Sunday, October 7, 2012

MUET SPEAKING~Practice Makes Perfect

As you keep on practicing, ask God to open your heart to the hidden knowledge, in that way each time when you read the same thing, He will grant  His blessings of wisdom to gain more understanding. Use your higher order thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation and affective )when speaking  in order to reflect  mature, wise and sensible ideas.
Be prepared mentally, physically and spiritually in order to lower  your anxiety level.  Think positively to overcome worries, nervousness and uneasy moments. Smile to gain confidence, speak clearly to show your enthusiasm, express well to reveal your passion. Just be prepared for any topics/themes but please don’t depend on them too much as they might be in different colours!

Please prepare a blank A 4 paper and then divide into 4 sections ( A, B, C, D) 
Choose a question from the selected MUET Booklets for the speaking task and take two minutes to write (only in your own section) three points and for every point give reasons and examples.
Then take another two minutes to present your Task A
Speak according to this format:
1. Greetings (Good morning to the examiners  and my friends)
2. Repeat situation (Today we are talking about...etc.)
3. Main Point (The point I would like to discuss is... etc.)
4. 1st point (Firstly,.. , This is because,.., Moreover,..., For example,.. , Therefore,... )
5. 2nd point (Secondly,... , This means that,... , Furthermore,... , For instance,... , Thus,...)
6. 3rd point (Finally,... , This is due to the fact that... , In addition, Take for example..., Hence,... )
7. Conclusion (In a nutshell, etc.)

Please take another two minutes to write points for Task B
Then take 10 minutes to present the Task B(which is group discussion) Pre decide who will do the introduction, and who will do the conclusion. (the final person must pay attention to the timeframe)
Use your hands to gesture and explain your points. Marks will be awarded for 3 categories:
1. Task fulfillment - Did you understand the question and give a relevant and mature response?
2. Communicative ability - Did you have good eye-contact, body posture, gestures, cooperation?
3. Language - Do you have good command of the language with extended vocabulary?
Marks are given for Task A and Task B then added and divided to find the average.
Booklet 1
A person's character is often influenced by other people around him/her. Who has the greatest influence on a person's character?
-Discuss which of the following has the greatest influence on a person's character
(i) Parents
(iv)Famous Personalities
Booklet 2
If you were given the opportunity to serve as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for one term, what would be a great achievement to leave behind?
(i)Economic prosperity
(ii)Excellence in sports
(iii)World class education
(iv)Excellent health facilities
Booklet 4
You and your friends are deciding on the choice of universities and programs of study available. You would like to seek the opinion of others before you make your final decision.
-Whose opinion is most important in deciding where and what to study for your university degree?
(i)Opinion of parents
(ii)Opinion of friends
(iii)Opinion of teachers
(iv)Opinion of career guidance counsellors
Booklet 7
Electronic media like mobile phone, computer and electronic games has an impact on young people of today. What aspects of their lives are affected?
-Discuss what aspects of a young person's life is most affected by electronic media
(i)Study habits
(ii)Daily habits
(iii)Social relationship
(iv)World view
Booklet 9
What are the costs cutting measures that can be taken by a family to reduce expenditure? Give some suggestions.
-Best way for a family to reduce expenditure.
(i)Use public transport
(ii)Spend only on what is needed
(iii)Carry out their own repair and maintenance work
(iv)Recycle and reuse household items
Booklet 10
Who do you regard as a successful person?
-You regard as the most successful person
(i)Someone who is very rich
(ii)Someone who is very intelligent
(iii)Someone who is very powerful
(iv)Someone who is very famous
Booklet 11
What factors can influence a student's academic perfrmance
-Greatest impact on a student's performance
(i)Study habits
(ii)Sleeping haboits
(iii)Leisure activities
(iv)Network of friends
Booklet 12
It is important to be a good neighbour. What are some of the guidelines needed?
-Discuss which of the following are the most important qualities needed to be a good neighbour
(i)Polite and respectful
(ii)Friendly and caring
(iii)Helpful and responsible
(iv)Tolerant and understanding

Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, 
and soon your life will reflect these qualities. ~Remez Sasson  
All the best!
You can do it!
Think Positive!

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