1 Techniques for Answering English Paper

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TECHNIQUES FOR ANSWERING THE SPM ENGLISH PAPER (PAPER 2)  a. DIRECTED WRITING In the first section of the SPM English Paper 2, students are expected to spend about thirty minutes, expanding on given notes. For this section, imagination and creativity do come into play because even though certain facts are given, they serve as a mere guide. You are required to do at least three major things: 1. Use the right format for your writing 2. Include all the facts given in the question 3. Elaborate or provide your OWN but relevant details) on these given facts.From the total of 30 marks awarded here, 15 are for CONTENT and the other 15 is for LANGUAGE USE.As a student, you can easily get full marks for content provided you follow the ensuing good advice. CONTENTThere are three important aspects to awarding of marks for content.a) FormatMarks awarded are usually in the range of 2-3. Make sure you read the instructions carefully. You may be required to write an informal letter, a formal letter, a speech, an article or a report. In each case, you must thoroughly realize how important it is that you suit the right format to the questions.b) Inclusion of Given Facts Certain facts are given in the question itself. Usually 6-7 marks are awarded if you include ALL the given facts in your writing do not leave even a single one. Couch each fact in a complete sentence. If you just use phrases or if the sentence you make is meaningless, no marks will be given.c) Elaboration Finally about 6-7 marks are awarded if you add details of your own to make your writing more intresting. No details - no marks !Remember, one extra sentence or two is usually enough. You don’t have to write and write. Also, the details must be relevant, suitable and interesting too. You need to invest a little time and imagination here so that your writing won’t come across as "dry and...
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