School Improvement Program
Approach English Language 1119
English Language 1119/1
Section A: Directed Writing
You are the president of your school’s Nature Club. You have been asked to give a speech to the students in
your school to inform them about the Nature Club and to persuade them to join it. Write out your speech
using the following points:
Open to all students from Forms One to Five.
An approved co-curricular activity.
To promote interest and knowledge about wildlife, forests and the environment among students.
To encourage students to protect the fauna and flora.
To provide opportunities for students to acquire values and skills needed to protect and improve the
Tents, sleeping bags and other equipment required for trekking purposes.
Write out the speech you would give. Remember to:
Address the audience.
Introduce the topic of your speech.
Use all the notes given.
End the talk appropriately.
1. What am I required to do? ___________________________
2. What is my role? ___________________________________
3. Who is my audience?________________________________
4. How many points have been provided? __________________
5. Do I need to include other points? ______________________
Greet your audience.
State the purpose of your speech/talk.
Use the points given in a systematic manner – use transition markers to enable your audience
to follow the flow of your thoughts.
Elaborate your points with examples or illustrations.
Conclude your speech by thanking your audience.
Maintain a formal, yet pleasant, tone.
Section B: Continuous Writing
Write a composition of about 350 words on one of the following topics:
Write about a person who has worked hard to succeed in life.
Examinations – good or bad?
My perfect future husband or wife
Write a story ending with:
“Now I realise the value of a true friend.”
English Language 1119/2
This question paper consists of four sections: Section A, Section B, Section C and Section D. Answer all
sections in this question paper.
Question 1 - 8
For each of the questions, read the question first and then study the information given to find the best
answer. Then circle the answer A, B, C or D on the answer sheet provided.
Oh, what a pity! The
parking was a
Jenny, you are rather
late. All the free books
have been snapped up
like hot cakes.
What did Jenny want to get at the bookstore?
A Some hot cakes
B Some magazines
C Some free books
D Some discounted books
Fashion design graduate Venie Tee took an
unusual route in her studies which shows how
artistic impulses can take a girl very far in the
world. From the humble beginnings of learning
to draw and sew at a local design institute, Venie
has since scooped the Malaysian Fashion Award
and has her own clothes label under her belt.
From the article, we know that Venie Tee has
A won many awards
B studied design abroad
C her own clothes collection
D faced many hardships in life
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The information in the advertisement tells us that
A the students can learn ways to score „A‟ in their examinations
B the adventure camp is for secondary school students only
C students can go for the camp to have an adventure
WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION
Residents in Petaling Jaya and Hulu Langat will face dry taps between 6a.m. and 10p.m. tomorrow.
The disruption is due to maintenance works and the repair of a burst water pipe located at the 20 km
point along the Damansara-Puchong Highway.
The water supply will be disrupted because of
A maintenance and repair works
B the dry taps facing the residents
C the attachment of new water pipes
D the location of the Damansara-Puchong Highway
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has undergone
a successful minor medical procedure to treat a sinus problem in Australia, and is
now recuperating. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he contacted
Abdullah and learned that he was fine.
Abdullah, who is currently holidaying in Australia with his family, is expected
to return to Malaysia next week.
The main reason the Prime Minister went to Australia was probably to
A treat his sinus problem
B go sightseeing
I totally disagree with the opinion that science subjects are more important that arts subjects. The law,
teaching, writing, music – all these are arts courses that should have equal prominence. Imagine a world
without the arts – there will be no writers or musicians to entertain us. What a sad and lonely world it would
be. Arts and science subjects are equally important and we should strike a balance.
Mr Singh is complaining about
A the emphasis given to Arts students
B the unfair perception of Arts subjects
C the importance attached to Arts subjects
Furthering Your Education
The Career Assessment Centre is organizing a career talk for STPM
school leavers and their parents entitles Study for Your Future?
