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1 ENGLISH B HIGHER LEVEL The Mackay School – May 2014 Examinations

2 Upcoming Evaluations  Thursday, March 27: Paper 1 Part 1 (3 texts)  Friday, March 28: Paper 1 Part 2 (2 texts) *On Friday, you will only receive Part 2.  Thursday, April 10: Paper 1 (5 texts) in exact 1:30 *This is your first Exam (1st Semester) You ARE NOT allowed to ask any question during evaluations, especially the ones related to VOCABULARY.

3 Paper 1: What is expected from you  To enhance your communicative and critical thinking abillities by developing your reading skills.  To be a better communicator in English as you will know how to recognise written features and interpret them.  To respond to questions that test your understanding of written texts. 5 texts in 1:30 = 18 minutes per text

4 Skimming  When you skim a text, you read it quickly to understand the overall message it advocates. When you skim a text, ask yourself the following questions: 1. What is the main idea in the text? 2. What is the aim or purpose of the text? 3. How does the writer achieve this aim or purpose?

5 Scanning  Scanning a text involves reading selectively to find specific information. When answering comprehension questions, more often than not, you are asked to produce specific answer such as who said what, which words have similar meanings, or what happened at a specific point.

6 RULES: NOT made to be broken 1. Read the questions carefully before attempting to answer. Highlight what the questions is asking you to do to remain focused. 2. Do NOT rely on subject knowledge when answering Paper 1 questions. All the answers are either found or can be inferred from the text(s). 3. Write legibly. You will not be given the benefit of the doubt if the examiner cannot read what you have written.

7 RULES: NOT made to be broken 4. Be precise and concise. When asked for a word, provide only one word. When asked for a phrase, do NOT copy the whole sentence in the hope that part of it may include the required answer; this will surely cost you the mark. 5. DO not ask questions related to vocabulary or to which word choosing. Help will be given only to clarify instructions.

8 Text-handling exercises: Gap-filling exercises  Before answering try to ask yourself: what is the writer trying to communicate to the audience?  Understand both the gist and the specific features of the text.  Take into consideration the appropriate part of speech required (adjective, verb, pronoun, preposition, adverb, etc.)  Make sure that the word you have chosen makes sense in contexts.

9 Text-handling exercises: The whole truth, and nothing but the truth  Only fully true statements are required: half-truths do not count.  Do not jump to conclusions simply because you are familiar with the subject matter: you base your choice only on the information given in the text.  Handwriting is really important! You will not be given the benefit of the doubt if the examiner cannot tell whether the answer given in the box is C or E, for example.

10 Text-handling exercises: Defending ticks  The justification you provide MUST BE an exact quote from the text.  The correct tick and the correct justification are required to be allocated one mark.  DO NOT attempt to paraphrase the justification.  Be very careful when you choose your quote: be precise and concise

11 Text-handling exercises: A, B, C, or D?  If the alternatives given are too close in meaning:  Read the question again  Re-read the text again  Mentally tick off those that are wrong

12 Text-handling exercises: Meaning… something more than meaning  Vocabulary questions test your understanding of words and their synonyms, but they also require you to show understanding of those words and phrases in context.  Even if you know the meaning of a word, re-read the sentence in which the word appears before you determine its meaning.

13 Text-handling exercises: Pointing the finger at…?  Identifying to whom or to what a certain word refers requires close reading, understanding of grammatical use as well as semantic reference.  Make sure you read before and after the specified word or phrase before you decide to whom or to what it refers.

14 Text-handling exercises: Making sense of halves  When asked to match the first part of a sentence with its appropropiate ending:  DO NOT rely solely on syntactic clues (grammar and its rule may be helpful)  Your understanding of the thext and its context will allow you to make appropriate matches

15 Text-handling exercises: Matchmaking  Matching headings to paragraphs or interview questions to answers is a skimming exercise. You need to read the paragraph or the answer and understand its overall message before you decide on an appropriate heading or questions

16 Text-handling exercises: Finding concrete evidence  If you are asked to find evidence in the text that supports a certain interpretation.  Justify it by locating key phrases or sentences (when asked)  Read the question carefully, understand it and re- read the text to find the part that corresponds with the claim or interpretation specified in the questions.

17 Text-handling exercises: Jumping to logical conclusions  Inference is a logical deduction or assumption. The answer is not readily available in the text, but it is alluded to.  Read the question carefully before you decide an answer.  Inference questions come in the shape of: multiple choice questions, short answer questions, gap filling questions, etc.

18 Text-handling exercises: Showing appreciation  Appreciation of a literary work in Paper 1 is shown through demostrating understanding of literary features.  You will be asked to demostrate understanding of imaginery, tone, theme, and plot sequence without necessarily used those words.  Your answers should come from the excerpt in front of you, not from previous knowledge on the text.

19 Information taken from Oxford IB Skills and Practice ENGLISH B for the IB Diploma


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