Thursday, May 10, 2012

Even a PhD Couldn't Keep This Man Off Food Stamps

Tony Yang is getting beaten to a pulp.

He's not wanted by mobsters nor is he another Cybercrime bully. The former University of California doctoral student (c/o '09) just says that's what it feels like each quarter when he wraps up an adjunct teaching gig and goes home without a permanent job offer.

Photo: Chronicle of Higher Education"It can be very tough on the pysche," he told theChronicle of Higher Education. "The darkest moment had to be when I finished my dissertation. I turned it in and there (was) no job ... So when I graduated, the first thing I had to do was file for unemployment."

As a kid, his family supplemented their income with food stamps. Decades later, he found himself in the same position, applying for welfare to get by when his doctoral degree wasn't enough to bring home a steady paycheck.

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After the recession took hold in 2007, the rate of PhD holders who've filed for government assistance more than tripled to 33,655 by 2010, according to data collected by Austin Nichols, a senior researcher with the Chronicle's Urban Institute.

Other graduates of continuing education weren't far behind. Of the nation's 22 million master's degree holders, nearly 360,000 applied for food stamps by 2010 – also triple the rate before the recession.

And it's not just an anemic job market that's stunted graduate students' personal economies. They're chipping away at record-breaking student debt loads, while many rely on temporary teaching stints that often don't last longer than a semester.

"Others are trying to raise families or pay for their children's college expenses on the low and fluctuating pay they receive as professors off the tenure track, a group that now makes up 70 percent of faculties," the Chronicle's Stacy Patton writes. "Many bounce on and off unemployment or welfare during semester breaks. And some adjuncts have found themselves trying to make ends meet by waiting tables or bagging groceries alongside their students."

Like Yang, who holds a PhD in History from the University of California, many graduates are delaying marriage until they can afford the walk down the aisle.

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"That's terribly frustrating, because your life is on hold until the economy picks up," he said. "If I have to get psychologically beaten up every quarter, I'm just not gonna care at some point. And there are many who don't care."

As it stands, today's twenty-somethings are toting around an average of $45,000 in debt, which PNC Financial Services estimates will nearly double to $80,000 by the time they hit their thirties.

Ginger Dean, founder of personal finance blog Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, was on track to get her PhD in psychology. Then she took a look at the $120,000 price sticker, did a little math and decided against it.

"While I was accepted to a few programs, shelling out $80-$120k in extra student loans for a $5k annual difference in pay wasn’t worth it for me," she said. "I also had to consider the years I would spend in school (4-7) and the lost opportunity for full time income during that time as well as the harsh reality that the increase in salary and total amount paid in student loans isn’t worth the “prestige” of having a doctorate."

Yang knows the feeling.

"The joke is, yeah you have prestige," Yang said. "But you can't eat prestige."

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

MUET SPEAKING PAST YEAR QUESTIONS


MUET Speaking Past Year Questions


INDEX
Ref. No
Theme
Page
1

2

3

4

5
Tourism / Promoting Malaysia

6

7

8
Jungle Trekking / Camping

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27




No
1. Theme: Modern Life & Technology
Year
1
Your grandfather, who is in his 70s, tells you that you are all very fortunate to be living in the 21st century where there are so many inventions to make life easier. He asked you to think about which particular invention has made your life much easier compared to his.
A. In your opinion, the mobile phone has made life easier. State your viewpoint and give reasons to support it. B. The computer C. The photocopy machine D.  The electronic calculator (Which of the following inventions is most useful?)(14.12)
May
2004
2
Young people today are fortunate to live in a modern and progressive era. What has helped to give this generation a better quality of live?
A. You believe that modern transport & telecommunication systems have helped to improve life for this generation. Explain. B. The computer C. Recreational & entertainment facilities D. Better opportunities for education (Discuss which has helped most to improve life for this generation)
Oct
2005
3
Your school  or college is organizing an Informationa dn Communication Technology (ICT) Week. Each class has to propose an activity for this big event.
A. As the class representative, you suggest inviting people from different professions to speak on the use of ICT in their professions. Justify your choice. B. Organising a poster competition related to various uses of ICT C. Organising an exhibition to promote various uses of ICT D. Organising visits to institutions that offer ICT courses. (Discuss which one of these activities would be most beneficial to students in helping them understand and appreciate ICT
May
2004
4
There are many ways of obtaining information today. What are some of the ways preferred by young people?
A. You think that young people today prefer to obtain information from the Internet. Elaborate. B. The mobile phone. C. Radio and television D. Newspapers and magazines. (What is the most preferred way of obtaining information by young people today?)
May 2008



No
2. Theme : Crime & Security
Year
1
As members of the Neighbourhood Watch, you and your friends are concerned about the increase in the number of petty crimes (handbag snatching, stealing of shoes, breaking into cars) in your neighbourhood. You suggest one reason for this increase.
A. In your opinion, the rise in petty crimes is caused by the increase in the number of drug addicts. Give reasons to support your opinion.  B. the increase in the number of illegal immigrants C. the lack of interest shown by the public D. the increase in the number of unemployed (Discuss which one of the following reasons is the main cause for the increase in petty crimes)
May 2002
2
As a result of the increasing number of petty crimes, the shopping complex in your town would like to introduce various security measures. The management has invited shoppers to make recommendations so that the shopping complex would be a safer place for all.
A. You recommend that the management install hidden cameras. Explain how this can prevent petty crimes. B. Make spot checks on suspicious characters C. Employ more security guards D. Do not allow shoppers to bring in bags (the best way to prevent petty crimes)
May
2004
3
How to protect oneself.
May
2006
4
Lately there have been several break-ins and vandalism on your school premises. There is a great need to improve security. Your School Board welcomes suggestions from anyone. You would like to recommend a security measure.
A. You feel that the school authorities should employ security guards for the school. Justify your opinion. B. Install an alarm system  C. Install grills on all doors & windows D. Get police to make regular patrols (Discuss which is the most effective measure to improve security in school)
Oct
2002
5
There has been an increase in burglaries in your neighbourhood and the residents are very worried about their safety. A committee has been set up to look into this matter. As a member of the committee, suggest ways to make the neighbourhood a safer place.
A. You suggest the residents improve safety features of neighbourhood. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. A police officer be invited to talk on security measures C. Residents be taught to defend themselves against intruders. D. “Rukun Tetangga” teams be set up to patrol the neighbourhood at night
June
2001
6
There has been an increase in the number of snatch thefts. You have been asked to suggest ways to prevent such incidents. (Elaborate)
A. You propose introducing heavier penalties B. Increasing security measures in problems areas where there are a lot of snatch thefts C. Finding other ways of carrying valuable items D. having an awareness campaign to prevent snatch thefts (the most effective)
May
2005
7
Crimes against children, such as kidnapping, assault and abuse, are on the increase. The Social Welfare Department invites suggestions from the public on what can be done to protect children from such crimes.
A. You suggest that children should be taught how to protect themselves. Elaborate. B. The school authorities should take safety measures to protect children while they are at school C. The government should impose more severe punishment on those who commit crimes against children. D. Parents should take greater responsibility in ensuring the safety of their children. (Which is the most effective suggestion to protect children against crimes?)
Oct 2007



No
3. Theme : Qualities of People / Role Models
Year
1
At your Youth Club Meeting, you were asked to comment on what contributes to the development of a person’s character
A. You believe that educational background helps to develop a person’s character. Explain. B. Family C. Religious background D. Economic background (Discuss which of the following plays the most significant role in helping to develop a person’s character)
May
2004
2
You wish to apply for a scholarship to study overseas. What are the important factors that the Scholarship Board would look for? (20.16)
A. good personality B. Strong letters of recommendation C. An outstanding academic record D. Active involvement in co-curricular activities (The most imp factor in helping a person obtain a scholarship)
May 2005
3
Your institution is organising a forum entitled “The Qualities of a Good Malaysian.” You are a member of this forum. (12.4)
A. As a member of the panel, you strongly feel that a good Malaysian should be patriotic. Support your view. B. Law-abiding C. Hardworking D. Tolerant ((Discuss which of the following would be the most important quality in being a good Malaysian)
Oct
2003
4
The schools in your district intend to set up a Committee for Students Affairs. What kind of qualities should the members of this committee have?
A. In your opinion, it is important to have good communicative skills. Support your opinion. B. Counselling skills C. Leadership qualities D. Willingness to sacrifice one’s time and energy (Discuss which of the following is the most important quality the members of the committee should have)

