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ZIMSEC SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 1                                                                                                 1122/1

November 2008 Session              1 hour 30 minutes

TIME  1 hour 30 minutes

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES

  • Read the paper carefully before answering the questions.
  • Answer two questions.
  • Answer one  question from Section A and one from Section B.
  • Write your answers on the separate answer paper provided.
  • If you use more than one sheet of paper, fasten the sheets together.

INFORMATION TO CANDIDATES

  • The number of marks is given in brackets
[] at the end of each question.
  • You are advised to spend 50 minutes on Section A and 40 minutes on Section B.
  • SECTION A ( 30 MARKS)

    Write a composition on one of the following topics. Your answer should be between 350 and 450 words in length. You are advised to spend 50 minutes on this section.

    1.          Describe your favourite outdoor activity.      [30]
    2.          Write a story which is based on one of the following:

         Either a) The front door closed for the last time and I stepped into a new life.                          [30]

          Or        b) A neighbour whose behaviour suddenly changed.                  [30]

         3.           Private schools offer better education than government schools. Do you agree?                  [30]

    4.          The pleasures of gardening.                     [30]

    5.             Fashion. [30]

    6.             What would you consider to be the attributes of a good neighbour?                        [30]

    7.            The birthday present      [30]

    SECTION B ( 20 MARKS)

    Answer the following question. You should spend not more than 40 minutes on this section. Begin your answer on a fresh page.

        8. As captain of the school sports team, you have been instructed by the School Headmaster to rite a report explaining why you failed to fulfil a fixture against Chipenzo High School. Using the following notes and adding any of your own, compile a report for your Head.

                                                 – late departure.

                                                 – rough road.

                                                 – student taken ill.

                                                -wrong road.

                                                 – flat tyre.

                                                 – too late to continue

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