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  • 1. CLOZE 1 – 8.Term 1.2011 VOCABULARY / GRAMMAR/ FIXED EXPRESSIONS Term 1.2011 sourced and prepared by Yeo 1 Yam Hwee
  • 2. TERM 1 WEEK 5.2011 Secondary 3NA at SHSSCLOZE 1 – Thank you SIAA public letter of compliment. sourced and prepared by Yeo 2 Yam Hwee
  • 3. CLOZE 1.THANK U SIAI was a [1] passenger on SingaporeAirlines flight SQ025 from New York toSingapore, [2] arriving / landing inSingapore on 7 November 2009.[3] Although / Though / When Iordered special meals because I sufferfrom a long list of allergies, there was amiscommunication and the flight hadorders only for gluten-free meals. sourced and prepared by Yeo 3 Yam Hwee
  • 4. I braced [4] myself for a long anduncomfortable flight. To my[5] amazement/ surprise/ astonishment /delight / relief, the flight attendants wentout of their [6] way to accommodate me.They [7] took note of the long list offorbidden foods, and put together [8]notone meal but three, and more than onesnack, so a passenger with multiple foodallergies could be [9] fed / served / given /consuming /eating / having / enjoying /receiving / getting nutritious in-flightmeals. sourced and prepared by Yeo 4 Yam Hwee
  • 5. One flight attendant, I believe his name isVincent, was [10] very / quite / especially/ really / particularly / extremelyattentive and checked with me many times,making [11] sure / certain the meals metmy dietary needs. He was so [12]accommodating / helpful / thoughtful /attentive / caring / kind / efficient /concerned / friendly / charming / politethat even the passengers around me [13]commended on his service and attentionto details. sourced and prepared by Yeo 5 Yam Hwee
  • 6. The service during the long flight was thebest I have encountered. In these dayswhen many airlines are struggling to [14]survive / cope / compete, I am proud thatSIA continues to [15] hold itself to thehighest standards of excellence. Thankyou, SIA, and thank you, Vincent.Maureen Chee (Ms)United States sourced and prepared by Yeo 6 Yam Hwee
  • 7. CLOZE 2 News Report – Heavyrain causes knee-high floods inBukit Timah and prepared by Yeo sourced 7 Yam Hwee
  • 8. CLOZE 2Heavy and intense rain [1] causedflooding in some parts of Singapore inthe early part of Thursday afternoon.The situation was especially bad inBukit Timah. At its peak, the floodwaters reached knee level. sourced and prepared by Yeo 8 Yam Hwee
  • 9. The affected areas were the stretches from Coronation Road to ThirdAvenue and from Wilby Road to Blackmore Road. The junction of SixthAvenue with Bukit Timah Road was also flooded. Traffic was [2] brought/ led / hauled / held / called / forced / put / jammed / stalled to astandstill along some stretches of Bukit Timah Road. MediaCorps newshotline [3] received / got / took / answered several calls from membersof the public who said cars had trouble driving along these areas. Parentswho had [4] sent / escorted / fetched their children for examinations atschools and junior colleges in the areas were also stuck in the floods. Insome cases, water levels [5] reached / hit / touched car windows. sourced and prepared by Yeo 9 Yam Hwee
  • 10. sourced and prepared by Yeo 10 Yam Hwee
  • 11. PUB said 92mm of rain fell [6] within half anhour from about 1.20pm–1.50pm. The totalamount of rainfall was 110mm which isapproximately 43% of the average monthlyrainfall for November. The [7] intense / heavy /monsoon / continual rain (which was about six[8] times that of a normal storm) on Thursdayresulted in massive water - equivalent to the [9]amount / volume in 115 Olympic-sized pools - todrain into Bukit Timah 1st Diversion Canal,causing it to overflow. sourced and prepared by Yeo 11 Yam Hwee
  • 12. The Bukit Timah 1st Diversion Canal was completed inthe early 1970s and has been effective in preventingflooding in the Bukit Timah area, until the exceptionallyintense storm on Thursday. PUB says it intends to[10] upgrade / renovate / widen / broaden / expand /reconstruct / rebuild / enlarge this canal in the nearfuture. PUB officers were on site on Thursday to render[11] assistance / help / support. This includeddeploying tankers to pump water out from two basementcar parks as well as cleaning up houses that had beenaffected by flood waters. sourced and prepared by Yeo 12 Yam Hwee
  • 13. PUB advises the public to [12] exercise caution asflash floods may still occur in the [13] event / wake /course / period / outbreak / days of heavy storms. Thepublic can obtain the latest weather reports, includingheavy rain warnings, by tuning in to radio broadcasts orcalling NEAs weather forecast [14] hotline / service at6542-7788. The public can also visit the NEA website atwww.nea.gov.sg or access the mobile weather service(Weather@SG - weather.nea.gov.sg). They can also callPUBs 24-hour Call Centre at 1800-284-6600 to [15]report / remove obstructions in drains or to check theflood situation. sourced and prepared by Yeo 13 Yam Hwee
