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English Project for 11 MIA and IIS 3

Let’s create a poster in the classroom!

With a partner, come up with the ideas and suggestions to IMPROVE ENGLISH ENVIRONMENT in your school. Make a poster and put these ideas and suggestions on the poster.
Note: Never put the same poster as your friends had.

here are some ideas to help you.
When you’ve done, put it on my desk in the teacher’s room by submitting to the leader of the class.

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Good Luck

Reading Text on Chapter 1 for 10 MIA

Text 1

An email from Hannah
Hello, Alia! Let me introduce myself. My name is Hannah.
I know your name from my friend, Caroline. She told me that you sent her an email telling her that you would like to have more pen pals from the US. I’d really like to be your E-pal. You sound really cool!
I guess I’d better tell you something about myself first. I’m 16 years old and I attend Thomas Edison High School here in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. I have two brothers and two half sisters and I’m the middle child. My father died a few years ago so my mother runs the house and the family business. My father was a barista. I have lots of hobbies. I like music–mostly classical music and folk music – but I don’t play an instrument. I like sports, especially tennis and basketball. At school I’m in the basketball team and I spend most of my extra-curricular time playing basket ball. I’m into animals very much. My sister and I have three dogs, a rabbit and an iguana.
They need lots of attention as you can imagine. At school, I have many Hmong friends who were not fully fluent in English. Their family moved here from Asia. I enjoy talking to them about our different cultures.
My favorite subjects at school are art and geography. I think I’d like to become a park ranger when I graduate, perhaps work for the National Parks Service.
I haven’t got much interest in fashion, although we have ‘Mall of America,’ the biggest mall in Minnesota. We can reach the mall very easily. A commuter train runs every 15 minutes, buses also come from
different directions. We can also drive to the mall. It’s much faster than going there by train or by bus.
I don’t like reading but I love drawing and painting.
How about you? Please drop me a line, Alia! Can’t wait to hear from you!

Text 2

A letter from Saidah
Assalamu’alaikum Alia,
It was very interesting to read your letter about yourself and your hometown.
I would really like to be your pen friend. I’m a sixteen-year-old school student from Johor Bahru in Malaysia.
Actually I attend an Islamic boarding school just outside the city but my family live in Kuala Lumpur. My eldest sister is a medical doctor. She will get married soon. My younger brother is an elementary school student in KL but he often writes to me via email.
My favorite subjects are social sciences. I like history very much; it helps me know more how different countries existed in the past. At school we are supposed to use English at all times, even when we are in the dormitory, so we have become quite fluent although sometimes we slip back into Malay, which is our mother tongue.
As for hobbies, I’m really into songs and music. My favorite singer is Yusuf Islam whose former name was Cat Steven. He’s so cool! Another singer I like is Maher Zain with his religious songs. My favorite Malay singer is of course Siti Nurhaliza. I also like watching movies, especially comedies. The actor I like best is Tom Cruise.
I’m really into books. I like reading novels and short stories, mostly by Malay authors who you probably haven’t heard of. I like some writers in English, like JK Rowling and Indonesian writers too, like Andrea Hirata and Ahmad Fuadi. My dream, when I’m older, is to be a writer of science fiction books set in the distant future.
I’d really love to come to Indonesia some day. I heard that it has the largest number of Muslims of any country. A book that I’ve just read mentions that there are some magnificent places to visit, such as, Bali, Sulawesi, Papua and Borneo! What about you, do you want to visit my country?
Wassalam, Saidah

Sample of MindMapping for Remedial test

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Speaking Project for the 12th Grade

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Sample of FlashCard

Reported Speech


Use reported speech to talk about what another person said in the past.

Eve:                       ‘I went to the party on Friday night’.
James:                  ‘Eve said that she had gone to the party on Friday night’.

1) When reporting speech, the verb in the sentence may shift to a past tense.

 am / is / are changes to was / were
I am fine. She said that she was fine.
present simple changes to past simple
I like it. He said he liked it.
present continuous changes to past continuous
She’s sleeping. He said that she was sleeping.
will changes to would
I’ll be there. You said that you’d be there.
can changes to could
I can come to the meeting. You said that you could come to the meeting.
past simple changes to past perfect
I did the shopping. Tom said that he had done the shopping.
present perfect changes to past perfect
I’ve read that book. I told him that I’d read the book.
past continuous changes to past perfect continuous
She was walking home alone. He said that she had been walking home alone.
present perfect continuous changes to past perfect continuous
I’ve been working, I told him that I’d been working.

2) To report speech, use He / She / I said (that) …
You can also use He / She told me (that)…; I told him / her (that)…
3) Don’t use quotation marks (“) when reporting speech.

