Sunday, 31 December 2017

PT3 Essay - A False Accusation

A False Accusation

The points below show an incident where your friend was wrongly accused of stealing. Based on the notes given, write an account of what happened.

  • Netball practise - players left belongings in empty classroom
  • During break - Amy volunteered get water bottles
  • After practice -  Anis phone missing from bag - accused Amy
  • Amy - denied - crying - left - dejected
  • Next day - Anis apologised - phone at home
  • Amy accepted apology - but friendship strained
When writing the incident , you should:
Describe what happened
Express how you felt
State the lessons you have learnt from the incident
Write between 120 to 150 words

     Amy and Anis were the best of friends in school. They were inseparable, they did almost everything together until one unfortunate day that bond was broken.
     Last Friday, we all gathered at the school's indoor court to practice netball for the coming inter-school competition.There were around seven of us including Amy and Anis. We all kept our belongings in an empty classroom and changed into our T-shirts and shorts before heading into the court happily to practice.Everyone was excited and practiced hard to perfect our bounce pass,overhead pass and chest pass plus where to stand when going for the goal attack. 
       After a two hour non-stop practice we decided to call for a break.We were so tired that we could barely walk. Our legs and hands were like jelly.All of us gathered and sat in a circle in the middle of the court. Amy, like an angel volunteered to help get our water bottles.After quenching our thirst we continued our practice for another two hours.After practice, everyone headed back to the classroom to change and head home.Everyone was cleaning-up and changing their clothes except for Anis, she was busy searching for her phone. 
     Suddenly, with blood red face  Anis turned and looked at Amy straight in the eyes and started yelling "you are the one , you are the one, it has to be you who took my phone."Amy denied the accusation repeatedly,eyes swelling with water, she started crying . Feeling dejected, Amy left the room hurriedly. Everyone was so taken aback that no one dared to say anything.I pitied Amy and tried to console her. 
     The next day, Anis phoned Amy at her home and apologized to her. Amy accepted her apology but the accusation had strained their friendship and they were not as close as before.This incident taught me not to judge a book by its cover.Sometimes friends might look to be true and sincere on the outside but in the inside it can be totally a different thing like Anis.

[333 words]

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


The picture shows an accident you witnessed on your way to school.
Based on the pictures given, write about the incident in your school magazine.

When writing about the incident, you should:

  • describe what happened
  • express what you felt
  • suggest ways on road safety
  • write between 120 and 150 words.

Tips to answer this type of question

  • Use the 6W 1H method
  • Read the question carefully
  • Use the information given in the question to write your essay.
  • Write at least 200-250 words as time permits.

[A Simple Sample Essay]

An accident I witnessed

   Last Monday morning, I decided to walk to school rather than to cycle there. The distance to school from my house is just a stone's throw away. As I lazily dragged myself to school.Suddenly,as fast as lightning, a group of boys whizzed pass me on their bicycles. They were racing with each other.

  Unfortunately, one of the boys hit a big rock by the road side and fell down hard onto the road.He was the last one in the group. Unaware,his friends just kept racing on.I was shocked at what I saw and quickly ran to help him.

   To my surprise, it was Kamal, my friend. His right arm and right leg were bleeding and he could not move his right arm.Furthermore, It gave him an excruciating pain when he tried to move it.His friends rode back to see what had happened. 

    Luckily, a good samaritan stopped his car and took him to the hospital. Later in the evening, his friends and I paid him a visit at the hospital.He was still in pain but he managed to joke about his experience with us.He deeply regretted his actions and vowed never to race again.Road safety is very important.

      Therefore, we must take it seriously. We must never race while cycling on the road.We must always cycle on the opposite side of the road and always wear protective gear when cycling. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.


(The sample essay above is roughly 240 words and I have used 4 idioms in the essay)

  1. Prevention is better than cure - it is better to stop something bad from happening than it is to deal with it after it has happened.
  2. As fast as lightning -incredibly quickly or speedily.
  3. Good Samaritan -  a person who helps other people and especially strangers when they have trouble.
  4. A stone's throw away - a very short distance.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015


PT3 'READING ALOUD' and 'SPOKEN INTERACTION' tests will be held from 4-28 August 2015, whereas, your 'LISTENING TEST' will be held on 11 August 2015. It's just around the corner. I'm sure most of you out there would like to know the 'MARKING SCHEME' for these tests.

Keep reading and you will find the answer below....

(A) Objective

  • To encourage student to read the given text aloud using correct pronunciation, intonation and stress plus show an awareness of audience (teachers / examiners), purpose and context.

(B) Assessment For Reading Aloud-[ 10 marks ]

  1. Students will be assessed on their accurate pronunciation and intonation.
  2. Students will be assessed on the fluency of their text deliverance and their reading rhythm (stress).
  3. Students will be assessed on their excellent awareness of audience, purpose and context.

(C)  Assessment For Spoken Interaction - [20 marks ]

  1. Students will be assessed on their ability to take part in social interaction to express ideas, opinions and thoughts.
  2. Students will be assessed on their well developed personal responses.
  3. Students will be assessed on their fluent and excellent ability to sustain the conversation.
  4. Students will be assessed on their usage of a wide range of vocabulary with a variety of sentence structures.
  5. Students will be assessed on their usage of accurate grammar and accurate pronunciation.

(D) Marking Scheme







*'0' mark will be given to student who is unable to read even a single word from the given text.







