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A) EXERCISE 1A: FORMAL LETTER (1)

Present tense is usually used when you write out a speech.

You are the secretary of the Art Club in your school. One of the activities planned is visiting places of interest. Write a letter to the manager of a batik factory seeking permission to visit the premises.

NOTES  Haryati Batik Factory – 44 members – 3 teachers   Proposed date and
NOTES
Haryati Batik Factory – 44 members – 3 teachers
Proposed date and time
Transport – by bus
Proposed activities – learn skill
Buy some pieces - souvenirs
When writing your letter:

use all the notes given. elaborate on the given notes to make it more interesting. make sure it is not less than 120 words.

Sample Answer: Fill in the blanks with the correct phrase. Choose the phrase from the table below. Then, REWRITE the letter in the examination pad.

request for permission

Transport

5 November 2011

learning the skills of batik printing

Dear Sir

 

The details of the visit

8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Numbers of visitors

expose our members to the art of batik printing

For your information

take up new skills

to grant us permission

to purchase

interested in buying souvenirs

would be given discounts

Thank you

Yours faithfully

The Secretary Art Club Sekolah Menengah Sultan Idris Shah Jalan Hang Setia 35000 Ipoh

the proposed date is not convenient to you

The Manager Haryati Batik Factory 56, Persiaran Tawakal 85 000 Kuala Terengganu

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_________________________________,

_________________________________,

_________________________________,

_________________________________,

_________________________________.

_________________________________,

_________________________________,

_________________________________,

_________________________________.

_______________,

Permission to Visit Factory

5 September 2012

On behalf of the Art Club members of my school, we would like to ________________________________ to visit your factory.

2.

are as follows:

 
 
  • 2.1 Date: ______________________________

 
  • 2.2 Time: ______________________________

  • 2.3 ________________________:

44 students and 3 teachers

  • 2.4 ________________________:

Chartered bus

3.

The objectives of the visit include ________________________________________________.

Many of our students are in Form Four and would like to

 

for

their batik printing project next year. Hence, we would like to ____________________________________.

4.

We

would

also

like

a

_________________________

few

pieces

as

souvenirs

and

gifts

._________________________________,

most of us have never been to Terengganu and this will be

our first visit. Hence, I am very sure that most of us would be _____________________________________

to take home. I hope we

 

for the souvenirs purchased.

 

5.

I hope you will be able

 

to visit your premises. We are

willing to accept an alternative date if______________________________________________________.

_______________________.

_______________________,

Saddamia Rauddah

(SADDAMIA RAUDDAH) The Secretary Art Club Sekolah Menengah Sultan Idris Shah

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EXERCISE 1B: FORMAL LETTER (2)

You are a student of a secondary school. You are not happy with the services and facilities of your school canteen. Write a letter of complaint to the principal of your school.

Complaints:

quality of service

 

-

workers rude; shout loudly

-

not properly attired

-

hair not covered; dirty aprons

cleanliness

 

-

food prepared; filthy conditions

-

leftover food on tables; stray cats and dogs

food price

 

-

high and expensive

-

students cannot afford

Sample Answer: Fill in the blanks with the correct phrase. Choose the phrase from the table below. Then, REWRITE the letter in the examination pad.

hygiene

extremely rude

health risk

On behalf of

filthy conditions

too high

stray dogs and cats

Encik Amir Bin Johar, The Principal, SMK Jalan Teko, 08100 Bedong, Kedah.

Soo Wee Kim, Form 3 Bestari, SMK Jalan Teko, 08100 Bedong, Kedah.

Dear Sir,

leftover food

dirty aprons

shout loudly

burden

price of food

swarmed with flies

cover their hair

effective measures

Thank you

 

Yours faithfully

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_________________________________

,

_________________________________

,

_________________________________

,

_________________________________

,

_________________________________.

_________________________________

,

_________________________________

,

_________________________________

,

_________________________________

,

_________________________________.

18 September 2012

_________________

Poor Conditions at the School Canteen

the students of SMK Jalan Teko, I would like to bring to your attention the poor conditions of our school canteen.

______________________________

2.

Firstly, the workers in the school canteen are

 

They like to

 

They also

use

3.

