CXC English A exam: Past paper type summary writing question 1


English past paper type summary writing question 1


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NB: CXC suggests spending no more than 35 minutes to answer the summary writing question in Section one, paper 2 of the English A exam.

Read carefully the following conversation between Ross and Susan and then answer the question below it.

 

Ross:
Susan Charles, a fine secretary you are! Don't you know that the students from Guadeloupe arrive on September 15th?
   
Susan:
Both the boys and the girls. So what else is new?
   
Ross: None of your wisecracks. That's only a month away and we haven't found accommodation for them as yet. The hotel says there won't be any room at that time. As secretary of the club, it's your responsibility...
   
Susan: I know, I know. I'll arrange for them to stay in private homes. I'm sure the villagers won't mind taking them in for a small charge. It's only for two weeks. Our visitors are booked to leave on the 30th.
   
Ross: Not a bad idea. Why don't you write to all the villagers asking them to write to us if they are interested in putting up these students? I wonder how much they'll charge.
   
Susan: I'll ask them to give their rates. We'll have to insist, though, that the villagers who are interested must be able to speak French. The Guadeloupans speak no English.
   
Ross: At least not the six who are coming. Should the villagers provide meals?
   
Susan: Breakfast and dinner, except on Sundays when they must include lunch as well.
   
Ross: I think we should let the villagers know that two club members will want to inspect homes and chat with the applicants before making the selection.
   
Susan: Agreed. Letters from those who are interested should reach us by August 26th. Then our members can visit on the 28th.
   
Ross: After six p.m., I suppose? Should the villagers write to you as secretary?
   
Susan:

Right on both counts; I'll tell them to write to:

   The Secretary
         Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
   Arroyo Village.

   
Ross: But suppose a villager can put up more than one student?
   
Susan: All the better, my friend, all the better.
   
 

Imagine that you are Susan. In not more than 150 words, write the letter to the villagers.

Marks will be given for (1) content, (2) organisation and (3) expression

 
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not understanding

i was reading it and i did not under stand what the letter is about

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The Denby Sport Club

The Secretary
Denby Sport Club
P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Villiage

August 15,2010

Dear Villiagers

Denby Sport Club will be hosting some students from Guodelope.They will be arriving on September 15th and will be departing on the 30th. Villagers who are able to accommodate as many as 6 students, males and females.Applicants must be able to speak french fluently.
You should also be able to provide breakfast and dinner however on sundays you will be expected to provide lunch.

If interested? Applicants must reply by the 26th of august to the address above. Please include a contact number and an estimate of cost.Two of our club members will be visiting the homes of successful applicants on the 28th of august at about 6pm to inspect dwellings and to conduct interviews before a final decision is made.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours truly,

_________________
Susan Charles
Secretary.

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I think this is the best one

I think this is the best one i have read so far, because of the details and selection of words used, but for the lunch part you could of wrote and said that breakfast and dinner should be provided but on sundays all three meals must be provided

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The Secretary

The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Village

Dear Villagers,
The Denby Sports Club will act as host to six Guadelopan students of both genders. We are therefore asking if it is possible for you, the villagers, to accommodate one are more of these students, between the period of September 15 to September 20.

Villagers who are interested must be fluent speakers of French and must be able to provide breakfast and dinner for the students, lunch inclusive on Sundays.

If you are interested and meet our requirements please write to me at the above address, no later than the 26 of August. You must include the rate you of charge within your letter, bear in mind that the Denby Sports Club will assist. Upon receiving your letter members of the club will visit your residence for needed inspections on the 28 of August after 6pm. Thank you for you're cooperations.

Yours truly,
Susan Charles

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letter above.

The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63

August 15, 2010

The Vlliagers
Arroyo Village
Denby P.O

Dear Villagers,

This letter is to inform you that Guadeloupian students from the Denby Sports Club will be visiting your community on September 15 and are expected to leave on September 30. However, there are no accommodations at the hotels. We therefore, request your permission to accept them in your homes for their short visit. Persons who are interested be able to speak French, and also provide breakfast and dinner. On sundays lunch must be included as well.
Letter of acceptance from those who are interested, must be sent to us on the 26th of August. The club members will want to inspect the homes and find out more about the applicants on the 28th. If a fees will be charged, please include it in the letter so necessary preparations can be made.
Thanks for your coopertation.