Oct 2003
5
Your class is organizing a public speaking competition. You are discussing the important qualities that a good speaker should have. What would you suggest?
A. You feel that the appearance and personality of the speaker play an important part in public speaking. Give reasons to support your view.  B. a well-organized content C. the language used by the speaker D. the presentation and delivery style of the speaker (Discuss which of the following is the most important quality that a good speaker should have)
Oct 2002
6
“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” is a common saying. Different people identify different qualities to define beauty. What would you consider as an important quality to define beauty?
A. You feel that beauty lies in the person’s looks. Justify your opinion. B. Personality C. Dressing D. Intelligence (Discuss which of the following in the most important quality that determines a person’s beauty)
Oct 2002
7
The Students’ Council is looking for a new leader. The members of the Council are discussing the qualities needed to make a good student leader. A good leader should be: A. friendly & approachable B. responsible & committed C. well-respected by all      D. able to communicate well
Oct 2006
8
Your class has been asked to carry out a group project on famous people. Your group has to discuss how a person can become famous. You present your views.
A. You believe that a person can be famous by having a special skill. Give reasons for your opinion. B. Creating a useful invention C. Doing something extraordinary D. Contributing to one’s country (Discuss which of the following is the best way to become famous)
Oct 2002
9
Achievements of Malaysia and Malaysians at home and abroad to be proud of.
A. Sports & recreation B. Business & industry C. Science & technology D. Arts & culture
Dec 2000
10
Who to name a multi-purpose hall after? (Role model)
A. A famous leader B. An entertainer C. A historical figure D. A writer
May 2003
11
Your class has this topic to discuss : “ Who makes a good role model for youth of today?” You would like to present your view.
A. Your opinion is that it should be a well-known sports person B.A famous film star C.A well-known national leader D.A well-known businessman (Discuss which one of the following role models a teenager would most likely prefer.)
June
2001
12
Every year for the International youth Day, your school or college has to look for a suitable candidate to be nominated as The Most Outstanding Student of the Year. As a member of the selection committee, you have to suggest a criterion for the nomination.
A. You suggest the award should go to the student who has been most involved in social work. Justify your suggestion. B. has shown good leadership qualities C. has shown outstanding performance in sports, D. has performed well academically (discuss which one of the following is the most important criterion for the award)
June
2001
13
The people who have most influenced young adults in their lives
A. Parents B. Friends C. Teachers D. National leaders
June
2000
14
Making friends is easy but maintaining friendship requires effort. How can you make sure that your friendships remain forever? Your Community Youth Group would like to have a forum on this. You have been invited to present your views.
A. You feel that to ensure a lasting friendship, a person must always be honest. Support your view.  B be loyal to his friend C. be helpful to his friend D. be tolerant of his friend. (Discuss what you believe is the most important quality needed to maintain a lasting friendship)
Oct 2003
15
You are discussing the qualities of a good life partner with your friends. The most imp. quality a good life partner should have is being
 A religious B healthy C good looking D fun to be with (Reasons)
Oct 2006
16
Malaysian society has certain expectations of what a good mother is expected to be. What are these expectations? (Support this view)
A able to maintain a nice & comfortable home B educated & knowledgeable C a friend to her children D a good cook (the most important quality a good mother should have)
May 2005
17
Every year for Mothers’ Day, your community honours mothers for their love and sacrifice. This year you have been asked to list the criteria for giving an award to a mother. As a member of the selection committee, you have to nominate a candidate.
A. Your candidate is a single mother who works to support her children. Justify your choice. B. a mother with disabled children C. a mother who gave up her successful career to care for her children D. a mother who takes in abandoned children and raises them as her own. (Who do you think is the most suitable candidate for the award?)
Oct 2003
18
The Prefects’ Board would like to nominate a teacher for the “Teacher of the Year” Award. You are discussing the important qualities a teacher should have. What would you suggest?
A In your opinion a teacher should be knowledgeable. Give reasons to support your stand. B have a pleasant appearance C have a sense of humour D be caring (Discuss which one of the following would be the most important quality a teacher should have)
May 2002
19
Your neighbourhood has to select someone to be the of the Residents’ Association. Four candidates have been shortlisted. You propose your candidate.
A You propose the bank manager. Justify your choice. B the lawyer C the army officer D the school principal (Discuss who would be the most suitable candidate to be the chairman of the Residents’ Association)
Oct 2003
20
Your Residents’ Association wants to elect a chairman. Suggest some criteria that should be taken into consideration in the selection of a suitable chairman. Elaborate
A. Personality B. Academic background C. Leadership qualities D. Contribution to the community (the most important criterion)
Oct 2007
21
There are many ways by which a person is judged. What are they?
A. You feel that a person is judged by his or her appearance. Explain. B. Communicative ability. C. Personal achievements D. Behaviour (Which of the following is the most important in creating a good image of yourself?)
Oct 2004
22
You are discussing the qualities of a role model with your friends.
A. You believe that a role model should lead a healthy lifestyle. Elaborate. B. Should be wealthy C. Should be of good character D. Should have good academic background (Which of the following is the most important quality of a role model?)
May 2008
23
You are considering teaching as a career. Discuss the qualities needed to make a good teacher.
A. A teacher should be caring towards students. Explain. B. Able to express ideas clearly C. Teaches creatively D. Knowledgeable on the subject taught. (What do you think is the most important characteristic of a good teacher?)
May 2008
24
Which of the following do you think is the greatest human weakness?
A. You think that the desire for food is the greatest human weakness. Elaborate. B. Desire for money. C. Desire for fame D. Desire for power. (Which of the following is the greatest human weakness?)
May 2008
25
Your college has to nominate a student for an International Student Exchange Programme. The student selected will be sponsored for a three-month stay in an English-speaking country. You suggest a criterion for the selection.
A. You suggest that the student should be able to speak English fluently. Justify your suggestion. B. The student should be well-informed about Malaysia C. The student should have excellent academic results D. The student should possess leadership qualities (Which of the following is the most important criterion in selecting the candidate?) (4.8)
May
2008
26
Some of our local celebrities are extremely popular. What are some possible reasons for their great popularity?
A. You believe it because of their talent. Explain. B. Appearance C. Reputation D. Personality (Which of the following is the main reason for the popularity of our local celebrities?)
Oct 2007
27
You and your friends are having a discussion regarding the characteristics of a skilled worker in the workforce.
A.  You think that in order to be a skilled worker, one should be creative. Elaborate. B. Be proactive C. Be computer-literate D. Be highly-motivated. (Which of the following is the most important characteristic of a skilled worker?) (18.9)
May 2007
28
You have been selected for the National Service Programme. What characteristics would help you undergo the programme successfully?
A. You feel that you must be physically fit. Elaborate. B. Must be brave. C. Must be sociable D. Must be independent (Which of the following is the most important characteristic to help you undergo the National Service Programme?) (26.3)
May 2007



No
4. Theme :  Exchange Students
Year
1
At an international gathering, speak on one aspect of Malaysian life
A. Open house B. Night markets C. Balik kampung D. Hawker food
Oct 2005
2
You are in a foreign country on a student exchange programme. You have been asked to speak for two minutes on one aspect of your country. Choose one aspect of Malaysia that you would like to promote. (elaborate)
A. Malaysia’s achievements B. Famous landmarks in Malaysia C. Holidaying in Malaysia D. Different cultural practices in Malaysia (which of the following aspects is the most interesting in promoting Malaysia to foreigners?)
May
2005
3
A group of 16 year-old students from Africa are on a study tour of Malaysia. You have been asked to organize an activity for them which will help them to learn about the Malaysian way of life
A. You suggest watching a cultural show. Explain how this activity will help the visiting students learn about the Malaysian way of life. B. Taking part in a Malaysian festival C. Spending a weekend with a Malaysian family D. Attending a Malaysian wedding (Discuss which activity would be the most interesting for your visitors)
May
2004
4
A group of foreign exchange students would like to know more about certain Malaysian celebrations. You have been asked to talk about one of these celebrations.
A. You would like to talk about how Malaysians celebrate. Give reasons for your choice. B.A traditional wedding C.A New Year festival D.A religious festival (Which of the following would interest the foreign exchange students most?)
May
2003
5
A group of students from Japan would be visiting your school or college. You will be in charge of taking care of their recreational programme. Suggest an activity that would be of interest to them.
A. You suggest that the Japanese students watch a cultural show. Give reasons for your suggestion. B.  Visit some places of interest C. Visit some traditional Malaysian homes D. Visit a Malaysian food fair (Discuss which one of the following activities would be of most benefit to the Japanese students)
June 2001
6
An activity to experience the Malaysian way of life for a week-long visit by a group of Australian students
A. A sightseeing tour B. A cultural show C. A traditional village D. watching a Malaysian traditional game
June 2000
7
As a member of an Association of International Students, you are invited to speak to a group of foreign exchange students on various aspects of Malaysian culture and traditions.
A. Customs on eating & drinking with guests B. Customs on greeting and leave-taking C. Customs on how…

8
Your college has to nominate a student for an International Student Exchange Programme. The student selected will be sponsored for a three-month stay in an English-speaking country. You suggest a criterion for the selection.
A. You suggest that the student should be able to speak English fluently. Justify your suggestion. B. The student should be well-informed about Malaysia C. The student should have excellent academic results D. The student should possess leadership qualities (Which of the following is the most important criterion in selecting the candidate?) 3.25
May
2008



No
5. Theme : Tourism / Promoting Malaysia
Year
1
Malaysia is becoming more dependent on the tourist industry. How can tourist services be improved?
A. You think that people who deal with tourists should be more polite and helpful B. public toilets should be kept clean and well-maintained C. information for tourists should be clear and easily available D. public transport services should be more efficient. (Which of the following would help to improve the tourist industry most?)
Oct 2003
2
Promoting Malaysia at an International Fair overseas
Oct 2003
3
As a result of global terrorism, fewer tourists are coming to Malaysia. Suggest some strategies to bring tourists back to Malaysia.
A. You propose that the authorities take steps to make Malaysia a friendly place to visit. Give reasons for your proposal. B. Organise roadshows or exhibitions in foreign countries to promote Malaysia C. Offer more attractive tour packages at lower prices D. Organise more events for tourists at state and national levels (Which of the following would be most effective to bring back tourists to Malaysia)
May 2004
4
At the World Youth Congress, you are asked to promote Malaysia as part of the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 campaign.
A.  You would like to talk about the cultural practices of the people. Elaborate. B. The interesting places to visit C.  The variety of food available D. The range of events organised (Which of the following would best attract visitors to Malaysia?)
May 2007
5
Malaysia has made an impact on the world in many ways. Suggest some areas in which Malaysia can make herself better known internationally.
A. You suggest that Malaysia can make an impact on the world through sports and games. Explain with examples. B. Music and entertainment C. Science and technology D. World famous landmarks and tourist attractions (Which of the following is the most likely way for Malaysia to make a great impact on the world)
Oct 2005
6
How can tourist services in Malaysia be improved?
A .People who deal with tourists should be more polite and friendly B. Public toilets should be kept clean and well-maintained C. Information for tourists should be clear and easily available D. Public transport services should be more efficient
Oct 2003
7
The Malaysian Tourism Board is preparing to promote Malaysia at an International Tourism Fair in Europe. It welcomes suggestions from the public.
A. You suggest that the Board should promote Malaysian food at the fair. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. Promote Malaysian arts and crafts C. Promote traditional Malaysian dances D. Promote traditional Malaysian games (Which would attract the international crowd most)
Oct 2002
8
How to encourage local tourism and to attract foreign tourists to Malaysia
A. Form Tourism Clubs in the district B. Build pedestrian malls C. Improve the local hotel industry D.  Set up more local theatre and fine arts groups
Dec
2000
9
The Government wants to increase the number of tourists to the country. Suggest ways how this can be done
A Increase the number of tourist spots B building more affordable hotels C promoting tourism through the use of information technology D building and maintaining better public facilities
Oct 2006
10
Hosting an international sporting event like the Commonwealth Games or the Formula One Series is good for the country. In what way do you think Malaysia can benefit from such events? (6.5)
A  In your opinion, one benefit is that Malaysia will be internationally known. Elaborate on this. B. Malaysia will earn more income due to the event C. Malaysians get the opportunity to attend an international event D.  Malaysian sportsmen and sportswomen get the support of the home crowd. (Discuss which one of the following will benefit the country most)
Oct 2003
11
At an international gathering, you are invited to speak on one aspect of Malaysian life. You would like to speak on (describe this)
A. the practice of “open house”(rumah terbuka) to celebrate the main festivals in Malaysia B. the night markets in Malaysia C. the practice of going back to one’s hometown (balik kampung) D. hawker food in Malaysia. (which would overseas visitors find most interesting?)
Oct 2005
12
The government wants to promote hawker food as a tourist attraction. What factors would you consider important?
A. You consider hygiene as important. Discuss. B. Variety of food C. Location of stalls D. Low prices. (Discuss which of the following is the most important factor that can attract tourists to hawker stalls?)
Oct 2004
13
You and your friends are discussing some ways to improve the tourism industry in Malaysia.
A. You suggest that taxi drivers should attend a courtesy course. Elaborate. B. Tourist police should be stationed at popular venues C. Tourist guides should be well-informed D. People in the tourism industry should be encouraged to be multi-lingual. (Discuss which of the following suggestions is the most effective to improve the tourism industry in Malaysia.)
Oct 2007