From 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. on May 6 at the Hann Consulting Office at
Petaling Jaya. The talk covers career options that are available for
Arts and Science students. Seats are limited and are based on firstcome-first-served basis. Please call Amber Chan at 017-7839255 for
From the notice above, we know that the talk is
A held for a few days
B for all school leavers
C conducted by Amber Chan
D organised for sixth formers
Which of the following statements is true?
A The computer fair will be held for 2 days.
B The computer fair will be on for 9 hours.
C The computer fair will be held in Johor Bahru only.
D The computer fair is sponsored by ICTS Association of Malaysia.
Read the following passage and choose the best answer. Then, circle A, B, C or D on the answer sheet.
Beh is Malaysian-born. He was
in classical ballet at the age of five in Kuala Lumpur and will
soon conduct a workshop
“Oversea Ballet Dancer Workshop”.
After high school, he accepted a full scholarship for three years to study at Hong Kong Ballet Dance
. He then
sent to China for the “Tao Li Bea Ballet” competition
on to win the best performance award.
Later in 1998, he received the Dancer‟s Award of the Year
by the Hong Kong Dance
Society. Beh has toured and performed in France, Japan, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, the
United States, China and Singapore.
Aside from dancing, he
a comprehensive teaching certificate in Pilates mat and equipment
exercise through the Body Arts and Science International Programme. He is currently teaching Pilates from
the basic to advanced level.
10. A title
11. A outrage
12. A is
14. A presented
Question 16 - 25
Read the following information and answer the questions that follow.
THE HISTORY OF THE OLYMPICS
The Olympics, an international multi-sporting event, takes place every four years and includes summer and
winter games. The games were originally held in Olympia, Greece in 776 BC, in 1896, they were revived by a
French nobleman, thus beginning the era of the modern Olympic games.
The Olympics Games was first held to honour gods in Greek Mythology.
Back then, only men and boys could take part, as athletes were not allowed to wear a single strand on their
bodies – they had to compete without clothes.
Upon winning an event, the winner was presented with a crown of olive leaves. The olive branch is a sign
of hope and peace.
Today‟s Olympics Games unites the world. The modern Olympic games allowed women to compete along
with men for the first time.
Medals are given to athletes who are placed first, second, or third in each event. The winners receive gold
medals. The runners-up receive silver medals and the third-placed athletes, bronze medals.
The Olympic rings is the best known logo. It represents the unity of five continents and appears in five
colours on the Olympic flag. The official Olympic motto is “citius, altius, forties,” a Latin phrase meaning “swifter,
One custom that has not changed since ancient times to modern days is the lighting of the Olympic flame. It
is the sign of the Olympic spirit of competition, unity and friendship.
(Adapted from Wikipedia and Going Places, August 2004)
Questions 16 – 21
Based on the information given, complete the diagram below.
Purpose of the
Questions 22 – 25
Complete the sentences below based on the information given.
The best known logo in the Olympic games is
The five colours on the Olympic flag represent
The meaning of the Olympic motto is
The traditional custom that remains is
Question 26 - 31 are based on the following passage.
The following passage is about a professional hunter of wild animals such as tigers, wolves and leopards
that prey on livestock.
I have spent 20 years hunting wild animals in the Sarawak jungles. The leopard is one
of the most unpredictable animals I have ever come across. A cunning animal, it will
change its direction for no obvious reason. Although I had faced numerous encounters with
ferocious creatures, none scared me the way the leopard did, the day it attacked me.
On January 24, a goat was killed at a nearby farm. Two weeks earlier, farmers had
reported missing livestock. A leopard had been seen around the area at dusk. On that very
day, fifteen experienced men volunteered to track it. Before the hunting party arrived, I
went out to look for the tracks. Without a thought, I left my rifle in the car and that was the
worst mistake of my life. Unarmed, I was exposed to danger.
I stepped into the bushes where the goat was killed. Suddenly, I sensed danger from
behind. I looked around and there, under a tree, all set to strike, was an adult leopard. I
remembered my rifle and turned back to my car to get it.
