Tuesday, October 4, 2011 0 comments

PMR 2011 - More last minute help!

PMR English papers are just a few hours away. For those who are still looking for more literature and writing tips, you may click on the following links:
  1. Literature: Sample questions & answers (The Phantom of the Opera, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)
  2. Literature - An event that changes a character's life (Phantom & Dr. Jekyll)
  3. Recount - Flood experience (Question, Sample Answer)
  4. Informal Letter - Giving opinion
  5. Informal Letter - A gotong-royong campaign
  6. Report writing 1 - Teacher's Day Celebration
  7. Report writing 2 - English Week
  8. Speech writing - The Qualities of a Good Prefect

All answers were written by my Form 3 Istiqamah students. Due to time constraint, I'm not able to re-type the essays & answers. So, the answers might contain some grammatical & spelling errors. Some pages are not so clear when they were scanned. Therefore, I greatly apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Sunday, October 2, 2011 63 comments

Speech Writing - Format

What is a speech?
  1. Speeches are talks delivered in public on formal and informal occasions.
  2. There are many types of speeches such as 'welcome speech', 'thank you speech' and 'farewell speech'. Besides, there are also speeches on topics of interest and social issues.
  3.  The PRESENT TENSE IS USUALLY USED when you write out a speech.

Sample question:
You are the head prefect in your school. At the beginning of the new school term, you have been asked to remind students about the school regulations. Write out your speech using the notes below:-

School uniform
-wear white shoes and socks
-boys - short
-girls - short or long  - long hair must be tied up
Make up-is not allowed in school!


-No loitering
-No handphones
-No jewellery
-No smoking
-Be punctual
-Respect teachers
-Pay attention in class
-No playing truant

When writing the speech, remember to;
-          include all the points given
-          elaborate on the points
-          set out your speech correctly
-          write in paragraph

Sample answer + explanation on the framework (Pay attention to how the points are elaborated)

Sample Answer

Good morning to our principal, teachers and fellow students. Welcome to the new school term.  I am Nuzul Fikrie Ahmad, the head prefect of SMK Raja Muda. This morning, I would like to refresh your memory about our school regulations especially regarding attire and conduct.

Paragraph 1 – INTRODUCTION

1) Greet the audience.
e.g: Good morning / afternoon / evening to
  • boys and girls..
  • our principal, teachers and fellow students… (at an official school function)
  • Mr Chairman, ladies and gentlemen… (at an official function or society meeting)
  • Yang Berhormat, Tan Sri Najib Abdul Rahman, ladies and gentlemen… (if there is a distinguished guest)
2) Introduce yourself to the audience- (your name, position held, department attached to)
e.g: I am Dr Fiqry Nasir from Assunta Hospital in Petaling Jaya.

3) Introduce topic
e.g: I am here to present a talk on the topic ‘Body Fitness.’

4) Purpose of speech
e.g: The purpose of my talk today is to make you realize the importance looking after your food intake and how your health can be maintained through exercising.

To create a good impression, always be dressed neatly in your school uniform complete with white shoes and white socks.  Don’t forget to wear your school badge and name tag.
Your hair should be short and neatly combed.   Boys should always keep their hair short. Girls are allowed to keep long hair but it should always be neatly combed and tied.  No one is allowed to wear jewellery.  If you do, then your jewellery will be confiscated.  In addition, you cannot use make-up.  Your nails should always be kept short.  Remember, no nail polish is allowed.
Regarding your conduct, always be punctual. Respect your teacher and pay attention in class.  Remember, no loitering around and playing truant.  If you don’t comply with the school rules, you will have to face the music.
Last term, several students were suspended or expelled from school for fighting, smoking and other serious offences.  Handphones are banned.  If you bring handphones, they will be confiscated. 

Paragraph 2,3,4,5 – BODY
  • Main points and their elaboration (facts, figures, examples)
  • Elaborate 1 point in 1 paragraph or combine a few relevant points and elaborate in 1 paragraph

These regulations are meant to create a positive image and environment for the school.  There are, of course, some black sheep who will break the regulations.  Do not be influenced by them.  Instead, set a good example for others.
Thank you.

Paragraph 6: Conclusion
  • The speaker’s hope
  • Thank the audience. e.g: Thank you very much for your kind attention.

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Reference: Minda - Berita Harian, Bil. 831 (Credits to Rozi D)
Saturday, October 1, 2011 20 comments

Report Writing - Format

The following is an example of report writing based on the real PMR English 2005.

Reports are written using mostly SIMPLE PAST TENSE. Pay attention to the format.

Sample Answer

National Day Celebration in Our School

Write the TITLE of the report

This year our school held a grand National Day celebration on 31 August 2005. It was held in our school field.

  • What was the event?
  • When was it held?
  • Who organized the event?
  • Who were invited?

The event kicked off at 8.00 a.m. All the students and many parents were already gathered around the field. The president of the Parent-Teacher Association officiated the opening ceremony. Then we had the march past. The school band led the march past. Members of the various school societies, uniformed bodies and clubs also took part. The students marched steadily past us in neat rows. They looked smart and patriotic.

After the march past, we had the raising of the flag by the head prefect, Azlan Hashim. The school band played the National Anthem as the flag was raised. Then, we sang several patriotic songs. Even the parents participated.

This was followed by some cultural shows performed on stage erected at one end of the field. There were traditional dances performed by the students. Their costumes were beautiful and the performances were excellent. The students had clearly put in a great of practice. Their efforts paid off well as all the dance steps were brilliantly executed.

The last event that morning was the rhythmic gymnastics performed by the Gymnasts Club. They were very talented and executed a skilful presentation with music, ribbons and hoops. It was very exciting to watch them bend their bodies so effortlessly. Dressed in colourful costumes, they also demonstrated a good sense of timing. The gymnasts managed to throw and catch their apparatus in time. It was an exciting floor show.

Paragraph 2, 3, 4, 5: BODY
  • Write the sequence of the events (tulis turutan peristiwa)
  • One picture - one paragraph. Elaborate on the points for each picture. (Refer to the post on "How to brainstorm ideas")
  • Use sequence connectors
Include the following points:
  • Who were involved?
  • What happened?
  • Where & When it happened
  • Feelings of the people involved?
  • Describe the place / environment / weather using suitable adjectives (if relevant)

Despite the heat that morning, we had a great time. Our National Day celebration was truly a momentous one. The event was a success. It also helped us to appreciate the wonderful country we live in and made us proud to be Malaysians.

Paragraph 6: CONCLUSION
  • Was the event a success?
  • What could be learnt from the event?

By: Leong Soo Chin

Write the WRITER’S NAME 

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