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  1. 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
  2. Books galore

    Posted Jun 30th 2004, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... PHILIP LEETCH Read the passages, choose words to fill in the blanks, and decide which sort of book each one comes from. Types of book: a] cowboy/Western b] detective c] fantasy d] ghost/horror e] historical fiction f] romance g] science-fiction h] spy i] travel j] war Passage 1 Ramsay walked carefully round the garden looking for any (1) that someone had approached the house ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/461446/books-galore
  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. 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
  5. 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
  6. Self or others?

    Posted Jun 18th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Speaking By Philip Leetch Paper 3 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/597312/self-or-others
  7. Direct questions

    Posted Jan 08th 2007, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Paper 1a14 Some questions will be ordinary questions you answer every day with no tables, bubbles, choices or clever formats. Read the passage carefully and then answer the questions. Try to reword and show understanding of things that are implied and not directly stated in the text. An extract from a story It was just like in a film. They had got lost, Mike's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/577865/direct-questions
  8. Idioms

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Work my fingers to the bone This expression is usually used by someone complaining about another's wastefulness and ingratitude. I work my fingers to the bone to pay for you to have a piano and lessons, but you never practise or make any effort. It can also be used sympathetically: There are some very good parents in Hong Kong who work their fingers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/554716/idioms
  9. Idioms

    Posted May 04th 2006, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... By Philip Leetch Where there's muck there's brass Muck is a common colloquial word for dirt (adjective, mucky). Brass is a metal and slang term, especially in the north of England, for money (others are bread and dough). Where there's dirt there's money. You can see a lot of social history in the phrase. In pre-modern societies, work was not highly valued. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/547447/idioms
  10. Medical conversations

    Posted Mar 27th 2006, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... Philip Leetch Match the sentences with the correct answers 1. Can you describe some of your symptoms to me, please?_________ 2. Do you have anything I can take for a sore throat?_________ 3. Will I be conscious during the operation?___________ 4. I am afraid you may experience some side-effects from this medicine. Some people have very upset stomachs and cramps when they take ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/542167/medical-conversations

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