Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Compilation of Past Muet Speaking Questions Theme : Social Issues

9. Theme : Social Issues / Problems Among Youths
The incidence of students found smoking in school or colleges has been on the increase. Suggest ways to discourage smoking among students
A. Your suggestion is to organize a talk on the dangers of smoking. You may want to discuss the benefits of this talk. Suggest suitable speakers, date, time and venue. B. Your suggestion is to organize an exhibition on the dangers of smoking. You may suggest the duration of the exhibition, venue and the kind of exhibits to be displayed. C. Your suggestion is to organize a visit to the National Cancer Centre nearby. You may want to talk about how you can organize the trip, e.g. who should attend, how to go, and the teachers to accompany the students. D. Your suggestions is to enforce the ‘No Smoking’ in School’ rule. You may want to talk about how this can be done, e.g. putting up posters, school rules and regulations and punishment for offenders. (In your group, discuss why students pick up the habit of smoking. Suggest ways to discourage this habit.)
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)
In a counselling workshop, the counsellor 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 of the following would most upset you most)
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 are some 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?)
As members of the Counselling Club, you and your friends are concerned about the increase in teenage problems. What do you think are some of these problems?
A. In your opinion, one of these could be examination-related problems. Give reasons to support your opinion. B. Relationship problems. C. A lack of self-confidence. D. Peer influence. (Discuss which of the following suggestions is the most serious problem among teenagers)
The Youth Group of your community has invited you to talk on what the main cause of social problems among young people is.
A. In your opinion, the easy availability of pornographic materials is the root cause of social problems among young people. Give reasons to support what you say. B. The influence of certain types of music C. Lack of parental guidance D. Peer pressure (Which one of the following is the root cause of social problems among young people?)
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)
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. The 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]
Young people often have stress or tension in their lives. Recommend ways in which youths can reduce stress or tension.  
A. you recommend talking to friends. Give reasons. B. Exercising regularly C. Getting involved in social work D. Watching television (Which of the following would be most helpful to reduce stress or tension?) [17.9]
Today, an increasing number of students are under stress at school and at college level. Suggest programmes that the school or college should carry out to help students manage stress.
A. Your suggestion is for the school or college to have sports and fitness programmes made available to the students. You may also want to talk about the types of facilities that should be made available. B. Your suggestion is for the school or college to offer counselling programmes. You may want to talk about how these programmes should be conducted and how the programmes can help reduce stress. C. Your suggestion is for the school or college to introduce time management courses to show students how to manage their time efficiently. D. Your suggestion is for the school or college to organize music and drama as forms of relaxation. You may want to talk about how these activities can help reduce stress among students. (In your group, discuss the factors that contribute to stress among students and the importance of managing stress.) [17.16]
In an open discussion, you are invited to talk about the reasons why young people smoke.
A. Young people smoke because they are influenced by their peers. Explain. B. They are unable to cope with stress C. They think it is fashionable to smoke D. They are influenced by advertisements (Discuss which of the following most influences young people to smoke.)
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.
A. You think that mobile phones should be banned because they are easily stolen. Support your view with reasons and examples. B. Mobile Phones can be used to cheat during examinations C. Students who do not have mobile phones may feel inferior to those who do D. Students may be distracted from their lessons (Which of the following is the strongest reason to ban mobile phones in schools) [20.10]
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)
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. You suggest that the authorities should introduce more severe punishments. Elaborate. B. Schools should identify problem students and counsel them C. Students should attend character-building programmes D. Parents should give guidance to their children (Which of the following suggestions would he most effective in controlling the problem of bullying?)
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. (When you have a problem, who is the best person or persons to confide in?)
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 in incidents of school bullying.)
Secondary school students often absent themselves from school without a good reason. Schools have taken some measures to try to solve this problem.
A. Public caning is one to the measures taken. Give your opinion about this measure. 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)
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]
The local newspapers have recently been highlighting the problem of moral decline among young Malaysians. Discuss possible reasons for this problem.
A. You think that the lack of parental guidance is a reason. Explain. B. Unsuitable material from the internet. C. Peer influence D. The influence of television programmes (Which of the following is the main reason for moral decline among young Malaysians?)
Electronic media such as the mobile phone, computer and electronic games has an impact on young people of today. What aspects of their lives are affected?
A. Electronic media can affect the study habits of youths. Elaborate. B. Daily habits C. Social relationships D.  World view (Discuss which aspect of a young person’s life is most affected by the electronic media.) [1.8]
What factors can influence a student’s academic performance?
A.  Study habits B. Sleeping habits C. Leisure activities D. Network of friends (Which of the following has the greatest impact on a student’s academic performance?) [20.24]

