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  1. Parks and pleasure

    Posted May 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read the passages and answer the questions. Favourite theme parks 1 Top Towers Set in the English countryside, the park covers 800 acres with beautiful gardens and 35 different rides and attractions. It was opened in 1980 and has a good range of eating outlets. The service is good and the staff friendly. The park is open from end of March to late ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/636080/parks-and-pleasure
  2. Coping with homonyms

    Posted Apr 17th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Homonyms are words which look alike but have different meanings. For example, a row (an argument or a line of things), a clock (a timepiece) and to clock (to hit someone). When a homonym is used, you need to use the context to work out the meaning of the word. 1 The young man had not been at the palace for long, but he already had a plan in his mind. One day ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/634051/coping-homonyms
  3. City sights

    Posted Mar 06th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a This is a skimming exercise. Glance through the list of attractions in a large city, read the questions at the bottom, and then try to locate the information which will enable you to answer them. 1 Museum of Toys, open daily, 10am-5pm, admission free. A large old house is packed with old toys. There are hundreds of dolls, dolls' houses, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/628731/city-sights
  4. Environmental protection

    Posted Jan 31st 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Sometimes you will need to turn written information into graphic form, maybe a mind map, a flow chart or a bar-graph. Read the interview with a government officer and complete the flow chart as you do so. Can you tell me the procedure followed in the case of an environmental nuisance? When we find that we have a case of environmental ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/624996/environmental-protection
  5. Topic and Tone

    Posted Jan 24th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read these e-mail messages. Match each message with the most appropriate item from the list of subjects. Then identify the tone of each message, selecting the correct adjective from the list. Messages 1 Just to keep you up to date on the charity fund-raising walk. I have been having great fun ringing all the potential sponsors and planning our publicity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/624139/topic-and-tone
  6. The ancient sport of kabbadi

    Posted Jan 10th 2008, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a Part A Read this description of an old sport and then decide whether the statements which follow contain information which is true (T), false (F) or is not given (NG). Imagine a fairly small field- about one half of a basketball court. It is divided into two halves. Two seven-men (or seven-women) teams come out. Each team has an additional five players ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/622374/ancient-sport-kabbadi
  7. Context

    Posted Dec 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Paper 1a What type of writing is this? Match the following texts with the items in the list of different types of writing. A I refer to your editorial of June 15 ('Save the old'), and wish to express my strong support for your proposal to increase social welfare payments to the growing number of poor old people in Hong Kong. B I intend to present you first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/618098/context
  8. Weddings

    Posted Oct 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Prepared by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Read the short passages on the right and then use your knowledge and the context of the words to answer the questions. A One of the many advantages of studying in Toronto was making friends with people from many different cultures and communities. I was very happy when my classmate Stephanos, who is Greek, invited me to his wedding. It was going ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/612541/weddings
  9. Haunted house mystery

    Posted Oct 15th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Written by Philip Leetch Paper 1a Understanding the tone and mood in a passage is an important skill. Read the story about four friends who stay in a strange old house to solve a mystery. Try to understand how they are feeling as you read. Are their attitudes positive, negative or neutral? The carriage finally came to a stop outside a large, old house standing far back from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/611697/haunted-house-mystery
  10. Flying start

    Posted Jun 25th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Paper 3 Speaking Part A In this part you will have five minutes after you have been given the question to prepare your ideas and jot down some notes to help you remember what you want to say. Be careful not to write down too much as then you will not seem to be reading out something you have prepared. This is not allowed. The discussion must be as natural ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/598167/flying-start

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