  • 14. CLOZE 3 SLEEPSleep is probably the furthest thing on many people’sminds today. Even then, sleep is simply a time out fromthe (1) busy / hectic / stressful lifestyles. However, the(2) absence / lack / shortage of sleep can (3) affect /upset / damage / harm / ruin / impact a personemotionally. A good rest is crucial (4) to/for a person’smental and physical health. A person can (5) become /be / get / behave/ feel unnecessarily agitated with co-workers and friends and might be (6) unable /strained /prone to perform memory tasks (7) well / efficiently /effectively / normally/ properly / correctly / easily /himself / herself / badly. sourced and prepared by Yeo 14 Yam Hwee
  • 15. Even though sleep is important for all, the (8)amount/ duration of sleep each person needsis different. If a person does not have sufficientsleep, his actions will give him away during theday. Some people (9) function / perform /work / act effectively in the day after a mere sixhours of sleep (10) but / while / whereas /although / yet others require up to ten hours ofsleep every night. Fatigue is unmasked when aperson falls asleep completing monotonoustasks. sourced and prepared by Yeo 15 Yam Hwee
  • 16. Contrary (11) to popular belief, the need forsleep does not (12) diminish / matter / change/ correspond/ decrease / differ/ come / vary /go with age. As children grow (13) older, theyare able to do without short naps throughout theday, withstand longer walking hours and sleepfor (14) longer periods at night. Elderly peopleare actually unable to sleep properly at night asthey might be plagued by physical problems likebackaches or be suffering from the (15)negative / side / after/ painful / uncomfortable/ harmful effects of certain medications. sourced and prepared by Yeo 16 Yam Hwee
  • 17. CLOZE 4 – Banned for having a tattoo (2)The boy, who was in the Normal Academicstream, was repeating Sec 3 before hewas suspended. He had [1] displayedflashed / revealed/ exposed a tattoo of adragon head on his chest when heremoved his T-shirt while playingbasketball in school one afternoon. sourced and prepared by Yeo 17 Yam Hwee
  • 18. CLOZE 4 – Banned for having a tattoo (2)Why not [2] agree/ try to remove the tattoo? MadamYip said, “I dont want to make him remove the tattoo. Ifhe does it, it has to be because he wants to do it [3]himself / willingly / voluntarily / wholeheartedly /sincerely / seriously.” However, the boy claims he isafraid of laser removal because of what his friend wentthrough. Said Madam Yip, “He came back and told methat he was very scared and that his friends parents hadforced him to go through the first laser session. He [4]broke / burst into tears as he told me about the uglyscars left on his friend.” sourced and prepared by Yeo 18 Yam Hwee
  • 19. CLOZE 4 – Banned for having a tattoo (2)Her son also told her that his friend hadreturned to school after [5] fulfilling /satisfying the condition of going throughthe first laser treatment. The situationhowever, remained deadlocked. AndMadam Yip began looking for anotherschool that [6] would/might take in herson. The school said it would help her sontransfer to another school if he refused toremove the tattoo, Madam Yip said. sourced and prepared by Yeo 19 Yam Hwee
  • 20. CLOZE 4 – Banned for having a tattoo (2)After waiting, she [7] asked / begged / approached /contacted / consulted the Ministry of Education for help.“I wrote the school a [8] note / letter of apology for thetrouble my son had caused and informed them that I hadapproached the authorities for help,” said Madam Yip. Thee-mail, dated 17 Apr, was shown to The New Paper. It said,“Maybe as a third party we will not forgive him. But as aprincipal and a mother, weve got to give him a chance.”Added Madam Yip, “I am very against tattoos but what can Ido since it is [9] already / stuck / drawn / done/ printed/lasered / now on his skin.” sourced and prepared by Yeo 20 Yam Hwee
  • 21. CLOZE 4 – Banned for having a tattoo (2)The teenager has not attended classes for the [10] last /past / previous two months. His mother claimed sheapproached seven schools on her own in the two months,but they [11] declined / refused to accept her son. “Theseven schools I called up said they could not take my sonin because its in the middle of a school term,” saidMadam Yip. The boys former school later helped to[12] refer / recommend / introduce the boy to threeschools. One school was too far away from her home andthe other asked for the tattoo to be removed. The thirdschool agreed to accept the boy on [13] condition /agreement that his tattoo is not exposed to otherstudents. sourced and prepared by Yeo 21 Yam Hwee