No
6. Theme : Internationalism / International Issues
Year
1
Promoting understanding between nations by sending volunteers overseas (war-torn countries / tragedies)
May
2006
2
Our government has appealed to the public to help a country which has been destroyed by a long and devastating war. As a member of the public, you want to get involved.
A. You suggest raising funds. How would this help the war victims? B. Donating food supplies and clothing C. Providing medical aid D. Collecting books and toys (Which of the following would be most beneficial to the war victims?)
May
2004
3
Our Prime Minister has often voiced the importance of co-operation among countries. Express your views why such co-operation is important.
A. You strongly feel that such co-operation can improve trade. Give reasons to support this view. B. To improve tourism C. To strengthen the nsecurity of the countries D. To decrease the problems posed by illegal immigrants (The most important reason for countries to co-operate) 7.2
May
2003
4
‘Get to Know ASEAN Campaign’ – activities to generate awareness & support for ASEAN unity
A. An evening of ASEAN music and dance B. An exhibition of handicrafts from ASEAN countries. C. An ASEAN travel fair with each country promoting its famous attractions D. An ASEAN food festival
Dec
2000
5
Hosting an international sporting event like the Commonwealth Games or the Formula One Series is good for the country. In what way do you think Malaysia can benefit from such events? (5.10)
A  In your opinion, one benefit is that Malaysia will be internationally known. Elaborate on this. B. Malaysia will earn more income due to the event C. Malaysians get the opportunity to attend an international event. D.  Malaysian sportsmen and sportswomen get the support of the home crowd. (Discuss which one of the following will benefit the country most)
Oct 2003
6
Wars are destructive in so many ways. What are some of the effects of war? Elaborate
A. War destroys lives. B. destroys property C. affects the economy D. affects the environment (the worst effect of war)
Oct 2007



No
7. Theme : Globalisation
Year
1
It is important for Malaysia to be prepared for this era of globalization where we have to compete with other countries to survive. Contribute your ideas on how Malaysians do this.
A. Malaysian should have knowledge of information technology. Give reasons. B. be proficient in English C. be more open-minded to accept changes D. be more hardworking. (Discuss which one of the following ways would best prepare us to compete internationally)
Oct 2003
2
Our Prime Minister has often voiced the importance of co-operation among countries. Express your views why such co-operation is important.
A. You strongly feel that such co-operation can improve trade. Give reasons to support this view. B. To improve tourism C. To strengthen the nsecurity of the countries D. To decrease the problems posed by illegal immigrants (The most important reason for countries to co-operate) 6.3
May
2003



No
8. Theme : Jungle Trekking
Year
1
The Malaysian Nature Society is going jungle-trekking for three days. Apart from essential clothes and food, suggest one other item that would be very useful for the trip.
A. In your opinion, a First Aid kit would be useful for the trip. Say why. B. A knife C. A box of matches D.A mobile phone (Discuss which of the following items would be most useful for the trip) 11.22
May 2004
2





No
9. Theme : Social Issues / Problems Among Youths
Year
1
How to discourage smoking among students
A.Organize a talk on the dangers of smoking B.Organize an exhibition C.Organize a visit to the National Cancer Centre D.Enforce the ‘No Smoking’ rule in school
June 2000
2
Your school or college would like to form a support group for students to voice their concern about issues that affect them. You would like to give your opinion.
A. You feel that examination pressure is one of the issues that affects students today. Give reasons to support your opinion. B.  Peer pressure C. Family expectations D. Too many assignments (In your group, discuss which one of the following issues is of greatest concern to students today)
May 2002
3
In a counselling workshop, the counselor asks the group to discuss incidents or situations which would upset them. Share your feelings on this topic.
A. You feel that being cheated by a close friend would upset you. Elaborate. B. Failing an important subject C. Being separated from your family D. Losing something precious (Discuss which would most upset you)
Oct 2005
4
There seems to be a sudden increase in the number of social problems involving young people. The Disciplinary Board has invited a group of you to identify what of the serious problems that need attention.
A. In your opinion, smoking is a serious problem. Why do you say this? B. Gangsterism in school C. Drug abuse D. Stealing (Which one of the following is the most serious problem involving young people?)
May 2004
5
Teenagers’ problems
May 2006
6
Main cause of social problems among young people
A.Easy availability of pornographic material B.Influence of certain types of music C.Lack of parental guidance D.Peer pressure
May 2004
7
Indiscipline in schools has been featured regularly in the newspapers. In a class discussion, you are asked to give your opinion on how to overcome the problem.
A. You suggest that parents should play a bigger role in instilling discipline. Explain how this will help students. B. All teachers should play the role of counsellors. C. Greater emphasis should be placed on moral and religious education.  D. More healthy activities should be organized. (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be most effective in overcoming disciplinary problems in schools)
June 2001
8
As members of the Peer Support Group of your school or college, you and your friends are concerned about the high level of stress and anxiety faced by students. Suggest some possible causes for this problem.
A.  You believe a major cause of stress is the expectations of parents. Give reasons to support your opinion. B. Expectations of teachers C. Peer pressure D. Personal problems (Discuss which one of the following factors contributes most to stress and anxiety among students)[ 17.10]
Oct 2002
9
Young people often have stress or tension in their lives. Recommend ways in which youths can reduce stress or tension. (Give reasons) (17.9)
A. you recommend talking to friends B. exercising regularly C. getting involved in social work D. watching television (most helpful to reduce stress or tension)
May 2005
10
Programmes to help students manage stress
A schools offer counselling programmes B time management courses C music & drama as forms of relaxation D sports & fitness programmes for students
Dec 2000
11
In an open discussion, you are invited to talk about the reasons why young people smoke. (explain)
A. they are influenced by their peers B. they are unable to cope with stress C. they think it is fashionable to smoke D. they are influenced by advertisements (which most influences young people to smoke)
May 2005
12
Your Youth Club is conducting a forum on the topic “Mobile phones should be banned in schools.” You have been invited to present your views. (Support your view with reasons and examples) (20.10)
A MPs are easily stolen B MP can be used to cheat during examinations C Students who do not have MPs may feel inferior to those who do D Students may be distracted from their lessons (strongest reason to ban mobile phones)
Oct 2005
13
Bullying in schools is becoming very common nowadays. A television reporter comes to your school or college to find out students’ opinions on this disturbing trend.
A. Your opinion is that school rules are not strictly enforced. Give reasons to support your views B. parents do not take any interest in their children’s activities C. school bullies are influenced by their friends D. school bullies are influenced by violent movies or computer games (discuss which one of the following reasons is the main cause of bullying in schools)
Dec 2001
14
The newspapers have highlighted incidents of bullying in schools lately. As a member of the Students’ Council, suggest  how his problem can be controlled.
A. the authorities should introduce more severe punishments B. identify problem students and counsel them C. students should attend character-building programmes D. parents should give guidance to their children
Oct 2006
15
Everyone has problems. Sharing your problem with someone helps to lighten the burden. Suggest a person with whom you might want to share your problem.
A. You suggest confiding in your best friend. Say why you have made this choice. B. Your siblings C. Your parents D. Your teachers. (Who is the best person or persons to confide in?)
Oct
2004
16
Reports of school bullying in the newspapers indicate that such incidents are on the rise. Give reasons to explain this increase.
A. You believe that one reason is peer influence. Explain. B. Difficulty in monitoring students. C. Influence of the media D. Problems faced by students. (Discuss which of the following is the main reason for the increase incidents of school bullying.)
May 2008
17
Secondary school students often absent themselves from school without a good reason. Schools have taken some measure to try to solve this problem.
A. Public caning is one to the measures taken. Give your opinion about it and Say why you think this is a good or bad way to solve the problem. B.  Detention class is one of the measures taken. C. Counselling is one of the measures taken. D. Getting parents involved in disciplining their children is one of the measures. (In your group, discuss why students are often absent from school)
1999
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18
Young people are spending too much time in front of the computer. As a counsellor, identify the consequences of computer addiction.
A. One consequence is that a lot of time is wasted. Elaborate. B. A lot of money is spend C. Youths become less sociable D. Youths develop health problems (Which of the following is the most serious consequence of computer addiction?) (14.15)
May 2007



No
10. Theme : Parent-child Relationships
Year
1
Teenagers often complain that they have problems with their parents. The Counselling Society would like to help in improving parent-child relationships. They invite you to put forward your opinion on this matter.
A. You believe that to improve parent-child relationships, parents should give their teenagers more freedom. Justify your opinion. B. Give teenagers more money C. Give teenagers more quality time D. Give teenagers more guidance (Discuss which is the most important factor to improve parent-child relationships.)
May 2002
2
Parents feel children don’t show them enough appreciation. The Counselling Society would like to help improve parent-child relationships. (How)
A. Show appreciation by performing well at school B. Helping out with household chores C. Showing good behaviour D. Spending quality time with them. (Most appreciated by parents)
Oct 2002
3
What are the activities that can bring a family together? Give your opinion.
A. You feel that going out together for picnics and holidays can help achieve family unity. Explain. B. Playing games and exercising together. C. Doing things together at home D. Visiting relatives and friends together. (Which of the following would be the most effective way to bring a family together?) (14.9)
Oct 2004
4
The family is the most important unit of society. What are some ways in which we can strengthen the family unit?
A. Family members should communicate more openly with each other. Elaborate. B. To do things together more often C. To show greater care and respect for each other D. To uphold family beliefs and values. (Which of the following is the most effective way of strengthening the family unit?) (14.16)
May 2007



