciones conversacionales de la vida real en las que el candidato y el examinador intercambian informacin, comparten ideas o debaten sobre algunos temas en concreto. La entrevista oral, en el caso del ISE I, tiene una duracin de 8 minutos. The Interview at ISE I consists of two assessed phases: Discussion of a topic prepared by the candidate (up to 4 minutes) Conversation with the examiner including a discussion of the portfolio and one subject area selected by the examiner (up to 4 minutes).

1. PREPARACIN Y DISCUSIN SOBRE UN TEMA PREPARADO POR EL CANDIDATO El tema ser elegido por el candidato. Preferiblemente, el candidato deber sentirse cmo e interesado en el mismo ya que tendr que tener conocimiento del mismo y ser capaz de responder a las preguntas que el examinador le haga. Los candidatos no deben elegir temas similares a los de sus compaeros. El contenido debe personalizarse. Los alumnos deben mostrar en el topic el vocabulario y la gramtica que son capaces de utilizar por lo que deben elegir un tema que les de esas posibilidades. La discusin tiene una duracin de 4 minutos. Los alumnos/as prepararn el topic teniendo en cuanta la cantidad de tiempo que pueden emplear, no ms. Los candidatos no debern preparar el tema como si fuera un guin de memoria. El hecho de que reciten de memoria el topic tendr un efecto negativo en la evaluacin. Cuando se prepara el topic, los candidatos deben anticipar preguntas que el examinador les pueda hacer, estar preparados para dar ejemplos y explicaciones segn se les pregunte. El candidato tendr que discutir cada uno de los puntos que aparecern en su hoja para el Topic usando conectores. EL CANDIDATO TENDR QUE HACER AL MENOS UNA PREGUNTA RELEVANTE, durante la defensa del topic, AL EXAMINADOR. Los candidatos podrn acompaar la defensa del topic con imgenes, objetos diagramas o cualquier cosa relevante.

2. FASE DE CONVERSACIN:

Esta fase esta subdividida en dos partes: discusin del portfolio y conversacin. La primera es la discusin del portfolio: Los alumnos deben saber explicar por qu han elegido ese tema, cmo lo hicieron, etc. El examinador har preguntas del contenido y de la opinin de los candidatos con respecto al contenido. En todo caso el examinador tendr una copia del portfolio y lo habr estudiado previamente para poder as realizar preguntas sobre ste. En esta parte el alumno debe hacer una pregunta sobre el contenido del portfolio (nunca acerca de la opinin del examinador con respecto a nuestro trabajo: si es bueno o malo, si vamos a aprobaretc.) La segunda fase consiste en hablar sobre un tema. El examinador har preguntas sobre uno de los siguientes temas y usar imgenes u objetos para facilitar la conversacin. Es muy recomendable que el alumno domine vocabulario sobre:

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR ISE I

ISE Text Definitions


Centro de Lenguas Modernas Jess Mendoza

Integrated Skills in English I

(ISE I): B1

ISE Text Definitions


Conventions associated with different text types vary between different native speaker communities, from decade to decade and setting to setting. Trinity cannot be prescriptive about writing conventions, however the following guidelines have been provided to assist teachers and students in the preparation of the ISE Portfolio and Controlled Written examination.

Section 1 - Correspondence
1) INFORMAL LETTERS
a) Organisation and presentation May (or may not) include the sender's address (not included in word count) The recipient's address is not necessary and considered inappropriate for this type of letter Date optional (not included in word count) positioned above greeting Include an appropriate greeting e.g. Dear John and closing e.g. Best Wishes The letter should be well-organised with appropriate use of paragraphs and cohesive devices Sign off with first name only b) Language Include the relevant language items of the level as required Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected Punctuation conventions to be observed and consistent, including address, greeting and signing-off e.g. Dear Mary(,) i.e. comma optional but not Dear Mary! Capitalisation must be observed, as appropriate c) Style and register Informal in nature e.g. contractions, abbreviations, exclamation marks Style and register should be consistent