*'1' mark will be given to student who uses any other language predominantly.
*'0' mark will be given to student who is unable to give any response in English.

Kopitiam Tips For Reading Aloud

  1. Sit with an upright body position (don't slouch or sit like an unta) - read the given text loud and clear (don't shout nor scream) as if your teacher is deaf or something.
  2. Keep reading confidently even if you make grammar or pronunciation mistakes (which might occur).
  3. Don't read too fast or too slow. Read accordingly with a proper tempo and timing. ( imagine your self as a graceful ballet dancer)
  4. Make sure you use the proper stress and intonation when reading your text.

Kopitiam Tips For Spoken Interaction

  1. Take a deep breath - relax and stay cool and calm even if you are sweating like crazy. 
  2. Keep your English simple and nice - use proper tenses when you speak.
  3. Make sure you speak or interact loud enough for your teacher to hear you - don't murmur or speak with a low pitch.
  4. Don't worry too much about your grammar or your English - just talk and keep talking until your teacher asks you to stop.
  5. Remember the more you talk the better chance you have to get better scores.
  6. If you just keep quiet or talk less - the less mark you'll be awarded. 
*I hope my sharing will be of help to all the students who will be taking their oral and listening test this August.Finally, please get the latest info from your respective school teachers....ALL THE BEST!


1.SECTION A - 10 Multiple Choice Questions (OBJECTIVE)

  • Total of 10 marks

Students are given 4 choices of answers to choose from
           Question 1
             How much does a plate of noodles cost?
              A   RM1.00
              B   RM2.00
              C   RM3.00
              D   RM3.50

    * Circle the correct answer.

2.SECTION B - 10 Limited Response Questions ( SUBJECTIVE)

  • Total of 10 marks
  • Students are not given any answers to choose from
  • Students have to listen to the recording carefully and write down the answer in the space provided.
  • The recording will be played twice (2 times )

      * Write down the correct answer.
Each student is given 30 minutes to answer the questions - 15 minutes for each section.

Thursday, 5 March 2015



(40 marks)

(Time suggested : 45 minutes)

Question 1

The picture below shows a snatch theft incident which you witnessed while walking to school. Based on the picture given, write about the incident for your school magazine.

When writing about the incident, you should:

  • describe what happened
  • express what you felt
  • suggest ways to prevent snatch theft
  • write between 120 to 150 words. (Follow the limit which is allowed by your school teacher)

Tips On How To write
1.  Read and understand the question carefully.
2.  Find the key words :-
o    For example     : snatch theft, incident, witnessed, walking back to     school, school magazine.

3.   In your essay you need to :-
o    how the snatch theft happened
o    your feelings about the incident
o    to prevent snatch theft

4.  Use the technique to arrange and to write your ideas/points.

5.   Introduction Paragraph – ( 30 – 50 words )
o    Last week – I – walking – to school
o    8.00am – football practice
o    saw – neighbour – Miss Siti – opposite road – waiting for bus
o    she – holding a big brown – handbag

Body - First Paragraph( Describe what you saw happen)
o    saw – a motorbike – two men
o    snatch Miss Siti’s handbag – fell down – screamed for help
o    shocked – gave chase – got away

Body - Second Paragraph( Describe what happened after )
o    checked on Miss Siti – hand and leg – bruises 
o    father came – took her home – made a police report
o    I – felt – angry and sad

Body - Third Paragraph ( Suggest ways to prevent... )
o    People – more careful / alert  - alone
o    More street lights - bright roads / safe
o    Police patrol – in / around – housing areas

Sample Essay
          Cases of snatch thefts are reported almost daily in our local dailies. In some incidences innocent lives have been lost due this unspeakable act.I recently was an eye witness to this dastardly act. The horrifying incident unfolded right in front of my eyes as I was walking to school for my football practice last week.
          The football practice was scheduled at 8.00 in the morning.On that fateful morning, I decided to walk to school instead of taking the bus as I normally did. As I was striding along the brick pavement, my eyes caught Miss Siti, my neighbour, standing on the opposite site of the road waiting to catch a bus to work. She was gingerly holding a big brown handbag in her hand.I waved to her and she waved back to me with an angelic smile.I looked at my watch, it was 7.oo a.m.
          As I strode past her, I saw two men on a motorbike riding slowly towards her.Both were wearing full face helmets. I didn't give much thought about it and just moved on.Suddenly, without warning, they zoomed past her snatching her handbag in the process.Miss Siti fell down onto the pavement. She was shocked but managed to scream for help. It all happened so fast.I gave chase but the thieves managed to escape. They just sped off into the horizon.
          I quickly dashed to Miss Siti's aid. There was a look of bewilderment on her pained face. I helped to check on her.Fortunately, only her hand and leg were bruised but overall she was alright. I immediately called and informed her father about the incident.He drove there as fast as lightning and took her home. Later, they went to the police station to make a report.The barbaric action of the snatch thieves just made me angry. At the same time, sad when I thought about all the unfortunate victims who had fallen prey to them.
         In order to prevent from becoming a victim of snatch theft, people need to be more careful. For example, when they are alone at a bus stop or walking back home alone- alertness plays an important role in ensuring their safety.In addition, the government should put up more street lights so the streets and dark alleys can be bright and safe for the public.Lastly, I strongly believe police presence in and around housing areas would boost public confidence whereby their safety can be assured by the police.