Credits to Naomi Jambunathan- Sarawak

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

Compilation of Past Muet Speaking Test Questions Theme: Qualities of people/Role Model

3. Theme : Qualities of People / Role Models
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 background C. Religious background D. Economic background (Discuss which of the following plays the most significant role in helping to develop a person’s character)
You wish to apply for a scholarship to study overseas. What are the important factors that the Scholarship Board would look for?
A. You think that good personality is important. Give reasons to support your opinion. B. Strong letters of recommendation C. An outstanding academic record D. Active involvement in co-curricular activities (Which of the following factors in the most important factor in helping a person obtain a scholarship?) [20.16]
Your institution is organising a forum entitled “The Qualities of a Good Malaysian.” You are a panel member of this forum.
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) [12.4]
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)
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 viewB. A well-organized content plays an important part in public speaking. C. The language used by the speaker plays an important part in public speaking. D. The presentation and delivery style of the speaker plays an important part in public speaking. (Discuss which of the following is the most important quality that a good speaker should have)
“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 a person’s looks. Justify your opinion. B. In a person’s personality C. In a person’s dressing D. In a person’s intelligence (Discuss which of the following in the most important quality that determines a person’s beauty)
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. A good leader should be friendly & approachable. Explain.  B. Be responsible & committed C. Be well-respected by all      D. Be able to communicate well (What do you think is the most important characteristic of a good student leader?)
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. Through creating a useful invention C. Through doing something extraordinary D. Through contributing to one’s country (Discuss which of the following is the best way to become famous)
Malaysia and its people have achieved many feats and accomplishments in various fields at home and abroad. Hence, as a Malaysian you have much to be proud of.
A. Speak on the achievements of Malaysia and Malaysians in the field of sports & recreation. You may want to support what you say with real examples. B. In the field of business & industry. C. In the field of science & technology. D. In the field of arts & culture. (In your group, discuss what makes you proud of your country and people.)
Your town has just built a new multi-purpose hall. There are suggestions that the hall should be named after a famous personality.
A. You suggest naming the hall after a famous leader. Give your reasons why the hall should be named after that person. B. A famous entertainer C. A famous historical figure D. A famous writer (Who is the most suitable person to name the hall after?) [21.4]
Your class has this topic to discuss: “Who makes a good role model for the youth of today?” You would like to present your view.
A. Your opinion is that it should be a well-known sports person. Support your opinion. 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.)
Every year for 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. The student who has shown good leadership qualities C. The student who has shown outstanding performance in sports. D. The student who has performed well academically (Discuss which one of the following is the most important criterion for the award of The Most Outstanding Student of the Year.) [21.6]
A local television station is doing a programme on the views of young adults about people who have influenced them most in their lives. As a member of the group selected to be interviewed, you give your opinion on the topic.
A. Your opinion is that parents have the greatest influence over their children. You may want to give reasons for your choice and explain the ways in which parents play a positive role in their lives. B. Your opinion is that friends have the greatest influence over their children. You may want to give reasons for your choice and explain the ways in which friends play a positive role in their lives. C. Your opinion is that teachers have the greatest influence over their children. You may want to give reasons for your choice and explain the ways in which teachers play a positive role in their lives. D. Your opinion is that national leaders have the greatest influence over their children. You may want to give reasons for your choice and explain the ways in which national leaders play a positive role in their lives. (In your group, discuss the contributions made by the media towards the dissemination of information and comment on the positive and negative influences of the media on young people)
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 to his friend. Support your view.  B Always be loyal to his friend C. Always be helpful to his friend D. Always be tolerant of his friend. (Discuss what you believe is the most important quality needed to maintain a lasting friendship)
You are discussing the qualities of a good life partner with your friends.
A. You believe that a good life partner should be religious. Give reasons for your opinion. B. Should be healthy C. Should be good looking D. Should be fun to be with (Discuss which of the following is the most important quality a good life partner should have.)
Malaysian society has certain expectations of what a good mother is expected to be. What are these expectations?
A. A good mother is expected to be able to maintain a nice & comfortable home. Support this view.  B. Be educated & knowledgeable C. Be a friend to her children D. Be a good cook (Which is the most important quality a good mother should have?)
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?)[21.5]
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)
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)
Your Residents’ Association wants to elect a chairman. Suggest some criteria that should be taken into consideration in the selection of a suitable chairman.
A. You suggest that one criterion is personality. Elaborate. B. Academic background. C. Leadership qualities D. Contribution to the community (Which of the following it the most important criterion to consider when electing a chairman of the Residents’ Association?)
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?)
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 a good academic background (Which of the following is the most important quality of a role model?)
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?)
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?)
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]
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?)
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]
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]
What are the qualities of a good parent?
A. A good parent should spend time with the family. Give reasons. B. A good parent is generous with money. C. A good parent is caring. D. A good parent is open-minded. (Which of the following would be the most important quality of a good parent?) [10.5]
For any teamwork to succeed, it is important to choose a good team leader. What are the qualities that you would look for in choosing a good leader?
A. A good team leader should be well-liked and well respected. Explain. B. Knowlegdeable and competent C. Patient and rational D. Fair and open-minded (Which of the following is the most important quality of a good team leader?)
A person’s character is often influenced by other people around him/her. Who has the greatest influence on a person’s character?
A. You think that parents have the greatest influence on a person’s character. Elaborate. B. Teachers C. Friends D. Famous personalities (Discuss which of the following has the greatest influence on a person’s character)
What do you regard as a successful person? Give your view.
A. You think that a successful person is someone who is very rich. Elaborate. B. Someone who is very intelligent C. Someone who is very powerful D. Someone who is very famous. (Which of the following do you regard as the most successful person?)
It is important to be a good neighbour. What are some of the qualities needed?
A. You think that a good neighbour should be polite and respectful. Explain with examples. B. Friendly and caring C. Helpful and responsible D. Tolerant and understanding. (Discuss which of the following are the most important qualities needed to be a good neighbour.) [15.9]
You and your friends are preparing to take part in the National Day Public Speaking Competition on “Qualities of a Good Malaysian Citizen”. Identify some important qualities.
A. You believe that a good citizen should be loyal and patriotic. Give reasons to support your view. B. Honest and co-operative C. Tolerant and understanding D. Responsible and dedicated (Which of the following do you consider as the most important quality of a good Malaysian citizen?) [13.9]

