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O Level Visual Text - Common Questions and How to Answer Them

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These slides are used to explain the common questions for Visual Text (Section A under Paper 2) and provides examples to answer various types of questions for O Level English Language Examination in Singapore.

Students are introduced to the concept of Visual Text which consists of 5 marks. These 5 marks can be a difference your current grade and the next one and learning how to answer these questions will help you score for your next Visual Text assignment.

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O Level Visual Text - Common Questions and How to Answer Them

  1. 1. Visual Text(i) Common question stems (ii) How to respond to the questions
  2. 2. Q1 The advertisement shows words such as ‘abc’, ‘def’ and ‘ghj’. What message about xxxx is brought across when these words are used together? It shows that xxx is _________________
  3. 3. The poster shows words such as ‘wow’, ‘weee’, and ‘hahaha’. What message about Singapore is brought across by these words? Singapore is a fun/ exciting/ entertaining place.
  4. 4. Q2 The advertisement ends with the statement ’xxx’. What does xxx want to suggest about the job? The job allows _________________
  5. 5. Q3 The advertisement is informal and friendly. It achieves this effect by using three of the following features. Tick 3 boxes only. √ √ √ If tick more than 3 boxes, no marks will be awarded for the correct answers
  6. 6. Which two expressions used in the advertisement link best to the title of the product? Tick two boxes only. √ √ If tick more than 2 boxes, no marks will be awarded for the correct answers.
  7. 7. Which two of the following words in the advertisement do the advertisers use to appeal particularly to trendy teenagers? Tick two boxes only. √ √ If tick more than 2 boxes, no marks will be awarded for the correct answers.
  8. 8. Which one of the following sentences best sums up the main message the advertisement aims to convey? Tick the box beside the sentence you have chosen. If tick more than one, no marks will be awarded for the correct answer.
  9. 9. The advertisement is informal and cheerful. It achieves this effect by using three of the following features. (Tick 3 boxes only.) the graphic image of an island is placed in the centre of the poster words such as ‘giggle’ and ‘laugh’ places like ‘Night Safari’ and ‘tropical bird parks an odd-looking giraffe biting on a rope providing a web address words such as ‘funtastic’ and fun √ √ √
  10. 10. Q4 The webpage begins with the question xxx. What effect is this intended to have on the reader? It is to make him/ her feel _________________
  11. 11. The webpage has the heading xxx. What effect is the heading intended to have on the reader? They will feel _________________
  12. 12. The webpage begins with the words ‘The world is yours’? What effect is this intended to have on the reader? It is to make him/her feel _________________
  13. 13. Q5 What effect of including the prizes that participants stand to win in the webpage? It is to _________________
  14. 14. What effect of including the prizes that participants stand to win in the webpage? It is to encourage participation/ join the competition.
  15. 15. Q6 Give two reasons why the information presented will appeal to potential volunteers. Firstly, it _________________ Secondly, it _________________
  16. 16. Q7 Which sentence gives the main purpose of the webpage? Write down the sentence only. No need to answer in full The sentence that gives the main purpose of the webpage is _________________
  17. 17. Which sentence gives the main purpose of the webpage? Be careful. Not all opening sentences give the purpose. You need to be aware of the content and its organisation.
  18. 18. Look at the theme of the competition, “Towards Our Dreams, We Don’t Need Drugs!”. What do you think is the intended purpose of the theme? [2] It is to encourage people to stay clear of drugs [1] and aspire towards achieving their goals [1] OR It is to send people the message that we don’t require drugs for us to work towards our objective.
  19. 19. Q8 xxx offers a wide range of activities and packages. Which sentence is intended to give the impression that, for this firm, nothing is impossible? Write down the sentence only. No need to answer in full
  20. 20. Q9 The advertisement describes many features of xxx. Which feature of xxx is best demonstrated by the illustration? It shows _________________ Answer must consciously make a link of the feature with the illustration
  21. 21. Give one way in which the illustration of the guitar links to the title of the advertisement. It shows _________________ Answer must consciously make a link of the words in the title with the illustration
  22. 22. How does the photograph illustrate any one characteristic a volunteer should have? It shows _________________ Answer must consciously make a link of the human characteristic with the illustration
  23. 23. Look at the photograph under the heading xxx. What impression of xxx do you think the photograph aims to present? It aims to show that _________________ Answer must consciously make a link of the idea with the illustration
  24. 24. Q10 Pick out and write down the two single words in the second paragraph of the advertisement which appeal to guitar players who are concerned about the environment. Answer must be two separate single words, not compound words e.g. eco-friendly (one word, not two)
  25. 25. Refer to the paragraph headed xxx. Identify the two phrases of not more than six words which suggest xxx. Phrases longer than six words will not be awarded any marks
  26. 26. Write down four consecutive words from the poster which suggests that supporting the blood donation drive is a noble cause? [1] The words are “Give Blood. Give Life.”
  27. 27. Q11 Give two features of the third paragraph of the advertisement which make it friendly and informal. Firstly, the use of contractions (he’ll) Secondly, the use of the second person (you, your)
  28. 28. Q12 In the section xxx the writer involves the reader by using you and your. In what other way does the writer involve the reader in this section?
  29. 29. Q13 Which type of audience will the webpage particularly appeal to? It appeals to _________________
  30. 30. Who do you think the target audience of this poster is? [1] Students or staff of NUS OR Potential donors aged 16 and above
  31. 31. Q14 The Jane Goodall Institute encourages people to support xxxx. How is each of these represented by the different icons in the logo at the top of the webpage?
  32. 32. Q15 What does the name of the youth programme ‘Roots & Shoots’, suggest about young people? The young people are _________________
  33. 33. The poster states that Singapore is ‘jam-packed with everything’ and has ‘gazillions of fun’. What does YourSingapore.com want to suggest about Singapore? [1] YourSingapore.com wants to suggest that there are plenty of (fun) things to do / places of attraction to visit in Singapore. [Do not accept ‘Singapore has everything’]
  34. 34. Q16 The poster features an image of _____________ and the statement __________. Suggest a feeling that the image and statement would likely to evoke in the readers. It evokes the feeling of _________________.
  35. 35. The poster features an image of _____________ and the statement __________. Suggest a feeling that the image and statement would likely to evoke in the readers. [1] It evokes the feeling of sympathy/ pity/ compassion.
  36. 36. MOST IMPORTANTLY
  37. 37. Have your answers ANSWERED the questions?

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