Yours Respectfully
__________________

Susan Charles.

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Kris-Ann Seaton (not verified)
English

The secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box
Arroyo Village

october 27 2010

The villagers
Arroyo villages
Denby P.O.

Dear villagers,
I am writing this letter of informery to inform you about the urgent happenings.
Guadelopians students are coming here on the 15th of september, currently we have no accomadation, however, the villagers who have been here before we would like to know if they could accomadate them for two (2) weeks.if the villagers do accept ther are some information they need to be aware of. the accomadators must be able to speak french because guadelopians do not speak english,they are to be served brekfast and dinner each day and on sundays lunch will be included we would like to have the letters of acceptance by the latest august 26,so we can make the necessary preparations.

yours sincerely

_______________
Susan Charles

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the secretary denby sports

the secretary
denby sports club
p.o.box 63
arroyo village

to all villagers

Dear Villager
The Denby sports club is inviting suitable applicants to host Guadeloupeian Visitors (boys and girls) from September 15th to the 30th.
Interested persons should be able to speak french, as well as provide breakfast and dinner (lunch on sundays).Persons that can accommodate more than one person please indicate so
Please submit your rates for accommadation on or before the 26th of September.
Persons from the club would be inspecting homes on the 28th of September for eligibilty.
yours respectfully
Susan Narcis
club secretary

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englishh... ughhh

hey every1 is there some1 who can help me in my english A? i dont know why is it that i can never pass my english test its so difficult for me
so can some1 help me? out there?

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Kadsn (not verified)
Y r u so pessimistic

Hey Guess i'm kerry-Ann, the first step to passing your english is to not view it as hard or difficult.
Put your mind to it and try to sink yourself into it.
Revise daily, Speak properly daily(cut out slang from your speech) and go to your classes or extra lessons etc and pray. You will pass!!! Dont worry and Dont forget to pray to JAH!!! ok honey:-)

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juelz (not verified)
hey. i did english this year

hey. i did english this year and trust me it's not my strongest subject ( thought i would have gotten a 3 but some how manage to obtain a 1 XD).
YOU NEED TO PRACTICE ENGLISH IN ORDER TO PASS JUST LIKE YOU WOULD WITH ANY OTHER SUBJECT.

I know this phrase is used so often but it is often the truth, " if i can get a 1 in english so can you". trust me even after cxc english is still not my best subject but i've gotten better at it and applied the following techinque
with other subjects ( with a few changes depending on the subject) and saw improvements. it just shows that hard work pays off.

Just take a few minutes out off your weekend and :

**pactice past paper questions ( either purchase or search for free ones online --->http://www.cxcpastpapers.com/
and check the cxc offical website for answers to them by looking at the exam results reports

**get tips, notes and practice quizzes from a local newspaper like the youthlink ( they have a online website if your unable to obtain 1 --> http://www.youthlinkjamaica.com/ )

**read as much as your able to( reading builds your vocabulary and helps with your creativity in writing your stories).

** ask your teacher if she can give you past papers, extra help or look at some of the work you have done on your own.

** if you think you need extra help and attention your teacher cant give you, then simply enroll in a class. classes are very helpful and sometimes it helps to re-enforce what you learnt in school.

Not to ramble, but i remember coming on this website and reading the notes and doing some of the practice exercises and practicing past paper questions.

Good luck with you exams =)

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sam85 (not verified)
English

Hey this is my 5th time doing English and i Keep on ending up with the same grade the last 2 times.i don't knw what else to do i've done all i can.i feel frustrated at times. so maybe you can help me understand what i'm doing wrong

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ElizabethStacey (not verified)
The Secretary

The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Village

Hello,
I am seeking homes for 6 Guadeloupians, all hotels are presently full. I would like to ask if some of you villagers would be interested in looking after (feeding) a few of them (of course you'll get paid).

Guadeloupians speak no English, so you will need to be able to speak French for two weeks starting on the 15th and finishing on the 30th of September. There are 6 Guadeloupians coming; so if you want more than one person you'll have to be first to reply.

I will need the applications in by the 26th of august so we are able to come and view your house on the 28th after 6pm. Please could you also include the rates of pay.