Then it happened. The leopard leapt onto my back. I heard nothing when it hit me as it
happened very fast. The impact was enough to set me off balance. For a moment I felt
dizzy, as if the surroundings were spinning. I could not make sense of the things around
me. They seemed to be blurring. Before I realised it, I slumped onto the ground with the
leopard clawing at my back. I could faintly hear the grunting from the leopard. Although I
could feel sharp pain all over my back, I still managed to gather enough strength to roll
over. My sudden action took the creature by surprise – I had caused it to let go of me and I
was free for a short time.
That was the best chance I had to run away. However, before I could do anything, the
creature had grabbed my right shoulder. This time, the leopard became more aggressive. It
was certainly not going to let me escape and started shaking me vigorously. The sheer
strength of the mighty animal was incredible. There was simply nothing I could do to stop
it. At that instant, I was sure I was going to die.
Without thinking, I placed my hand on the leopard's neck. I realised that to gain
control over the animal, I had to act swiftly before it could overpower me. This was
something I had learned from my past hunting experience. I never hesitated. I wrestled with
the leopard's head and neck over my chest. Knowing that it was either me or the leopard, I
had to fight for my life. There was no time to waste. With whatever strength that was left in
me, I wrapped my left arm tightly round the leopard's neck, trying to choke it. Furious with
my action, the animal let out a loud and deafening growl. In fighting back, it struggled with
such force that I had to put more pressure on its neck.
A young man, who was a member of the hunting group, was scouting the area.
Suddenly, he heard a loud growl. Sensing someone was in danger, he rushed towards the
scene. He stood hesitatingly about three metres away from the leopard, not knowing
whether he could shoot accurately. Frantically, I yelled at him to move nearer. Bang! The
first shot went off target. Then the second shot hit the leopard in the spine. This time he did
it. There was a loud growl before it went limp. Seeing the lifeless animal next to me, I was
overcome with relief.
Looking back, I think the leopard had every reason to attack me. It was starving.
When I looked straight into its face, I felt sorry. This was the closest encounter I have ever
had with such a fierce animal.
(Adapted from Reader's Digest, July 2003)
26. From paragraph 1, where does the writer hunt?
27. From paragraph 2,
(a) what had happened to the farmers‟ livestock?
(b) “… that was the worst mistake of my life.” (Line 9)
(i) What was the mistake?
(ii) Why was it a mistake?
28. From paragraph 4,
(a) what threw the writer off balance?
(b) which word means fell?
29. From paragraph 7,
(a) what made the young man rush to the scene?
(b) why did the young man hesitate to shoot?
30. In your own words, give two reasons why do you think the writer felt sorry for the leopard.
31 Based on the passage given, write a summary:
• of how the leopard attacked the writer and
• what he did to save himself
Credit will be given for use of own words but care must be taken not to change the original meaning.
Your summary must:
• be in continuous writing form (not in note form)
• use materials from lines 13 to 37
• not be longer than 130 words, including the 10 words given below
Begin your summary as follows:
He realised he was being attacked by a leopard when …
32. Read the poem below and answer the questions that follow.
Are You Still Playing Your Flute
Are you still playing your flute?
When there is hardly time for our love
I am feeling guilty
To be longing for your song
The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo
Uncovered by the breath of an artist
Composed by his fingers
Blown by the wind
To the depth of my heart
Are you still playing the flute?
In the village so quiet and deserted
Amidst the sick rice field
While here it has become a luxury
To spend time watching the rain
Gazing at the evening rays
Collecting dew drops
Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers
Are you still playing the flute?
The more it disturbs my conscience
to be thinking of you
in the hazard of you
my younger brothers unemployed and desperate
my people disunited by politics
my friend slaughtered mercilessly
this world is too old and bleeding
Know meanings of:
extract specific information
give personal response – in your own words
(a) In stanza i, why did the persona ask Are you still playing your flute?
(b) The word gathering has the same meaning as a word found in the second stanza. What is it?