No
11. Theme : Activities Suitable for Young People
Year
1
While waiting for your examination results your parents have encourage you to enrol for a short course that would be useful for you before you enter college. Suggest a suitable course.
A. In your opinion, a course on leadership training would be useful. Give reasons to support your choice. B. Computer skills C. Communication skills D. Self-defence (Discuss which of the following is the most useful course for students before they enter college)
May 2002
2
A TV programme for young people
A. Comedies B. Sports C. Music videos D. Game shows
(Type of programme most popular)
May 2003
3
You have been send on a short course on ‘Learning How to Manage.’ At the end of the course you have to make a presentation on a topic that is of significance to young adults. Which topic would you choose?
A. You choose to speak on “How to Manage Your Money.” Explain why this topic is important to young adults. B. “How to Manage Your Time” C. “How to Manage Your Relationships with Friends” D. “How to Manage Your Health” (Discuss which of the following is of the greatest significance to young adults)
Oct 2005
4
The Counselling Club plans to organise a workshop entitles “How to Improve Relationships” for students. Members of the club have been asked to suggest topics for the workshop.
A. You suggest the topic “How to Improve Your Relationship with Family Members.” Explain why this topic should be included in the workshop? B. How to Improve Your Relationship with Neighbours” C. How to Improve Your Relationship with Peers” D. How to Improve Your Relationship with the Elderly” (most suitable topic)
Oct 2005
5
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The Community Service Club in your neighbourhood is organizing a talk. You and your friends have been asked to suggest topics that would be of interest to the younger members.
A. You propose that the talk be on study skills. Say why this topic would interest the young. B. Relationships C. Healthy lifestyles D. Opportunities for higher education (Discuss which one of the following topics would be most interesting)
May 2003
6
Children staying away from school after the final exams is becoming a serious issue. Your class teacher has asked the class to come up with interesting activities to keep students in school.
A. You suggest the class organize a study trip. Provide reasons for your suggestion. B. An inter-class competition C. A social service project D. A concert
(Discuss which of the following would be the most effective in keeping students in school)
OCT
2002
7
Your class is planning to organize a trip before the school closes for the year-end holidays. As a member of the class committee, propose a place that the class can visit
A. You suggest that the class visit a national park B. a hill resort C. an island resort D. a historical city (Discuss which one of the following would be most interesting to visit)
Dec
2001
8
The Science Society of your school or college has decided to organize a study tour of a factory. As a member of the organizing committee, suggest a type of factory to visit
A. You suggest visiting a batik printing factory. Give reasons to support your suggestion. B. an electronic chips manufacturing factory C. a car assembly plant D. a soft drink factory (Discuss which one of the following factories would be of most benefit for the students to visit)
Dec
2001
9
Teenagers nowadays are getting so attached to the computer that they no longer participate in outdoor activities. As a member of a Youth Club, suggest an outdoor activity for these teenagers.
A. You suggest a mountain climbing expedition. You may want to talk about why this expedition would be good for teenagers. B a camping trip C a treasure hunt D a leadership training camp (Discuss which one of the following activities would be of the most benefit to teenagers)
June 2001
10
Which Rakan Muda programme would most benefit youths?
A Sports activities B Martial arts programmes – Rakan Wajadiri C Cultural programmes – Rakan Seni Budaya D Recreational Programmes – Rakan Rekreasi
June 2000
11
The Rakan Muda project has been accused of not being effective in attracting young adults to join the various activities under its programme. Suggest one way to motivate youths to join Rakan Muda projects.
 A. You suggest organizing Rakan Muda workshops on entrepreneurship. Explain who such programmes can benefit young people. B workshops on using the computer C workshops on self-defence D workshops on personal grooming (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be most attractive to young people)
Dec 2001
12
How to help your parents during the long holidays
A help paint the house B help shop for food & groceries C help younger siblings / relatives with their studies D clean the house or garden
June 2000
13
The Adventure Club of your school or college is organizing an activity for the coming school holidays. As member of the club, suggest an activity.
A. Your suggestion is to go canoeing on Sungai Pahang. You may want to talk about how you can prepare the members for this activity and why it is good for them. B. Jungle-trekking in Cameron Highlands C. Climbing Mount Kinabalu D Exploring the Mulu Caves in Sarawak. (discuss which one of the following activities would be most suitable for the members of the Adventure Club)
Dec 2001
14
How can you and your friends maintain your friendship after leaving school? Suggest a way.
A. You can keep in touch with your friends by writing letters and emails. Elaborate. B. Through the telephone C. By sending gifts or cards on special occasions D. By meeting each other regularly. (Discuss which of the following would be the best way to maintain friendships)
Oct 2004
15
You and your friends are talking about the good times you used to have in secondary school. All of you have different pleasant memories of school life.
A.  The best part of school life for you was taking part in co-curricular activities. Explain why. B. Going for school outings C. Working on school projects D. Taking part in competitions. (In your group, discuss which one of the following is the most memorable part of school life)

Oct 2004
16
Your friend Jamal did not do well in his SPM examination. He has asked you for your opinion on what he should do next.
A. You suggest that he takes up a vocational course. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. he starts a small business C. he take up a part-time job and attend night classes D. he takes up a full-time job. (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be best for Jamal) (18.5)
Dec 2001
17
You would like to take up a part-time job while waiting for the outcome of your university application. Which factors would you consider when choosing a part-time job?
A. In your opinion, the salary is an important factor. Give reasons. B. The type of job C. The working hours D. The distance of the workplace. (Which of the following is the most important factor to consider when choosing a part-time job?)
May 2008
18
You would like to spend the time usefully while waiting for your examination results. What hobby or useful activity would you undertake during this time?
A. You would like to participate in a Rakanmuda Adventure Camp. Talk about the kind of activities you would like to take part in, and the reasons for your choice. B.  You would like to do some voluntary work for the community. Talk about the type of voluntary work you would like to do and the reasons for your choice. C. You would like to enrol yourself in a self-improvement course. Talk about the kind of self-improvement course you would like to do and how it will benefit you. D. You would like to take up a part-time job. Talk about the type of job you would like to do and why you have chosen it. (In your group, discuss why young people should have a hobby)
1999
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19
This is your final year in school. As you will be leaving school soon, you would like to do something for your school to show your appreciation.
A. Your suggestion is to organize a walkathon to raise money to buy a few computers for the school computer laboratory. You may want to talk about what needs to be done and how this will benefit the school. B. Your suggestion is to have a Canteen Day to raise money for the under-privileged children. C. Your suggestion is to organize a concert to raise money to buy more reference books for the school library. D. Your suggestion is to organize a ‘Gotong Royong’ project to beautify the school. (In your group, discuss what additional facilities should be made available for future students)
1999
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20
The Interact Club in your school or college is organizing a visit to the old folks’ home in your town, As a member of the club, suggest what you can do to make it a happy and memorable occasion for the old folks.
A.  Your suggestion is to give a special lunch to the old folks. You may want to talk about how you are going to raise find for the lunch and the menu. B. Your suggestion is to organize an outing for the old folks. You may want to talk about where to take them and how you can organize it. C. Your suggestion is to buy gifts for the old folks. You may want to talk about how you are going to organize it and what gifts to buy. D. Your suggestion is to beautify the old folks’ home. You may want to talk about how you are going to raise funds to beautify the home and what you want to do. (In your group, discuss whether ageing parents should be sent to old folks’ homes) 15.6
1999
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21
The Outdoor Club of your school or college is organizing an activity for the coming holidays. As a member of the club suggest an activity.
A. Your suggestion is to go mountain climbing. You  may want to talk about why this is a good activity and how to prepare for it. B. Your suggestion is to go jungle trekking C. Your suggestion is to have a treasure hunt. D. Your suggestion is to organize a camping trip to the beach. (In your group, discuss ways in which we can promote outdoor activities among the public)
1999
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22
The Malaysian Nature Society is going jungle-trekking for three days. Apart from essential clothes and food, suggest one other item that would be very useful for the trip.
A. In your opinion, a First Aid kit would be useful for the trip. Say why. B. A knife C. A box of matches D.A mobile phone (Discuss which of the following items would be most useful for the trip) 8.1
May 2004
23
The Ministry of Youth and Sports would like to introduce a survival skills training programme for young people. Your Youth Council would like to recommend some skills that could be included in the programme.
A. You recommend that swimming lessons be included in the survival skills training programme. Why is this important? B. First aid C. Self-defence D. Cooking (Which of the following is the most important survival skill to have?)
Oct 2007



No
12. Theme : Social Issues Concerning Malaysian Society (public safety, environment, neighbourliness, patriotism, cleanliness)
Year
1
Social issues of public concern
A. Crime B. Vandalism C. Reckless driving D. Improper rubbish disposal
May 2003
2
What do you think is needed to make Malaysia an even better place to live in? (14.6)
A. You think that streets should be made safer. Elaborate B. The public transport should be made more efficient C. Public amenities should be well-maintained D. Better healthcare facilities should be provided. (the most important way to make Malaysia an even better place to live in)
Oct 2005
3
Activities to improve the neighbourhood
A. Improve the general surrounding through a beautification programme B. Improve C. Improve the facilities D. Improve the general health of the neighbourhood
June 2000
4
Your institution is organising a forum entitled “The Qualities of a Good Malaysian.” You are a member of this forum. (3.3))
A. As a member of the panel, you strongly feel that a good Malaysian should be patriotic. Support your view. B. Law-abiding C. Hardworking D. Tolerant ((Discuss which of the following would be the most important quality in being a good Malaysian)
Oct
2003
5
Rural-urban migration – Why new graduates prefer to work in the city
more job opportunities B the people & food C the wish to be independent D numerous entertainment places (23.3)
May 2005
6
Rural-urban migration – There has been a growing trend among young adults to migrate from rural to urban areas. Suggest reasons for this migration.
A.  You think that one factor is the influence of friends & relatives. Support your opinion. B There are more opportunities for higher education in urban areas C. There are more modern facilities in urban areas D. There are better job opportunities in urban areas. (Which of the following factors has contributed most to the migration of young adults from rural to urban areas)
Oct 2005
7
In many South East Asian countries, pirated CDs sell very well. In order to understand and overcome this problem, the authorities would like to find out why.
(25.3)
A. they carry the latest music videos, movies, computer games and software B. the are very cheap C. they are easily available D. they are of almost the same quality as the original CDs (the main reason that pirated CDs are selling well)
May
2005

8
There is an increase in the number of illegal immigrants in Malaysia. Why is this so?
A. One possible reason in the job opportunities in Malaysia. Justify. B. Malaysia is a peaceful country C. The geographical location of Malaysia D. The immigrants can easily adapt to the way of life in Malaysia (Discuss which of the following is the main reason why illegal immigrants come to Malaysia)
Oct 2004
9
As young Malaysians, discuss which of the following is the most serious issue facing the nation today.
A. You think that an increase in the crime rate is the most serious issue facing the nation today. Elaborate. B. An increase in the prices of goods. C. Drug abuse D. Misuse of the Internet. (Which of the following is the most serious issue facing the nation today?)
May 2008
10
After 50 years of independence, which aspect do you think Malaysia needs to improve in most?
A. You think that Malaysia should improve its educational system. Elaborate. B. Public transport system C. Health services D. Performance in sports. (Which of the following is the most important aspect to be improved in post-independence Malaysia?) 14.11
May 2008
11
Malaysians should be encouraged to use public transportation. What are some of the reasons?
A. You think that using public transportation would help reduce pollution. Elaborate. B. It would help save money C.  It would help reduce traffic congestion D. It would help reduce the number of road accidents. (Which of the following is the best reason for using public transportation) (14.17, 22.6)
May 2007
12
There is a need to organise campaigns to develop civic-consciousness among Malaysians. A local daily newspaper has invited the public to put forward ideas on some types of campaigns that can be carried out.
A. You recommended having a Courtesy Campaign. Why? B. Caring Society Campaign C. Keep Our Neighbourhood Clean Campaign D. Love Our Public Amenities Campaign (Which of the following would be the most effective campaign to develop civic-consciousness among Malaysians?) (14.19)
May 2007



