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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.


Susan Charles, a fine secretary you are! Don't you know that the students from Guadeloupe arrive on September 15th?
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?

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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Raynesha Williams (not verified) 7 May 2018 - 5:36pm

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

Dear Villagers,
Students from Guadeloupe was expected to arrive on September 15th but due to circumstances couldn't. I am writing to inform you that we are arranging for them to stay in private homes, i.e. if you don't mind taking them for a change, which you are expected to speak French due to Guadeloupians but only if you are interested. However, Breakfast and dinner should be provided except on Sundays when lunch is included. Letters from those who interested should reach to us by 24th and visitors should arrive 26th. Then, villages should be aware to expect inspection of homes before the applicant are selected. Also, if one villager can accept more than one student, it'll be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Yours Sincerely

Kookie and Chi… (not verified) 7 May 2018 - 8:36pm

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

May, 7th 2018

Dear villagers

I am hereby writing this letter requesting for your co-operation on the 15th September 2018. Our club members from Guadeloupe will be staying in Grenada for two weeks, and due to this event the hotel which reservation was made for doesn’t have any vacancy for that time. We are kindly asking for your family to host our members for that time period.
If you’re will to assist us, with your permission a search will be conducted to evaluate conditions in which our members would be staying. If possible we will also like for meals to be provide everyday expected on Sunday which should only be lunch. With your agreement a meeting will be conducted to discuss your rate of payment, If you are interested please contact us before August 8th
Yours respectfully
Susan Charles

Stacey-Ann (not verified) 27 June 2018 - 9:14pm

Denby Sports club
P.O Box 63
Arroyo Village.

27 June 2018

Dear Villagers
RE: Rooms Accommodation.
We the members at Denby Sports club, requesting any villagers who are interested in providing rooms accommodation, for a set of students from Guadeloupe, both males and females, for two weeks .The students will be arrived on the 15 of September and leave by the 30th. Villagers who will be able to accommodate more than one students will be greatly appreciated. You will be asked to provide breakfast and dinner from Monday to Saturday, except for Sunday you include lunch. We request you send a quotation of the rates. In consideration to students who do not speak English, we insist that all villagers must speak french. Please respond A.S.A.P at the above address or by 26 August the latest. upon acceptance we would have two of our members come on the 28th after 6:00 pm to inspect the rooms and speak with the villagers before making any decision. please extend to us your kind curtsy. Thanks in advance.

Your sincerely

Susan Charles (M.s)
The secretary.

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

Dear Villagers,
I am informing you of a group of 6 Guadeloupian students, who will arrive to our country on September 15th and depart on the 30th.As the hotels are booked ,our club was hoping if one could stay in each homes during a two week period, at an agreed rate
.As they speak French we are looking for French speakers. Breakfast and lunch should be provided throughout the week along with lunch on Sundays.
Those interested should contact us by August 26th. On August 28th our members will inspect the homes and chat with you before the selection of homes. Please state if able to accommodate more than one.
Yours truly,

(Secretary)Susan Charles.

I believe that the negative comments aren't necessary. This will cause an effect on us teens and adults by lowering our self esteem. Instead you adults and us teenagers should be inspiring and motivating us to improve our writing, by just telling us where we went wrong, what we left out and how to adjust our sentences properly. What we don't seem to understand is that not everyone in the world is good at English, and even the very ones who are commenting didn't even pass the subject. I'm not speaking directly to you, I'm just saying. C'mon, I didn't make a summery to post, and I'm feeling disappointed of all the comments. Put yourself in that position, think about it, how would you feel??.

kyla George (not verified) 2 January 2019 - 11:54am

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Rohena (not verified) 22 April 2019 - 4:09pm

How should the body of a block format letter be written. Different teachers told me several ways of doing this and i am confuse because i dont know which one to use. Help please!

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