2) FORMAL LETTERS
a) Organisation and presentation Include sender and recipient's address, positioned at top of letter (not included in word count) Include date, below addresses (not included in word count) Subject of letter (optional), positioned before greeting on left or centred Include an appropriate greeting e.g. Dear Mr Young, Dear Sir/Madam and closing e.g. Yours faithfully, Yours sincerely The letter should be well-organised into appropriate paragraphs e.g. an opening paragraph which gives the reason for writing, the body of the letter and the final concluding paragraph Sign off with signature and full name printed underneath b) Language

Include the relevant language items of the level as required Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected Punctuation conventions to be observed and consistent, including address, greeting and signing-off e.g. Dear Mary, (comma optional) but not Dear Mary! Capitalisation must be observed, as appropriate c) Style and register Formal and more impersonal in nature e.g. relative clauses, passives, signposting words Style and register should be consistent

3) EMAILS
a) Organisation and presentation: Present in an email format. Ideally, the email should be produced on an email package (with a hardcopy printed for marking by the examiner) Customised prompts, such as the recipients email address and subject line may be included and completed (not included in word count) Include a suitable greeting and closing The message should be brief and clear Layout is flexible, but the text should be well-organised with appropriate use of paragraphs and cohesive devices b) Language Include the relevant language items of the level as required In real use there is great tolerance of spelling, grammar and punctuation deviations. In the context of examination submissions however, accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected Emoticons e.g. 'smilies' and conventional abbreviations e.g. ASAP are acceptable (not included in word count) Text-messaging conventions are not acceptable, e.g. 'R', 'U c) Style and register Choose a style and register appropriate for the audience Style and register should be consistent

Section 2 - Factual Writing


1) REPORTS
A report is a factual description of an event or situation. It may be written for a superior (e.g. teacher, manager), a peer group (e.g. colleagues) or a general audience (e.g. a committee). A report will certainly contain some factual descriptions and explanations and possibly some suggestions, justifications or recommendations. Due to the factual nature of reports, they would not normally include the writers opinion. a) Organisation and presentation: A clear sequence is expected Where appropriate include a heading (not included in word count)

Begin with an introduction stating the purpose of the report The report should be clearly organised into paragraphs with section headings May use bullet points, tables, diagrams (only written work assessed) etc. There should be clear sign-posting, with unambiguous forward and backward referencing Reports are usually the result of research and may contain percentages and statistics Where appropriate end with a conclusion, which would normally be a summary of the points listed in the report b) Language Use the relevant language of the level as required Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected Use wording and terminology appropriate to the intended audience There is a greater tolerance of technical language as the audience for a report is likely to be restricted and to some extent informed Cohesive devices, discourse connectors, linking expressions can be used c) Style and register Content by nature is formal and therefore attracts a more formal register Reports are more objective than articles (they should not be personal) The style should be factual The style and register should be consistent

2. ARTICLES

An article is a piece of writing on a particular subject in a newspaper, magazine or journal. Articles are written to arouse interest and win over an audience who are not necessarily knowledgeable about the subject matter. It will usually include the writers opinion, commentary or interpretation. a)Organisation and presentation: Include an interesting and informative title (not included in word count), which introduces the subject and makes the reader want to read the article. Clearly introduce the subject that will be discussed in the article The main text should be clearly divided into paragraphs with one topic discussed in each paragraph Conclude the article with a brief summary b)Language Use the relevant language of the level as required Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected Cohesive devices, discourse connectors, linking expressions can be used Descriptive language, language of opinion and rhetorical questions can also be used c)Style and register The style and register will depend on the medium where the article is being reported and the intended audience The writer must choose the most appropriate style e.g. informal, witty, serious, etc. Style and register should be consistent

A review calls on the candidate to react to an event, performance, work of art or literature, film, drama, product and so on.

