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Instructions of Making Durian Dodol

Instructions of Making Durian Dodol

First, you must prepare its ingredient. Get some special variety of durians. You can either buy them at the market, stalls or from night market. It is now fruit season. Cut the durian fruits open, carefully. Do not hurt yourself as they have sharp thorns. You will see the durian flesh inside.  Then, take the durian flesh and remove the seeds. Later, put the flesh into a large bowl.  You must add, 8 cups of sugar, 2 litres of coconut milk and a kilogram of flour. Stir the mixture well.

After that, get the stove ready and you must light up the woods on fire. When the fire is lit, put the pan or the pot on the stove. Pour the mixture into the pan or pot. Make sure the fire is slow. Stir the mixture with a wooden spatula; do not dip your bare hands into the hot durian dodol. When it turns dark brown and thick, let the fire becomes smaller. When the fire is off, you must leave the durian dodol becomes cool. Finally, put the durian dodol into the mengkuang or pandan leaves baskets.

(190 words)


Peperiksaan Pertengahan Penggal 2011

Aliza bt Datuk Mazlan Ngah,
262, Lorong Cermai, Chendering Perdana,
21080 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

23rd May 2011

Dear cousin Asmat,

How are you getting on? How are Uncle Mat and Auntie Milah? I hope you and your family are in good health?
My family and I are in the pink of health. Thanks for your letter that I’ve received two days ago. I apologize for not writing you earlier. I’ve to attend the 3 nights and 2 days literature camp at Anguillia Beach House Resort. Oh yes, I almost forgotten about tips that you are seeking from me on how to pass the PMR with flying colours. Well, like me, I have carried out these since I was in Form One. Firstly, you must do you revision. Revise your subjects every day and never study at the last minute. A wise saying says; do not burn the midnight oil. If you do, you will unable to get the flying colours.
Secondly, you must make a personal time table. This is to help you schedule your study sessions. You are able to manage your time wisely. Practice makes someone perfect. Do not waste your time on anything that is useless like too much watching television programs, chatting on the phone cells or the internet, computer games and many more.
Thirdly, you can also study in a group. I think you have lots of friends who are like birds who fly together in a flock. You can discuss important topics among your group. If you find any difficulty, you can refer to your subject teachers. By doing this, can help you to understand better.
Last but not least, you must always be 100% fit. Eat and sleep well. You must take a balanced diet and have enough sleep. Follow the food pyramid and drink plenty of plain water. Rest and always do exercise daily. Think positively and cheer up! That’s and I have to pen-off. See you in the next letter.

Your cousin




The School-Base Oral Assessment (SBOA) consists of 5 Models. This section provides you with practices to help you prepare for the assessment.

The test assesses the candidates’ ability to:

  • use vocabulary and grammar accurately and correctly in context.
  • respond to enquiries made using the correct pronunciation, intonation, rhythm and grammar.
  • respond orally and express thoughts and feelings meaningfully in various given situations
  • express ideas in context
  • give relevant information politely in response to enquiries made


Here are  some tips to help you do well in the assessment.

  • Choose an activity or topic you are familiar with.
  • Prepare and practice at home or in front of  afriend.
  • Use correct pronunciation when you speak.
  • Check that your talk is free-error and seek the help of your teacher or a friend to go over your written piece before you present it.
  • Speak with confidence. You need some practice.
  • Do not memorize what you want to say so that you do not panic or forget the point.
  • Write your points on small cards. Refer to them if you forget during the presentation.

The format of School  Based  Oral  Assessment

MODEL Description of Activity Examples

Student – teacher

Students are given a visual stimulus and are required to answer questions posed by the teacher.
  • Presenting information from non-linear forms, e.g. timetables, charts, train schedules, comic strips, pictures
  • Giving descriptions


The student presents information, story or poem to another student based on topic given or stimulus.
  • Talking and sharing information
  • Story –telling
  • Public speaking
  • Poem recital


The student chooses a partner and the teacher assesses students.
  • Presenting information from a picture
  • Giving descriptions
  • Narrating
  • Giving opinions

Pair work

The student chooses a partner and the teacher acts as a prompter.
  • Talking and sharing information
  • Asking and giving directions/instructions
  • Making enquiries

Group work

Students are put into groups of 3 or 4. Students choose their own group members. Teacher assesses students.
  • Talking and sharing information
  • Giving opinions
  • Justifying and giving reasons and explanations


Student- Teacher


Visual stimulus.



