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GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA EXAMINATION ENGLISH LANGUAGE ‘B’


GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA EXAMINATION
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ‘B’
SEMESTER ONE — FIRST SESSION
TIME: 3 hours TOTAL MARKS: 70
This paper has 8 pages.
LISTENING: You will hear each text three times. The first time, only listen;
the second time, write; and the third time, check your work.
When the tape finishes, write your answers on your answer paper.
LISTENING 1 (Items 1 – 6)
You will hear a conversation between a husband and wife.
Listen, and for each item, choose the correct option: A, B or C.
1. The husband is at _______________.
A. home B. the office C. the airport
2. The wife is phoning him because she is __________.
A. worried B. angry C. bored
3. She has seen two men outside __________.
A. their house B. their neighbours’ house C. her daughter’s school
4. The husband thinks the men are __________.
A. gardeners B. builders C. painters
5. He asks her to ________________.
A. call him again later B. phone the police C. speak to the men
6. He tells her where to find _____________.
A. his business card B. some keys C. his passport
LISTENING 2 (Items 7 – 11)
You will hear part of a radio programme called ‘Disappearing Jobs’. Listen, and
for each question, write a short answer (not more than THREE WORDS).
7. What did the speaker’s father do? ___________________ (job)
8. What time did the speaker get up every morning? ___________________
9. What kind of vehicle did he use? ___________________
10. What did he sell? milk, ___________ and ____________
11. When did he start having problems with his business? In ___________
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Grade 12, English Language ‘B’ page 2
Semester One, First Session, 2008 – 2009
LISTENING 3 (Items 12 – 15]
You will hear four people speaking. What are they doing? For each speaker,
choose ONE of the items in the box. Write A, B, C, etc, as in the example.
Example: “I’ll have two kilos of rice, please.
And how much are those bananas?” ___F___
ACTIVITIES
12. (1) ________
13. (2) ________
14. (3) ________
15. (4) ________
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
buying a car
taking a photo
paying a bill
doing some gardening
watching a film
buying some food
giving a presentation
VOCABULARY 1 (Items 1 – 5)
Complete the text. Use five of the words in the box. Write ONE word in each space.
(There are three extra words in the box.)
believe disagree introduce invent
order reach spend support
An international private school in Paris is planning to (1) ______________ Sanskrit
classes for its students next year. Most parents (2) ______________ the school’s
decision: they (3) ______________ that learning this ancient and beautiful language
will be good for their children’s education. However, others (4) ___________: they
want their children to (5) ______________ their time at school learning things which
are more useful in the modern world.
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Grade 12, English Language ‘B’ page 3
Semester One, First Session, 2008– 2009
VOCABULARY 2 (Items 6 – 10)
Match the definitions with the words in the box. Write A, B, C, etc, as in the example.
(There are five extra words in the box.)
Example: A large area of land covered with trees. ___F___ A mud
6. A plant that is grown by farmers _______
B island
C desert
7. A very large area of land, e.g. Africa, Asia _______
D earthquake
E crop
8. An area of dry land with no trees or plants _______
F forest
G ocean
9. A sticky mixture of earth and water _______
H canal
I valley
10. A long, narrow, man-made stretch of water,
used for transport or irrigation _______
J lake
K continent
VOCABULARY 3 (Items 11 – 15)
Complete the unfinished word in each sentence.
You are given the first letter(s) of each word. Write the whole word
in your Answer Book. Make sure you spell the word correctly.
Example: Your hands are d_irty___. Go and wash them!
11. “Rome is the cap_________ city of Italy. It has a population of 8 million people."
12. “The light was so br___________ I had to put my sunglasses on.”
13. “My camera’s broken, but I won’t take it back to the shop. I can f_________ it
myself.”
14. “On the way home, we had a puncture, so we had to use the sp_________ tyre.”
15. “You shouldn’t bl_________ him for the accident. It wasn’t his fault.”
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Grade 12, English Language ‘B’ page 4
Semester One, First Session, 2008 – 2009
GRAMMAR 1 (Items 1 – 5)
Complete the dialogue. Use five of the words in the box. Write ONE word in each
space. (There are three extra words in the box.)
a at how it not on the there
Speaker A: “Excuse me. Is (1) _________ a supermarket near here?”