Moreover, the food is prepared and served under

 

The canteen

is

as flies are

known to be carriers of diseases such as cholera. There are

 

floor. This has attracted

 

4.

Another matter is regarding the

 

Although there is a good

variety of food, the prices are

 

might be a

on them.

 

5.

We

hope

that

the

school

authorities

will

look

into

these

problems

and take

to overcome them.

_________________________

_________________________.

_________________________,

Wee Kim

(SOO WEE KIM) Form 3 Bestari SMK Jalan Teko

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B) EXERCISE 2A: SPEECH / TALK (1)

Present tense is usually used when you write out a speech.

Sample question:

You are the head prefect in your school. At the beginning of the new school term, you have been asked to remind students about the school regulations. Write out your speech using the notes below:-

ATTIRE:-

School uniform

-neat

Hair

-wear white shoes and socks -boys - short

Nails

-girls - short or long - long hair must be tied up -short

Make up-is not allowed in school!

CONDUCT:-

-No loitering -No jewellery -Be punctual

-No handphones -No smoking -Respect teachers

-Pay attention in class

-No playing truant

Sample Answer: Fill in the blanks with the correct phrase. Choose the phrase from the table below. Then, REWRITE the speech in the examination pad.

refresh your memory

allowed

make-up

school uniform

our principal, teachers and fellow students

short

head prefect

short and neatly combed

punctual

keep

truant

you will have to face the music

tied

confiscated

Respect

banned

pay attention

suspended

black sheep

influenced

regulations

Answer

Explanation

Good morning to _______________________________________

Paragraph 1 INTRODUCTION

____________________________________________________________. Welcome to the new school term. I am Nuzul Fikrie Ahmad, the

Greet the audience. e.g: Good morning /

of SMK Raja Muda. This morning, I would

afternoon / evening to..

about our school

Introduce yourself to the audience- (your

name, position held) e.g: I am Dr Fiqry Nasir from Assunta Hospital in Petaling Jaya.

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Introduce topic e.g: I am here to present a talk on the topic ‘Body Fitness.’

Purpose of speech e.g: The purpose of my talk today is to make you realize the importance looking after your food intake and how your health can be maintained through exercising.

To create a good impression, always be dressed neatly in your

Paragraph 2,3,4,5

complete with white shoes and white

BODY

socks. Don’t forget to wear your school badge and name tag.

Main points and their

Your hair should be _____________________________________.

elaboration (facts, figures, examples)

Boys should always

their hair short. Girls are allowed

 

to keep long hair but it should always be neatly combed and ___________.

Discussion on

No one is

to wear jewellery. If you do, then your

vocabulary

 

In addition, you cannot use

  • Attire clothes

 
  • Confiscated - taken away

  • Comply follow

Regarding your conduct, always be _______________. your teacher and __________________________

  • face the music - face the consequences

Last term, several students were

or

  • suspended - banned from attending school for a duration

expelled from school for fighting, smoking and other serious offences.

  • black sheep -

embarrassing

Handphones are

If you bring handphones, they

people who are

 

considered bad or

These

are meant to create a positive

Paragraph 6: Ending

image and environment for the school. There are, of course, some

thank the audience

who will break the regulations. Do not be by them. Instead, set a good example for

e.g: Thank you very much for your kind

others.

attention.

Thank you.

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C) EXERCISE 2B: SPEECH / TALK (2)

You are the president of the Health Club in your school. Your teacher-advisor has asked you to give a speech on how to prepare for examinations during the school assembly.

make short notes

 

-

easy to remember

get enough sleep

 

-

enable mind and body to rest

ask questions

 

-

clear doubts

form group discussions

 

-

share ideas and viewpoints

Sample Answer: Underline the correct answer. Then, REWRITE the speech in the examination pad.