  1. Who is the celebrity shown in this poster?
  2. What game does he represent for the country?
  3. Do you think playing game is beneficial? Give one reason.
  4. What game do you like to play?
  5. How can games help you?


Visual stimulus.

  1. Who are these people in picture A? Describe what they do.
  2. Who are these people in picture C?  Tell, me what they normally do.
  3. Why is travelling by plane  fun? What place or country you would like to visit?
  4. How do you make booking to travel to another place? State the various means.
  5. When you grow up, what  do you want to be? (What is your ambition?)

MODEL 2 Student-Listener


Visual stimulus.

Teacher gives a series of pictues. He asks the student to tell a story to his /her partner based on the pictures.


Student choose his/her own poem.

a. The Dead Crow ~ by A. Samad Said

b. Life Brief Candle ~

c.  Lake of Innisfree

d. The River



Teacher assesses on the activity.

TOV 2011


Model answer

Content points Main ideas/ Elaboration of content potns/Adding details to make your article interesting

Clear -breeding areas-mosquitoes

Leave old tyres-empty cans- garden

Clean-fish ponds-tanks- surroundings

Inform authorities-take action

There have been cases of dengue throughout the nation. Dengue fever is caused by mosquitoes. It is an acute febrile infectious disease caused by the dengue virus. Typical symptoms include headache, a characteristic skin rash, and muscle and joint pains. Dengue is usually transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, and rarely Aedes albopictus. There is currently no available vaccine, but measures to reduce the habitat and the number of mosquitoes, and limiting exposure to bites, are used to decrease the incidence of dengue. 

So, we must clear the breeding areas of these harmful mosquitoes, as they breed in stagnant water and at any places that traps water like old tyres, empty containers ponds and the so makes a perfect place for the mosquito larvae to develop into disease carrying insects. Mosquito’s will breed in any accumulation of fresh, salt or waste water. This includes flower vases and pots, discarded tyres, roof guttering and water tanks. They also breed in salt marshes, mangroves, swamps, lagoons, forests and scrub.

Do not leave old tyres, empty cans or containers in the garden. We should clear up these items. In spite of that, we can implement the 3 R’s i.e. refuse, reuse and recycle. Old tyres and flowers pots need to be repainted, so that they look beautiful. Empty cans and bottles can be collected and sent to recollection centre. By doing this, we can keep our environment free from pollution and waste disposal.

Fish ponds and aquarium tanks too, must be clean twice a week. Keep surroundings clean and free from rubbish such old leaves from trees. Cut long grass in your lawn or garden once a month.

Inform the authorities such as the Health Department or the City Municipal Council so that they take action by sending men to spray the insecticides. How Can we protect  our Family? Fasten screen windows and doors at our homes. When mosquitoes are present, spray an environmentally acceptable aerosol underneath beds, behind furniture and other dark places before dusk. Ensure the repellent is reliable by containing no more than 20% DIETHYL TOLUAMIDE (DEET) or picaridin. If going outside in the evening, wear protective clothing (i.e. long pants and long sleeves) and use a mosquito repellent. Sleep under a mosquito net in unscreened houses and while camping.

(349 words)


Model answer

The process of producing a good magazine usually begins by compiling materials. Writers have to hand in their draft stories and photographers must submit before deadline. Designers prepare layout pages and editors have to edit for mistakes before the films and printing plates are produced. Finally, the magazines are printed and copies of them are distributed to distributors for marketing.

(60 words)


If you choose Patrick Flynne in the Potato People

I choose a brave character from the novel, Potato People written by Angela Wright.  He is Patrick Flynne, an Irish boy who was an orphan. When he was 16 years old, he faced lots of challenges. He is brave and adventurous. He knows he is beginning a great adventure and that his life will never be the same again. He also fights in some of the bloodiest battles in the terrible war, the American Independence . After the war, gains the rank of captain and the respect of his men. Besides,  being brave he is also patriotic. Although he has left Ireland forever, still remembers his country and never forgets what happened in Ireland.