(c) In the third stanza (line 5), what feeling do the words to be thinking of you conjure?
(d) Do you think the persona is a nice person? Why?
The following are the novels studied in the literature component in English Language.
33. The Curse
Step by Wicked Step
Catch Us If You Can
Lee Su Ann
Choose any one of the novels above and answer the question below.
Based on the above novel that you have read, explain why you like or dislike the story. Support your
answer with close reference to the text.
The emphasis is on how well the question is answered in terms of whether the CONTENT is:
3. Provide Textual Evidence
4. Detailed And Well- Developed
Only men and boys
Men and women
A crown of olive leaves
To honour the Greek gods
To promote world unity
the Olympic rings
the unity of the five continents
swifter, higher, stronger
lighting of the Olympic flame
In the Sarawak jungles
27. (a) A goat was killed and some livestock was missing
(b) i. Leaving his rifle in the car
ii. Unarmed, he was exposed to danger
28. (a) The impact of the leopard‟s leaping onto his back.
29. (a) He heard the loud growl (and sensed someone was in danger.)
(b) He was unsure whether he could shoot accurately from the distance of three metres.
30. I think that firstly, he felt sorry that he had to kill the leopard for doing what is part of the basic instinct
of a predator, that is, to attack its prey for food. Secondly, I think he felt sorry for the leopard because he
could see that it had been starved, probably due to the way mankind had destroyed its natural habitat.
31. (Suggested answer)
He realised that he was being attacked by a leopard when he felt it land on his back. The impact threw
him to the ground. Though he was in pain he managed to rolled over. His sudden move surprised the
leopard and it let him go. However, before he could escape, it caught his shoulder and shook him hard.
He grabbed its neck to gain control over the animal. Wrapping his arm tightly round theleopard‟s neck,
he tried to choke it. It fought back aggressively but he also pulled tightly. Then, a member of the hunting
group heard the leopard‟s growl. He rushed to the scene. He hesitated, wondering if his aim would be
accurate from where he was. The hunter shouted to him to move nearer.
32. (a) The poet asked that question because she feels guilty longing for his song when there is so much
trouble surrounding the village.
(d) Persona is a good person though she is very romantic and needs constant love and assurance. Her
conscience is troubled by the desperate situation her kinsmen and friends are undergoing such as
unemployment, disunity, bloodshed and instability.
Catch Us If You Can
In the novel Catch Us If You Can by Catherine MacPhail, a young boy and his grandfather escape from the
homes they have been put it in. I like this story because it is about a family trying to stay together despite the
challenges they face.
Rory lives with his grandfather, Granda. His father had left him and his mother when he was a baby.
Granda took care of them and when Rory‟s mother passed away he continued looking after Rory. Rory loves
his Granda dearly and is determined to look after him now that he is old and has become forgetful. Their
roles are reversed now, with Rory taking on the responsibilities of an adult and Granda becoming more
dependant on Rory.
I like that Rory cheerfully shoulders these responsibilities and deals with the problems Granda creates
with mixture of loving exasperation and a sense of humour. He has to forgo certain pleasures (playing
football) a boy his age would enjoy because of his grandfather but he does not feel resentful about it.
Although Granda creates problems for Rory, he is such a funny and charming man that you cannot help
After Granda sets their home on fire, the two are separated and put into different homes. Rory and his
grandfather do not want to be separated. They escape and are determined to stay together despite what the
authorities may say. During their escape they meet many people, most of them helpful and sympathetic,
while others think Rory and his grandfather should be turned in to the authorities. Towards the end of the
story, Rory realises that he needs help to look after Granda. He decides to go to his father and ask him to
help them. With his help, and the social workers‟, Rory is able to continue living with Granda.
This is another reason why I like the story. I like it that Rory will have other family besides his
grandfather and that he will not be alone when his grandfather is gone. I also like the fact the Granda will
reconcile with his son. For all these reasons I like the story Catch Us If You Can.