4) References to times in the past also may need to change when using reported speech, if that time is no longer the same.

this morning / week / month that morning / week / month
yesterday the previous day
last week / month the previous week / month
ago earlier / previously
tomorrow the following day
next week / month the following week / month

Reported commands

If you put a command into Reported speech there are some steps which are the same like in statements: (changing of the person, backshift of tenses, changing of expressions of time).

The form is mostly: form of to tell + to + infinitive.

Affirmative commands Negative commands
Father: “Do your homework.” Teacher. “Don’t talk to your neighbour.”
Father told me to do my homework. The teacher told me not to talk to my neighbour.

Reported questions

If you put a question into Reported speech there are some steps which are the same like in statements: (changing of the person, backshift of tenses, changing of expressions of time).

In Reported speech there is no question anymore, the sentence becomes a statement.
That’s why the word order is: subject – verb

Question without question words (yes/no questions):
Peter: “Do you play football?” – Peter asked me whether (if) I played football.

Question with question words:
Peter: “When do you play football?” – Peter asked me when I played football

Finish the sentences using Reported speech. Alwayschange the tense, although it is sometimes not necessary.Example: Peter: “Clean the black shoes!”
Peter told me _________________________

Answer: Peter told me to clean the black shoes.

Change the following statements into reported speech!

  1. The announcer said, “It’s difficult to make a prediction so soon”
  2. Martha said, “Has your brother even taken an English course?”
  3. Dorothy said to Don, ” Turn the lights on in the living room.”
  4. “when do you plan to leave Boston?” my secretary asked.
  5. “don’t forget about your appointment,” John’s friend reminded him.
  6. ” I told the police the truth about the accident,” the man repeated.
  7. Father said to us,” I’m going to tell you a big secret about that”
  8. My friend said,” show me all of the photographs.”
  9. Mr.Shaw asked the students, “Did you enjoy your trip yesterday?”
  10. My aunt said to me,”Put your hat and coat in the front closet.”


Tips UN

Jika kamu ingin lulus Ujian Nasional, sebaiknya kamu perlu mencermati Standar Kriteria Lulusan (SKL). Di samping itu, tidak ada salahnya mencari bocoran pertanyaan UN Bahasa Inggris. Untuk mata pelajaran bahasa Inggris, INDIKATORnya adalah menentukan gambaran umum, mencari pikiran utama paragraf, menentukan informasi tertentu, informasi rinci, informasi tersurat, informasi tersirat, menentukan rujukan kata (referring), mencari makna kata atau frasa dan menentukan tujuan komunikatif.

Sementara KOMPETENSI yang diujikan dalam UN adalah reading dan writing. Untuk kompetensi reading meliputi teks fungsional dan esai sederhana. Teks fungsional, yaitu  caution/notice/warning, greeting card, letter/e-mail, short message, advertisement, announcement, dan invitation. Esai sederhana meliputi teks procedure, descriptive, recount, narrative, dan recount. Sedangkan untuk kompetensi WRITING, materi yang diujikan adalah melengkapi kalimat rumpang (tidak utuh) dalam esai pendek procedure/report dan narrative/recount, menyusun kata menjadi kalimat, dan menyusun kalimat acak menjadi paragraf.

Nah, sekarang saya ingin memberikan bocoran pertanyaan ujian nasional bahasa Inggris untuk kalian agar bisa mempersiapkan UN secara lebih cerdas. Mempersiapkan UN ternyata tidak hanya bekerja keras, tetapi juga harus berkerja cerdas.

Bocoran pertanyaan UN Bahasa Inggris ini akan saya bahas secara bertahap secara rinci berdasarkan indicator yang saya sebut di atas. Untuk bagian pertama, saya ingin membagi bocoran pertanyaan seputar menentukan gambaran umum teks.

Begini, mencari gambaran umum adalah keterampilan menentukan topic atau isi sebuah teks. Teks atau bacaan tersebut membahas masalah apa. Pertanyaan-pertanyaannya adalah sebagai berikut.

Ciri khas pertanyaan Soal Gambaran Umum:

  1. What is the text about?
  2. The text tells us about…
  3. What does the text mostly tell you about?
  4. What is the title of the text?
  5. What is the best title for the text above?

Pertanyaan what is the text about?, the text tells us about…, dan What does the text mostly tell you about? lebih sering muncul dibandingkan dengan pertanyaan (d) dan (e).

Bocoran Soal UN untuk Menyelesaikan Soal Gambaran Umum

Tips dan trik menyelesaikan soal menentukan gambaran umum.

1.  Bacalah teks secara keseluruhan

2. Amati kalimat-kalimat penjelas

3. Tariklah simpulkan teks tersebut


Jika ada sebuah teks dengan paragraf sebagai berikut.

Paragraf 1  tentang television;

paragraf 2 tentang radio;

paragraf 3 tentang handphone;

What is the text about?

