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ENHANCING MUET PERFORMANCE
Writing 800/4
Presented by:
Mdm. Audrey Koh Sui Ean
B. Education (TESL) (Honours) UK
Writing carries 30%
* 2nd most important component
* Divided into 2 sections
* Section 1:
Report Writing (40 mins x 40 marks)
* Section 2:
Academic Essay (50 mins x 60 marks)

Let’s start with Question 1

Report writing tests understanding of non-linear stimuli (graphs) and synthesizing it into linear form (composition).

What’s the Formula for Q1?
1. TITLE (usually found in the question)
2. INTRODUCTION Paragraph 1:
Introduction (What do the stimuli show?)
Overview (What is the general trend?)
1. BODY Paragraph 2-3/4:
Key Features
(What are the outstanding info from the graphs?
1. CONCLUSION Last Paragraph:
Summary (Mention the main trend again)
WR Q1 FORMULA:
TITLE
I + OV
KFs
S
Useful Vocabulary to describe the FOUR (4) MAIN TRENDS
1)
2)
3)
4)
* rise
* gain
* increase
* improve
* escalate
* incline
* high/higher/
highest
* more than
* most

* fall/drop
* loss
* decrease
* depreciate
* deteriorate
* decline
* low/lower/
lowest
* less than
* least
* stable/
stabilise
* constant
* consistent

* erratic
* fluctuating
* unstable
* inconsistent
USEFUL ADJECTIVES
* slight/steady/gradual
* sharp/steep/drastic
* doubled/tripled/quadrupled
* record high/record low
Let’s Analyse a Sample Question
Question 1 [40 marks]
You are advised to spend about 40 mins on this task.

You are a junior reporter writing for a travel magazine. You have been asked to write a short article on tourism in Malaysia. Your article should integrate all the information given below. You should write between 150 to 200 words. Tourism in Malaysia

(I) The stimuli show a bar graph comparing tourist arrivals in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, a table of the top five tourist markets of income earned from tourism in Malaysia and a newspaper headline on the drop of tourist arrivals. (OV) The general trend is a decrease of tourist arrivals and tourism income in Malaysia. (KF1) According to the bar graph, Malaysia recorded the highest tourist arrivals in 1999 with more than 7 million persons but it then dropped to 6 million in 2001. (KF2) It stabilised in 2003 and 2005 with an increase to 7 million tourists. (KF3) However, there was a drastic drop in 2007 to just over 5 million visitors. (KF4) This caused a sharp loss of income earned especially from the top three tourist markets in Malaysia. (KF5) Statistics show a steep decrease of tourist spending of more than 20% mostly from Taiwan (-24.2%), Singapore (-22.1%) and Japan (-22.0%). (KF6) Based on the newspaper headline, the fall in tourist arrivals is due to unknown viral diseases and the fear of natural disasters in Malaysia. (S) In conclusion, the tourism trend in Malaysia is on the decline and it is affecting our tourism income. Complete Sample Answer

Tourism in Malaysia

The stimuli show a bar graph comparing tourist arrivals in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, a table of the top five tourist markets of income earned from tourism in Malaysia and a newspaper headline on the drop of tourist arrivals. The general trend is a decrease of tourist arrivals and tourism income in Malaysia. According to the bar graph, Malaysia recorded the highest tourist arrivals in 1999 with more than 7 million persons but it then dropped to 6 million in 2001. It stabilised in 2003 and 2005 with an increase to 7 million tourists. However, there was a drastic drop in 2007 to just over 5 million visitors. This caused a sharp loss of income earned especially from the top three tourist markets in Malaysia. Statistics show a steep decrease of tourist spending of more than 20% mostly from Taiwan (-24.2%), Singapore (-22.1%) and Japan (-22.0%). Based on...
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