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October 2017

English Language: Descriptive compositions-Updated

By |2019-05-29T12:05:28+02:00October 12th, 2017|English Language Notes, Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

ZIMSEC English Language: Descriptive compositions

As part of your English Language course, you will be required to write essays on a regular basis. Descriptive essays are part of this essay writing regimen. It is important to point out that every type of essay you will encounter at Ordinary Level will require some sort of description in them so you will […]


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October 2015

How To Write A Narrative Composition -Updated

By |2019-05-29T12:24:48+02:00October 24th, 2015|English Language Notes, Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

ZIMSEC O Level English Language Notes:How to write a narrative composition As part of your English Language Paper 1 examination, you will be presented with the option to write a narrative essay or composition. Narrative essays tend to be very popular amongst students as the topics are usually approachable when compared to other options. This does not mean […]


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How to write a summary- Updated 2019

By |2019-05-29T12:56:47+02:00October 3rd, 2015|English Language Notes, Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

ZIMSEC O Level English Language Notes: How to write a summary

  • Summary writing forms an integral part of the English paper 2 examination.
  • It contributes a hefty 20% towards your final English Language grade which is pretty substantial.
  • That makes it as important as the Guided English composition found in Section B of Paper 1 of the English […]

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May 2015

Writing an article

By |2017-01-17T11:22:52+02:00May 19th, 2015|English Language Notes, Guided Compositions|

A magazine article. Image by Butler'sPantry.

A magazine article. Image by Butler’sPantry. ZIMSEC English Language Notes: Writing an article

Articles are magazine and newspaper style essays. As part of your ZIMSEC English Language examination you can be asked to write an article on a chosen topic in Section B of Paper […]


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Writing a Report

By |2017-01-17T11:23:01+02:00May 16th, 2015|English Language Notes, Guided Compositions|

Reports are perhaps the most important form of communication. Image by  Pqsl

Reports are perhaps the most important form of communication. Image by Pqsl ZIMSEC Writing a report

Perhaps the most important form of communication within businesses and at the workplace is the report. They are found everywhere no matter […]


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Writing an informal/personal letter

By |2017-01-17T11:23:02+02:00May 16th, 2015|English Language Notes, Guided Compositions|

Writing an Informal letter. Image by Josh Humbert

Writing an Informal letter. Image by Josh Humbert ZIMSEC Personal/Informal Letter

Instead of a report, formal letter,speech or article questions, you might encounter a question asking you to write a personal/informal letter in Section B of the ZIMSEC English Language […]


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Writing Speeches

By |2017-01-17T11:23:04+02:00May 11th, 2015|English Language Notes, Guided Compositions|

President Barack Obama at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) event. Image via Steinershow

President Barack Obama at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) event. Image via Steinershow ZIMSEC English Language Speech writing

As part of your Ordinary Level English Examination you might be asked to write a speech. Speech questions […]


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Writing Formal Letters

By |2017-01-17T11:23:05+02:00May 10th, 2015|English Language Notes, Guided Compositions|

Nixon's Resignation Letter is an example of a formal letter. Image by Wikipedia.

Nixon’s Resignation Letter is an example of a formal letter. Image by Wikipedia. ZIMSEC Notes: Writing Formal Letters

One of the possible questions that candidates will be asked to tackle as part of their Ordinary Level English examination […]


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Glossary of useful Register Words

By |2018-02-09T06:49:11+02:00May 10th, 2015|English Language Notes, English Register|

ZIMSEC Register Glossary of useful words

As a completing year student you will find the following list of words useful when answering your final public examination register questions. There are however two things that you should note:

  1. While this list of words was created and chosen to cover most common questions it is by no means exhaustive; it is not […]

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English Language: Register: Matching questions

By |2018-02-09T07:21:18+02:00May 8th, 2015|English Language Notes, English Register, Notes, Ordinary Level Notes|

Register Matching questions

For years now the fifth question (usually question e) ) in register has been a matching question. The question carries 2 marks and requires you to match 4 register items in the first column to four items in the second column with each correct answer you give being worth half a mark. In some rare instances the […]


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