Speaker B: “Yes, it’s (2) __________ far from here.”
Speaker A: “So (3) __________ do I get there?”
Speaker B: “Turn left (4) __________ the traffic lights. Go past (5) __________
Grand Mosque, and you’ll see the supermarket on your right.”
Speaker A: “Thank you.”
GRAMMAR 2 (Items 6 – 10)
Complete each sentence. Choose the correct option: A, B, C or D.
6. “I’m tired _________ listening to her complaints. Why can’t she be more patient?”
A. from B. at C. with D. of
7. From 1998 to 2003, Simon __________ in Tokyo.
A. is living B. lived C. lives D. has lived
8. “Don’t worry! I’ll phone you _________ I have any news.”
A. until B. although C. as soon as D. while
9. The house ___________ I was born was damaged in the floods.
A. where B. that C. when D. which
10. “I’m sorry. You’ll have to wait. I haven’t ___________ yet.”
A. finish B. finishing C. finishes D. finished
GRAMMAR 3 (Items 11 – 15)
Complete the text. In each space, write ONE WORD only.
Wood is one of the (11) _________ important fuels used (12) _________ human
beings. It (13) _________ used to cook meals and heat people’s homes. It is cheaper
(14) _________ most other fuels, (15) _________ unfortunately cutting down trees
damages the environment.
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Grade 12, English Language ‘B’ page 5
Semester One, First Session, 2008 – 2009
READING 1 (Items 1 – 6)
Match the six texts on the left with the texts in the box.
Write A, B, C, etc, as in the example. (There are three extra texts in the box.)
Ex. It’s a really beautiful place. ___F___
1. If you want to see the
festival, I suggest you go
by train. ______
A Some of them are very interesting,
but I’m having difficulty deciding
which to accept!
2. When I arrived home, the
door was locked and I
couldn’t get in. ______
B However, we are hoping to start again
next week, if the weather improves.
3. It was really annoying! I
paid a lot of money to buy
a ticket for the play. ______
C There is a bus that goes there, but
the roads will be very crowded at this
time of year.
4. Since I started looking for a
job, I’ve been getting lots of
offers. ______
D But I knew that my wife would be
back in a few minutes, so I just
waited in my car.
5. All sports activities for this
week have been cancelled
because of heavy rain. ______
E My car broke down on the way to the
office, so I was late for the meeting.
6. Now, this is your room. The
nights are quite cold at this
time of year.
______
F Every year, thousands of tourists go
there for their holidays.
G So I’ll switch off the AC, and I’ll put
an extra blanket on the bed for you.
H It was a very exciting match. Both
teams played very well and there
were lots of goals.
I But my seat was so far away from
the stage that I could hardly see
anything!
J The hotel, which was opened in 2005,
is located on the west coast of the
island.
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Grade 12, English Language ‘B’ page 6
Semester One, First Session, 2008 – 2009
READING 2 (Items 7 – 12)
Read each text. Then, write ONE WORD only to complete the answer.
It’s funny how people change as they get older. As a child, my daughter loved books
and her ambition was to be a great writer, while my son dreamed only of becoming a
famous footballer. But now he teaches Chemistry at the university, and she’s captain
of the national basketball team!
7. The writer’s son is a _________________. (job)
(Message): ‘Hi Muna! Salma called. She says thanks for the information that you gave
her. She’s finished her article now and she’d like you to check it. How can she send it
to you? Should she put it in an envelope and post it, or can she send it by e-mail?’
8. Salma wants to send Muna an ______________.
(Tourist guide): “It’s a late work by the great Dutch artist, Frans van Heyst. It used to
hang on the wall above King James’ desk, but was later moved here into the sittingroom.
Unfortunately, smoke from the fireplace has damaged some of the colours.”
9. The guide is talking about a ______________.
(From a news report): Efforts to find the missing jewellery have so far not been
successful. However, the police have discovered the car which the robbers used.
The vehicle, which belongs to a London businessman, is now being examined by
the investigating team.
10. (Headline): POLICE FIND STOLEN ______________.
“I’d arranged a meeting with Yahya, my assistant, at eight o’clock in the morning.