3. REVIEWS

a) Organisation and presentation Include a title (not included in word count) to introduce the subject which has been reviewed Clearly introduce the subject that will be discussed in the review The main text should be clearly divided into paragraphs. It may contain a descriptive summary of the object under review, an evaluation of it (e.g. the weak and strong points), a comparison with other examples in the genre etc. A final recommendation to the reader may be included b) Language Use the relevant language of the level as required Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected Cohesive devices, discourse connectors, linking expressions can be used Descriptive language and language of opinion can be used c) Style and register The writer must choose the most appropriate style e.g. witty, serious, etc. Style and register should be consistent

A summary is a short clear description that gives the main facts or ideas about something. a) Organisation and presentation A summary should not contain repetition or irrelevant details from the original document It should cover every important aspect of the original document The text should be well-organised with appropriate use of paragraphs and cohesive devices b) Language Use the relevant language of the level as required Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected c) Style and register The writer must choose the most appropriate style for the intended audience Style and register should be consistent

4. SUMMARY

Section 3 - Creative and descriptive writing 1. CREATIVE WRITING


By definition, creative writing requires originality of approach. a) Organisation and presentation Layout is flexible and will vary according to the genre concerned Include a title where appropriate (not included in word count) The text should be well-organised with appropriate use of paragraphs and cohesive devices b) Language Use the relevant language of the level as required

Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected A variety of verb tense may be used Descriptive language should be used to add interest e.g. adjectives and adverbs c) Style and register Style and register will vary according to type of creative writing and the intended reader Style and register should be consistent

2. DESCRIPTIVE WRITING

Descriptive writing requires the writer to describe something, especially in a detailed and interesting way. a) Organisation and presentation Include a title where appropriate (not included in word count) The text should be well-organised with appropriate use of paragraphs and cohesive devices b) Language Use the relevant language of the level as required Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation is expected Descriptive language should be used to add interest e.g. adjectives and adverbs c) Style and register Style and register will vary according to type of descriptive writing and the intended reader Style and register should be consistent

Documentos a presentar por el candidato el da de la prueba


Centro de Lenguas Modernas Jess Mendoza

Integrated Skills in English I

(ISE I): B1

Appendix 1

Integrated Skills in English Portfolio cover sheet


Candidate name: Candidate number:
(Including centre number)

Level:

ISE 0

ISE I
Task number

ISE II
Task

ISE III

ISE IV
Word count

Task Section

Section 1 Correspondence

Section 2 Factual writing

Section 3 Creative/descriptive writing (ISE 0, I, II and III) Critical/analytical writing (ISE IV only) Please ensure that these tasks are from the current portfolio task list. Declaration I declare to the best of my knowledge that the contents of this portfolio are the work of the candidate named above. Signed by the candidates teacher: Date: This form must be attached to your portfolio tasks.
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Appendix 2

Student portfolio feedback form


Candidate name: Teacher name: Task section: ISE 0 ISE I ISE II ISE III ISE IV Date: Centre (name or number):

Teachers are strongly recommended to give candidates feedback in the preparation of their portfolios. Use this form only. Teachers should complete just one copy of this sheet for each task presented by the candidate. It should be completed by ticking appropriate items in the right-hand column. This sheet must be the only form of feedback between teacher and candidate. When completed, this form should be handed to the candidate. The candidate must ensure that it is attached to the final version and included in the portfolio. Advice to the student Task fulfilment Parts of the task have not been completed look at the instructions again The task does not meet the requirements set look at the instructions again This work does not appear to be entirely your own you must choose a different task Your work contains some irrelevant details and/or repetition You should add some more ideas You should give more description The format, style and/or register are not appropriate to the task The task is too long/short check the word length range Organisation Your presentation and/or layout need to be improved You should check and improve paragraphing You need to add an introduction You need to add a conclusion You need to rewrite the task with more legible handwriting or word-process your work Grammar You need to check and improve the grammar of your work You should use a greater range of grammatical structures You need to check your word order Vocabulary You should use a greater range of vocabulary You need to check you are using the correct words Spelling/Punctuation You should check the spellings of words in your work You should check and improve the punctuation in your work
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Appendix 4

Integrated Skills in English Topic form ISE I


Any Name
ISE I
Centre: Any Centre Centre no: xxxxxx Title of topic: Registration no: xxxxxx:xxxxxxxx Session: 52010 Examination date: 21/05/10

My volleyball club

Why I enjoy playing volleyball

The rules what you must and must not do

Main points to discuss about my topic

How long Ive played volleyball

Our plans for the next six months

The information on this form must be presented to the examiner during the examination.

