Gce o level oral examinations 2011 15-26 august 2011
GCE O LEVEL 1127PICTURE DISCUSSION and CONVERSATION PAPER 3 ORAL EXAMINATIONS 15 – 31 AUGUST 2011
DAY 1. 15 August 2011Picture Discussion A photograph of a Guest of Honour with a group of 5 very young children who are holding a simple musical instrument each.1. What do you think is happening here?2. What might the man kneeling down have just said to the children?3. Choose one of the children and say what he or she might be thinking.
DAY 1. 15 August 2011Conversation1. Do you like music? Why or why not?• Have you ever learnt to play a musical instrument or would you like to?• Do you think music is an important part of our lives?
DAY 1. 15 August 2011Conversation2. Do children enjoy and benefit from learning to play a musical instrument?• What lessons can we learn from being part of a team?• Can you think of some instances where it is vital that people co-operate with each other?
DAY 2.16 AUGUST 2011 A cooking instructor and his mature students were preparing chicken pies for baking on a huge and long table in a kitchen.PICTURE DISCUSSION1. Why do you think these people are here?2. Who you think is leading the activity? How can you tell?3. What might the group do afterwards?
DAY 2. 16 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION1. Tell me about what you like to eat.2. Would you rather eat food cooked at home or ready prepared?3. Do you think it is important that everyone should be able to cook?
DAY 2. 16 AUGUST 20112. Do we learn better when we discover things for ourselves? We can learn a lot from books, but how else can we learn? How important is practical or “hands on” experience?
DAY 3.17 August 2011 Three elderly men sit at separate computer booths working on computer notebooks provided for them at a particular place.PICTURE DISCUSSION1. Where might this be taking place?2. What might the men at the table be doing on the laptops?3. What might the man in the top right hand corner be thinking (the only man whose face we can see)?
DAY 3.17 August 2011CONVERSATION1. Tell me about a holiday you have been on or would like to go on.• Do you enjoy family holidays or would you rather go with friends?• What sort of problems might you have on a holiday?
DAY 3.17 August 2011CONVERSATION2. People are living longer nowadays. How can older people keep active when they retire?• How can older people keep fit up to date with new technology?• What measure can countries take to help cope with the growing number of older people?
DAY 4.18 AUGUST 2011PICTURE DISCUSSION Family members celebrates the birthday of the matriarch of their house at a restaurant.1. Where might this be taking place?2. What might the woman on the left with the shawl be thinking?3. What might they do after the candles are blown out?
DAY 4.18 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION1. What do you enjoy about celebrations?• How would you like to celebrate your eightieth birthday?• Apart from birthdays, what other occasions do you celebrate?
DAY 4.18 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION2. What are your opinions on growing old?• Are there any advantages?• What lessons can young people learnt from grandparents or other elderly people?
DAY 5.19 AUGUST 2011PICTURE DISCUSSION A group of army personnel has disembarked from a battleship at the dock after completed a tour of duty. In the background, there are a man and a woman. Both are beaming away with the man carrying a baby in his arms.1. Why do you think so many people have gathered here?2. What might the man and woman in the front of the picture be feeling?3. What might the couple be planning to do next?
DAY 5.19 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION1. Would you like to work away from home for long spells?• What sort of problems might your family face?• How would you keep in touch with friends and family while you were away?
DAY 5.19 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION2. At what sort of times is community support especially useful?• Why is it important to take part in community activities and events?• What sort of community events do you enjoy?
DAY 6.22 AUGUST 2011 PICTURE DISCUSSION A crowded scene inside an MRT cabin with people doing all striking all kinds of poses and doing their own things.1. Why do you think the train is so crowded?2. Do you think this is going to be a short or long journey? Why?3. What might the passengers be able to see out of the window?
DAY 6.22 AUGUST 2011 CONVERSATION1. Tell me about how people travel to work or school in your country.• What are some of the problems you have experienced while travelling?• What would you do to solve the problem of traffic congestion?
DAY 6.22 AUGUST 2011 CONVERSATION2. Why is it important for people to enjoy the work they do?• What are the good and bad points about working from home rather than travelling to work every day?• How do you think our working conditions might change in the future?
DAY 7. 23 AUGUST 2011PICTURE DISCUSSION A bedroom setting with two middle-aged women – one of them, wheelchair-bound while the other one, probably unable to see at the piano.1. Where might this be taking place?2. Why do you think these two people are at the piano?3. Why do you think this photograph was taken?
DAY 7. 23 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION1. Do you like going to parties? Why or why not?• How would you go about organising a party for your children?• What makes a good organiser?
DAY 7. 23 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION2. Do you agree that we are never too old to learn?• How might older people benefit from learning new skills?• How can the government encourage people in lifelong learning?
DAY 8. 24 AUGUST 2011PICTURE DISCUSSION Three very happy students hugging one another tightly over some joyous news.1. Why do you think the girls are so happy?2. Why might one of the girls be holding a hand phone?3. What might they do next?
DAY 8. 24 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION1. Tell me abou a time when you had to wait for something important.• How did you react when it finally happened?• How well do you cope with disappointment?
DAY 8. 24 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION2. Do you agree that some stress can be a good thing?• What types of situations are particularly stressful?• How do some people cope with stress?
DAY 9. 25 AUGUST 2011 PICTURE DISCUSSION A floorball match is in progress and an exciting moment at the edge of the court is unfolding between the competing players.1. How important might this match be?2. What might the player on the far left be thinking?3. What might happen after the match?
DAY 9. 25 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION1. How would you feel if you were on the losing side in a competition or sporting event?• How would you go about helping a friend to cope with failure?• Success can also cause problems in friendships. Can you think what these problems might be?
DAY 9. 25 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION2. What are some of the risks and challenges in trying something new?• What are some of the advantages of trying something new?• What can we learn from taking risks?
DAY 10 31 AUGUST 2011Picture Discussion:A family nature walk in the tropical forest.1. What do you think the group is doing here?2. What might the man be pointing out?3. What might the girl on the far left of the picture be thinking?
DAY 10 31 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION:1. Do you like nature? Why or why not?• What do you think would make a good field trip?• How do your parents and teachers help you to develop a broad range of interests?
DAY 10 31 AUGUST 2011CONVERSATION:2. Is it important to teach children to look after the environment? Why or why not?• How does human activity endanger certain parts of the world?• What can be done to raise the awareness of threats to our natural environment?