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


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NB: CXC suggests spending no more than 40 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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Orlando (not verified) 29 December 2011 - 9:47pm

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

Dear Sir/Madam,
As the secretary of the Denby sports club i was informed that students from Guadeloupe both boys and girls will be arriving on 15 September and departure on 30th unfortunately the hotel said there will not be accommodating them at that time. We are kindly asking generous villagers to accommodate these students for two weeks. Interested person must be able to speak french and provide meal for them which includes breakfast and dinner, except on Sundays when they must include lunch. Two club members will be inspecting and visiting applicants,interested person should reach to us by the 26 August.

Yours truly
Susan Charles
Secretary
Word Count 98

LMeyler (not verified) 12 March 2012 - 8:35pm

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

Dear villagers

I would like to inform you that we are expecting six male and female students from Guadeloupe. They arrive on September 15th and is schedule to depart on September 30th.

All hotels are full we are requesting private homes from you to accommodate these students.Applicants interesting must be able to speak French fluently,provide breakfast and dinner, except for Sundays where lunch must be included.

Interesting Applicants must reply to us by August 26 at above adress with fees for this service. Should you be selected two of our club members will visit your home to conduct an interview.

Yours Respectfully
Susan Charles
(100 words)

guest (not verified) 21 March 2012 - 10:41pm

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

Dear Villager,
There will be six students from the country of Guadeloupe both boys and girls, coming to stay in the country for two weeks; students will be arriving on September 15th. The denby sports club members are having a problem accommodating them in hotels. I’m kindly asking if you could accommodate them in your homes. We are expecting that you speak French and can provide them with breakfast and dinner expect on Sundays where you’re required to provide three meals, also enclose your service charges. And if you could accommodate more than one student this will even be better. If you are interested please write back to us at the above address.
Please ensure you write to us by the 26 of august and members of the club will visit your homes by 28 of august,

Yours truly,
Suzan Charles

(150words)

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guest (not verified) 19 April 2012 - 7:05pm

The secretary
Denby sports club
P.o.Box 63
Arroyo village

Dear villager,
I am writing this letter to ask you a small favor. Six students will be arriving from guadeloupe and there is no accomodation for them to stay because all the rooms in the hotels are full. They will be arriving on the 15th of september and depart on the 30th. If you can accomodate us atleast two rooms that would be a pleasure. and if ur interested you must be able to speak flunt french. You will need to provide breakfast and dinner for them with the inclusive of lunch on sundays. Interested villagers should send me a reply by the 26th of august to above address. I should also inform you that Member's of the denby sports club will want to inspect homes and speak with applicants before making selection. write us a reply including your charge, remember its just two weeks. Thanks for your kind appreciation and valued time.

Yours truly
Susan

James (not verified) 6 May 2012 - 6:30pm

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

Dear Sire/Madam
I am writing this letter to ask you for a favor, there are six students from Guadeloupe both males and females will be visiting our village for two weeks, they will be coming on September 15 and leave on September 30th. There won't be any available room in the hotel to accommodate those students during that period.

We are seeking for applicant that will be able to accommodate those students, we will be very grateful if you are able to accommodate more than one student, you must be able to speak french, and provide them with breakfast and diner except on Sundays where lunch is included but before we make any selection two of our members will want to inspect your homes on the 28 of August.

If you are interested, please feel free to contact us using the address below no latter than August 26 at 6 p.m with service charge.

Neisha keys so… (not verified) 6 May 2012 - 11:30pm

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

Dear Sir/Madam
I am writing this letter to you asking for a big favour, there are six students who will be visiting our village from Guadeloupe for two weeks which includes both males and females. Their arrival and departure will be between the starting of September and will depart at much later date within that same month. There wouldn't be any available rooms to accommodate those students in a hotel during that period. Letters will be provided to those who seek interest in accommodating those students. We will surely be grateful if you are able to accommodate more than one student and also be French literate. Also, provide them with breakfast and dinner except on Sundays where lunch is provided but before we can come to a conclusion two of our members will want to inspect your homes coming down to the end of august. All interested members are free to contact us at the address written above at no later date coming down to the end of August with a fixed price.

Sashana (not verified) 10 May 2012 - 2:15am

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

Dear Villagers,
The Denby Sports Club is seeking assistance with the accommodation of six Guadeloupans Students both male and female for two weeks.The students will be arriving on September 15th and departing on the 30th.during this period the hotels in the area will not be able to accommodate them, as a result we are kindly seek your assistance.

Interesting villagers must be able to speak French and the ability to provide Breakfast and Dinner with the exception of three meals on Sunday.In addition,selected villagers will under go a routine inspection by two club members on August 28th at 6pm before any approval is granted.Therefore all letters must include any fees associated with your services and should be delivered by August 26th address to the information above.

