F.6
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
REVIEW
12/4/13
13/4/13
2-15/5/13
Papers 1 & 2
Paper 3
Paper 4
Dates of Exam
PAPER 1 (1.5 HOURS – 20%)
Full Mark
Mean Score (%)
Part A
47
55.4
Part B1
45
40.9
Part B2
46
60.6
Reading Skills
• To locate specific information quickly, you should
scan the reading passage.
• Learn to recognize paragraphing in order to find
information in a reading passage that has the same
meaning as the information you need, but is
expressed in different words.
1. True / False / Not given questions
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q34
Statement
True
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Jacob and Patrick are classmates.
Each participant could express their
personality through the pledge patches.
NG
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Only children stitched the quilt.
Rachel and Jacob are related.
False
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2. Ticking options
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q24
When the Chubins first opened Crafeteria, they
wanted a store where people could ____________.
Put a tick () next to each statement that applies.
- sew a huge quilt 
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- learn how to quilt and embroider 
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- buy yarn, sewing machines, and all kinds of fabrics 
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- meet other customers 
- repair their sewing machines 
3. Table Completion
4. Dictionary entry
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q25
Which of the following is closest in meaning to
‘intrigued’ (line 28)?
A. fascinated
B. confused
C. surprised
D. delighted
5. Table completion of reference
5. words
6. Short response questions on
6. reference words
e.g. DSE-PP-B1 Text 2 Q32
What does ‘it’ (line 31) refer to?
walking cane
7. Cloze summary completion
e.g. DSE-PP-B1 Text 4 Q48
Complete the following sentence.
Tip 4 recommends using paper packaging instead
uses less
less space when
of
styrofoam
because itituses
when
throwninin the rubbish
thethe
volume
of of
thrown
rubbish////it itreduces
reduces
volume
rubbish(being)
(being)produce……………………………………………..
produced.
rubbish
7. Cloze summary completion
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q40
Complete the summary of the text by writing ONE
word to fill in each blank. You should make sure your
answers are grammatically correct, paying attention to
tenses, plurals, etc.
7. Cloze summary completion
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q40
The Climate Quilt Campaign is an international
international
initiative involving young people. In Pennsylvania, the
Crafeteria
owners of
invited members of their
community to take part in this campaign. Children
// clothing
were given a scrap of recycled fabric
fabric
// clothing
which they used to make pledge patches .
7. Cloze summary completion
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 3 Q40
ages , so the
Children taking part were of all
sophistication of the pledges and the squares varied. ‘I
water // food // leftovers
pledge to save water
leftovers ’ was one
example of a pledge.
8. Multiple choice questions
9. Matching titles to texts
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q39
Which of the following is the best alternative title for
this text?
A. Campaign Needs Volunteers
B. Climate Change around the World
C. Climate Quilt in Action
D. Recycling Old Clothes
10. Matching subheadings to
10. paragraphs
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q37
Which subheading below fits each section in Text 2?
Write the letter (A, B, C, D, E) of each section next to
the correct subheading. One has been done as an
example. One subheading is NOT used and should be
left blank.
10. Matching subheadings to
10. paragraphs
e.g. DSE-B1 Text 2 Q37
Which subheading below fits each section in Text 2?
Subheadings
Sections
A love of quilting
_______
Locals get involved
C
_______
Volunteers share their experience
D
_______
The campaign continues
E
_______
A campaign for all children
A
_______
Craferteria
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11. Filling in the blanks
e.g. DSE-PP-B1 Text 3 Q44
This text was written for people working in the
i restaurant
restaurant //
// food
food //
// catering
catering business.
e.g. DSE-Part B1 Text 2 Q26
Quilting is a form of recycling because you can make
something new out of old fabrics
fabrics that are sewn
sewn
together .
together
12. Guessing the meaning of difficult
12. words
e.g. DSE-PP-Part A Q14
In line 73, what does ‘thrashed about’ mean?