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Integrated Skills in English Topic form ISE I


Candidate name:
ISE I
Centre: Centre no: Title of topic: Registration no: Session: Examination date:

Main points to discuss about my topic

The information on this form must be presented to the examiner during the examination.

-Ejercicios para practicarControlled-Written Examination


Centro de Lenguas Modernas Jess Mendoza

Integrated Skills in English I

(ISE I): B1

20 May 2009

ISE I

Integrated Skills in English I


Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

Task 1 Reading into writing task You and a friend are planning a trip to England and want to go for a walk in London. Read the text below and then, in your own words, write a letter (approximately 150 words) to your friend explaining: i) which walk you think will be the most suitable for you and your friend and ii) why the other two walks do not interest you.

Walks in London
Take a walk around London and discover what the capital city has to offer. Theres lots to explore and some great rivers, parks and attractions! River walk 7 kilometres This walk will take you along the River Thames. You will pass a number of landmarks, both modern and historical, including the London Eye, the Tate Modern art museum and Southwark Cathedral. You will also see eight of Londons many bridges. If you do the walk on a Thursday or Friday, you can buy some traditional English food at Borough food market. Park walk 8 kilometres Escape the city and discover Londons largest park Richmond Park. This relaxing walk starts at the Gate Caf and it will take you around the park. You will enjoy the lovely scenery of Richmond Park. With its woodlands, flower gardens and famous deer park, its one of Londons most beautiful treasures. Bring a picnic and really enjoy the beauty of the park. City walk 5 kilometres See some of the oldest parts of London including the Roman wall and the places where the Great Fire of London started and ended in 1666. Tourist attractions include the Bank of England, the Museum of London and the Tower of London. A weekend is probably the best time to do this walk, as there will be less traffic and people.
(Images: www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk, www.cyberporpoise.com)

Use your own words as far as possible. No marks for answers copied from the reading texts.
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20 May 2009

ISE I

Task 2 Writing task You recently attended a music festival in your country. Write a review (approximately 150 words) for a music magazine: i) explaining what were the best and the worst parts of the event and ii) giving your opinion on the bands and singers you heard.

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21 May 2008

ISE I

Integrated Skills in English I


Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

Task 1 Reading into writing task Read the text below and then, in your own words, write a letter (approximately 150 words) to a friend: i) telling him which food box you have decided to order for your family ii) explaining why you want to eat this kind of food and iii) saying how much it will cost.

Organic food fresh from the farmer


We are the countrys favourite organic food delivery service. So why are we special?
Top quality Our people love what they do and produce some delicious food and drink. Convenient and quick Free delivery to your door and you dont even have to be at home when it arrives. Personal If you dont like something, tell us and well put something else in your box. Seasonal Our organic selections and recipes offer a great way to cook with the changing seasons. Super fresh Our organic selections come straight from the farm to your box. We can also supply handmade bread, fresh fish, and organic meat, eggs, milk and soup. Healthy Our fresh produce is ideal for a healthy lifestyle.

Choose from:
Small mixed organic box 10.00
4 types of vegetable 3 types of fruit potatoes

Mixed organic box 14.80


6 types of vegetable 3 types of fruit potatoes

Family mixed organic box 22.00


9 types of vegetable 4 types of fruit potatoes

10 other boxes to choose from 25.00


We have 13 different boxes including deluxe boxes for chefs, a baby box for new mums and dads and boxes with just fruit or just vegetables

(Source: Adapted from Abel & Cole leaflet)

Use your own words as far as possible. No marks for answers copied from the reading texts.
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21 May 2008

ISE I

Task 2 Writing task


Write a review (approximately 150 words) of a well-known singers new album for a music magazine: i) giving your opinion of the songs (words and music) and ii) saying how it compares to previous recordings by the same singer.

