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International General Certificate of Secondary Education


Paper 3 Directed Writing and Composition

May/June 2011
2 hours

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Section 1: Directed writing

Read the following transcript of a radio broadcast in which Mr Sandip Patel, who campaigns against the use of cell phones, gives his views on the topic. Write a letter to Mr Patel in which you comment on his views on the use of cell phones. In your letter you should:

examine the points Mr Patel makes;
examine the ideas raised by the interviewer;
give your own view and develop your arguments.

Begin your letter, ‘Dear Mr Patel…’.
Base your letter on the ideas found in the transcript and be careful to use your own words. You should write between 1½ and 2 sides, allowing for the size of your handwriting. Up to ten marks are available for the content of your answer and up to fifteen marks for the quality of your writing.



We welcome Sandip Patel who is here today to give us his views on the use of cell phones.

Sandip Patel: Yes, well I suppose I’m just about the only person who doesn’t own one of the things. You see it’s all out of control – the number of calls has risen out of all proportion to their necessity, and as for texting, well it never stops. It takes everyone’s attention away from the important things in life – and now people are becoming neurotic. They get upset if they do not get messages and afraid that they will miss them. They spend all day clutching their phones waiting for them to scream for attention. You see, it’s anti social. You’re in the middle of an intimate conversation with someone, perhaps over a romantic meal, and the wretched thing starts to ring. Your companion walks into a corner without so much as an ‘excuse me’. Worse still, they chat away while still giving you half a smile, or they peer into those awful little screens trying to read a text. Interviewer:

Yes, but you must agree that cell phones are invaluable if your car breaks down or you are delayed in traffic.

Sandip Patel: I don’t deny that for a minute. What I’m saying is that their misuse outweighs their usefulness. A significant percentage of road deaths are caused by motorists making phone calls and not concentrating on their driving. How does that compare with being late for meetings?


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Cell phones are vital for keeping in touch with your children and knowing where they are.


Sandip Patel: There again the usefulness is outweighed by the nuisance value. Kids bring cell phones into school simply to cause distractions. Whatever the school rules, they text away instead of listening to teachers and focusing on lessons. I’ve heard of pupils texting friends in the same classroom – it’s ridiculous!

While we’re talking about education, how do you think texting affects children’s spelling? I’m told that teachers are so used to seeing the letter ‘u’ instead of the pronoun ‘you’ that they don’t bother to correct it any more.


I see your point. Yet in Africa, where there may be no telephone...
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