A. to play with
B. to fight with
C. to swim very quickly
D. to move about violently
13. Pronoun reference
e.g. DSE-PP-Part A Q2
According to line 9, who are ‘these people’?
visitors to zoos / aquariums
 5 million people who visit Ocean Park
e.g. DSE-PP-Part A Q10
What does ‘their’ in line 48 refer to?
guests / guests’
14. Attitude
e.g. DSE-Part B1 Text 2 Q28
How did Kemmerer feel when she said, ‘We couldn’t
have finished the job without the help of the local
community’ (lines 55-56)?
A. critical
B. grateful
C. confident
D. frustrated
15. Main idea questions
e.g. DSE-PP-Part A Q1
What is the main idea of paragraph 1?
Zoos, aquariums and marine parks …
A. are funded by governments.
B. are well supported by the general public.
C. are attracting increasing numbers of visitors each
year.
D. are centres of education, conservation and
entertainment.
16. Vocabulary questions: synonyms
16. and antonyms
e.g. DSE-PP-Part A Q15
Find TWO phrases in paragraph 7 that mean the same
as ‘being kept as prisoner’.
a)
(being) held captive
b)
in (close) confinement
17. Sequencing questions
e.g. DSE-B1 Q38
The flowchart below shows the sequence of events in
order to make a pledge patch for the Climate Quilt
Campaign. Complete the statement by writing the
correct letter inside the box. Use each letter once only.
17. Sequencing questions
e.g. DSE-B1 Q38
STATEMENTS
A. …patch in a creative way.
B. …patch to the campaign offices.
C. …patch with your pledge to help the environment.
D. …fabric from old clothes, bed sheets, or table cloths
E. …patch to the Campaign’s website.
F. …patch approximately 16 cm X 16 cm and make
iiisure the sides are straight.
17. Sequencing questions
e.g. DSE-B1 Q38
How to make a pledge patch
Step 1
FIND SOME …
D
_______
Step 2
CUT A …
F
_______
Step 3
PERSONALISE YOUR …
C
_______
Step 4
DECORATE YOUR …
A
_______
Step 5
SEND YOUR …
B
_______
18. Identifying speakers and
18. distinguishing opinions
e.g. DSE-PP-Part A Q23
The text presents two opposing views of educating
children about animals. Discuss which view you find
most convincing and why.
The first writer (Suzanne Gendren) because the
courses and the interaction with animals are
educational and can help us learn about animals. OR
The second writer (Peter Singer) because animals are
forced to live in small spaces // animals are forced to
perform tricks.
PAPER 2 (2 HOURS – 25%)
Compulsory – 200 words; 10%
Part A
Text types: feature article, letter, suggestion form,
blog, leaflet, email
Select a question from the 8 Elective questions – 400
words; 15%
Part B
Text types: article, advice letter, speech, 1sided & 2sided essays, story, blog, email, proposal, report
Writing tips and strategies
(2012 HKDSE Paper 2, Question1)
The best part of my job
• Note the text type
• Be concise
• Think of one to two content points for this part
• Include your feeling
Writing tips and strategies
(2012 HKDSE Paper 2, Question1)
The biggest challenge I have ever faced in my job
• Think of some challenges a news reporter might face
• Add a sentence to talk about your personal feeling
Writing tips and strategies
(2012 HKDSE Paper 2, Question1)
My school days
• Think of some experiences that are linked to your
career
Mark Scheme for Paper 2
Content
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address the requirements of the question
relevant
ideas developed in detail
able to maintain the reader’s interest
show your awareness of the audience
Language
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a range of accurate sentence structures
grammatical sentences
a wide range of vocabulary
accurate spelling and punctuation
appropriate register, tone and style
Organisation
• introduction - body – conclusion
• connectives
• appropriate text type
Common Mistakes
answers
Word choice
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1. hobbies
2. pocket
3. access
4. unite
5. ask
6. prevent
7. useless
8. choice
9. healthy
10. traditional
Word choice
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11. complaint
12. successful
13. nature
14. break
15. In
16. yesterday
17. specially
18. aloud
19. regrettable
20. notify
21. difficult
22. which
Pronouns and articles
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23. My friend and I
24. them
25. she
26. a
Formulaic expressions
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27. Delete either “In my opinion” or ‘I think’
28. From
29. delete ‘am’
30. summary
31. respect
32. As far as  I know
33. do
Sentence patterns
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34. delete ‘but’
35. much
36. are
37. It
Verbs and tenses
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38. delete ‘to’
39. hold
40. adopting
41. not to write
42. listening  to music
43. be
44. been
45. Did
46. Delete ‘was’
47. would appreciate  it if
Verbs and tenses
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48. develop
49. I  had visited
50. is located
51. tried
52. will be held
53. delete ‘to’
54. tell
Subject verb agreement
• 55. doesn’t
• 56. forms
• 57. questions
Prepositions
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58. delete ‘about’
59. with
60. at
61. of
62. on
63. on
64. at
65. delete ‘in’
66. on
67. in
Prepositions
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68. to
69. delete ‘from’
70. to
71. on
72. delete ‘on’
73. inform you  of the result
74. help you  with
75. delete ‘on’
Adjectives and adverbs
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76. boring
77. safe
78. delete ‘more’
79. easily
80. interested
81. independently
Articles
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82. delete ‘the’
83.  the English Society
84. delete ‘the’
85. All of  the students
86. delete ‘of’
•Common mistakes in Writing
Part A:
Volunteering for an environmental
protection organisation
Articles
the
1. Protecting environment is our
responsibility.