  • 22. CLOZE 4 – Banned for having a tattoo (2)He will join that school after the mid-yearholidays later this month. Madam Yip toldThe New Paper that her son will try to [14]catch up on his schoolwork. She said, “I amvery thankful for this [15] chance /opportunity given to him and my son hasgiven the school his assurance that he willwork hard and do as well as he can.” sourced and prepared by Yeo 22 Yam Hwee
  • 23. CLOZE 5 – Two letters on “Getting Fit For NS” Letter from Calvin Ng, 23, an NUS third year Mathematics student From my experience, the peer [1] pressure that spurs youths to get into shape is strong only during the stint itself. Before and after serving national service, education or career concerns tend to take [2] centre stage. But when a group of men is put [3] under one roof and made to spend most of their time on physical fitness, the [4] focus on getting into shape is emphasized. sourced and prepared by Yeo 23 Yam Hwee
  • 24. Firstly, being constantly [5] surrounded byother men with chiseled abs, lean musclesand toned bodies will [6] motivate manyface-conscious young men to get intoshape. Secondly, physical fitness isconstantly stressed in the army. Many liketo boast about how many chin-ups theycan do or how fast they can finish the2.4km run. This puts the pressure onothers to stretch their [7] physicalcapabilities in a form of healthy [8]competition. sourced and prepared by Yeo 24 Yam Hwee
  • 25. Letter from Estelle Low, an NTU final-year Journalism studentSurviving national service aside, staying fithas pragmatic [9] reasons like keepingone physically attractive and instilling asense of well-being. Although I did nothave national service to [10] keep me onmy toes, attaining well-toned body wasincentive [11] enough for me to maintainmy fitness level after junior college. sourced and prepared by Yeo 25 Yam Hwee
  • 26. Four years ago, I signed up with a fitness clubthat [12] promised to make me “feel beautifulinside out”. While my male friends were busysweating it out before joining the army, so was I,at yoga, pilates, aerobics and kickboxingclasses. Though my primary [13] motive was tolearn new skills, I waltzed away with a tonermidriff, improved temperament, increasedconfidence and awareness of myself. Since then, I can hardly [14] put off exercisingfor more than a week, be it a 30-minute jog or aone-hour swim. Of course, it feels goodknowing that I can still run 2.4kim without [15]breaking into a sweat. sourced and prepared by Yeo 26 Yam Hwee
  • 27. CLOZE 6: Another Two Letters on “Getting Fit for NS” Letter from Muhd Farouq Osman, 20, an NUS first year Arts and Social Sciences student Basic Military Training – the three words young and uninitiated Singaporean males loathe. It is of no [1] surprise that the very thought of having to serve an extended training period on Singapore’s Pulau Tekong would [2] pressure many pre-enlistees to get into shape [3] before national service. sourced and prepared by Yeo 27 Yam Hwee
  • 28. Why would anyone risk getting a prolongedstint in a boot camp on a secluded island,cut off from [4] civilization? They aremerely seeking an “escape route” fromwhat is commonly [5] perceived as anunnecessary quagmire of hardship. Eventhough I failed my physical fitness test[6] prior to enlistment and had to go infour weeks early, I also wanted to makemy life [7] easier as a recruit. That was[8] why I trained on my own. sourced and prepared by Yeo 28 Yam Hwee
  • 29. The Ministry of Defence should initiateoutreach programmes in schools to[9] create awareness of the rigours ofmilitary training. Showing a video ofrecruits going through the standardobstacle course would surely scare the[10] wits out of young boys, convincingthem of the need to prepare[11] themselves for national service. sourced and prepared by Yeo 29 Yam Hwee
  • 30. Letter from Bryan Toh, 17, an NAPsecond year Mass CommunicationsstudentI admit it – I am [12] looking forward tonational service. About a year ago, Istarted working out in the gym to toughenup and [13] improve my self-esteem.One year [14] on, I have problemskeeping up with the rigorous gymschedules. sourced and prepared by Yeo 30 Yam Hwee
  • 31. I am sure anyone who works out will agree thata huge problem with working out regularly ismotivation. There are days when I just feel likestaying home to sleep instead of hauling myselfto the gym. That is where national servicecomes in. Since it is going to take up two[15] precious years of my youth, I might as wellmake the most of it and treat it as something Ican use to improve my physical fitness and buildup both muscle and willpower. I can do so only if I am already approachingpeak fitness – hence I am hitting the gymregularly again. That is national service for me –the best motivation ever. sourced and prepared by Yeo 31 Yam Hwee