Thank You
Susan Charles
Secretary

P.S: Please contact and send the applications to the address above.

I have used 148 words including address.

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bilz (not verified)
summary

The secretary,
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Village

28th March 2010

Dear villagers,

The Denby Sports Club intends to host 6 Guadeloupe Students from September the 15th to the 30th. Unfortunately, hotels are booked for the indicated time period. Thus we solicit your assistance in housing our foreign students.

Villagers who accept should know that they re expected to speak french and provide breakfast and dinner for students. On Sundays, lunch should be included as well.

Interested villagers should respond to the Sports Club through this address by August 28th. Please indicate the rate that you are willing to accept for the accommodating of students. Villagers may choose to host more than one student.Two club members would need to converse and evaluate the homes of villagers prior to selecting homes. Home inspections would occur on August 28th.
Denby Sports Club thanks you in advance and invites your response as quickly as possible.
The Secretary,
Susan Charles
(158 words)

p.s. is the address included in the word count?

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Hi, yes the address is included in the word count.

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P.O. Box 63 Arroyo

P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Village
March 15, 2010

Dear Villagers,
The Denby’s Sports Club is expecting six students from Guadeloupe arrive on September 15th, both boys and the girls. At that time the hotel say there won't be any room available. As secretary am writing seeking arrangements for them to stay in private homes, for two weeks, they will be leaving on the 30th of September. Interested persons are asked to provide. Breakfast and dinner, except on Sundays when they must include lunch as well. Must be able to speak French also two club members will want to inspect homes and chat with the applicants before making the selection. Letters including rates from those who are interested should reach us by August 26th so our members can visit them on the 28th around 6 p.m.

Yours sincerely
The Secretary
Susan Charles.

Word count (144)

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summary

The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
Aroyo Village
1 August, 2010.

Dear villagers,

On behalf of the Denby Sports Club, I have send this letter to inform you, that we are expecting a group of female and male students from Guadeloupe on the 15th September. However we are requesting all french speaking villagers to kindly participate in the provision of rooms, until the 30th of September. In addition breakfast and dinner must be provided except on Sunday which lunch is inclusive. Interested persons are asked to post their letters stating the rates before the twenty-sixth, afterwards two of our members would check homes for interviews and inspections on the 28th approximately 6.p.m.

Yours respectfully.
Susan Charles
Secretary.

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niceboy_cornelius (not verified)
Hey some adjustments to your latter

this summary can be summarized further,for example, instead of saying "male and female students" just say "students" there are also some other errors but i think you already know.

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My Letter

Denby Sports Club,
P.O. Box 63,
Arroyo Village

August 14th

Dear Villagers,

The Denby Sports Club is expecting six Guadeloupean students, both male and female on September 15th. However, there is no available accomodation at the hotel. On behalf of the club, I am writing to you to seek your assistance in housing these individuals for the period, september 15th-30th. If interested, you may reply to this letter stating your charge and if it is possible where you could house more than one student.
Volunteers must be able to provide breakfast and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and include lunch on Sundays. Volunteers must also be able to speak French, the language of Guadeloupe. Responses must be sent in no later than August 26th so that two of our inspectors may come to interview you and inspect the area on August 28th after 6:00 pm.

Your’s Truly,

Susan Charles
Secretary

(word count:149)

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maia (not verified)
Dear Villagers

The Secretary,
Denby Sports Club,
P.O. Box 63.
Arroyo Village.

August 1st 2009,

Dear Villagers,

My name is Susan Charles, the students of Guadelope will be arriving on September fifteen and will be leaving on the thirtieth , I currently looking for a private house that can accommodate six people for two weeks,we will also need meals breakfast, lunch, and dinner and on Sunday's just lunch, is it possible that you can get someone who can speak french, the Guadeloupans speak no English.
Can you please provide us with a all-inclusive packages if possible.

Two club members will want to inspect homes and chat with the applicants before making a decision.

We will greatly appreciate if you can reply before August 26th, and then our members can visit on the 28th to inspect the house before making a decision.

Yours respectfully,

Secretary,
Susan Charles

Word Count
144

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can i summit my work

if i do a piece of work can it be summit to someone to be marked and send back to me.

