TECHNIQUES FOR ANSWERING THE SPM ENGLISH PAPER (PAPER 1)
a. DIRECTED WRITING
In the first section of the SPM English Paper 2, students are expected to spend about thirty minutes, expanding on given notes. For this section, imagination and creativity do come into play because even though certain facts are given, they serve as a mere guide. You are required to do at least three major things: 1. Use the right format for your writing
2. Include all the facts given in the question
3. Elaborate or provide your OWN but relevant details) on these given facts. From the total of 30 marks awarded here, 15 are for CONTENT and the other 15 is for LANGUAGE USE. As a student, you can easily get full marks for content provided you follow the ensuing good advice.
There are three important aspects to awarding of marks for content. a) Format
Marks awarded are usually in the range of 2-3. Make sure you read the instructions carefully. You may be required to write an informal letter, a formal letter, a speech, an article or a report. In each case, you must thoroughly realize how important it is that you suit the right format to the questions. b) Inclusion of Given Facts
Certain facts are given in the question itself. Usually 6-7 marks are awarded if you include ALL the given facts in your writing do not leave even a single one. Couch each fact in a complete sentence. If you just use phrases or if the sentence you make is meaningless, no marks will be given. c) Elaboration
Finally about 6-7 marks are awarded if you add details of your own to make your writing more intresting. No details - no marks ! Remember, one extra sentence or two is usually enough. You don’t have to write and write. Also, the details must be relevant, suitable and interesting too. You need to invest a little time and imagination here so that your writing won’t come across as "dry and dull".
Finally, the remainder 15 marks are allocated for language use. You must try and make sure that grammar, spelling and punctuation are as error-free as possible. Do take a little trouble to check through your writing. Write shorter sentences if you are not too sure about grammar. Avoid words that you do not know how to spell. But do begin from now to revise the spelling of simple words like "sincerely", "faithfully", "fine", "thank you", and other such frequently used words.
b) CONTINUOUS WRITING
Section C of the SPM English Paper 2 presents a question on Continuous Writing. Students are advised to spend about one hour on this section. 5 topics will be given and choose only ONE.
1. Recognise the type of essay you are going to attempt i.e. whether it’s a narrative, descriptive, expository, argumentative or reflective. 2. Understand the chosen topic so that you do not write out of point. 3. Plan what you are going to write about.
4. Include enough good and relevant points.
5. Organize your points well and present each new or main point in a separate paragraph. 6. Show coherence in paragraphs.
7. Use idiomatic expression and include the active voice for narrative essays. 8. Vary the length and structure of sentences
9. Introduce your essay impressively and conclude it in a meaningful or original way. 10. Check for spelling, punctuation, grammatical correctness, especially the usage of tenses and pronouns. 11. Factual topics should as far as possible be avoided. This is because the material you use must be based on facts and not "guess work .
TECHNIQUES FOR ANSWERING THE SPM ENGLISH PAPER (PAPER 2)
Paper 2 Section A
- For Stimuli & Graphic Material, read the materials given and questions carefully. Cancel off the options that you consider as definitely wrong. Choose the most suitable answer among the 4 options, based on the materials given. - For Rational Cloze, it tests you on grammar. Read the passage given carefully. Cancel off the options that you consider as definitely wrong. Choose the most...
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