• CEFR-Aligned SPM Paper 2 Writing,  Part 1 Short Communicative Messages

    [SPM Writing] E-mail on Buying a Birthday Gift for Someone (Making suggestions)

    You received an email from your friend, Julia who needs your advice on what to buy for her mother as a birthday gift.

    Hey,
    My mom’s birthday is just around the corner. I would like to surprise her with a birthday gift. What present should I get her then? Why do you think I should get her that present? Where can I go to buy her the suggested present?
    I’ll be waiting for your reply. Bye!

    Love,
    Julia

    SAMPLE ANSWER

    Hi Julia,
    I’m excited to hear that your mother’s birthday is coming up. A great birthday gift would be something that she would appreciate and find useful. I suggest getting her a nice piece of jewellery, like ha necklace or a bracelet. You can find some great options at local jewellery stores or online. Jewellery is a classic and timeless gift that she can wear every day to remember her special day.
    Hope this helps!
    Elroy

  • CEFR-Aligned SPM Paper 2 Writing,  Part 1 Short Communicative Messages

    [SPM Writing] E-mail on Buying a new Gadget (Making suggestions)

    You received an email from your cousin, Feeza who needs some advice to buy a gadget.

    Hi,
    You know I can ‘t live without my music. It helps me to study, but I just broke my earphones yesterday. I’m thinking of buying a wireless set, can you suggest one? How much should I spend? Should I go for the sound quality or the design, and why?
    Can ‘t wait to hear from you.
    Bye!

    Sample Answer

    Hello Feeza,
    Sorry to hear about your earphones! For wireless earphones, I’d recommend Jabra Elite 75t. They have great sound quality and a comfortable fit. The price ranges from around RM500-800, but you can often find deals online. In terms of design, the Jabra Elite 75t come in a sleek and minimalist design, so it won’t stand out too much when you’re wearing them. However, I’d prioritize sound quality over design, especially if you’re using them for studying.
    Hope this helps!
    Mimie

  • CEFR-Aligned SPM Paper 2 Writing,  Part 3 - Report

    [SPM Writing] – Report on a Visit to a Book Fair

    Your school librarians have attended a book fair. As the secretary, you have been asked to write a report to your Principal about the visit. In your report, you must:

    • share the details of the book fair
    • state the advantages of attending a book fair
    • give a recommendation for a better book fair in the future

    Sample Answer

    To: Madam Jasmine Teh Hua, The Principal of SMK Merah
    From: Adleen Izreena, Secretary of SMKM School Librarians
    Title: Report on the Visit to Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair

    Introduction
    A visit to the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair was made by a group of 10 school librarians on 25 January 2024. The latest books and resources available for the school library were explored by them.

    Details of the Book Fair
    The book fair was organised by the Malaysian Book Publishers Association at the Putra World Trade Centre and featured over 500 exhibitors from various countries. Some talks and workshops by local and international authors as well as publishers were also attended by the librarians.

    Advantages of Attending a Book Fair
    First and foremost, the librarians were exposed to a wide range of books and genres that could be considered for the school library collection. They were also able to gain more insights by connecting with other librarians and book industry celebrities. Lastly, the librarians were inspired to promote a culture of reading and learning among the students and teachers.

    Recommendation for a Better Book Fair in the Future
    Despite the positive experience, some drawbacks were also encountered by the librarians at the book fair. Firstly, the venue was crowded and noisy, making it difficult to browse and read the books comfortably. Secondly, the prices of some books were too high, especially for imported books. Therefore, the librarians recommend that the next book fair should be held at a bigger and quieter venue. The publishers can consider offering more discounts and incentives for bulk purchases.

    Conclusion
    In conclusion, the book fair is deemed advantageous by the librarians. It is hoped that in the future, the book fair will be more enjoyable and accessible.