A very good morning to the principal, teachers and friends. I (is/am) Najwa Latif, the president of the Health Club in SMK Tanjung Bunga. Today, I would like to present a speech on how we can (prepare/prepares) for examinations. Most of us would have butterflies in our stomach when examinations (is/are) drawing near. We can be so nervous that we will not be able to focus or concentrate on our (study/studies) and revision. Therefore, I would (like/likes) to share with you some tips on how to handle such situation. Firstly, it is good idea (to/too) make short notes. This will make it easier to remember some of the (important/valuable) points. You do not need to (read/reads) the whole text. This will save you time (browses/browsing) through thick books. (We/You) can draw mind maps to prepare your short notes. (Although/In addition), you need to have enough sleep. Normally you (would/should) have at least 6 hours of sleep. (This/These) will enable your mind and body to rest. If you have sufficient hours of sleep, you will not feel (lethargic/slow) the next morning, but fresh and alert. Another point (is/are) asking questions. You should not (feels/feel) shy to ask questions in class. I am sure all teachers would be happy to answer your questions pertaining to what is being (teach/taught). This will (clear/release) any doubts that you have. You can also ask (our/your) friends to help you. Finally, you can organize a group discussion (through/with) your friends. Make sure that the group is not (to/too) big. (Therefore/Otherwise) all of you will divert your attention to other discussions. A group discussion (foster/fosters) teamwork between you and your friends. It enables you to (divide/share) your ideas and viewpoints. In this way, you will be able to understand the lesson (best/better). So, as you can see, you do not need to worry about (facing/having) examinations. I hope you will find (this/these) tips useful. Always remember where there is a will, there is (a/the) way. Good luck!

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D) EXERCISE 3: OPINION Sample Question:

Ranjit and Suzana are at a food stall. They want to buy some fruit for a class party. Ranjit likes local fruit

but Suzana prefers imported fruit. Read the dialogue. Who do you agree with? Provide reasons to support your answer.

Suzana : Ranjit, do you prefer to eat local or imported fruit? Ranjit : I love local fruit. They are nutritious as well as delicious. Suzana : I like local fruit too but I prefer apples and pears though. Somehow, I feel imported fruit just taste better. Ranjit : Well, I find local fruit richer in vitamins and nutrients compared to imported fruit. They are also cheaper. Suzana : But eating too much local fruit can make you fall sick. You definitely won’t fall sick if you eat too many apples and oranges.

Sample Answer #1: Fill in the blanks with the correct phrase. Choose the phrase from the table below. Then, REWRITE the letter in the examination pad.

Although

Furthermore

I firmly believe

twice the content of Vitamin C

local fruit are better than imported fruit

better for consumers

takes quite a while

not so fresh

packed and refrigerated

on the other hand

cheaper, fresher and contain more nutritional benefits

anytime and anywhere

(Option #1 – Agreeing with Ranjit’s opinion)

I agree with Ranjit that _____________________________________________________________. Local fruit are not only delicious but they are _________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________.

Since we can get most local fruit

they are much cheaper.

__________________________________, are most expensive because they have to be transported

Imported fruit, to our country.

_____________________________,

Sometimes, the imported fruit are

also_________________________.

This is because these fruit are

before they are exported from their countries of origin. It also for the fruit to reach our country.

____________________________________

______________________________

_______________________,

local fruit such as guavas and rambutans have higher Vitamin C

content than most imported

fruit. ____________________

many believe that oranges are a good source of

Vitamin C, research has proven that our local fruit has fruit also have other nutritional benefits and are ___________________________________.

___________________________________.

Local

Thus,

____________________________

that local fruit are a much better option than imported fruit.

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Sample Answer #2: Fill in the blanks with the correct phrase. Choose the phrase from the table below. Then, REWRITE the letter in the examination pad.

detrimental to health

unhealthy side effects

overindulging

an array of different fruit

easily available

easily available, do not have unhealthy side

I believe that imported fruit have more benefits

certain periods in a year

effects and come in

than local fruit

get bored

wider variety

wider variety to choose from

seasonal

I agree with

any time we want

(Option #2 – Agreeing with Suzana’s opinion)

Suzana that imported fruit are better than local fruit. This is because imported fruit are________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________.

__________________________

Most local fruit are

Therefore, we could only enjoy them during

___________________. Imported fruit such as apples, oranges, kiwi fruits and grapes are

_______________________________.

at the markets and supermarkets all year round. Thus, we can eat these fruit ________________________________.

___________________________

Furthermore, eating too much imported fruit such as apples, oranges, grapes and pears will not have

any

However,

in local fruit such as

_________________________ durians, rambutans, mangosteens and langsats can make us fall sick. Some local fruit such as durians and bananas also contain fat, which can be _______________________________________.

