Education Certificate Examination, 2012
[Second Stage - First
First Foreign Language: ENGLISH [2 ]_____ Time: 3 Hours
A- Language Functions
1. Respond to each of the following situations: [4 marks]
A friend says: "You look very cheerful today." Tell
A person is using his mobile while crossing
the highway. Warn him.
Your cousin is going out with you in a small
boat. Advise him to wear a
You are on a crowded train, and there's only one empty seat. What
ask the person sitting next to it?
Mention the place, the speakers and
the language function in
each of the following two
| Place:........ |
Speaker A: Speaker B: Function:..
1- A: I'd like to try on some rings, please. B: Do you prefer gold or diamond rings? A: Let me see the gold collection.
| Place:....... |
Speaker A: Speaker B: Function:.
2- A: Why are you getting out of water so quickly? B: The waves are getting higher and higher.
B- Vocabulary &
Choose the correct answer from a. b. c or di [8 marks]
felt extremely tired today......... I went to bed early last night.
a) because b) however c) although d) so
2- The doctor recommends that you take two weeks to.......... before going
back to work.
a) regain b) recuperate c) restore d) recapture
think one day every new book......... as
a) will publish
b) is published c) will be
published d) is publishing
rather late and it's time for you to go to sleep." The mother...........
that the children are still awake.
a) remembered b) inquired c) promised d) complained
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5- It is said he was a man............ to have the sight of an
eagle and the
courage of a lion.
a) who appeared b) he appeared c) that appears d) and appears
6- The world's ancient wonders are great............ about the glory of
a) cityscapes b) landscapes
c) trademarks d) landmarks
7- On my way to the station, I stopped............ about Fatma.
a) asking b) ask c) to ask d) asked
8- Many people's jobs and
businesses were affected by the economic ………
a) impressionb) depression c)
compression d) submission
9- What I
said yesterday upset my close friend; I wish I........... so.
a) hadn't said b) haven't said c) didn't say d) wouldn’t
10-Oliver Twist is a......... ..character created by Charles Dickens in
a) fictional b) familiar c) historical d) critical
11- The kids' bedroom............ upstairs on
the 2nd floor.
a) it is b) are c) there are d) is
12- Dr. Zewail is more than just a Nobel Prize winner;
a) investor b) explorer
c) pioneer d) politician
13- Ahmed asked me where........... the day before.
a) I had gone b) I went c) had
I gone d) did I go
14-........... not only
study storms but they also follow and understand
a) Wind followers b) Storm chasers
c) Weather forecasters d) Climate
15- It........... very windy during the night. There are leaves all
a) must have been b) must be c) can't have
been d) can't be
16-................................... The company training courses for its employees.
a) qualifies b) provides
c) promotes d)practises
Find the mistake in each of the following
sentences, then \fl
them correctly: [6 marl
1- The more people want to do
something, the cheapest it will become
2- Hassan is a football
enthusiastic; he plays and watches football all the time.
3- If she
had more information about Hany's situation, she helped
4- Greenmail is the act of
forcing a person to pay money under threat
Your face looks familiar. Haven't I seen you
the criminal was arrested, he was sent to prison for death.
5. Read the following passage, then answer the
questions; [5 marks]
Have you ever wondered how you would grasp
the information taught in class? Our minds and
bodies gather information in various ways. Then our
minds process that information, organizing it and making connection to things we already know. This process can also work differently: do we
think in pictures or words? Do we remember details
or the big picture? To sum up, people have different learning styles.
Psychologists have identified some basic learning styles:
the linguistic type learns by using language skills:
listening, reading, speaking and writing. Logical refers
to people who learn by applying scientific principles. The visual type learns by seeing while musical people learn well when information is presented through music. The next type learns best by movement and physical activities. Finally, the intrapersonal learners associate new information directly with their own experiences while the interpersonal type learns well by working with others.
A. Give short answers to the following questions:
What is the
main idea of the passage?
Which type of
learners are you? Why?
learning styles are mentioned in the passage?
B. Choose the correct answer from a. b. c or d;
4- According to the passage, an effective teacher........
connections between mind and body.
than one teaching methods.
pupils to think critically.
5- The underlined word 'grasp' means............
a) undertake b) follow c) misuse d) understand
6. Read the following passage, then answer the
Brain drain, the action of having highly
skilled and educated people leaving their country to
work abroad, has become one of the developing countries'
concerns. Many of them are heading for more developed countries, searching for higher wages and better working conditions.
What makes those educated people leave their countries
should be seriously considered and a distinction between
push and pull factors must be made. The push factors include low
wages and lack of satisfactory lifestyle. Social and
economic unrest may also be determining causes. The pull factors, however, include intellectual freedom and enough money for
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Brain drain has undesirable effects on the sending
countries. It reduces the number of creative people in developing
countries. Similarly, with more investments
abroad, these countries are missing an opportunity of wealth creation. This also has negative results on employment.
A. Give short answers to the following questions:
Are you for or
against the emigration of scientists? Why?
way to solve the brain drain problem.
What does the underlined word 'them'
B. Choose the correct answer from a. b. c or d:
4- According to the passage, brain drain........ in the sending countries.
number of skilled people
the unemployment problem
adds to the
chances of wealth creation
d) develops working conditions
5- The word 'distinction' may be replaced by..............
similarity b) difference c) relation d) likeliness
The Mask of Gold
7. A. Answer the following questions: [3 n
Explain the two
possibilities that caused the crack in the skull.
What did Leila
discover on her way back to Acomayo?
B. Read the following quotation and then answer the
me because it's my fault that you are here."
Who do the underlined pronouns refer
Why did the
speaker ask for forgiveness?
C. Complete the following
sentences: [2 ir
Leila did her
degree in an Italian institute because..............
The lock of the
safe was not broken, so the thief................
8. Write a paragraph of about 100
words about.................... [6 If
"Do today's young people show enough
respect towards older people
9. A. Translate into Arabic: [3 w
Sports reinforce values important to society,
like honest competition and teamwork. "There is no I in TEAM" is a
good sports saying. It teaches us that success is
achieved by putting the group above individual glory
B. Translate into English; [2n
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