Sincerely,
Susan Charles

first visible error there is the spelling as well as the grammar, you should use the time that cxc suggests to use and go over the letter being that you had time left.

guest (not verified) 4 September 2014 - 1:37am

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But understand there giving you an example,
so when you go in the exam you don't make
mockery of yourself.

guest (not verified) 21 April 2013 - 4:27pm

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

Dear Villagers,
The Denby Sports Club sees your generous assistance in accommodating 6 of our Guadeloupan students (male and female) on the 15th of September. This is due to the lack of available at the Hotel at that time. However with a small charge of your amount in exchange to small responsibilities of you being able to provide Breakfast and dinner each day except on Sundays which include lunch and being able to speak French as the Guadeloupans speak only English.
It is important to establish that two of our members will have to inspect homes and converse with our applicants before selections. Interested persons may contact us at the above address by the latest AUGUST 26TH so our members may visit on the 28th.
Looking forward to your assistance. THANK YOU

Sincerely
S.Charles
Secretary

guest (not verified) 22 April 2013 - 9:30am

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

Dear Villagers
Our sports club is seeking accommodation for 6 guadalupian students both male and female for two weeks. The students will be arriving on September 15th and departing on the 30th. During this time the hotels in this area will all be full. That's why we are seeking your help,we would like those students to stay in your village. Interested villagers must be able to speak french , very well and must be able to provide breakfast and dinner everyday. Except on sundays when they will be expected to provide lunch as well. Additionally interested villagers will have to be inspected and interviewed on August 28th at 6pm before any final decisions are made. As a result all letters from interested villagers should be in by August 26th to the address stated above. This letter must include contact info and estimate cost.

Yours Tuly
Susan Charles

shanice parkinson (not verified) 29 April 2013 - 10:45pm

The secretary
Denby sports clubs
P.O. box 63
Arroyo village

Dear,Villagers
Pleasant day,This is sandy from the Denby Sports clubs.Am asking for your permission to accommodate some student from the Guadeloupe, both bot's and girls. villagers who are interested must be able to speak French. These student will only spend two week.breakfast and dinner should include, except on Sunday's when they include lunch as well. stay alert of the few club members who will want to inspect homes and elaborate with the applicants before making selections. the day on the 28th after six pm in appropriated day I suppose. you can kindly present your rates when writing a letter back to us.
Yours sincerely
Sandy

Kadeen Murray (not verified) 19 May 2013 - 6:46pm

the summaries are very good except a little incorrect spelling

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

May 22,2013,

Dear Villagers,
We are seeking your assistance in accommodating of 6 students from Guadeloupe , both boys and girls. we are lacking in space to shelter these students.These 6 students will be arriving on September 15th and will be leaving on the 30th. if you are interested in doing the Denby club this favour you will need to give them breakfast and dinner, expect on Sunday when you need to provide lunch. Those who are interested please send your letters to me on August 26th and two of our club members will be coming to inspect your house on august 28th.you must be able to speak french well because these Guadeloupe students won't speak English. we will be accepting any charge you make so please consider this request.

yours sincerely,
Susan Charles

guest (not verified) 4 September 2014 - 2:02am

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just confidence is the root of brilliance,
at ever door awaits success and some doors
await disgrace.

Dane (not verified) 20 November 2013 - 12:54pm

Secretary
Denby Sports Club
P.O Box 63
Arrayo Village

January 2,2011

Dear Villagers,
This letter serves to inform you of six (6) students from Guadeloupe both boys and girls who due to inconvenience at our hotel, are seeking accommodation in your village from the period September 15 to September 30. Please be inform that the arrivals only speak French, however, persons who wishes to accommodate these students must be able to speak French fluently.

Please note that breakfast and dinner except for Sundays when lunch is required must be serve to the guests during their time stay. if agreed to the aforementioned, please feel free to send in your application to the return address before the deadline "August 26, 2011". letter must include your service charge for accommodation. Following our deadline date,two of our personnel will be visiting selected applicants homes for routine inspections.

We await your kind response.

Yours respectfully,

Susan Charles,
Secretary

Chevy Hibbert (not verified) 27 November 2013 - 10:20pm

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

Dear villagers,
I will like to inform you that we are expecting six foreign exchange students from Guadeloupe. They should be arriving on September 15th and leaving September 30th.

All hotels are full and we are requesting private homes for you to accommodate the students. Villagers that are interested must be able to speak fluent French because the students do not know English.

Interested villagers should reply to us by August 26 and include in the letter the amount you would be charging. If you are selected there will be two of our club members visiting your home on August 28 and having an interview.

Yours sincerely,
Susan Charles
Secretary

(123 words)

Great use of information given, but simple grammar mistakes such as in the second to last paragraph. What could have been stated:

Our hotels are filled and so we request the accommodation of our foreign students into your homes. We anticipate the eager interest of you, our villagers, but one must be able to fluently speak French for our students are not able to speak English.

your purpose here is to make the villagers feel needed not commanded. The use of 'our' brings a closeness causing one to jump at the opportunity. the info concerning them being able to speak French is a let down so the way one gives the info lets them down easily instead of causing the villagers to murmur and might encourage them to learn French as to be apart of this venture next time.

that is just one paragraph I worked on, but the last one needed working on as well.

but, great job you put forth dear.

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