_______________________________.

Finally,

although

imported

fruit

may

be

a

bit

more expensive

than

local

fruit,

there

is

a

________________________________.

One can

________________________

eating the same types of

fruit all

year round. Therefore, imported fruit from other countries enable us to get a taste of

____________________________________.

In conclusion, ____________________________________________________________________.

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E) EXERCISE 4: REPORT

The pie-chart below provides information regarding the activities carried out by students of SMK Seri Perak during the school holidays. Write a report for your school bulletin and give reasons for the choices made.

RE-WRITE THE REPORT IN YOUR EXAM PAD.

ACTIVITIES DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 10% 15%
ACTIVITIES DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
10%
15%

Fill in the blanks with the correct phrase. Choose the correct answers from the table below.

watching television.

camping and jungle trekking

average background whose parents are mostly factory workers

to travel, go camping, work part-time, read, hang- out with friends and watch television.

highest percentage

relaxing and reduces stress

better background and always pass with flying colours

believe in early preparations for any major examination

stress and tension

Reading and working part time

indulge in outdoor activities as they find it interesting and adventurous

well-to-do families and travelling has become a compulsory agenda for them

they learn a lot about foreign customs and culture whenever travel to other countries

Last but not least

non-academic materials such as fiction books and magazines

to save money from the wages received to buy things that they like

In conclusion

is regarded as unhealthy and not beneficial

useful and could help them to relax after working so hard in school

help build confidence and co-operation among participants

Travelling

outdoor activity which is camping

it can help them make many new friends

to hang-out with their friends

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The Activities Carried Out By Students Of SMK Seri Perak During The School Holidays

Various activities are usually carried out during school holidays. As for students of SMK Seri Perak, they prefer [1] ______________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________

In

a

survey

carried

out,

it

is

found

that

the

activity

preferred

by

most

students

is

[2] _______________________________________________________________________________________. This activity carries the [3]

which is 40%.

, Most students find this activity [4] ________________________________________________.

___________________________________________________________________

As many people believe that school holiday is the time to relax, watching television is said to be the best cure

for [5] ____________________________________________________________________________________. On the other hand, an [6]

______________________________________________________________

,

is also a favourite among many students of SMK Seri Perak. 17% of the students prefer going camping during the school holidays. Boys usually [7] ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________.

There are many uniformed units in SMK

[8]

Seri

Perak

that

organize

outdoor

as Outdoor activities are good

activities

such

________________________________________________________________.

as they [9] _________________________________________________________________________________.

[10]

___________________________________________________________

which is 15%. Many students prefer

to

work

part-time

because

have the same percentage,

they

would

be

able

[11] ______________________________________________________________________________________ These students usually

______________________________________________________________________. come from an [12] __________________________________________________________________________. However, students who come from a [13] ________________________________________________________

prefer reading during school holidays. These students [14] _________________________________________________________________________.

__________________________________________________________

,

However, there are also students who take up reading in order to relax. These students prefer

reading

[15] ______________________________________________________________________________________.

[16] ________________________________________________________________________________

is an activity carried out by only 10% of SMK Seri Perak students. These students

come

from

[17] ______________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________

during the school

holidays.

Students

who

travel

during

the

school

holidays

say

that

[18] ______________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________.

[19]

___________________________________________________________

,

3% of the students prefer

[20]

___________________________________________________________________

during school holidays.

They enjoy loafing at shopping complexes as they believe that [21] ____________________________________

_____________________________________________________________.

However, it is very obvious that

many students do not like loafing as this activity [22] _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________.