Credits to Naomi Jambunathan- Sarawak

Compilation of Past Muet SpeakingTest Questions.Theme : Crime and Security

2. Theme : Crime & Security
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 opinionB. 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)
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 (Discuss which of the following is the best way to prevent petty crimes in shopping complexes)
Some of your friends often work late at night and have to take the public transport to go home. Suggest one safety measure that they can take to protect themselves from possible danger.
A.  You advise them not to travel alone. B. To carry their mobile phones at all times C.
To learn self-defence techniques D. To carry objects that can help them defend
themselves. (Discuss which of the following would be the best safety measure to take)
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)
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 the safety features of the neighbourhood. Give reasons for your suggestion. B. A police officer be invited to talk on security measures C. Residents be taught how to defend themselves against intruders. D. “Rukun Tetangga” teams be set up to patrol the neighbourhood at night. (Discuss which one of the following suggestions would be most effective to make your neighbourhood a safer place.)



Credits to Naomi Jambunathan

Thursday, October 10, 2013

MUET 800/2 Speaking : Maintaining a Discussion

MUET Speaking: Maintaining a Discussion

Credits to : http://esl-and-more.blogspot.com/search/label/ESL%20MUET%20speaking

Maintaining a Discussion

This is the more important part of the group discussion.  At this stage, you put forth your suggestion and opinion as you discus the causes, effects, problems, solutions or issues. You argue for your point and weigh what others have to say in order to come to decision.  Remember another person’s opinion is as valid as yours especially if there is supporting evidence!

