Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Compilation of Past Muet Speaking Questions Theme : Exchange Students and Promoting Malaysia

4. Theme :  Exchange Students
At an international gathering, you are invited to speak on one aspect of Malaysian life.
A. You would like to speak on the practice of “open house” (rumah terbuka) to celebrate the main festivals in Malaysia. Describe this. B. The night markets in Malaysia C. The practice of going back to one’s hometown (balik kampung) D. Hawker food in Malaysia. (Which of the following would overseas visitors find most interesting?) [5.11]
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.
A. You would like to give a talk on Malaysia’s achievements. Elaborate. 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?) [5.6]
A group of 16 year-old students from Africa are on a study tour of Malaysia. You have been asked to organise 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)
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 yew year festival. D.A religious festival. (Which of the following celebrations would interest the foreign exchange students most?)
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)
A group of Australian students will be visiting your school or college for a week. Suggest an activity that would allow them to experience the Malaysian way of life.
A. Your suggestion is to take them on a sightseeing tour. You may want to talk about specific places they should visit, e.g. a historical site, a place of worship. B. Your suggestion is to entertain them to a cultural show, e.g. a lion dance or some Malay traditional dances. You may want to give the visitors some information about the cultural performance. C. Your suggestion is to take them to a traditional village. You may want to describe some of the things you would expect to see in a village. D. Your suggestion is to take them to watch a Malaysian traditional game, e.g. sepak takraw, top-spinning, Chinese chess, kite-flying. You may want to give some information about the game. (In your group, discuss some common Malaysian customs, habits or taboos that you feel your visitors should know about, e.g. eating habits and the way we greet each other.)
A group of foreign students are visiting the country on the Student Exchange Programme. As a member of the Association of International Students, you have been invited to talk to the group on various aspects of Malaysian customs and traditions.
A. You will speak on various Malaysian customs on eating & drinking with guests. You should include as many different cultural practices as possible. B. Various Malaysian customs on greeting and leave-taking. C. Various Malaysian customs of how one should behave in front of elders and superiors. D. Various Malaysian wedding customs and practices. (In your group, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of observing customs and traditions in today’s society.)
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]

5. Theme : Tourism / Promoting Malaysia
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. Why do you say this? 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?)
The ‘Get to Know ASEAN Campaign’ was launched recently by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism. The aim of the campaign was to generate awareness & support for ASEAN unity, through a variety of activities. As a member of the committee suggest activities to support the campaign.
A. Your suggestion is to have an evening of ASEAN music and dance. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. An exhibition of handicrafts from ASEAN countries. The exhibition also includes a demonstration of how the handicrafts are made. C. An ASEAN travel fair with each country promoting its tourist attractions. D. An “ASEAN Food Festival” where the food of each ASEAN country will be promoted. Give reasons for your suggestion. (In your group, discuss the importance of unity among ASEAN countries) [6.4]
As a result of global terrorism, fewer tourists are coming to Malaysia. Suggest some strategies to bring back more tourists 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?)
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?)
Malaysia has made an impact on the world in many ways. Suggest some areas 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 (Discuss which of the following is most likely for Malaysia to make a great impact on the world)
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.
A. You would like to give a talk on Malaysia’s achievements. Elaborate. 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?) [4.2]
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 (Discuss which one of the following would attract the international crowd most)
The Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry is trying to encourage local tourism and also to attract foreign tourists to the country. Suggest what can be done to achieve this.
A. Your suggestion is to form Tourism Clubs in your district. Suggest how Tourism Clubs in your district can help to encourage tourism. B. Your suggestion is that the local governments build pedestrian malls. Suggest how pedestrian malls can help to encourage tourism. C. Your suggestion is to improve the local hotel industry. Suggest how the local hotel industry can help to encourage tourism. D. Your suggestion is to set up more local theatre and fine arts groups. Suggest how the setting up of more local theatre and fine arts groups can help to encourage tourism. (In your group, discuss the impact of tourism in Malaysia.)
The Government wants to increase the number of tourists to the country. Suggest ways how this can be done.
A. You suggest that the government increase the number of tourist spots. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. Build more affordable hotels C. Promote tourism through the use of information technology D. Build and maintain better public facilities. (Discuss which of the following suggestions would make Malaysia a more attractive tourist desitnation.)
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?
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) [6.5]
At an international gathering, you are invited to speak on one aspect of Malaysian life.
A. You would like to speak on the practice of “open house” (rumah terbuka) to celebrate the main festivals in Malaysia. Describe this. B. The night markets in Malaysia C. The practice of going back to one’s hometown (balik kampung) D. Hawker food in Malaysia. (Which of the following would overseas visitors find most interesting?) [4.1]
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.)
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.)

Credits to Naomi Jambunathan - Sarawak

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