Jawabannya, mungkin adalah means of communication (alat komunikasi)

Ingat, jangan hanya membaca paragraf pertama saja untuk menjawab pertaanyaan jenis ini, karena soal UN tidak boleh soal yang jawabannya mudah.

Sekarang cek pemahaman kamu!

Teks 1

Mr. Richard’s family was on vacation. They are Mr. and Mrs. Richard with two sons. They went to London. They saw their travel agent and booked their tickets. They went to the British Embassy to get visas to enter Britain. They had booked fourteen days tour. This includes travel and accommodation. They also included tours around London.

They boarded a large Boeing flight. The flight was nearly fourteen hours. On the plane the cabin crews were very friendly. They gave them news paper and magazine to read. They gave them food and drink. There was a film for their entertainment. They had a very pleasant flight.

They slept part of the way. On arrival at Heathrow Airport, they had to go to Customs and Immigration. The officers were pleasant. They checked the document carefully but their manners were very polite. Mr. Richard and his family collected their bags and went to London Welcome Desk.

They arranged the transfer to a hotel. The hotel was a well-known four-star hotel. The room had perfect view of the park. The room had its own bathroom and toilet. Instead of keys for the room, they inserted a key-card to open the door. On the third floor, there was a restaurant serving Asian and European food. They had a variety of food.

The two weeks in London went by fast. At the end of the 14-day, they were quite tired but they felt very happy.

What is the text about?

a. the Richards’ flight to London

b. the Richards’  vacation in London

c. a well-known four-star hotel in London

d. a restaurant serving Asian and European food


Teks 2

Seals, sea lions, and walruses live both on land and in the sea. When on dry land or on ice, they are very clumsy in their movements. But in the water, they swim gracefully. They all leave the water for land or ice fields to give birth to their young.

The dolphins and the sea cows are sea mammals. Dolphins and porpoises look alike but usually the dolphins are larger. These animals are mainly fish eaters. Experiments show that dolphins are intelligent and can communicate with each other. They can be trained to perform various kinds of tricks and acts.

The highly intelligent killer whale belongs to the dolphin family. Despite of its scary name, it has never been heard to attack humans.

The text mainly tells us about….

a. behavior of sea mammals

b. way of sea mammals eat

c. different sizes of sea mammals

d. different kinds of sea mammals




Phrasal verbs with put

Put about (change direction or cause to change direction)

Put across (state clearly)

She failed to put her views across during the hearing.

Put away (discard, consume food or drink, kill (informal)

You must put all negative thoughts away if you want to succeed in life.
They put away the dinner in a few minutes.
The injured horse was put away.

Put by (save for later use)

Put down (write down, bring to an end, render ineffective, criticize, attribute)

He put down a list of people he wanted to invite for his birthday.
The authorities failed to put down the rebellion.
He was put down for his poor performance in class.
Let’s put this disaster down to inefficiency.

Put forward (propose for consideration)

She put forward an interesting plan.

Put in (make a formal offer of, introduce, spend time at a job, apply)

He has put in a plea of guilty.
My friend has agreed to put in a good word for me.
put in ten hours at the office.
He has put in a claim for compensation.

Put off (postpone, take off, repulse)

The meeting has been put off.
He put off the coat.
His indifference put me off.

Put on (clothe oneself with, activate, assume)

He put on a coat.
Put on the brakes.
He puts on an air of dignity.

Put out (extinguish)

The firemen put out the fire.

Put up with (tolerate)

I couldn’t put up with his insolence.


Difference between see, watch and look

See is the ordinary verb to say that something ‘comes to our eyes’. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we are paying attention.

saw Joe yesterday.
Suddenly I saw something strange.

Progressive forms of see are not normally used with this meaning.

I can see an elephant. (NOT I am seeing a elephant.)

Look (at)

When we look at something we are trying to see what it is – we are paying attention. Note that we can see something even if we don’t want to, but we can only look at something deliberately.

He looked at the baby with his eyes full of love. (NOT He saw the baby with his eyes full of love.)
She looked at the picture.
Look here.’

Note that look is followed by a preposition when there is an object. When there is no object, there is no preposition.

Look at the photo. (NOT Look the photo.)
Look here. (NOT Look at here.)


Watch has more or less the same meaning as look. We usually use watch to talk about looking at events that change or develop.

Did you watch the football match yesterday. (NOT Did you look at the football match yesterday.)

What are you doing? I am watching the TV serial.

Watch him – I am certain he is up to something.

Watch is normally used with TV.

Don’t spend too much time watching TV.

Both watch and see can be used to talk about films and TV programs.

We watched/saw a great film yesterday.

See can be followed by if and weatherLook and watch are not normally followed by if or whether.

Let’s see whether she is in. (NOT Let’s watch/look whether she is in.)
See if there is any food left. (NOT Look/watch if there is any food left.)