No
13. Theme : National Unity
Year
1
How to improve national unity among Malaysian youth
A. Through more community projects B. Through integrated schooling C. Through sports D. Through the mass media
May 2003
2
Your neighbourhood is organizing a Family Day. As a resident, suggest an activity for the event.
A. Your suggestion is to organize a cooking competition for the men. You may want to talk about the types of dishes, the venue and the time the event can be held. B. a treasure hunt. You may want to talk about how to organize the treasure hunt, where and when it can take place.  C. a ‘Draw Your Family’ Contest for children. You may want to talk about the categories for the contest, where and when it can be held and the prizes for the participants. D. a telematch among the residents (Discuss which one of the following would be most suitable for a family day)
Dec
2001
3
The Cultural Society in your school or college intends to organize a series of cultural activities to promote greater awareness of Malaysian culture among the students. As a member of the society, suggest an activity that would generate this awareness in your school or college.
A.  Your suggestion is to organize a traditional costume show in your school or college. You may want to give some guidelines about the show and the selection of costumes B.  Your suggestion is to organize a concert of traditional music and dance for the school or college. You may want to give some guidelines about the concert, the musicians and the dances. C. Your suggestion is to organize a traditional food fair in your school or college selling different types of food. You may want to give some guidelines about how the fair could be organized and the items involved. D. Your suggestion is to organize a traditional games carnival in your school or college. You may want to give some guidelines about how the carnival could be organized and the games involved. (In your group, discuss the extent to which young Malaysians are influenced by western culture. Explain why it is important to maintain our cultural identity.)
1999
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No
14. Theme : Quality of Life
Year
1
The topic for a public speaking contest you are preparing for is: “Given a choice, what would a person need to make his life perfect?”
A. Your opinion is that good looks is what a person needs to make his or her life perfect. Justify your opinion. B. Health C. Wealth D. Intelligence (Discuss which one of the following factors would help a person most to have a perfect life)
June 2001
2
You family is having a discussion on the important elements to ensure happiness in life
A. You believe that a loving family will ensure happiness in life. Why do you say so? B. Good health C. Wealth D. Loyal friends (Which is most imp to ensure happiness in life?)
Oct  2005
3
“The best things in life are free.” This is an expression that is very meaningful and which many people tend to forget. Your teacher has asked you to present your view.
A. You feel that belonging to a close-knit family is the best thing in life. Give reasons for your view. B. Living in a clean environment C. Being blessed with good health D. Having good friends (Discuss which one of the following factors is the most meaningful)
May 2002
4
Where to stay while at university? (23.1)
A. Share a rented house with other students B. Stay with relatives C. Stay in the university hostel D. Rent a single room
May
2003
5
A local newspaper is conducting a survey on how the public transport system can be improved. As a member of the public, you make some recommendations.
A. public transport should be punctual. Why is this important? B. should be well-maintained C. should cover more areas D. should be more frequent during peak periods (most effective in helping to improve the public transport system)
Oct 2007
6
What do you think is needed to make Malaysia an even better place to live in? (12.2)
A. You think that streets should be made safer. Elaborate B. The public transport should be made more efficient C. Public amenities should be well-maintained D. Better healthcare facilities should be provided. (the most important way to make Malaysia an even better place to live in)
Oct 2005
7
Your family plans to buy a new house. The location of the new house is an important factor to consider. As a member of the family, express your view. (explain)
A. you feel the house should be close to public transport B. close to shopping centres C. close to recreational centres D. close to relatives and friends (which factor is most important when deciding on the location of the new house)
May 2005
8
You are looking for a place to stay for a one-week holiday. You have received several invitations from friends and family and are also studying other possibilities.
A. You decided to stay with a relative. Say why you have made this choice. B. A relative’s house C. A hotel D. A youth hostel (Which of the following do you most prefer to stay in when you are on holiday?)
Oct 2004
9
What are the activities that can bring a family together? Give your opinion.
A. You feel that going out together for picnics and holidays can help achieve family unity. Explain. B. Playing games and exercising together. C. Doing things together at home D. Visiting relatives and friends together. (Which of the following would be the most effective way to bring a family together?) (10.3)
Oct
2004
10
You have always dreamt of having your own house some day in the future. In your Public Speaking class you are invited to talk about where you wish to live if you were to build your dream house.
A.  You would like to build your dream house in a large city. Give reasons. B. By the sea C. On a hillside D. In the countryside (Which is the best location to build your dream house?)
Oct 2004
11
After 50 years of independence, which aspect do you think Malaysia needs to improve in most?
A. You think that Malaysia should improve its educational system. Elaborate. B. Public transport system C. Health services D. Performance in sports. (Which of the following is the most important aspect to be improved in post-independence Malaysia?) 12.10
May 2008
12
Your grandfather, who is in his 70s, tells you that you are all very fortunate to be living in the 21st century where there are so many inventions to make life easier. He asked you to think about which particular invention has made your life much easier compared to his.
A. In your opinion, the mobile phone has made life easier. State your viewpoint and give reasons to support it. B. The computer C. The photocopy machine D.  The electronic calculator (Which of the following inventions is most useful?) (1.1)
May
2004
13
A local newspaper is conducting a survey on how the public transport system can be improved. As a member of the public, you make some recommendations.
A. You recommend that public transport should be punctual. Why is this important? B. Should be well-maintained C. Should cover more areas D. Should be more frequent during peak hours (Which of the recommendations is most effective in helping to improve the public transport system?)
Oct 2007
14
Eating is a favourite Malaysian pastime. Why is this so?
A. You think this is because there is a wide variety of food in Malaysia. Elaborate. B. Food is cheap in Malaysia C. Food is readily available in Malaysia D. Food is part of any social event in Malaysia (Which of the following is the main reason why eating is a favourite Malaysian pastime?)
May 2007
15
Young people are spending too much time in front of the computer. As a counsellor, identify the consequences of computer addiction.
A. One consequence is that a lot of time is wasted. Elaborate. B. A lot of money is spend C. Youths become less sociable D. Youths develop health problems (Which of the following is the most serious consequence of computer addiction?) (9.18)
May 2007
16
The family is the most important unit of society. What are some ways in which we can strengthen the family unit?
A. Family members should communicate more openly with each other. Elaborate. B. To do things together more often C. To show greater care and respect for each other D. To uphold family beliefs and values. (Which of the following is the most effective way of strengthening the family unit?) (10.4)
May 2007
17
Malaysians should be encouraged to use public transportation. What are some of the reasons?
A. You think that using public transportation would help reduce pollution. Elaborate. B. It would help save money C.  It would help reduce traffic congestion D. It would help reduce the number of road accidents. (Which of the following is the best reason for using public transportation) (12.11, 22.6)
May 2007
18
Your community has been given a piece of land. Your Residents’ Association has asked for suggestions from the residents on what to do with this land.
A. You suggest that the land can be used for sports and recreational activities B. Using the land to build a library C. Using the land to build a supermarket D. Using the land to build a multi-purpose hall. (Which of the following suggestions would be most beneficial to the residents?)
May 2007
19
There is a need to organise campaigns to develop civic-consciousness among Malaysians. A local daily newspaper has invited the public to put forward ideas on some types of campaigns that can be carried out.
A. You recommended having a Courtesy Campaign. Why? B. Caring Society Campaign C. Keep Our Neighbourhood Clean Campaign D. Love Our Public Amenities Campaign (Which of the following would be the most effective campaign to develop civic-consciousness among Malaysians?) (12.12)
May 2007