[23]

,

most students of SMK Seri Perak prefer activities which are

____________________________ [24] ______________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________________.

Reported by:

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Nur Ain

(Nur Ain Hidayah)

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  • F) EXERCISE 5A: ARTICLE (FACTS USE PRESENT TENSE) Using the notes below, write an article for your school magazine about “How Students Can Achieve Success”.

strike a balance in all aspects of life

study hard and recall information

listen attentively in class

complete homework

join co-curricular activities

pick up new skills, meet new friends

be active in sports and games

take time to rest, relax and recuperate

have a balanced diet, good sleep and regular exercise

Sample Answer: Fill in the blanks with the correct word/phrase. Choose the answer from the table below. Then, REWRITE the article in the examination pad.

pick up

time

build team spirit and leadership

assigned

medals and trophies

keys

examinations

attentively

effort

memorise

strike a balance

vital

well-being

recall information

co-curricular

 

rest, relax and recuperate

succeed

How Students Can Achieve Success

What is success to a student? Is it scoring straight A’s in

_______________________?

Do you

define success by winning many must

_____________________________?

To be truly successful, a student

in all aspects of life. Mental, physical, spiritual and emotional

and hard work to understand and remember

________________________.

However, you should merely in class and

_______________________________ are important.

____________________ As a student, we have to put in

________________ what we have learnt. We should study hard and

not

facts and numbers. Listen

_______________________

complete the homework the teachers have

You should join and societies helps you to

___________________________ you. activities. Active participation in clubs

____________________

______________________________ new skills as well as meet new friends. Sports and

_____________________

games help to _____________________________________________.

Without a healthy body, it is impossible to should always take time to

_______________ for good health.

____________ In short, hard work and good health are

in other areas. Thus, one Remember to have

__________________

_______________________________________. for fun, friends and family. A balanced diet, good sleep and regular exercise are

to achieve success in life.

____________

Written by:

Aleya Ali

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G) EXERCISE 5B: ARTICLE (TELLING EXPERIENCE USE PAST TENSE)

During the last holidays, the Nature Club of your school spent a few days on Tail Island. You have visited many places as indicated on the map. Write an article for your school magazine on what all of you did on Tail Island.

WRITING DRILLS 2017 G) EXERCISE 5B: ARTICLE (TELLING EXPERIENCE – USE PAST TENSE) During the last

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Sample Answer: Fill in the blanks with the correct word/phrase. Choose the answer from the table below. Then, REWRITE the article in the examination pad.

southern tip

crystal clear

ferried

boat

trip

like logs

eastern side

journey

kind

interesting

rest and relax

headed

deep blue

dark

wildlife officer

camp out

good breakfast

sandy beach

star-filled

adventurous

trudged

laying eggs

pass

stayed up

explored

rewarded

formations

helpful

excited

 

A Trip To Tail Island

During the last holidays, the Nature Club of SMK Parit Besar went on a

We decided to

____________. after so much of hard work and

spend a few days on Tail Island. Our aim was to studying for the PMR examination. We were very ________________________.

________________________

On the first day, we took a ferry and reached the

____________________

of the island early in the

morning. The boatman was

_____________

enough to direct us to Bandar Tail. When we reached Bandar Tail,

we had a ____________________________.

of ‘teh tarik’ and ‘nasi lemak’. The people there were

_____________________

places to visit.

___________________________

They told us about the

After breakfast, we travelled along the

of the island and came to a lovely

stretch of white

water. We saw beautiful

had to cross a river by

sea. At 2.00 p.m. we continued our

We us here in the

 

We

decided to

for the night. That night, we slept

The next morning, we lay eggs. We had to

for a bay where we could watch turtles coming to shore to a river to get there. When we reached there, a

__________________

________________ told us that turtles only come to shore to lay eggs during the night. So we

_____________________ that night. It seemed like a very long wait but our patience was ________________.

________________ Watching turtles

_____________

was indeed an interesting experience!

The next day, we unusual

some caves in the hills. The stalactites and stalagmites were very

__________________

sky.

along to Bandar Tail where Pak

holiday.

_________________ Again, we camped out under the clear,

___________________. The following day, before dawn, we packed and

___________________ Abu rowed us back to the mainland. It had certainly been an

____________________

Written by:

Ahmad Aiman

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H) EXERCISE 6: RECOUNT (USE PAST TENSE)

During the school holidays, you went on a camping trip with your friends. However, you lost your way while camping. Using the pictures and notes below, write a recount on what had happened during the trip.

native
native

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Sample Answer: Fill in the blanks with the correct word/phrase. Choose the answer from the table below. Then, REWRITE the recount in the examination pad.

campsite

exhausted

put up a night

frantically

trail

trudged

amazed

spot

pitched

explore

armed

eager

rested

head

report

overcome

lost our way

ordeal

signaled

native

led the way

 

determine

 

It was school holidays, Peter, Rahmad and I decided to go on a camping trip. We left early in the

morning and reached our followed a narrow

in Hutan Lipur, Pahang around noon. When we arrived, we

___________________

leading into the jungle. We wanted to look for a good ___________

our tent near a waterfall.

