HSC English First Paper Model Test (1)
Time: 90 Minutes Marks: 55
(Part A – Seen Comprehension)
Read the passage below and answer the questions 1 and 2:
Statistics show that about 350 million people speak English as a language and another 300 million use it as a second language. It is the official or semi-official language in more than 60 countries and of many international organizations. The International Olympic Committee, for example, always holds meetings in English. English helps the international community and the business world to communicate across national borders. Today, more than 80% of all the information in the world’s computers is in English, so organizations frequently need employees who speak and write a standard form of English. In fact some companies provide English language training for their staff. It is therefore little wonder that job advertisements now a days often ask for a ‘good working knowledge’ of English. Many believe now that English usually helps them to get good jobs and better salaries.
1. Choose the right world/expression to complete each sentences: 1×5=5
a) First language refers to the important/ main/ natural language.
b) A second language is learnt regarding it as next in importance to the mother tongue/a foreign language/a dead language.
c) The number of people who use English as a second language is about 300/350 million.
d) International Olympic Committee always holds its meetings in French/ English /Spanish.
e) English is used as, official or semi-official language in more than 60/50/70 countries.
2. Make a list of five reasons why English is important. 1×5=5
Read the passage below and answer the questions 3 and 4:
Communicative competence refers to the ability to use language appropriately in different circumstances. There are two ways of developing communicative competence in a language. The first is acquisition which is similar to the way people develop ability in their mother tongue. It is a natural, sub-conscious process in which users are not usually aware of acquiring a language. They are aware only of the fact that they are using the language to communicate. In non-technical terms, acquisition is ‘picking up’ a language spontaneously. It may also be called implicit learning.
On the other hand, the second way of developing communicative competence in a language is learning that language. It refers to conscious knowledge of a language, knowing the rules of language use, being aware of using them and being able to talk about them. In non-technical terms, learning is to know consciously about a language. It may be described as explicit learning.
Language specialists believe that acquiring a language is more successful and longer lasting than learning. Therefore, teachers these days encourage learners of a second language to practice and experience the language in different situations where they are involved in communicating with others.
- Summarize the given passage in five sentences. 5
- Based on your reading of the passage, make short notes in each of the boxes in the flow chart showing the ways of developing competence in a language. (No. 1 has been done for you) 1×5=5
|1. Acquiring a language|
- Fill in each of the gaps with a suitable word from the box. Make any grammatical changes if necessary. There are more words in the box than you need. 1×10=10
All species are important for maintaining ecological balance. If one is lost, the whole natural environment gets (a) ——–. We should (b) ——– our wild life to protect the environment from being (c) ——–. Many countries are now taking action to protect their (d) ——– wildlife. Mankind must develop a (e) ——– for wild creatures and must ensure that they will not (f) ——–. (g) ——– wild creations means destroying ourselves. It is high time we (h) ——– them. Love for animals (i) ——– love for (j) ——–.
- Match the phrases in the following substitution table to make sensible sentences. Write out the sentences in full. 2×6=12
|a. He was a free will agent and||teach, for they are done||gracious things that we find done||predicted experience.|
|b. He did for me the||loose in the||he came himself by a short-cut||responsibility without subterfuge.|
|c. Things no training can||he chose to do careful work||rough walk to||as candy and apples he was wordless.|
|d. A stone was||I tried to return his||and if he failed he took the||the cabin.|
|e. He dug a deeper hole||unnecessary thing, the||thoughtfulness with such things||only by the great of heart.|
|f. I found that when||and steadies it, although||on the instant, with no||over the bank.|
7. Answer the following questions to make it a continuous paragraph. Your answer should give as much detail as possible: 13
a) What is environment? b) What is environment pollution? c) What are the causes of environment pollution? d) What are the major effects of it? e) How can we prevent it?
- a) main b) mother tongue c) 300 d) English e) 60
2. A list of five reasons why English is important is given below:
a) An international language
b) The official or semi-official language in more than 60 countries
c) Holding international meetings in English.
d) Getting a good job.
e) Communicating with other countries.
4. a) Knowing the rules of the language
b) Using the language
c) Experiencing the language through different situations
d) Communicating with others
e) Practicing the language
5. a) changed b) save/protect c) spoilt d. endangered e. concern f) perish/be perished g) destroying h) protected/ saved i) means/ be j) mankind.
6. a) He was a free will agent and he chose to do careful work and if he failed he took the responsibility without subterfuge.
b) He did for me the unnecessary thing, the gracious things that we find done only by the great of heart.
c) Things no training can teach, for they are done on the instant, with no predicted experience.
d) A stone was loose in the rough walk to the cabin.
e) He dug a deeper hole and steadies it, although he came himself by a shortcut over the bank.
f) I found that when I tried to return his thoughtfulness with such things as candy as apples he was wordless.