No
15. Theme : A Caring Society
Year
1
The Welfare Club in your school or college is organizing a Charing and Sharing Campaign. As a member of the organizing committee, suggest a three-hour activity on a weekend, for the campaign.
A. You suggest helping at a school for the blind. You may want to talk about some activities that you could carry out to help the students. B. Helping poor children in a squatter area. You may want to talk about some ways to help these children. C. Helping troubled teenagers in a welfare home. You may want to talk about some activities you could carry out to help them. D. Taking orphans from a local orphanage to the zoo. You may want to talk about some activities you could carry out at the zoo. (discuss which one of the following would be the most suitable activity for the campaign)
June 2001
2
A family need help for their son’s liver operation. How can the Youth Club help raise funds.
A. Publicise the family’s plight in the media B. Organize a food and fun fair C. Organize a Charity Dinner D. Organize a Stage Show
June 2000
3
You are a member of your school or college Welfare Club. You have been asked to suggest activities that the club can carry out as projects for the year
A. You suggest that the Club organize outings for children from orphanages. State reasons for your suggestion. B. Raise funds for the handicapped C. Conduct computer classes for poor children D. Organize activities for residents of Old Folks’ Homes. (Discuss which of the following would be the most worthwhile activity to be carried out by your club)
Oct
2002
4
In a recent flood which occurred in your neighbourhood, a number of people lost their homes and belongings. Your school or college has decided to organise an activity to help these flood victims. As a member of the Welfare Club committee, suggest one activity.
A. Your suggestion is to organize a campaign to raise funds. Give reasons to support your suggestion.  B. Collect essential items C. Provide care and comfort D. Distribute food and drinks (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be the most effective way to help the flood victims)
May
2003
5
The Welfare Club of your school or college would like to organize a voluntary project for the school holidays as part of the social awareness programme. As a member of the committee, you suggest an activity that can be carried out.
A. You suggest that the club helps out in a children’s home. You may want to talk about some activities that you can do with the old folks. B. to help put in an old folk’s home C. to help out in a home for the disabled D. to help out in a home for the blind (discuss which one of the following activities would benefit the club members most)
Dec
2001
6
The Interact Club in your school or college is organizing a visit to the old folks’ home in your town, As a member of the club suggest what you can do to make it a happy and memorable occasion for the old folks.
A.  Your suggestion is to give a special lunch to the old folks. You may want to talk about how you are going to raise find for the lunch and the menu. B. Your suggestion is to organize an outing for the old folks. You may want to talk about where to take them and how you can organize it. C. Your suggestion is to buy gifts for the old folks. You may want to talk about how you are going to organize it and what gifts to buy. D. Your suggestion is to beautify the old folks’ home. You may want to talk about how you are going to raise funds to beautify the home and what you want to do. (In your group, discuss whether ageing parents should be sent to old folks’ homes) 11.20
1999
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7
The Welfare Society in your school or college has collected RM1,000 to be donated for a good cause. As a committee member, suggest an organization that deserves to receive this donation.
A.  Your suggestion is to donate the money to an orphanage that you have identified. You may want to give reasons for your choice and some details of the needs of the organization. B.  Your suggestion is to donate the money to an Old Folks’ Home that you have identified. C. Your suggestion is to donate the money to a centre for the physically-disabled children that you have identified. D. Your suggestion is to donate the money  to a centre for cancer patients that you have identified. (As a group, discuss why it is important to develop a caring society. Suggest ways in which students can be encourage to help disadvantaged people [i.e. the poor or disabled]) [16.6]
1999
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8
A parent of one of the students in your school or college has appealed for financial help for an urgent heart operation for his three-year-old daughter. Your class has decided to organize various activities to collect money towards this operation. Suggest an activity for this project.
A. Your suggestion is for the class to do odd jobs in the neighbourhood during the weekends. You may want to give details regarding the types of jobs, areas to be covered and time schedules. B. Your suggestion is to sell different types of food donated by the students’ parents during interval or lunch time. You may want to give some details regarding the types of food and the duty schedules. C. Your suggestion is to hold small jumble sales every week for a month. You may want to give some details regarding the collection, sorting and pricing of the second-hand items. D. Your suggestion is to get the students to make creative greeting cards and bookmarks to sell to school children, their relatives and friends. You may want to give some details regarding the types of cards that are popular, the price and mode of sale. (In your group, discuss the importance of caring for the sick, the poor and the elderly) [16.8]
1999
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No
16. Theme : Raising & Using Funds
Year
1
A family need help for their son’s liver operation. How can the Youth Club help raise funds. (15.2)
A. Publicise the family’s plight in the media B. Organize a food and fun fair C. Organize a Charity Dinner D. Organize a Stage Show
June 2000
2
How to raise funds for a Career Club Study Tour to a local university.
A. Organizing Canteen Day B. Washing teachers’ cars C. Jogathon D. Requesting for donations from possible sponsors
June 2000
3
Your school or college is organizing a jogathon to collect funds to improve facilities in the school or college. The organizing committee has to decide how the funds should be used.
 A. As a member of the committee you suggest buying reference books for the library. Give reasons to support your suggestion. B. buying more computers for the computer laboratory C. buying more sports equipment D. buying better instruments for the school band (Discuss which one of the following suggestions is the best)
June
2001
4
Your town council has been given RM50,000 for the purpose of upgrading the public facilities in your neighbourhood. Suggest a project where the funds can be used for the benefit of the residents.
A. You propose to upgrade the children’s playground. Give reasons for your proposal. B. Upgrading the public library C. Expanding & beautifying the park D. Renovating the community hall. (Discuss which one of the following projects would be of most benefit to the residents)
June
2001
5
The District office in your hometown has decided to put aside some money to provide an additional facility to benefit the people there. At a meeting with the District Officer, you are asked to recommend one useful facility.
A. You propose that a computer centre be built. Give reasons to support your proposal. B. a library C. an indoor recreation centre D. a modern food court (Discuss which one of the following facilities would be the most useful)
June
2001
6
The Welfare Society in your school or college has collected RM1,000 to be donated for a good cause. As a committee member, suggest an organization that deserves to receive this donation.
A.  Your suggestion is to donate the money to an orphanage that you have identified. You may want to give reasons for your choice and some details of the needs of the organization. B.  Your suggestion is to donate the money to an Old Folks’ Home that you have identified. C. Your suggestion is to donate the money to a centre for the physically-disabled children that you have identified. D. Your suggestion is to donate the money  to a centre for cancer patients that you have identified. (As a group, discuss why it is important to develop a caring society. Suggest ways in which students can be encourage to help disadvantaged people [i.e. the poor or disabled]) 15.7
1999
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7
The Nature Society of your school or college intends to convert part of the school or college compound into a beautiful garden. As a member of the society, suggest one activity that could bring in contributions in cash or kind to set up the garden.
A. Your suggestion is that the school or college should organize a fund-raising variety show for parents and members of the public. You may want to give details of the programme, ticket sales and other sources of income through the programme. B. Your suggestion is that each class in your school or college should be encouraged to donate some plants towards the project. You may want to give details of the types of plants required, and how the class can contribute towards taking care of the plants. C. Your suggestion is that the members of the society should get big companies to sponsor items other than plants for eg. chairs or garden equipment. D. Your suggestion is that the members of the society should organize a floral arrangement competition and sale. You may want to give details of how and when the competition is to be carried out, the judges and ways of selling the arrangements. (In your group, discuss why it is important to have a beautiful garden in your school of college)
1999
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8
A parent of one of the students in your school or college has appealed for financial help for an urgent heart operation for his three-year-old daughter. Your class has decided to organize various activities to collect money towards this operation. Suggest an activity for this project.
A. Your suggestion is for the class to do odd jobs in the neighbourhood during the weekends. You may want to give details regarding the types of jobs, areas to be covered and time schedules. B. Your suggestion is to sell different types of food donated by the students’ parents during interval or lunch time. You may want to give some details regarding the types of food and the duty schedules. C. Your suggestion is to hold small jumble sales every week for a month. You may want to give some details regarding the collection, sorting and pricing of the second-hand items. D. Your suggestion is to get the students to make creative greeting cards and bookmarks to sell to school children, their relatives and friends. You may want to give some details regarding the types of cards that are popular, the price and mode of sale. (In your group, discuss the importance of caring for the sick, the poor and the elderly) [15.8]
1999
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No
17. Theme : Health
Year
1
Many Malaysians are now more conscious of the need to be healthy. Your local community would like to organize a health awareness campaign to educate the public on the need for maintaining good health. As a member of the organizing committee, suggest an activity for the campaign.
A. You suggest organizing a public forum on common diseases and their causes B.  a demonstration on keeping fit through exercising C. a talk on healthy eating habits by a nutritionist D. a health exhibition (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would promote a greater awareness of the need to maintain good health)
Dec
2001
2
Activities for Residents’ Association’s “A Healthy Society is a Happy Society Campaign.”
A. Free medical checkups B. Talks by doctors and dieticians C. An exhibition on a Healthy Lifestyle D. Various games and exercises
Oct
2003
3
Today’s society is very health conscious. You and your friends are discussing how to stay healthy.
A. You believe that one way of being healthy is to take vitamins daily. Explain. B. Take a balanced diet C. Exercise on a regular basis D. Have enough sleep (Discuss which of the following is the most important way to stay healthy)
May 2004
4

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Healthy food
May 2006
5

The Residents’ Association of your area would like to organise a campaign entitles “A Healthy Society is a Happy Society.” As a member of the committee you would like to suggest some activities that can be carried out during the campaign.
A. You would like to organise free medical checkups for the residents in the area. Give reasons to support your idea. B. talks by doctors and dieticians C. an exhibition on a healthy lifestyle D. various games and exercises (Discuss which of the following would be the most effective activity to promote a healthy society)
Oct 2003
6
The local health club is concerned with the increasing number of smokers. The club wants to highlight the negative effects of smoking. As a member of the club, you give your opinion.
A. In your opinion, smoking has a negative effect on a person’s health. Give reasons to support your opinion. B. a person’s budget C. the environment D. a person’s social life (Discuss which one of tahe following is most affected by smoking)
May 2002
7
Activities for Health Awareness Week in school (by the Health Science Society)
A. Fitness Campaign B. Anti-smoking Campaign C. Healthy Eating Campaign
D. Cleanliness Campaign 
Dec 2000
8
Local community organizing a Health Awareness Campaign to educate the public on the need for maintaining good health. Activities. (Which one would promote greater awareness?)
A. Public forum on common diseases & their causes B. a demonstration on keeping fit through exercising C. a talk on healthy eating habits by a nutritionist D. a health exhibition
Dec 2001
9
Young people often have stress or tension in their lives. Recommend ways in which youths can reduce stress or tension. (Give reasons) (9.9)
A. you recommend talking to friends B. exercising regularly C. getting involved in social work D. watching television (most helpful to reduce stress or tension)
May
2005
10
As members of the Peer Support Group of your school or college, you and your friends are concerned about the high level of stress and anxiety faced by students. Suggest some possible causes for this problem.
A.  You believe a major cause of stress is the expectations of parents. Give reasons to support your opinion. B. Expectations of teachers C. Peer pressure D. Personal problems (Discuss which one of the following factors contributes most to stress and anxiety among students)[ 9.8]
Oct 2002
11
In keeping with the National Health Campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle among Malaysians, the Ministry of Education has requested your school or college to organize activities on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a member of the organizing committee, you suggest an activity for the purpose.
A. Your suggestion is to organize a talk on the dangers of being overweight. You may want to give some details about the speakers and the audience. B. Your suggestion is to organize an exhibition on life threatening diseases in Malaysia. You may want to give some information on the types of diseases you want to focus on or where to get the exhibition materials. C. Your suggestion is to organize a visit to the National Heart Institute. You may want to talk about organizing the trip and who should be involved. D. Your suggestion is to organize regular aerobic sessions in an open area. You may want to talk about the venue, the time and the people involved. (In your group, discuss the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle towards oneself and the society)
1999
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12
Obesity is on the rise among schoolchildren. Members of the Health Society are invited to give their opinion on how to prevent obesity.
A. In your opinion, parents should control what their children eat. Elaborate. B. School canteens should only sell healthy food and drinks. C. Children should exercise regularly D. Campaigns should be carried out to educate the public on the dangers of obesity. (Which of the following is the most effective way to prevent obesity among schoolchildren?)
May 2007



No
18. Theme : Careers
Year
1
Many challenging occupations demand a lot of time, effort and energy. Your Career Guidance Club would like to highlight some of these challenging occupations during Career Week.
A. In your opinion, being a journalist is very challenging and demanding. Give reasons to support your view. B.  a teacher C. a doctor D. an engineer (Discuss which one of the following occupations is the most challenging)
Oct 2002
2
You and your friends have just completed your secondary education. You are now considering the factors that are important in choosing a career.
A. You feel that one should consider one’s interests and abilities when choosing a career. Give reasons to support your answer. B. One’s career prospects C. One’s country’s needs
D. One’s parents’ expectations (Discuss which one of the following factors is most important to consider when choosing a career)
Oct 2002
3
During the holidays, the Careers Club would like to organize a one-day study tour to make members aware of different work environments. You offer a suggestion.
A. You suggest visiting a factory. Say how this would benefit the members. B. a television studio C. a university D. a hospital (Which one of the suggestions would interest the members the most?)
May 2002
4
Career choices – why and how to achieve ambitions?
A. Legal profession B. Medicine C. Business field D. Sports
Dec 2000
5
Your friend Jamal did not do well in his SPM examination. He has asked you for your opinion on what he should do next.
A. You suggest that he takes up a vocational course. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. he starts a small business C. he take up a part-time job and attend night classes D. he takes up a full-time job. (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be best for Jamal) (11.16)
Dec 2001
6
The Careers Club in your school is planning activities for a Career Week. One of the activities is a forum on the important factors to be considered when choosing a career. As a member of the panel you have to present our views on one important factor.
A. In your opinion, a high salary is an important factor when choosing a career. Give reasons to support your view. B. personal interest C. a good working environment D. future prospects. (Discuss which one of the following is the most important factor to consider when choosing a career)
Dec
2001
7
Your school or college is organizing a Career Day to be held during the first term. As a member of the organizing committee, suggest an activity for the event.
A. Your suggestion is to publicize the event. You may want to talk about how to publicize the event. For eg., using posters and making announcements. B. Your suggestion is to raise funds for the event. You may want to talk about ways of raising fund. For eg., getting donations and having a food sale. C. Your suggestion is to invite speakers for the Career Day. You may want to talk about who to invite and what the topics are. For eg., you may want to invite a manager of a factory. D. Your suggestion is to have an exhibition for the Career Day. You may want to talk about what to exhibit. For eg., charts and brochures about types of careers. (In your group, discuss what students can do to improve their chances of getting a job)
1999
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8
You and your friends are discussing the factors that influence the right career choice.
A. You think that the job must pay well. Justify. B.  The job must enable you to meet people C. The job must enable you to contribute to society D. The job must be challenging (Which of the following is the most important factor to consider when choosing a career?)
Oct 2007
9
You and your friends are having a discussion regarding the characteristics of a skilled worker in the workforce.
A.  You think that in order to be a skilled worker, one should be creative. Elaborate. B. Be proactive C. Be computer-literate D. Be highly-motivated. (Which of the following is the most important characteristic of a skilled worker?) (3.27)
May 2007