___________________ to set up camp. Finally, we

_____________________

After cooking our first meal, Peter suggested that we

the jungle. So we

____________________ ourselves with several bottles of mineral water, a small penknife and a torchlight. We were at the various flora and fauna found. However, after a few hours, we realized that we had

______________

______________

_____________________________.

We had also finished the last few drops of our mineral water. We were

now feeling

Fortunately, we came upon a cave. We decided to there as it was getting dark.

______________________.

________________________

The next morning, we were

to find our way back. So we set out to

_________________ the direction of the rising sun and went westward. After walking for about two hours, we

________________

came to a river. We ___________________

we were

along the river bank, following the direction of the river. By then, with exhaustion.

____________________

Suddenly, we saw a

catching fish. We shouted and waved

to his

_________________ to their village. We were given some

__________________ at him to get his attention. The native saw us and

_____________________________

_______________________ friends. They came to help us and

food and drinks, and after that we _____________________. The following morning, the village headman took us to the police station to make a ________________.

We could not wait to was over.

________________

home. We were tired but relieved our

_______________

in the jungle

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  • I) EXERCISE 7A: INFORMAL LETTER (GIVING ADVICE USE PRESENT TENSE) Your younger brother has just enrolled into a residential school. He is facing some problems. Write a letter to your brother, giving him some advice on how he can overcome some of his problems. Use the points given below in your letter.

organise your time

choose friends carefully - have an open mind

concentrate on studies

make use of the facilities available

follow school rules

Expressions used:

  • as fit as a fiddle in good health

  • time is gold

  • bad hats troublemakers

  • state-of-the-art modern

  • a healthy mind creates a healthy body

  • pen off stop writing

Underline the correct answer. Then, REWRITE the letter.

Dearest

______________

,

, , ________________ ________________.

________________

16 January 2011

I hope you [1- is, are, was, were] as fit as a fiddle and not too homesick. All of us are fine back home although we [2- miss, misses, missed, are missing] having you around. I especially miss you as I no longer have anyone to [3- play, plays, played, playing] badminton with.

In your last letter, you [4- tell, tells, told, are telling] me that you’re having some difficulties in your new school. As you may already know, life in residential school [5- is, are, was, were] very different from home. It is more difficult and you may [6- face, faces, faced, facing] many problems. [7- In addition, Since, However, Next], don’t fret too much because all these problems can be overcome.

First, make sure that you organise your time [8- foolishly, slowly, wisely, quickly] because time is gold. Divide your time for doing homework, studying, [9- wash, washes, washed, washing] clothes and so on. I suggest that you have [10- a, an, the] timetable. So, you may find [11- it, its, it’s] easier to finish all that you have to do and still have some free time for yourself.

Next, please do be careful [12- on, in, at, of] your choice of friends. There [13- is, are, was, were] bound to be some bad hats around. So, make sure that you’re not [14- influence, influences, influenced,

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influencing] by the wrong set of friends. Stay away from any unhealthy [15- activity, activities] such as smoking or drug abuse. These [16- habit, habits] will only lead to disaster and jeopardize your studies. You will [17- meet, meets, met, meeting] friends from various cultures and backgrounds. So, please keep [18- a, an, the] open mind. Don’t [19- belittle, belittles, belittled] anyone else’s beliefs or traditions. At the same time, don’t forget all that you have [20- learn, learns, learnt, learning] at home.

The main reason you were sent there [21- is, are, was, were] to help you get better results and hopefully a scholarship. [22- However, Besides, Therefore, In addition], concentrate on your studies and do well in your examinations. This is your best chance to [23- achieve, achieves, achieved, achieving] your ambitions. Don’t be shy to consult your teachers if you [24- has, have, had, are having] any problems with any subjects. You’re advisable to study in group so that it will be much easier to have discussions.