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16 April 2008

ISE I

Integrated Skills in English I


Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

Task 1 Reading into writing task Read the text below and then, in your own words, write an article (approximately 150 words) for a family magazine: i) describing how life has changed for Pat Griffiths and her husband since she won the lottery ii) saying in what ways it has stayed the same and iii) giving your own opinion about the importance of having a lot of money.

The lottery winner


Pat Griffiths and her farmer husband Roger were having dinner with friends on New Years Eve 2003 and discussing what might happen in the year ahead. She said: Well, Im going to win the lottery. Three weeks later she won 8.4 million! Four months after the win Pat had a big party for around 600 friends, family and neighbours. There was expensive champagne, wonderful food, live music and a fireworks display. The couple first met when Pat was 16 and Roger 21, and they have been married for 30 years. The first 27 years, before the win, were difficult financially. They never went abroad and they built their own cottage in the countryside. After the lottery win, they didnt want to move because they said they already lived in paradise. Since the win, Pat says she has been able to relax. People say she looks younger. There are no money worries now, but the couple are not particularly extravagant, just carefree. They have given away more than 3 million to family members. They dont have a cleaner and still wash their cars by hand. Pat thinks growing up in farming families taught them the value of money it doesnt buy happiness, but it can buy time and security.
(Source: Adapted from Observer Books 2007)

Use your own words as far as possible. No marks for answers copied from the reading texts.
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16 April 2008

ISE I

Task 2 Writing task


Write a description (approximately 150 words) for a family magazine about an object that is very important to you: i) describing where the object came from ii) saying how long you have had it and iii) explaining why it is so special.

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19 January 2008

ISE I

Integrated Skills in English I


Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

Task 1 Reading into writing task Read the text below. Then, in your own words, write a letter (approximately 150 words) to a relative: i) saying which of these things you have done in the past ii) explaining which of the ideas you are planning to do this year and iii) asking what your relative thinks he/she needs to do to have a better year.

Six ways to have a better year


Here is a short list of six ways to have a better year. If you do these six things, your life will get a bit better. Good luck!
1. Do some exercise. Choose some activities from the following list and make sure youve tried at least three by the end of the month: swimming walk to school/work run upstairs cycling touch your toes weight lifting. 2. Go on holiday in the countryside or the mountains. 3. Eat well and feel better. Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Make your own soup, bread and fruit drinks. 4. Drive less. Cars are dirty, so use the bus, walk and ride your bike. 5. Do good things. Choose a charity and give a little money each month. 6. Stay in touch. Write a letter to a friend or relative. Go and see an older person or your neighbours, help them with jobs around the house or cook them something nice to eat.

(Source: Adapted from Innocent smoothie leaflet)

Use your own words as far as possible. No marks for answers copied from the reading texts. This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.
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19 January 2008

ISE I

Task 2 Writing task


Write an article (approximately 150 words) for an entertainment magazine about a famous person in your country who a lot of people like. i) Describe the person and ii) explain why he/she is popular.

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17 January 2009

ISE I

Integrated Skills in English I


Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

Task 1 Reading into writing task Next month you are going to England on holiday and want to visit Arundel Castle. Read the text below and then, in your own words, write a letter (approximately 150 words) to your English penfriend: i) saying how you are planning to spend your day at Arundel Castle ii) explaining what you think you will enjoy the most and iii) inviting your penfriend to come with you.