No
19. Theme : The Environment
Year
1
How to instill an awareness on the importance of conserving the environment?
A. A talk B. An exhibition C. A trip to a nature park to foster a love of nature D. A recycling campaign
June
2000
2
The Nature Club in your school or college plans to organise a series of talks on “Environmental Issues Affecting Malaysians”. You have been selected to speak on one environmental issue.
A. You speak on frequently flooding. Elaborate on this.  B. Landslides C. Air pollution  D. Polluted rivers (Discuss which one of the following causes most harm to mankind)
May 2004
3

The Environmental Club of your school or college is organizing a campaign on paper recycling.  As a member of the committee, give a suggestion on the type of activity to help create awareness of paper recycling
A. Your suggestion is to organize an exhibition on the need to save paper. Explain how this exhibition will create awareness of paper recycling. B. a ‘Plant-a-tree’ day C. a visit to a factory  which recycles paper D. a competition for the most creative item made from recycled paper (Discuss which one of the following activities would be most effective in increasing students’ awareness of paper recycling)
June 2001
4
‘Save Water Campaign’ activities
A. An exhibition B. Advertise the campaign through the media C. A poster competition D. A talk on saving water.
June 2000
5
Your local district office would like to build a large cement factory in your village. As one of the village committee members, you are against the project as it would bring a number of problems. In a public forum, you state your views.
A. Your opinion is that building the cement factory would harm the environment in the village. Give your reasons. B. cause traffic congestion C. bring social problems D. spoil the natural beauty of the village. (discuss which one of the following reasons is the best to support the view that a cement factory should not be built)
Dec 2001
6
Public forum on ‘Save the Earth’ on how to preserve the precious resources that nature has given us.
A. Save water in Malaysia B. save energy C. preserve forests and vegetation of Malaysia D. protecting the rivers and seas of Malaysia.
Dec
2000
7
There have been a lot of concerns about the environment today and how it affects our lives. What are some of these concerns?
A. One concern is the effect of the haze. Explain. B. The effect of pollution on our rivers and seas C. The effect of the Increasing use of plastics and other synthetic substances. D. The effect of the cutting down of trees and forests. (Which of the following has the most harmful effect on our lives?)
May 2008
8
The Nature Society of your school or college is organizing a ‘Nature Week.’ As a member of the society, suggest an activity for the week.
A. Your suggestion is to organize a tree-planting activity. You may want to talk about how it can be organized and who are to be involved. B. Your suggestion is to organize a trip to the National Park. C. Your suggestion is to organize a camping trip to a forest reserve. D. Your suggestion is to have a Recycling Day. (In your group, discuss why we need to keep the environment clean)
1999
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No
20. Theme : Academic Issues
Year
1
How to motivate students to achieve a higher academic standard in studies.
A. Invite successful people in society to share experiences B. Invite professionals to talk about their professions C. Invite successful former students to talk  D. Invite successful students leaders in school to talk
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2
Some of the high achievers in your school were invited to explain the factors behind their success. Your class will  now present some of these factors at a “Study Skills Workshop”.
A. You will emphasize that a students’ academic performance can improve through group study. Justify your view. B. Extra tuition C. Planning a study schedule D. Studying exam topics from past year papers (Discuss which is the best way to improve academic performance)
May 2003
3
Your English teacher wants to promote the use of English in a fun way. She has asked the class for suggestions.
A. You suggest watching some good humourous English movies. How will this activity improve students’ command of English? B. An English Karaoke Contest C. English Language games and quizzes D. Producing a class newspaper (As a group, decide which is the most enjoyable activity)
May 2004
4
The deteriorating standard of English among Malaysian students is a matter of serious concern. TV3’s Nightline, the English news programme is doing a special report on the issue and it is asking the public to give suggestions on how they think the problem can be solved. You have been approached to give your comments.
A. You believe that a pass in SPM English should be made compulsory. Give reasons to support your opinion. B. other subjects should be taught in English C. the number of periods for English in schools should be increased D. student exchange programmes with English speaking countries should be introduced. (Discuss which suggestion would be the most effective to improve the standard of English)
May 2002
5
As member of the English Language Club in your school or college, you and your friends have been asked to help promote the use of the English Language.
A. In your opinion, one way to promote the use of English is by making it compulsory for everyone to speak English 2 days a week. Give reasons to support this. B. organizing  English Language camps C encouraging students to take part in English Language competitions D. producing a monthly newsletter in English (Discuss which one of the following would be the best way to promote the use of the English language)
Oct 2003
6
The English Language Club is organizing an English Language Festival for all school & colleges in your district. One of the aims of this festival is to promote the use of English among students. As an active member of the club, you would like to give your suggestion on the type of programme the club could organize for the festival.
A. You suggest that the club organize a drama competition. Explain how this activity could promote the use of English among students. B a public speaking contest C a story-telling competition D an English Language games competition (Discuss which one of the following activities would be most effective in promoting the use of English among students)
Dec 2001
7
There has been a great deal of concern about the poor English language proficiency of graduates from local universities. At a forum organized by your school or college, suggest one way to motivate students to improve their English language proficiency.
A. You suggest that proficiency in English be a requirement for job opportunities in the government & private sectors. Give reasons to support your suggestion. B. the mass media  should organize interesting programmes in English C. parents should encourage children to speak English at home D. certain subjects in school be taught in English (23.5)
Dec 2001
8
It has been found that Malaysian students are lacking in knowledge and do not keep in touch with local and world news. Recommend a way that could help students gain more general knowledge.
A. You suggest students should read newspapers and magazines daily. Explain how this will help students increase their general knowledge. B. Students should watch TV or listen to the radio C. Regular quizzes on general knowledge should be held D. Internet facilities should be made available in institutions of learning (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be most effective in helping students gain more general knowledge)
June
2001
9
Your college is going to declare open its new resource centre. It does not have a logo yet. Students have been asked to suggest an item associated with learning to be depicted in the logo. This item should represent or symbolize the search for knowledge.
A.  You suggest an open book. Explain how the item you have chosen is an appropriate symbol. B. A torch C. A compact disc (CD) D. A key (Discuss which symbol is the most appropriate to be included in the logo)
Oct 2003
10
Your Youth Club is conducting a forum on the topic “Mobile phones should be banned in schools.” You have been invited to present your views. (Support your view with reasons and examples) (9.11)
A MPs are easily stolen B MP can be used to cheat during examinations C Students who do not have MPs may feel inferior to those who do D Students may be distracted from their lessons (strongest reason to ban mobile phones)
Oct 2005
11
Your school or college is organizing an Open Day for parents & the public. As a member of the organizing committee, you suggest an activity for that special day.
A. You suggest organizing an exhibition of students’ work. Explain the kind of exhibits you would show and why. B a parent-teacher get-together where parents are introduced to the various teachers in the school. Explain how you would do this. C a mini concert by both parents & students. Explain the type of items you will have for the concert. D a food & fun fair organized by parents, teachers & students. Name the types of stalls and why you choose to have them. (Discuss which one of the following would be the most suitable activity for an Open Day)
June  2001
12
Malaysians do not read enough. How to encourage the reading habit?
A set up a reading corner B scrapbook activity in English class C story-telling competition D book exchange programme in class
June 2000
13
How can schools encourage students to read
A set up reading corners to make reading materials easily available to students, B reading camp where those who read the most get book vouchers C book fairs with publishers / bookshops giving discounts D making the library more comfortable & conducive to reading
Dec 2000
14
The Reading Club in college is concerned about the poor reading habits amongst students. Ways to encourage students to read more.
A set up reading corners around the college B equip the library with interesting reading materials C start a second-hand bookstore D reward those who read the most
Oct 2006
15
Cheating at public examinations has become a serious problem in recent years. The Examination Council has sought the help of students to suggest ways of solving this problem. As a member of the students committee, you make the following suggestion
A. You suggest that students caught cheating should be failed. How would this solve the problem of cheating? B. students be given the open book examination i.e. they be allowed to refer to their books in the examination hall C. coursework be given more weightage than examinations D. only essay questions be given for examinations (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be most effective to stop cheating during examinations)
Dec 2001
16
You wish to apply for a scholarship to study overseas. What are the important factors that the Scholarship Board would look for? (3.2)
A. good personality B. Strong letters of recommendation C. An outstanding academic record D. Active involvement in co-curricular activities (The most imp factor in helping a person obtain a scholarship)
May 2005
17
You have to do a writing project as an assignment for your English class. You are free to choose your own topic.
A.  You decide to write about a famous personality. Say why you made this choice. B. A national problem C. A world issue D. A historical place (Discuss which of the following is the easiest topic to write about.)
Oct 2004
18
Your brother has just received a scholarship to study in England. Some relatives wish to give him a special gift. They have asked you for suggestions.
A. You suggest that they give him cash. Say why. B. A computer C. Some suitable clothing D. Some Malaysian foodstuff. ( Discuss which of the following would be most useful)
Oct 2004
19
The Minister of Education has asked for suggestions from students on how to make studying in schools or colleges more interesting. You would like to give your view.
A. You think that there should be less emphasis on examinations. Elaborate. B. More interesting ways of teaching and learning C. More interesting subjects taught D. More coursework and educational trips. (Which if the following is most effective in making studying in schools or colleges more interesting?)
May 2008
20
You are discussing with your friends on what to look for when choosing a university to further your studies.
A. You think that the university should have well-qualified and experienced lecturers. B. A university which has a good track record C. A university which offers courses with good job prospects D. A university which has good facilities. (Which of the following is the most important criterion when choosing a university to further your studies?) 23.6
May 2008
21
At a forum, you are discussing the courses that would be useful to college students.
A.  You suggest a course on stress management. Elaborate. B. Public speaking
C. Creative thinking D. Time management (Discuss which of the following courses would be most useful to college students) (23.7)
Oct
2007



No
21. Theme : Anniversary / Special Day Activities
Year
1
Your school or college would like to produce a 25th Anniversary magazine this year. As a member of the editorial board you have been asked to come up with a section that would be most meaningful for former and present students.
 A. You suggest a section with photographs and captions from the past to the present. Say how this would be meaningful to students. B. Memories of school life written by past and present students C. A history of school or college D.A list of achievements of former and present students (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be most meaningful to students)
May 2003
2
Activities for your town’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations.
A. Photography exhibition B. Children’s Art Competition C. Interview senior residents and write an article about the history of the town D. Anniversary Dinner
June 2000
3
Activities to celebrate Teachers’ Day
A telematch between teachers & students B special lunch for all teachers C  Teachers’ Day Concert D Gymnastic performance for teachers
June
2000