Useful Expressions to Maintain a Discussion
Function
Expression
To make a strong suggestion
·      The only solution to this problem is . . .
·      There is no other way except . . .
·      There is no alternative but to . . .
·      We must . . .
To make a suggestion
·      I recommend that . . .
·      I would suggestion that . . .
·      My recommendation . . .
·      My suggestion is . . .
·      I would like to propose that . . .
·      I think we should . . .
·      I propose that . . .
·      It might be a good idea to . . .
·      How about . . .
·      Do you think we should . . .
·      What about . . .
To make a tentative suggestion
·      It might be a good idea if . . .
·      It would be a good way to . . .
·      One solution would be . . .
·      We could way . . .
·      What we could do is . . .
·      Perhaps we should . . .
To ask for a suggestion
·      What is your suggestion?
·      What would you suggest?
·      What would you suggestion be?
·      Would you like to give your suggestion?
·      What is your opinion?
·      Do you have any suggestion?
·      Do you have any other way?
·      What your views regarding this?
·      Is there anything you would like to say about this issue?
·      Would you like to comment on this?
To present solution
·      One solution is to . . .
·      Another solution would be to . . .
·      There are two ways to solve this problem. Firstly . . .
·      One possibility is . . .
·      Alternatively we could . . .
·      One way is to . . .
·      We would either . . . or . . .
To justify choices
·      One advantage is . . .
·      Another advantage is . . .
·      XX has the advantage of . . . but ZZ . . .
·      XX would be able to . . . but ZZ . . .
·      The best solution is . . . because . . .
To contrast choices
·      While XX has some advantage, YY is still a better choices because . . .
·      XX is a better solution due to . . .
·      If we choices XX, we could have to encounter the problem of . . .
·      XX sounds good but YY can prove to be more effective . . .
To accept idea/ opinion/suggestion
·      Excellent!
·      That sounds great!
·      That’s a good idea.
·      That’s fine with me.
·      That’s fantastic suggestion
·      I support your suggestion.
·      I have no objection to that.
·      I am completely in favour of your recommendation .
·      That certainly sounds like a good idea.
·      Your suggestion is acceptable to me.
·       I am in favour of Candidate C’s suggestion.
·      I can’t agree more.

To reject ideas/ opinion/ suggestion
·      I appreciate your opinion but . . .
·      I understand your concern but . . .
·      I appreciate your point of view but . . .
·      I do see your point but . . .
·      That is certainly very interesting but . . .
·      You have a good point there but . . .
·      I am sorry but that is not practical . . .
·      I am sorry I can’t agree with you.
·      I am afraid we do not share the same opinion.
·      I am sorry I can’t accept what you have just said . . .
·      I am sorry but I doubt what you have just said . . .
·      That is totally unacceptable.
·      That is not practical it all.
·      It doesn’t make any sense to me.
·      That sounds rather impossible.
·      That’s out of the question.
·      I am against your opinion.
·      I accept your argument but I feel that . . .
To ask clarification
·      What did you mean when you said . . .?
·      What do you mean by . . .?
·      I sorry I am missed your point. Could you please explain . . .?
·      Could you elaborate on what you mean by . . .?
·      Do you mean to say that . . .?
·      Are you implying that . . .?
·      I am afraid I don’t quite understand you.  Could you please clarify . .  .
·      I am afraid I don’t quite sure what you meant by that.
·      Sorry, I don’t follow you.   Would you mind giving an example?
·      Sorry, but I didn’t quite get you.
·      Could you please explain that to me again?
·      Can you please explain further on . . .?
·      May I know why . . .?
·      Do you mind telling me more about  . . .?
To give clarification
·      What I mean was . . .
·      Sure, I was trying to point out that . . .
·      I was trying to emphasize that . . .
·       I was merely saying that . . .
·      I was actually highlighting the . . .
·      Certainly.  One good example would be . . .
·      Let me explain how . . .
To persuade
·      I wonder if you have thought of . . .
·      Don’t you think . . .
·      Maybe you should consider . . .
·      Have you considered . . .
·      I can assure you that . . .
·      Wouldn’t it be a good idea to . . .
To interrupt
·      Excuse me, can you please repeat what you have just said?
·      Excuse me, can you please clarify that?
·      Excuse me, can I say something?
·      Allow me to interrupt . . .
·      May I add something here?
·      Sorry to interrupt but I have to say this . . .
·      Excuse me, could just ask you a quick question?
·      Excuse me, but isn’t it true that . . .?
·      I am sorry but I think we need to get back to the topic.
·      I am sorry I have to stop you from continuing.  Can we return to our topic?
·      I am sorry to interrupt.  You observation is not connected to our discussion.  Shall we get back to . . .
·      I am sorry I don’t see the relevance of your point. Let’s get back to our topic on.
·      To return to our point . . .
·        Getting back to the original point mentioned earlier . . .