Arundel Castle
Set high on a hill in South East England, this great castle has magnificent views across the hills and from the river Arun to the sea. Built at the end of the 11th century to protect the region from attack, it has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for over nine hundred years. Between the 1870s and the 1890s the house was almost completely rebuilt and the architecture is one of the great works of Victorian England. In the grounds around the castle you can find the rose garden, the church garden and the renovated Victorian summer house and vinery. You can also see a rare type of sheep. Inside the castle you will see fascinating furniture and a collection of paintings by famous painters including Van Dyck and Canaletto. The library has one of the finest book collections in England. Open: 21 March to 2 November Tuesday to Sunday Church & Grounds: 10am5pm Castle Shop: 10.30am5pm Restaurant 10.30am4.30pm Main Castle Rooms: 12pm5pm Admission: Adults 13.00 Seniors/Students 10.50 Children 7.50

(Source: Adapted from Arundel Castle leaflet; Images: www.english-heritage.org.uk)

Use your own words as far as possible. No marks for answers copied from the reading texts.
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This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

17 January 2009

ISE I

Task 2 Writing task Write a review for a music magazine (approximately 150 words) of two songs by different singers: i) comparing the music and the words of the songs and ii) saying what kind of people you think will like them.

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12 November 2008

ISE I

Integrated Skills in English I


Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

Task 1 Reading into writing task Your English penfriend is having some problems sleeping at the moment. Read the text below and then, in your own words, write a letter (approximately 150 words) to your friend saying: i) what he needs to do to sleep well ii) which of the things below you do personally and iii) how it helps you feel better.

Sleep well and feel better!


1. Sleep only when you are tired. This reduces the time you are awake in bed.

2. Use the 20-minute rule. If you cant fall asleep in 20 minutes, switch the light on and read or get up and sit somewhere warm and comfortable with your eyes closed. When you start to feel sleepy, go back to bed. 3. Get up and go to bed at the same time every day. When your sleep cycle has a regular rhythm, you will feel better. 4. If you exercise every day, it will help you sleep. Walk the dog, play football or go to the gym. 5. It is important to relax before you go to bed. Listen to some music, read a book or have a glass of milk. 6. Avoid big meals, coffee, tea and chocolate late at night. 7. Take a hot bath before bedtime. It may help you feel sleepy. 8. Make sure your bed and bedroom are quiet and comfortable. A hot room can be uncomfortable. A cooler room with blankets to stay warm is better.

(Source: Adapted from the Daily Telegraph; Images: www.spokane.wsu.edu)

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12 November 2008

ISE I

Task 2 Writing task Write an article for a travel guide (approximately 150 words) about the three best tourist attractions in your country: i) saying which three places of interest visitors to your area need to see and ii) giving reasons why they will enjoy them.

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11 November 2009

ISE I

Integrated Skills in English I


Time allowed: 1 hour 30 minutes This examination paper contains two tasks. You must complete both tasks.

Task 1 Reading into writing task You are planning to go to New York in America by ship with your friend Tom for a special holiday next year. Read the text below and then, in your own words, write a letter (approximately 150 words) to Tom saying: i) what you will see and do, both on the journey and in New York and ii) which you think you will prefer, being on land or at sea and why.

Sail away to New York


The journey There has never been and will never be anything to compare with the excitement of crossing the sea on a beautiful cruise ship. Next year you can do this on the Queen Mary ship in June or July. All holidays will include six nights on this fabulous liner. During your leisurely days at sea you will be able to enjoy art classes, dancing lessons, concerts, the ships cinema, gymnasium and beauty salon. Then there are outdoor activities such as swimming, deck sports and golf. There will also be a cocktail party on board. New York When you arrive in New York, you will stay at the five-star Marriott Marquis hotel. This modern hotel is near Times Square, within walking distance of Fifth Avenue shopping, the Rockefeller Centre, Central Park and all major theatres. The size and facilities of this hotel are incredible! There are 2,000 rooms, served by 16 glass lifts. Theres a restaurant on the roof with spectacular views from the 49th floor. The hotel has its own restaurants, coffee shops, theatre, bar, health club and sauna. Other optional excursions to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State building can be booked so that you are sure to enjoy your stay in New York.

(Source: Adapted from www.bathtravel.co.uk, Images: www.blarneyvillage.com, www.panoramio.com)

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11 November 2009

ISE I

Task 2 Writing task Write a description (approximately 150 words) for a writing competition of the most important person in your life saying: i) what this person has done to help you in the past and ii) why they are so important.

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