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PREFACE

This book is compiled to help pupils with the Picture Discussion component of the Oral English Examination.

There are 25 exercises based on common themes tested in schools. Each exercise includes prompts as well as ideas for a pupil’s response. In addition, a short paragraph is included to train the pupils to present their ideas in continuous speech. A glossary is included in every exercise. This will help a pupil build his vocabulary, enhancing both his speaking and writing skills.

This book is a useful resource suitable for both home study and classroom learning.

Kwan Hui Choo

...................................... 9 18 spine A Flag Raising Ceremony ..................................... 39 21 Getting A Haircut ...................................... 19 23 At The MRT Station........... 35 At The Wet Market ....................... 45 24 At The Bus Stop ........ 13 In The Classroom .... 15 1 Turn to the exercise you wish to work on......................... 31 17 How to use this book A Camping Trip ............................................. 49 11 At A Department Store ................................................. 29 16 Visiting The Aged ................................................... 23 13 At The Food Centre ... 3 The page with the picture should face the child while the prompts face the teacher/parent.. 11 The Book Fair .......... 27 A Walk In The Park ............ 19 Sports Day ....................................CONTENTS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 At The Beach ... 7 The Night Market ..................... 33 At The Aquarium ........................... 1 14 At The Hospital ............... 3 At The Zoo . 2 Fold the book at the spine........................................... 25 ............................................................ 43 At The Canteen ................ 47 25 At The Airport .................... 41 22 A Busy Street ...................... 37 20 On Board The Bus .................................................... 5 15 Visiting A Sick Friend ............................................................................................................................................... 17 10 At The Void Deck ................................. 21 12 At The Supermarket ....

1 At The Beach 1 .

Prompts 1. There are some swimmers near the shore. 2 . • While unpacking. They are distracted by cries from their son. • They have cheeky looks on their faces. • Their mother will probably reprimand them for being so mean. What do you see in the water? 2. Their mother will reprimand them for being so mean. a jar of jam and a plate of rolls are on the mat. What is the lady at the bench doing? 4. Many people have come to spend the day in the sun. Why is the little boy sitting on the sand crying? 3. There are two families at the beach. • One family has laid out a straw mat.1 AT THE BEACH Ideas and Response • It is a fine day at the beach. Continuous Response At The Beach It is a fine day at the beach. • They pass a lad standing under a tree. • Two sailboats can be seen in the distance. A man sits on the mat eating a roll while a woman stands at the edge of the mat. • There are some swimmers near the shore. On the mat are a picnic basket. The boy is strumming a guitar and singing a song. • They are distracted by cries from their son. a jar of jam and a plate of rolls. What is the boy with the guitar doing? • The children’s grandfather is also distracted by the boy’s cries. He bawls loudly as his sisters run away with cheeky looks on their faces. • The two children are heading for the beach with their father. • The boy is strumming a guitar and singing a song. The children’s grandfather is also distracted by the boy’s cries. A lady in a floral dress stands at a bench unpacking her bags. • There are many people at the beach. His sisters have just trampled on his sandcastle. One family has laid out a straw mat. • A picnic basket. • His sisters have just trampled on his sandcastle. • A woman stands at the edge of the mat. • A lady wearing a floral dress stands at a bench. There are two sailboats in the distance. she waves to her two young children. A boy with a ring float is swimming out to sea. • There are two families on the beach. she waves to her two young children. They are heading for the water with their father. While unpacking. Glossary roll distracted trampled cheeky reprimand floral heading for lad strumming a small oval piece of bread unable to concentrate stepped all over mischievous scold with pictures of flowers going towards young boy playing Describe what is happening in the picture. It must be a windy day. • A man sits on the mat eating a roll. They walk past a lad standing under a tree.

2 A Walk In The Park 3 .

• She will be surprised when she sees the picture.2 A WALK IN THE PARK Ideas and Response • People are out taking an evening stroll at the park. The view is spectacular. The man is visually impaired and he carries a cane. holding hands. his wife pushes the pram. The children are licking ice cream cones and relishing the refreshing treat. Glossary spectacular skyscrapers lush greenery visually impaired posing cradles relishing magnificent. • A young girl is leading a man in dark glasses to a bench. • The woman carries a camera while the man has a kite in his hand. The woman carries a camera while the man carries a kite. • The man who is visually impaired carries a cane. • A young boy on the far right is standing on a bench. Describe the scenery. There is a couple posing for a photograph. • A couple is posing for a photograph. Prompts 1. Why is this so? 4. Unknown to the woman. A couple wearing hats strolls by. They look like tourists. While the man cradles the baby. A couple is taking a walk with their baby. A mother and her two children are resting on a bench. • A mother and her two children are resting on a bench. She will be surprised when she sees the picture. • The children are relishing an ice cream cone each. • A couple wearing hats stroll by. • The park is on a hill. • Tall coconut trees grow among the lush greenery. 2. • Unknown to the woman. Describe what the children are doing in the picture. the man playfully sticks two fingers above her head. • The man cradles the baby while his wife pushes the pram. The park is on a hill. the man playfully sticks two fingers above her head. What is the man posing for a photograph doing? Continuous Response A Walk In The Park There are a number of people taking an evening stroll at the park. A young girl is leading a man with dark glasses to a bench. • He is admiring the view. The visitors are here for both the view and the fresh air. Skyscrapers and high-rise apartment buildings can be seen in the distance among the lush greenery. 3. • Skyscrapers and high-rise apartment buildings can be seen in the distance. 4 . • A couple with a baby is taking a walk. • The view is spectacular. stunning tall buildings beautiful healthy plants blind getting into position (for a photograph) carries eating and enjoying Describe what you see in the picture. • The people are also here for the view and fresh air. A young boy on the far right is standing on a bench admiring the view. hand in hand. The couple sporting hats and holding hands appear different from the rest. • They look like tourists.

3 At The Zoo 5 .

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