The common mistakes

Students tend to do mistake when speaking and writing in English because of their mother tongue.

1. Word omission: The words that are left out in the sentences such as articles “ a, an, the” , prepositions of place, prepositions of time, prepositions of manner, etc.

2. Transpose: The placing of subject and object,

3. Wrong Word Use: words sounds the same (homonyms)

Exercise 1: Read each sentence given below carefully.  Identify the word that has been left out by underlining it. Rectify or insert the correct word at the place where you think is suitable.

1.     I’am going there now.                                                                              __________

2.     Last holidays I went to my uncle house at fishing village.               __________

3.     My mothers’ brother is always quarrelling with her.                      __________

4.     Rudolf Rassendyll sister in law, Rose always scold him.                  __________

5.     Many people go beach every Fridays and Saturdays.                     __________

6.     The baby crying because he hungry.                                                    __________

7.     When I free time, I will come to your house.                                     __________

8.     Zoo is place where wild animals are kept.                                          __________

9.     Never feed animals when you at the zoo.                                          __________

10.  You must buy a ticket before entering cinema.                                 _________

Future Tense

Simple Future Tense

To show an action in the future

1. “will” or “shall” + verb to show something that will be done or will happen in the future

2. “will” when we decide to do something now.

3. ” going to” to talk about something that we have decided to do in the future.

4. is + ing verbs form of the present continous.

Exercise 17,

Fill in the simple future tense or the going form of the verbs in brackets.

1. I am ___________(read) out the result soon.

2. Are you ______________(sell) your car. I ________________________(buit from you.

3. How are you ________________(get) there as none of us has the time to drive you?

4. He __________________(make) sure that we arrive on time for the meeting.

5. They ________________(release) the balloons when the signal is given.

6. The floor is dirty. Aren’t you _____________________(sweep)  it?

7. The bus ______________(leave) soon. You ______________(miss) it  if you do not hurry.

8. father is ______________(paint) the fence tomorrow. You  ___________(help ) him, won’t you?

9. They ____________(have) lunch at noon and ____________(start) the ceremonhy at one-thirty.

10. Both of them _______________(attend) the seminar on PMR exam on Thursday.

The Past Tense

Exercise 13.

Complete the sentences with the past tense form of the verbs in brackets.

1. The boys ___________(run) for shelter when it ___________(rain) cats and dogs.

2. We ___________(sing) and ___________(dance) until the wee hours of the morning.

3. Jason ___________ _(buy) the car on Monday and ________(give) us a ride to town the next day.

4. He always ___________(plan) the class parties) when he __________(study) here.

5. The lion _________(spring) at the hunter as he ___________(bend) down to pick up his gun.

6. Alan __________(stare) in awe at the “kavadi” carriers and then he ___________(turn) around to look at the chariots.

7. She said that she _____________(comprehend) what the teacher _______________(want) them to do.

8. You __________________(choose) the wrong clue and _______(lose) the chance of winning.

Exercise 14.

Fill in the blanks with past tense and the past continuous tense forms of the verbs in brackets.

1. The waiter _______________(put) down the dishes when I _____________(stretch) out my hand.

2. We_________________(have) breakfast when the postman ___________(come).

3. He __________(burn) his tongue while he ________________(drink) the hot coffee.

4. The wind ____________________(blow) strongly and the boats  were ________________(tug) at the ropes.

5. My dog _______________(bark) fiercely and the man ________________( call ) for help.

6. She _____________(board) the bus when I ________________(saw) her this morning.

7. Just as I _________________(start) to cook, the doorbell ________________________(rang).

8. The lady _______________________(cross) the road when the traffic light _____________________(turn) red.

9. I _______________(step) on the weighing machine and _________(cross) my fingers that my weight had not changed.

10. The boxes of goods ______________________(load) onto the lorry which __________(take) them to the port.