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Preparing our learners to answer the novel question in SPM 1119/2 should not be taken for granted. SPM candidates should be given sufficient practices as the second part of the novel question is always demanding. As we know, most of the time, Part 1 of the novel question requires learners to retell or rewrite about a character, plot or give some details of incidents with close reference to the novel/text. However, Part 2 of the novel question always requires learners to think critically and provide their views or personal responses. This HOTS task can be challenging to some learners.

Examples:

SPM 2018: With close reference to the text, describe one problem faced by the main character (PART 1). Give your opinion about the way the problem was solved (PART 2).

SPM 2017: Based on the novel that you have studied, write about a value that is important to one of the characters in the story (PART 1). Give reasons why it is so, with close reference to the text (PART 2).

SPM 2016: Describe a scene...

Pick up lines (PULs) have become viral for quite some time and they are expressed in almost all languages across the globe. One can easily find a repertoire of PULs if one searches them online. In the context of teaching English as a second or foreign language, those PULs can be used as stimuli for various learning emphases. These are some examples of PULs and how they can be integrated in ESL/EFL lessons.

SAMPLE 1:

Lesson: WRITING

Focus: Pre-writing task for this question; “Love is blind. How far do you agree with this statement?”. The pick up lines can be used as stimuli to trigger more responses from learners.

SAMPLE 2:

Lesson: GRAMMAR

Focus: Construction of compound or complex sentences

1. Your legs must be tired because you have been running through my mind all night.

2. Your legs must be tired when you have to run through my mind all night.

3. Your legs must be tired after running through my mind all night.

 Examples of COMPOUND SENTENCES:

SAMPLE 3:

Lesson focus: LITERATURE

Focus: Literary de...

Dear participants of my workshop today, as promised, here is the Q-SCOPE handout. Hopefully, Q-SCOPE will help you improve the quality of your language in essay writing, in shaa Allah.

STRATEGY 4.1: Q-SCOPE

What is Q-SCOPE? Why?

Q: Analysis of past Continuous Writing questions (certain sentences/ sophisticated words / idioms can be memorized and applied in examination)

SCOPE: SPM CONTINUOUS WRITING: ANALYSIS OF PAST EXAMINATION QUESTIONS

SCOPE: The sentences to be memorized are based on focused areas.

1. PEOPLE (POSITIVE)

2. PEOPLE (NEGATIVE)

3. FEELINGS

4. PLACES

5. NATURE

6. ACTIVITIES/EVENTS (school, outside school, charity, personal, family)

7. FOODS

WHY Q-SCOPE?

AIM: To enhance language quality in essay writing

OBJECTIVES:

1. To increase the number of error-free sentences in composition

2. To increase the number of merits (wide vocabulary) in composition

1. DESCRIBING PEOPLE (POSITIVE)

1.1 Her look/ Her cute face was appealing (attractive)

1.2 Our host was very affable (friendly)

1.3 He was a benevole...

Writing a factual, reflective or an argumentative or expository essay has never been easy to many ESL learners. It is indeed more challenging when the essay is written in an examination and the candidates have no ideas what kind of issue or topic they have to write about. There are so many topics under the sun; anything can be tested. These are some examples of the factual or argumentative essays which were tested in SPM:

  1. SPM 2018: Some people complain that they have no free time. Discuss the reasons why they might say this and suggest how they could use their time better.

  2. SPM 2018: Young people should be trusted to make their own decisions. How far do you agree with this opinion? Explain why.

  3. SPM 2017: The Malaysian tradition of having open houses is important and should be practised more. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your view.

  4. SPM 2016: Some people believe that all students in Malaysia should learn at least three languages. What do you think?

  5. SPM 2015...

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