No
22. Theme : Road Safety
Year
1
Activities for  a Road Safety Campaign by the Interact Club
A. An exhibition B.A poster drawing competition C.A quiz on road safety D.A forum
June
2000
2
The number of road accidents is on the increase. As a concerned citizen you would like to suggest to the authorities a measure to reduce road accidents.
A. You suggest that the minimum age of driving should be raised to 21. Support this view with reasons  B. Pedestrians be fined if they don’t use pedestrian walks or overhead bridges C. Safety belts be made compulsory for all car passengers D. All vehicles be checked every 3 years to ensure that they are roadworthy (Discuss which one of the following measures would be most effective in reducing road accidents)
June
2001
3
Steps to prevent fatal accidents
A. Increasing age limit of drivers to 21 B. Introducing severe punishment on reckless drivers C. Improving road signs and conditions D. Conducting regular road safety campaigns
May
2003
4
The increasing rate of road accidents in the country is a matter of great concern to everyone. Your school or college Road Safety Unit would like to offer some possible reasons for this high rate of accidents.
A. One of the possible causes for the high rate of accidents is the inexperience of young drivers. Give reasons to support your view. B. The poor conditions of vehicles C. Drivers who do not observe traffic rules D. Poor road conditions (Discuss which one of the following reasons contributes the most to the high rate of accidents in Malaysia)
May 2002
5
In recent times there have been many cases of road rage where angry drivers shout at each other and even go to the extent of beating each other up. Suggest ways to overcome this problem.
A. You suggest educating drivers on good driving habits. B. Implementing stricter laws to punish drivers who are violent towards other drivers C. Raising the minimum age for obtaining a driving licence D. Organising a campaign to raise public awareness on the dangers of road rage. (Discuss which of the following suggestions would be the most effective in overcoming road rage)
Oct 2007
6
Malaysians should be encouraged to use public transportation. What are some of the reasons?
A. You think that using public transportation would help reduce pollution. Elaborate. B. It would help save money C.  It would help reduce traffic congestion D. It would help reduce the number of road accidents. (Which of the following is the best reason for using public transportation) (12.11, 14.17)
May 2007



No
23. Theme : Undergraduates and Graduates
Year
1
Where to stay while at university? (14.4)
A. Share a rented house with other students B. Stay with relatives C. Stay in the university hostel D. Rent a single room
May
2003
2
Unemployment of Graduates
May 2006
3
(Rural-urban migration) Many new graduates prefer to work in the city. What do you think attracts the graduates to work in the large cities?
A  one attraction is more job opportunities B the people & food C the wish to be independent D numerous entertainment places (12.5) (which is the greatest attraction)
May 2005
4
New Graduates – to succeed in the workplace, need more than academic ability to succeed at work- what do they need?
A good communication skills B ability to co-operate with others C the ability to use the computer for work purposes D self-discipline
Oct 2006
5
There has been a great deal of concern about the poor English Language proficiency of graduates from local universities. At a forum organized by your school or college, suggest one way to motivate students to improve their English language proficiency.
A. You suggest that proficiency in English be a requirement for job opportunities in the government & private sectors. Give reasons to support your suggestion. B. the mass media  should organize interesting programmes in English C. parents should encourage children to speak English at home D. certain subjects in school be taught in English (20.7)
Dec 2001
6
You are discussing with your friends on what to look for when choosing a university to further your studies.
A. You think that the university should have well-qualified and experienced lecturers. B. A university which has a good track record C. A university which offers courses with good job prospects D. A university which has good facilities. (Which of the following is the most important criterion when choosing a university to further your studies?) 20.20
May 2008
7
At a forum, you are discussing the courses that would be useful to college students.
A.  You suggest a course on stress management. Elaborate. B. Public speaking
C. Creative thinking D. Time management (Discuss which of the following courses would be most useful to college students) (20.21)
Oct
2007



No
24. Theme : Sports
Year
1
Why participate in sports?
A. Discipline B. Health C. Co-operation ??
May
2006
2
The Students’ Sports Council of your school or college is worried about the declining interest in sports among students today. As a member of the council, suggest what can be done to encourage more students to participate in sports.
A. You suggest that sports facilities should be improved. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. a more effective reward system should be introduced C. more training programmes should be conducted D. more sports competitions should be organized.(Discuss which one of the following will play the most important role in encouraging more students to participate in sports)
May 2002



No
25. Theme : The Economy, Trade & Consumerism
Year
1
The country is facing an economic slowdown. Everyone has been advised to be cautious about their spending habits. Your parents have asked you to  suggest how the family could cut down its monthly expenditure.
A. You suggest that the family cuts down expenses on food items. Give reasons to support your suggestion. B. travel C. clothing D. leisure activities (Discuss which one these areas you would first cut down to reduce your family’s expenditure)
Oct
2002
2
The Batik Industry – how to promote
A used in schools & workplaces B used for household purposes C National Batik Fair
D Annual Batik Design Competition
May 2005
3
In many South East Asian countries, pirated CDs sell very well. In order to understand and overcome this problem, the authorities would like to find out why.
(12.7)
A. they carry the latest music videos, movies, computer games and software B. the are very cheap C. they are easily available D. they are of almost the same quality as the original CDs (the main reason that pirated CDs are selling well)
May
2005

4
The company you are working for wants to promote a new band of floor cleaner. How do you think the company should promote & advertise this new product?
A. The company should use TV & radio advertising. Give details. B. Door to door advertising C. Give demonstrations at supermarkets D. Give free samples at public places (Most effective way to promote the new floor cleaner)
Oct
2005
5
Your school  or college is organizing a ‘Consumer Week’ to promote awareness among students of their rights as consumers. You have been asked to suggest one activity for the week.
A. Your suggestion is to organize a forum on the need for consumer education in schools and colleges. Give reasons to support your suggestion. B. to organize an exhibition with a focus on imitation branded products C. to invite an officer form the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs to give a talk on consumer rights D. to have an inter-class competition for the best display board on consumerism. (Discuss which one of the following activities would be most effective in promoting awareness of consumer rights)
Dec
2001
6
Consumers sometimes face a lot of problems when buying goods and services. What are some of these problems? (Explain)
A advertisements that make false claims B harmful substances in food & drinks C poor services in hotels & restaurants D products that are badly manufactured (which of the following is the most serious problem)
May 2005
7
There have been complaints about the school or college canteen. The students are invited to suggest which area the canteen committee should look into.
A You suggest the canteen committee should look into the price & quantity of food. Give reasons to support your suggestion. B variety & quality of food C cleanliness of the canteen D canteen facilities (Discuss which one of the following is the most important area to look into)
May
2002
8
Factors to consider when buying a new house
Closeness to A public transport B shopping centres C recreational centres D relatives & friends
May 2005
9
Why foreign movies are popular in Malaysia
A entertaining & enjoyable B actors / actresses are good looking & glamorous C high standard of acting D learn about foreign lifestyles & cultures (27.2)
Oct 2005
10
A Supermarket in your hometown would like to improve its services to attract more customers. How can this be done?
A You suggest items sold are fresh & varied B business hours be extended C the staff  be more courteous & helpful D items are sold at reasonable prices
Oct 2006
11
It has been suggested that the use of batik should be widely promoted in Malaysia. Suggest how this can be done. (Elaborate)
A. batik be used in school and workplaces B. batik be used for household purposes
C. having a National Batik Fair D. having an annual batik design competition
May 2005
12
Your class is having a discussion on why foreign movies are popular in Malaysia. You believe that they are popular because (give reasons)
A. the movies are very entertaining and enjoyable B. the actors and actresses are good looking and glamorous C. the high standard of acting D. viewers can learn a lot about foreign lifestyles and culture. (the main reason for the popularity of foreign movies) (27.3)
Oct 2005
13
You and your friends are organizing a trip to a neighbouring country. You have to decide how to get there.
A. You suggest travelling by air. Explain why this is your choice. B. By train C. By car  D. By bus. (You now have to persuade your friends on the most practical way to travel)
Oct
2004
14
Many people enjoy watching reality shows. A local television station wants to know the kind of reality shows the public would like to watch.
A. You propose a singing competition to win a contract. Elaborate. B. A survival race to wind a big cash prize C.  A quiz show to wind a scholarship D. A talent contest to win a dream job. (Which of the following would attract audience the most?) (27.4)
Oct 2007
15
Reality shows like The Malaysian Idol are getting more popular in Malaysia. What are the benefits of reality shows to the audience?
A. You think that reality shows provide interesting entertainment. Explain. B. Reality shows allow the audience to participate in choosing the winner. C. Reality shows promote unity when family members watch the show together. D Reality shows help the audience gain knowledge on a variety of subjects. (Which of the following would most benefit the audience of reality shows?) (27.1)
May 2007
16
Your workplace is introducing a uniform for its staff. As members of the selection committee, you have to consider many factors.
A.  One factor is that the uniforms should be comfortable. Explain. B. It should be long-lasting. C. It should be cost-effective D. It should reflect the culture of our society (Which is the most important factor in the choice of a suitable uniform?)
May 2007S



No
26. Theme : National Service
Year
1
You and your friends have to go for National Service training. How could you help prepare yourself for this event? (explain how)
A You feels that you should prepare yourself to be physically fit B learn to be more independence C you should get to know more about the different cultures in Malaysia D  you should get involved in community service (which of the following would be the most challenging task to prepare you for NS)
May 2005
2
It is generally agreed that the National Service Programme can be improved. Suggest some ways in which the NSP can be enhanced. Elaborate
A. Boys and girls should be placed in separate camps B. The NSP should be compulsory for all youths C. The duration of the programme should be extended D. The facilities at the camps should be upgraded (the most useful suggestion to improve the NSP)
Oct
2007
3
You have been selected for the National Service Programme. What characteristics would help you undergo the programme successfully?
A. You feel that you must be physically fit. Elaborate. B. Must be brave. C. Must be sociable D. Must be independent (Which of the following is the most important characteristic to help you undergo the National Service Programme?) (3.28)
May 2007



No
27. Theme : The Mass Media & Related Issues
Year
1
Reality shows like The Malaysian Idol are getting more popular in Malaysia. What are the benefits of reality shows to the audience?
A. You think that reality shows provide interesting entertainment. Explain. B. Reality shows allow the audience to participate in choosing the winner. C. Reality shows promote unity when family members watch the show together. D Reality shows help the audience gain knowledge on a variety of subjects. (Which of the following would most benefit the audience of reality shows?) (25.15)
May 2007
2
Why foreign movies are popular in Malaysia
A entertaining & enjoyable B actors / actresses are good looking & glamorous C high standard of acting D learn about foreign lifestyles & cultures (25.9)
Oct 2005
3
Your class is having a discussion on why foreign movies are popular in Malaysia. You believe that they are popular because (give reasons)
A. the movies are very entertaining and enjoyable B. the actors and actresses are good looking and glamorous C. the high standard of acting D. viewers can learn a lot about foreign lifestyles and culture. (the main reason for the popularity of foreign movies) (25.12)
Oct 2005
4
Many people enjoy watching reality shows. A local television station wants to know the kind of reality shows the public would like to watch.
A. You propose a singing competition to win a contract. Elaborate. B. A survival race to wind a big cash prize C.  A quiz show to wind a scholarship D. A talent contest to win a dream job. (Which of the following would attract audience the most?) (25.14)



COMPILED BY Naomi Ranjitham Jambunathan2009
Oct 2007