  • 32. CLOZE 7: Banned for having a tattoo [1]He was suspended from school for having a tattoo. Toreturn, all the 16-year-old had to do was laser off thetattoo. However, that is not something the boy is willingto do. His mother is [1] standing by him - even if itmeant moving to another school.After [2] approaching seven schools on her own andanother three with the schools help, she finally foundone that agreed to take him in - but he must keep histattoos hidden - all this because of the boys [3] refusalto remove the tattoos. Both mother and son claim theywere not aware of the schools no tattoo rule. They feelthey have been [4] denied the right to basic educationjust because he has a tattoo. sourced and prepared by Yeo 32 Yam Hwee
  • 33. The boy has five tattoos, including adragon head, on the right side of his chest.His mother, who wanted to be known onlyas Madam Yip, 50, is divorced. Sheclaims she learnt about the first of his fivetattoos only after he had it done. He was inSecondary Two then. It is not [5] knownhow he got the money to pay for thetattoos, which can cost thousands ofdollars, depending on the [6] intricacy ofthe design. sourced and prepared by Yeo 33 Yam Hwee
  • 34. Said Madam Yip, “I found out by[7] chance that he had a tattoo and I wasso angry that I caned him. I was angryand disappointed.” But she is[8] reluctant to make him remove thetattoos. She asked, “Why put himthrough laser removal now? Cant theschool just give him a public caning toteach him a lesson?” sourced and prepared by Yeo 34 Yam Hwee
  • 35. The schools student handbook states thatthe school does not allow students to havetattoos and, should a student be caughtwith one, he or she can return only afterstarting laser [9] treatment to remove it.But the boy is [10] adamant that he hasdone nothing wrong. “If tattoos are notallowed in school,” he said, “why then isthere no [11] minimum age (for getting atattoo)?” sourced and prepared by Yeo 35 Yam Hwee
  • 36. The Education Ministry has no rule againsttattoos in schools, preferring to leave it to theschools [12] discretion. It is true, there is nominimum age for getting a tattoo in Singapore.Responding to [13] queries from The NewPaper, the schools principal said, “If a pupil isfound with a tattoo, his parents will be brought inand the pupil will be suspended temporarily fromschool until they have seen a doctor regardingthe removal of the tattoo. The rules are[14] printed in the School Diary and Handbookwhich every pupil purchases at the start of theyear. The Discipline Committee of the schoolalso [15] briefs pupils on the school rules at thestart of every year.” sourced and prepared by Yeo 36 Yam Hwee
  • 37. CLOZE 8 What the Straits Times Forum Page Readers SayThis is what Mr. Retnam Thillainathan, a reader of TheStraits Times wrote in his letter which [1] appeared inthe Forum Page on 22 December 2009: Recently, I washaving a “cuppa” at a coffee shop. As all tables wereoccupied, a teenage boy [2] approached my table andasked if he could take one of the empty seats beforeseating himself. When he opened his Coke can, hespilled some liquid on the table. Immediately, he tookout some tissue paper and wiped the table dry. Havingdone that, he walked over to a bin and [3] disposed ofthe wet tissue and thanked me for my indulgence beforecontinuing with his drink. That was [4] courtesy at work.I asked him why he did what he did. He said he wasSingaporean and had been taught not to litter. I left thecoffee shop with my head held [5] high. sourced and prepared by Yeo 37 Yam Hwee
  • 38. Another reader, Mr. Andrew Seow[6] expressed his concerns with regard tothe false confidence of drink drivers: It issad that [7] despite all the campaigns onthe dangers of drink driving and theenforcement blitz, some irresponsibledrivers still choose to drive [8] after theirdrinking sessions. They not only endanger[9] themselves but also the lives of[10] other innocent road users. sourced and prepared by Yeo 38 Yam Hwee
  • 39. Yet another reader, Mr. Lee Khum Thong wrotein to thank the newspaper for revisiting the 2004South Asian Tsunami disaster: It is a jolting[11] reminder of how fragile life actually is. Oneof the most poignant paragraphs in the reportwas the recollection by a volunteer: A fewvolunteers [12] heard children’s laughter andsinging in the distance and, when theyinvestigated, found nearly 200 orphans. “Thesinging was happy, but so many of them werecrying at the [13] same time, and their eyeswere blank.” What haunting lines. It is a goodtime for [14] serious stock-taking of one’s lifeand to show more [15] appreciation of one’sfamily and friends.” sourced and prepared by Yeo 39 Yam Hwee

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