Are you or your child in Secondary Three this year? If you are a parent, are you aware that there has been a syllabus change for O’Levels English when you are buying new assessment books for your children? Are your tutors trained in the requirements of the new syllabus?
Most of the assessment books that you see in the popular local bookstores are still based on the old syllabus. If you are taking O’levels next year in 2023, it is pertinent that you are equipping yourself with the right resources and hiring the best tutor for your child. Most resources available in the bookstores right now are still based on the old syllabus (EL 1128). A check by our staff at the local bookstores show that most of the assessment books are not updated to the new syllabus yet because changes take time.
What is the new EL syllabus and where can we can free resources for that?
In school, our teachers are teaching based on the new syllabus and if you have not caught up, subscribe and stay tuned to our youtube channel and blogs for a series of FREE resources for O’levels English O’levels New Syllabus 1184. You can also reach out to our team of MOE trained (current) or ex-MOE teachers and get 1 on 1 tuition with them. Whatsapp or email us today.
English Paper 1 Syllabus 1184- Situational Writing
To start off, we are looking at Paper 1: Situational Writing (Formal Letters/Email)
Situational Writing Notes for English O’levels New Syllabus 1184
Format: Letter Writing – Formal Email / Writing
Section B: Situational Writing (30 marks)
Requirements: Candidates must write 250–350 words on a given situation which will involve viewing a visual stimulus. Our focus for today is Email/ Letter Writing, specifically, formal letter writing. Students could be tasked to write a formal letter to a manager or a restaurant complaining for its shoddy service or complimenting a restaurant for impeccable service. Other scenarios include writing application letters for internship, applying for a course/programme or nominating someone for an award.
How to get a better score for Situational Writing?
- Mind your tone!
You will never go far in Situational Writing if you don’t write with the correct tone and register. For formal letters, you should sound ‘business-like’ and official.
2. Start with a Good Hook /Introduction!
Examples of Introductions for Formal Letter:
|How to greet and Introduce yourself
Dear Sir / Dear Madam
Dear Mr Leong (address the recipient by their last name / surname)
I am Simon Woo, a Secondary Three Student from Kangkong Secondary School. I am writing to apply for an internship at XXX.
|How to end a formal letter / email
|Thank you for your valuable time. Should you need to clarify any details, feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to the good news that my internship has been accepted.
Yours Faithfully (Yours faithfully’ should be used for emails or letters where the recipient is unknown, meaning you start the letter with ‘Dear Sir/Madam’.)
Yours Sincerely (should be used when you have the name of the recipient).
Study Notes for EL Syllabus 1184 Paper 1: Formal Letter Writing
Types of Formal Letter
How to write introductions
|How to write conclusions
As a concerned member of the public, I am appalled to see that …
As a resident of West Coast Group Representation Constituency (GRC), I am writing to offer some feedback about …
|I urge you to take immediate action and hope to hear from you soon.
2. To commend
I am writing this letter to nominate a student for the Excellent Character Award / MOE Caring Teacher Award 2023
I strongly believe that Mr Ouyong is a very deserving candidate. He often goes beyond the call of duty and does his utmost in nurturing the holistic development of their students.
3. To invite guest for an event
|On behalf of my CCA, I am honoured to invite you to the annual gathering dinner that will take place at the [Venue] on [Date, Timing].
It is my privilege to have you with us at this special occasion.
|I sincerely hope that you will be able to grace us with your presence.
4. To apply for internship
|I am writing to you regarding (internship opportunity title) that opened up recently/advertised on (website). I am drawn to this exciting opportunity as I am seeking a challenging but rewarding internship during my year end holidays.
I am most delighted to find that my academic
accomplishments meet the necessary requirements.
I sincerely hope that you will consider my application. Looking forward to your favourable reply. I can be contacted at (insert your hp/email).
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