SM Sains Muzaffar Syah is distinguished for [25- it, its, it’s] state-of-the-art facilities. For that reason, make full use of them. Study in the library whenever you can because [26- it, its, it’s] comfortable and more conducive. There [27- is, are, was, were] many reference books you can look at. Your school is also [27- equip, equips, equipped, equipping] with the latest computers. So, you can [28- use, uses, used, using] the internet conveniently not only to carry out school tasks or projects but also to [29- gain, gains, gained, gaining] as much knowledge as possible. Besides, play games now and then. I know your school [30- has, have, had, is having] tennis and badminton courts. Perhaps you should [31- take up, takes up, took up, taking up] one of these games. [32- Play, Plays, Played, Playing] games is not only a form of exercise but it is also a way for you to relax. Plus, a healthy body [33- create, creates, created, is creating] a healthy mind.

Last but not least, you should [34- follow, follows, followed, following] the school rules. Never break any rules. The rules may [35- seem, seems, seemed, seeming] tiresome but they instill self-discipline and are good for character building. If you [36- break, breaks, broke, are breaking] the school rules, you may be suspended or expelled. We would be [37- disappoint, disappoints, disappointed, disappointing] if such a thing were to happen.

I hope my advice will [38- help, helps, helped, helping] you to solve your problems. Please write whenever you [39- has, have, had, are having] time. We are all anxious about you and eagerly wait for [40- your, yours, you’re] letter. I will pen off here. Take care and goodbye!

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Your loving brother,

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  • J) EXERCISE 7B: INFORMAL LETTER (TELLING EXPERIENCE USE PAST TENSE) Your uncle suggested that you and your family visit a tea plantation which was owned by his friends. Write a letter to your uncle to thank him for his suggestion and to tell the wonderful trip that you had experienced. Fill in the blanks by choosing the correct answer from the box below. Then, REWRITE the letter.

enjoyable and educational

keeping well

take a tour

stayed at

drove up

tour by

tea leaves

How are you

your suggestion

was invigorating

were awestruck

a sea of green leaves

We borrowed

At the end of the tour

learnt about

full loads

tea plantation

Send my regards to Auntie

had the time of our lives

eye-opener

waved warmly

grand treat

plucking tea leaves

fast and hard

 

made from

 

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________________

,

________________

,

________________.

31 July 2011

My dear

,

(1)

_________________________________

and

Auntie?

I

hope

that

both

of

you are

(2)

Thank

you so much for (3)

 

to

visit the Highlands tea plantation. We had such an (4) ____________________________________________

trip.

As we (5) plants, we (6)

to the plantation resort, through the rows of tea

______________________________

by the vastness of the plantation land. There were rows

,

as far as the eye can see!

______________________________ and rows of tea plants like (7)

_____________________________________

We (8)

______________________________

the Highlands Tea Garden Resort for a night. The first

thing we did when we arrived was to (9)

of a lorry. We chose to (10) could almost touch the (11)

of the plantation on the back

______________________________ lorry because in the open vehicle, we

______________________________ as it slowly weaved its way between the

!

______________________________ low tea shrubs. The smell of fresh tea leaves (12)

______________________________

Then the lorry took us to the tea factory where we (13)

tea

drying and the different grades of tea. (14)

______________________________ we had afternoon tea at

,

______________________________

the café where there were so many delicious cakes and pastries, some (15)

______________________________ could choose anything we wanted!

tea. Father gave us a (16)

______________________________.

We

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(17)

______________________________

bicycles from the resort and we went cycling to the

plantation workers’ settlement. They were very friendly as we passed their houses and they

(18)

at us.

 

The

next

morning

before

we

left,

we

got

up

very

early

to

watch the workers (19)

They worked so (20)

Soon of tea leaves to the collecting lorries.

______________________________. they were walking with (21)

______________________________.

______________________________

You know, Uncle, this trip has been an (22)

for me. Whenever

______________________________

I drink tea now, I will always remember the tea shrubs and the workers who worked so hard at the

(23)

Thank you once again for your suggestion. Everyone truly

enjoyed themselves. We really (24) _______________________________________________________.

(25)

Until then, bye!

Your niece, _______________

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