But I overslept and got to the office fifteen minutes late! Fortunately, Yahya wasn’t
there yet. Five minutes later, he came in, apologizing and looking very embarrassed.
I didn’t say anything. I just looked at my watch, and then started the meeting!”
11. Yahya arrived at the office at eight-__________. (time)
In 1983, we planted six maples in the park. They grew quickly and are now fifteen
metres tall. They look lovely in the autumn with their red and gold leaves. We had to
cut one of them down last year, but we used the wood to make some nice furniture.
12. A maple is a kind of _______________.
Write your answers on your answer paper.
Grade 12, English Language ‘B’ page 7
Semester One, First Session, 2008 – 2009
READING 3 (Items 13 – 20)
Read the text. Then, for each item, choose the correct option: A, B or C.
Timothy Carrick grew up in the UK and studied Arabic at Oxford University, learning how to
read and speak the language fluently. At the age of twenty-one, he began travelling in the
Arab world, and he has spent the last fifteen years based in Sana’a, the capital city of
Yemen, working as a researcher and writer.
He first became interested in Ibn Battuta when he found a copy of the great explorer’s
‘Travels’ — in Arabic, of course — in a second-hand bookshop in Sana’a. After reading it,
he made a decision: he would follow in the explorer’s footsteps! He would start in Ibn
Battuta’s birthplace, Tangiers in Morocco, and then, following the same route, he would
visit all the places that the explorer had visited nearly seven hundred years before. Then,
at the end, he would write a book about his experiences and about what he had found.
So it was that on 13 September 2004, he landed at Tangiers International Airport. In the
city, he was able to see Ibn Battuta’s tomb, the first of many tombs that he visited on his
travels. He also talked to a Moroccan historian, who gave him some valuable advice as well
as a copy of his biography of the explorer. From Tangiers he flew to Cairo — unlike Ibn
Battuta, who had ridden across North Africa on a camel! Of course, Timothy Carrick only
had four years to complete his journey, whereas Ibn Battuta travelled for twenty-six years!
Later, in Oman, he went to Qalhat and Sur. From there he hoped to sail to Dhofar, but
unfortunately it was impossible to find a suitable boat, so he had to go by bus instead. He
spent three weeks in Dhofar, visiting mosques, tombs and archaeological sites and talking
to the local people, who were amazed that he could speak such good Arabic.
As he continued on his journey through India, China and other places, he discovered that
writing just one book would not be enough. By the end of 2008, when he finally returned
to Yemen, he had completed three books, two of which have already been published.
13. Timothy Carrick lives in _________.
A. the UK B. Yemen C. Morocco
14. He became interested in Ibn Battuta when he __________.
A. read a biography by a
Moroccan historian
B. was studying at
Oxford University
C. read the explorer’s
own autobiography
15. He travelled from Morocco to Egypt by ______________.
A. plane B. camel C. boat
16. On his travels, he visited a lot of __________.
A. palaces B. tombs C. forts
17. It took him ______________ years to complete the whole journey.
A. 4 B. 15 C. 26
18. He went from Sur to Dhofar by ____________.
A. bus B. boat C. car
19. Speaking to people in Oman was easy for him because ________________.
A. they could speak English B. they were friendly C. he could speak Arabic
20. He has written ______________ about his travels.
A. a book B. two books C. three books
Grade 12, English Language ‘B’ page 8
Semester One, First Session, 2008 – 2009
WRITING 1
Describe and comment on the picture. Write 20 – 30 words.
WRITING 2
Write a PARAGRAPH about a man called Saheer Bhatiya. Use ALL the information
in the box. Your paragraph should be correct and well-organised.
Saheer Bhatiya
next year/ open/ computer school 2007/ invent/ new software
scholarship/ university born/ Mumbai/ India/ 1978
sell/ invention/ big company poor family/ farmer
first job/ computer engineer Bangalore University/ Technology
graduate/ 2001 work hard/ top student/ school
WRITING 3
Write at least 100 words on the following topic:
Is your life interesting or boring?
— What do you think? Give your reasons.
Your writing should be clear, well-organised and lively.
Write your answers on your answer paper.

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