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MELICA PART 7: MODEL ESSAYS FOR LOWER INTERMEDIATE CANDIDATES OF SPM 1119/2 (WRITING)



Based on the feedbacks from English Language teachers, MELICA (Model Essays for Lower Intermediate Candidates of SPM 1119/2) has been helping and guiding their galus/halus candidates to improve writing. Their candidates do get insights on what and how to write essays in SPM 1119/2. Many lower intermediate candidates find the essays which use simple and basic vocabulary as well as structures, are easily understood.


The candidates appreciate the simple concepts of presenting ideas such as repetition, creating fictitious characters/places and using logic. Personally, I believe exposing weak writers of English to sample or model essays can be an effective way of nurturing their confidence to write in SPM. As what have been highlighted before, MELICA offers a number of activities which teachers can carry out with their weak writers. The following are some suggested activities which teachers can adopt and adapt to suit their realities; needs, context, learning and teaching styles, availability of time and pupils’ readiness.


i) Give the email question to the candidates. Let them brainstorm on the ideas for each task. At the end of the brainstorming session, the model essay is given to them to be read and analysed.

ii) The model essay is given to the candidates. They are required to underline linking words, connectors or cohesive devices. They are also encouraged to suggest other additional connectors or cohesive devices in the model essay.

iii) The candidates transfer the main idea and details or elaborations from the essay to a suitable mind-map. This activity can allow them to see how each main idea is developed.

iv) In pairs, the candidates can examine the ideas in the model essay. They discuss and suggest other possible ideas and details that can be included to fulfil each task.

v) In groups, the lower intermediate candidates underline the adjectives used in the model essay. They discuss and suggest other adjectives which could be included in the essay.



Part 1


You must answer this question.


Question 1


You received an email from William, your primary school classmate, who wishes to have a reunion with your primary school friends.


Hi,

Let’s plan for our primary school reunion. We have not met each other for so long. When do you think is a good date for our reunion? Where shall we go and what activities can we do there?


Hope our reunion can be a reality. Appreciate your suggestions.


Bye!


Write an email to your friend in about 80 words. Write your answer below.



To: williamjames007@gmail.com

From: azmanhensem@gmail.com

Subject: Reunion


Hi William,

Reunion? It’s a great idea! We have not met for 7 years. I suggest we meet on 1 May because it’s a public holiday. I am sure many can join.

What if we go to Merdeka Resort? It’s a new resort. Besides, the resort is beautiful. The food is also very good. For activities during reunion, we can play football or a simple game like music chair. Surely, we must take group photos. Moreover, we can have a barbeque. I’m sure many will love it.

Yes, I hope it’ll be a reality too. We must share this idea in our WhatsApp group! Bye. [104 words]

Azman


Part 1


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Question 1


You received an email from your new classmate, Izzat, who has just transferred to your school.


Hi,

As you know, I’m new to this town. I’m looking for a good tuition centre. Which tuition centre would you recommend? How much is the fee? What is special about the tuition centre?


Hope you can help me. I’ll be waiting for your reply.


Bye!


Write an email to your friend in about 80 words. Write your answer below.


To: izzathangit@gmail.com

From: peahthebomb@gmail.com

Subject: Tuition


Hi Izzat,

Yes you are new to Sandakan but don’t worry, it is a great place. I recommend Cemerlang Tuition Centre. It is the biggest tuition centre in Sandakan. Besides, many of our classmates go there.

To me, the fee is good. It is RM20 per subject. Other centres charge RM30 per subject. Cemerlang Tuition Centre is special. First, all teachers are hardworking. Furthermore, they give cash prizes if you get an A+ in school examination. Next, we get free coffee! I love its coffee!

Join me! We can go to the centre together. Bye. [97 words]

Peah


Part 1


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Question 1


You received an email from your friend, Lia, who plans to celebrate Mother’s Day with her mother.


Hi,

Mother’s Day is next week and I need ideas how to make it memorable. What gift should I buy for her? Where shall I take my mother for a special lunch? What surprise can I give her during our lunch?


Hope you can help me. I’ll be waiting for your reply.


Bye!


Write an email to your friend in about 80 words. Write your answer below.


To: liasalwani@gmail.com

From: keemkardashshian@gmail.com

Subject: Mother’s Day


Hi Lia,

Wow! Your mother is a lucky mother! Well, I think you should buy a gold ring. It is a perfect gift. I know she will love it. Take her to Reez Café for lunch. It is a new café. Furthermore, not many people go there so you can have privacy. Moreover, the foods are great! To surprise her, you can sing her favourite song. I know you can sing like Celine Deon. Furthermore, give her a bouquet of roses while you are singing.

I hope you like my ideas. Do tell me about your lunch next week! Bye. [100 words]

Keem

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