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english

yes why not

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Hello,
You seem to be asking about a teacher or tutor. Sorry, we do not provide tutorial services. The support that we provide for community members is the provision of multimedia resources and the opportunity to work with other learners who are also preparing for the CXC exams.

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summary of Denby Sports Club

Denby Sports Club
P.O Box 63
Arrayo Village

02 January 2010

Dear Villager,

The students of Guadelope will be arriving on September 15th in our country for two weeks until September 30th. There is no accommodation for these students both male and female at the hotel. We request that they stay at private homes. Interested persons must be able to speak French and also provide breakfast and dinner except for Sundays, lunch must be included. You can write to us at:
The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O Box 63
Arrayo Village
Deadline submission for applicants will be on August 26th so that two Club members can inspect home on August 28th after 6pm. Please include in the letter your rate for accommodation and how many can be accommodated. Thanking you in advance.

The Secretary,
Denby Sports Club

137 words

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Denby Sports Club P.O. Box

Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Village

Dear : Villagers
On September 15,there will be a group of student consisted of both male and female arriving from Guadeloupe.Our hotel the Denby Sports Club is currently without vacancy and will be so upon till September 30,Until then we are asking for some assistance from the villagers on accommodating these students.For those with interest it's highly recommended for you to be able to translate withing bout languages(English,French);and to provide breakfast and dinner from Monday through to Saturday except on Sundays were lunch is to be included.
A letter is require to be sent to the secretary of the Denby Sports Club stating how many student will be accommodate and the rate of which will be charged,all letter should meet the deadline of August 26 so that it would be possible to inspect all houses on August 28.

Yours sincerely
Susan Charles/
Secretary

(WORDS 142)

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English Language

The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Village.

To all Villagers

Dear villagers,
My name is Susan Charles, Secretary of Denby Sport Club. I am writing to you all seeking accommodation for students from Guadeloupe, who will be arriving on September 15th for weeks. Our visitors are book to leave on September 30th.Villagers who is interesting in housing any of these students should be able to speak French as our visitors speak no English. You are required to provide them with meals which include Breakfast and Dinner except on Sundays which includes lunch. I must inform you that two members from the Club will want to inspect your home and speak with you before making any selection.
Letters from those who are interested should reach us by August 26th. Then our members can visit on the 28th, you can write to me at the address mentioned above including your rates.

Yours sincerely,
___________________
Susan Charles
Secretary

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Re: English Language

Shantel can u please comment on my own that is called Brayan................... Thank u very much and if anybody else is willingly to comment u are free to do so.

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A suggestion on getting reviews for answers

Hi Brayan,

This is just a suggestion to get (hopefully) get things moving here. I think one way to encourage other members to comment on your answer to the question is to take the time to comment on their answers.

Generally, I believe that members may be more willing to take the time to review your work, if you show them that you are willing to take the time to do the same for them.

This is just a thought. What do the rest of you think?

Kathy-ann Daniel-Gittens

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The Secretary Denby Sports

The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O. Box 63
Arroyo Village.

Dear Villagers,

Our club will be having students from Guadeloupe arriving on September 15th. Hotels wont accommodate the students because of lacked of rooms. Our solution that we will have to accommodate in Private Homes, providing Breaksfast and dinner except on Sundays that there must be Lunch as well. Villagers will have to speak French. Our visitors will be leaving on September 30th. Two club members will want to inspect homes before making the selection. Applicants who are interested should reach us August 26th that our members can visit on the 28th. Your corporation will be very appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Susan Charles
Secretary

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The Secretary Denby Sports

The Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O.Box 63
Arroyo Village

Dear Villagers,
I Susan Charles,secretary of Denby sports club,is kindly asking interested persons
to accomadate students of both boys and girls from the Guadeloupe of private rooms
for two weeks starting from september 15th.
This is being asked because the hotel will be occupied at this time.Breakfast
and dinner must be provided ,except on Sunday lunch must be included. Students are
French speakers,hence only french speakers will be selected.
If you are interested kindly reply me to the above address by 26th August,2009.Before selecting two club members will have an inspection and chat with the villagers,then the students can inhabit by 28th August,2009.
You can include your charges as well. They will return to Guadeloupe by september 30th
Well be pleased if you accomadate more than one student.

Yours sincerely,
-------------------
Susan Charles

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you did not mention that interested persons must state their interest of pay/salary

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