the
2.
Environment Club
3. … to protect the nature
An
4. A environmental group
Prepositions
in
1.
the past
with
2. share sth sb
for
3. work on your organisation
for
4. apply a job
Prepositions
to
5. to adapt the environment
from
6. learn sth to doing sth
infinitives
hold
1. We should held many …
bring
2. to brought our classmates
do
3. can doing meaningful activities
word usage
environmental
1. environment awareness
environment
2. to protect the environmental
advance
3. in adverse
tenses
was
1. When I was young, I am curious …
have joined
2. I join many volunteer activities
since
was
3. I am in primary school.
Spelling
1. destroy
2. situation
3. influence
4. future
5. strive
6. documentaries
Spelling
7. global warming
8. latest
9. breathe
10. performance
11. sense
12. Form One
Spelling
13. ignore
14. environment
15. encourage
16. in addition
17. activities
18. solve
Spelling
19. planning
20. serving
21. nowadays
22. experience
23. benefit
24. Wu Kai Sha
Spelling
25. knowledge
26. beautiful
27. wish
28. definitely
29. simple
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Below is a list of topics that are likely to appear in the
coming HKDSE English exam.
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Part A
• When you were riding a cable car in Ocean Park or
Ngong Ping 360, it suddenly stopped functioning.
Describe how you felt and what happened next.
• A girl said in her blog that she was considering
suicide. Describe what you did in order to save her
life in your blog.
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Part A
• Your school library is organizing a Reading Week. You
are asked to write a promotional leaflet to
encourage schoolmate to take part in this event.
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Part B
Learning English through Short Stories
• Write a blog entry describing your experience of
interviewing a famous storywriter.
• You went to the Hong Kong Book Fair and bought
some English books. Write a diary entry describing
what you saw there and in what way the books you
bought interested you.
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Part B
Learning English through Sports Communication
• Write an article in your school newspaper inviting
classmates to join a new sports club.
• Write a letter to parents persuading them to donate
money for improving the school’s sports facilities.
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Part B
Learning English through Debating
• Write a debate speech arguing whether traditional
paper-print textbooks should be replaced by
electronic books.
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Part B
Learning English through Workplace Communication
• Write a blog entry describing the experience of
selling goods with classmates at a Lunar New Year
Flower Fair.
• Write an email to your friend describing your
summer job experience as an office assistant.
Hot topic watch for Paper 2
Part B
Learning English through Social Issues
• Write an article about privacy on social networking
sites.
• Write an article discussing how reducing food
wastage can contribute to environmental protection.
PAPER 3 (2 HOURS – 30%)
Part A
Filling in missing information e.g. proper names,
objectives, flow charts, qualities, effects, attitudes,
response
PAPER 3 (2 HOURS – 30%)
Part B
Long tasks: article, letter, speech, report, proposal
e.g. DES-PP-Part B1 Tasks 5-7
Mark scheme: @ task
• Task fulfillment (9 marks)
• Language (5 marks)
• Coherence & Organisation (2 marks)
• Appropriacy (2 marks)
Total mark: 18
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