  • CEFR-Aligned SPM Paper 2 Writing,  Part 3 - Report

    [SPM Writing] Report on Financial Management Seminar for Teens

    You have just attended a seminar on financial management for teens. Your teacher has asked you to write a report about it. In your report you must:

    • include the details on where the seminar took place
    • share about the beneficial tips you learnt there
    • give suggestions on how the seminar could be improved if it is repeated next year

    Sample Answer

    To: Mr Azmi, Teacher Advisor
    From: Muhammad Hakimi, Head Prefect
    Title: Report on Financial Management Seminar for Teens

    Introduction
    A seminar on financial management for teens was held at the Baroh Pial Community Centre on 25 January 2024. It was organised by the Kelantan Youth Association and featured two guest speakers: Mr. Ahmad, a financial planner, and Ms. Lee, an entrepreneur. The seminar lasted for three hours and covered topics such as budgeting, saving, and making money after the SPM.

    Beneficial Tips
    The seminar was very informative and useful for the participants who wanted to learn more about managing their money. One of the many beneficial tips include the ways to create a realistic budget based on one’s income and expenses, and how to track and review it regularly. The speakers also touched on the ways to save money for short-term and long-term goals as well as the things to consider for teens who are keen on doing part-time jobs.

    Suggestions for Improvement
    The seminar had some areas that could be improved if it is repeated next year. First and foremost, the seminar could be longer or divided into two sessions, as there was not enough time to cover all the topics in depth and to answer all the questions from the audience. In addition, more practical activities and exercises, such as creating a budget or making a savings plan should be included. Finally, more speakers from different backgrounds and fields, such as bankers or business owners, can be invited to provide more diverse insights.

    Conclusion
    Overall, the seminar was a valuable and enjoyable experience for the participants.

  • CEFR-Aligned SPM Paper 2 Writing,  Part 3 - Report

    [SPM Writing] Report on Merdeka Month Carnival

    Your history teacher has asked you to write a report on Merdeka Month Carnival which was held in august. In your report, you must include:

    • the most popular activity among the students
    • students’ overall participation in the carnival
    • suggestions to improve the carnival

    Sample Answer

    To: Ms Fadilah, History Teacher
    From: Faris Aiman, 5STEM Class Monitor
    Title: Report on Merdeka Month Carnival

    Introduction
    In August 2023, a celebration of Malaysia’s independence was observed through the Merdeka Month Carnival. This event, which spanned the entire month, was filled with a plethora of activities that were designed to engage students and instil a sense of national pride.

    The Most Popular Activity
    The ‘Cultural Showcase’ was identified as the most popular activity among the students. It provided an opportunity for the diverse cultures of Malaysia to be explored and appreciated. Students participated enthusiastically in traditional dances, music performances, and costume displays, which represented the multicultural fabric of our nation. Moreover, the ‘Cultural Showcase’ was not only entertaining but also educational as it fostered cultural understanding and unity among the students.

    Student Participation
    The level of participation in the carnival was noteworthy. Students demonstrated their creativity, talent, and patriotism through active involvement in all the activities. The carnival successfully cultivated a sense of camaraderie and national identity among the students.

    Suggestions for Improvement
    Despite the success of the carnival, there were areas identified for improvement. For future carnivals, it is recommended to include more interactive activities that cater to a range of interests, such as sports competitions or art workshops. Furthermore, increased emphasis on promoting the carnival is suggested to ensure maximum participation.

    Conclusion
    In conclusion, the Merdeka Month Carnival was a pivotal event that commemorated our nation’s independence and diversity. With the implementation of the suggested enhancements, an even more engaging and enriching experience can be provided for students.

     

  • CEFR-Aligned SPM Paper 3,  Teaching Resources

    SPM Speaking Last Minute Study Companion

    Sharing a web-quality watermarked copy of the booklet I share with my students. Students can refer to this booklet when they tackle practice questions on their own or with their speaking partner. Best of luck to all SPM candidates out there!

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  • CEFR,  Teach

    [Google Forms] CEFR: Mini Placement Test

    Here’s a short test you can use to help you understand your new pupils at the beginning of every academic calendar.
     
    Number of Questions: 25 questions (multiple choices, auto graded) Disclaimer: This test is based on the online test by Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

    You can refer to this to help you prepare differentiation strategies.

    Have a good day and happy lesson planning~