The purpose of this text is to familiarise you with the steps of successfully completing Integrated Skills Tasks in the DSE Listening & Integrated Skills Examination.
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Text Type: First, you should understand the common text types that appear in the DSE Listening & Integrated Skills Examination. The most common text types are Letter/Email, Article, Report, Speech, and Proposal. Although different text types have different structural features, each written task should contain at least three sections: (1) opening, (2) body paragraph(s) and (3) closing. You should memorise some sentence patterns that are useful for each text type. Second, you should understand that the task instructions may not explicitly tell you which text type is the text that you are asked to write. You need to identify the text type accurately by yourself.
|Task Description||Text Type|
|2014 Task 8: Information page||Article|
|2014 Task 9: Speech||Speech|
|2014 Task 10: Letter to the editor||Letter|
Mark Distribution: Before 2017 DSE, all Integrated Tasks weigh the same (18 marks per task). Since 2017 DSE, each written task has a different total mark and this usually implies the Task Completion mark (i.e. how many “content point” you should include in the written task). Ideally, you should allocate the time for each written task according to its total mark.
Whether the task requires you to use information from the note-taking page: This is a very useful piece of information that most students do not pay attention to. If the written task requires you to use information from the note-taking page, it will explicitly tells you in the task instructions. If it doesn’t require you to use information from the note-taking page but you quote information from the page and include it in your written task, you will be penalised.
|Task Instructions||Do you need to use information from the note-taking page?|
|2014 Task 8: Write your information page using information from the B2 Data File and your notes.||YES|
|2014 Task 9: Write your speech using information from the B2 Data File.||NO|
|2014 Task 10: Write your letter to the editor using information from the B2 Data File and your notes.||YES|
|You are Joey Wong. You are an assistant at the Kowloon Exotic Pets Hospital, which takes care of people’s unusual pets.||Yours truly,
Kowloon Exotic Pets Hospital
|Your boss, Kerry Lam, has asked you to help with the development of the Hospital’s website and other tasks.||Yours truly,
Kowloon Exotic Pets Hospital
|Instructions||Actions to be taken|
|Next month, we’re going to have an open day and I’m going to give a speech and I’d like you to write it for me.||Use your boss’s name in the opening of the speech.
Example: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Open Day of Kowloon Exotic Pets Hospital. I am Kerry Lam and I am honoured to be here to give a speech to you all.”
|As we’re thinking about having a virtual pet page on our website,||Persuade the guests to visit the virtual pet page on the website in the closing of the speech.
Example: “Our Hospital will host a virtual pet page on our website soon. Please visit it to experience the joy of keeping a virtual pet!”
|I’d like to talk about virtual pets.||Mention the purpose of the speech in the opening.
Example: “Today, I’ll talk about virtual pets.”
|Please include a brief background on virtual pets||Devote at least one body paragraph to explaining the background on virtual pets. This means you should look for the following information in the Data File:
– Definition of virtual pets
– Why virtual pets are popular
– Statistics of virtual pet users (especially elderly people)
|and focus on how old people use virtual pets.||Devote at least one body paragraph to explaining how old people use virtual pets. This means you should look for the following information in the Data File:
– Why elderly people keep virtual pets
– What elderly people do with virtual pets
|I suggest that you start by looking at that ‘Inside the Virtual Jungle’ book.||Look for this piece of information in the Data File and indicate that it is for Task 9 (e.g. by highlighting it in a specific colour or by drawing a symbol next to the information)|
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|Opening||– I am writing in response to the letter dated ... regarding ...
– I am writing to provide you with information about ...
|Body||– Regarding ...|
|Closing||– Thank you for your attention.
– If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact (person).
– I look forward to hearing from you soon.
|Title||– Organic food
– Healthy and delicious
– All about organic farming
– The joy of organic farming
|Opening||– Have you ever
– The will provide information about (topic) so as to help you gain a better understanding of (topic).
– Read on to find out more!
|Body||– It is
– ... that ...
– ... is also worth mentioning.
no more. Come and join us!|
– Don’t miss this valuable opportunity!
– If you would like to know more about ..., please visit our website at (website) / contact (person).
– There is no doubt that (topic) is (adjective). Let’s (action to be taken)!
|Title||– Report on Hong Kong’s NEETs
– Report on the Decline in the Number of Moviegoers
|Opening||– The purpose of this report is to ...
– This report will ...
|Body||– It is
– ... that ...
|Closing||– It is hoped that the report has shed light on (problem).
– With the above suggestions, it is hoped that the problems will be solved.
|Opening||– Thank you very much for inviting me to be your guest speaker at (event).
– My name is ... and I am to be here today ...
|Body||– I would like to share with you ...
– An example from my own experience is ...
– Try to remember that ...
– My advice would be to ...
|Closing||– I hope that you can take something away from my speech today ...
– It is important to remember that ...
– Thank you for your attention, and I hope that ...
|Title||– Proposal for the ‘Better Sex Education’ Campaign
– Proposal for activities to be held in the Sports Week
|Opening||– The purpose of this proposal is to ...
– The details of the suggestions are as follows.
– The details of the activities will be elaborated in the following paragraphs.
|Body||– It isthat ...|
|Closing||– It is believed that the suggestions above are feasible and practical.
– It is sincerely hoped that our suggestions will be considered favourably.
– It is hoped that the proposal will be approved.
|Percentage||Formulae expression||Percentage||Formulae expression|
|80%||the vast majority of||70%||the majority of|
|60%||more than half of the||50%||half of the|
|40%||almost half of the||30%||a minority of|
|20%||a small minority of||10%||few|
|Words that are too informal for a formal text||Words that are overly formal for a semi-formal text|
I’ve got ...
|(e.g. Alessi 2005; Cheng and Lewis 2015)
Kohonen et al. (2010: xix)
(see press release in Appendix 6)