Section B of the English A paper was once Comprehension; however, as of the 2018 sitting of the CSEC English A exam Section B will be Expository Discourse. This means that there are a few different topics that fall under this heading. You must also remember that there will be only one question in this section (a mandatory question). Below we will explore some of the different types of topics that comes under expository discourse:
1) Write a letter to the principal detailing a pressing problem facing the school. Explain what makes the issue worthy of attention and suggest possible solutions.
2) Write a letter of complaint to a business that has disappointed you. Explain what dissatisfied you about the product or service offered by that company and what you expect the company to do to remedy the situation.
3) Write a letter complimenting a business or company for its outstanding services or products. Be specific about what you like, and give details on your positive experience with the company.
Business Letter- Letter of Request
Imagine that you are keeing a fundraising event for your school. Write a letter to a company of your choice seeking sponsorship for your event.
Your letter should include information about the following:
• Description of the event
• Date of the event
• Time the event will begin
• location of the event
• Statement of how the school will benefit from this venture
• Details of the type of sponsorship you are requesting
Letter format- salutation , address,date,body,complimentary close ( 10 marks)
Writing conventions – appropriate use of punctuation marks, capital letters, subject and verb agreement ( 10 marks)
Content – relevance of information and clarity of instructions ( 10 marks)
Choose any ONE of the following topics. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE INFORMATION ABOVE
Write a letter to the Minister of Culture and Sports outlining to him or her how important traditional games or sports are to your community.
Write a letter to the Minister of Culture and Sports outlining to him or her the importance of culture in your community.
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Read the letter below and imagine that you are Principal Jenkins. Write a response to Mrs Blake, counteracting the arguments she made.
Dedication Primary School
Dear Mr. Jenkins,
As a parent of an eleven plus student who is now preparing to write the examination for entry into secondary school, I would like to share with you my views on the issue of extra lessons. Your school offers extra lessons on five evenings of the school week and half-day on Saturday. I think this is outrageous!
Do you believe that there is a real need to give extra lessons? Do you believe that after children have been subjected to a whole day’s teaching, they are mentally alert to respond to extra lessons? A child’s capacity to retain knowledge when he is both physically and mentally exhausted is nil. This policy of teachers to cram knowledge in children’s brains is out of line with psychological research on the learning capacity of young children. You ought to realise that extra lessons have a negative impact on children in their future education. Children are known to lose interest in subjects and in studies generally, if they are goaded on by too much extra teaching.
Sir, how could you deprive young children of their freedom on evenings and Saturdays? Children need to enjoy their childhood days, to participate in activities other than schoolwork and to meet other children in their neighbourhood on the playing field. What memories would they have of childhood, if they are denied the opportunity to learn and grow at the same time?
It is time to take a hard look at what is happening in your school. Children need to relax, rest and play. These activities will help them to restore energy, to liberate their minds and refresh them for another day’s work. Don’t you realise that children who are subjected to too much mental pressure often experience mental blocks during examinations?
Wake up to the realities which children in extra lessons face – late home coming, late supper, late washing up and, to crown it all, a barrage of homework in every subject.
Put an end to this child abuse. Get your teachers to work diligently during the normal school day and there’ll be no need for extra lessons!