CHAPTER OBJECTIVES At the end of this chapter, you should be able to: 1. Read, comprehend and retrieve information from selected texts. 2. Use the Simple Present Tense of the verb “be” in its (a) affirmative (b) negative, and (c) interrogative forms. 3. Understand how the “be” verbs are used. 4. Identify and use Pronouns as (a) subjects (b) objects 5. Form WH Questions. 6. Use “this” , “these” ,” that” and “ those” with “be” verbs. 7. Use “has” and “have” in a sentence. 8. Use “there” in a sentence. 9. Write at sentence and paragraph level.
READING Reading 1
Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow. THE PETAI Few things taste as good as ‘sambal tumis petai’ with hot rice. Petai is a bean which grows on trees. Each pod contains twelve or eighteen seeds and each seed is covered with a thin layer of pulp. The scientific name for the petai is Parkia Speciosa. The petai is like the durian – you either love it or hate it. The petai seed adds flavour to food, especially rice. Some people compare it to garlic since it also has an unpleasant smell. Although some may hate it many people seem to love it. Although some petai trees are planted and cared for in villages in rural areas, the majority of the petai trees grow wild in
the deep jungles of Malaysia. As a result, the petai is rather expensive. The pods are usually picked by the villagers who climb the tree and use a long pole to twist the stalks off the branches. Today petai is planted all over the country and some can even be found planted in housing areas. It is only in recent years that the locals began cultivating the petai. However, it is not known whether anyone grows petai commercially in plantations. The trees take about seven to eight years to mature while bud-grafted ones take one or two years less. The petai pods grow all year round but there are more pods in August and September. Very little is known about the petai. Research has... [continues]
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