KCSE Past Papers 2019 English Paper 1 (101/1)

 English Paper 1 (101/1)

1. Expect an informal letter (5 marks )
– Format
– Address
– Date
– Salutation
– Closing tag

Content (6 marks)

Expect at least three good reasons — give two marks each if each reason is conveyed in a convincing manner – ( ability to explain and persuade should come through ).

– Paragraphing (1 mark)
– Introductory paragraph
– Body
– Conclusion

Language use (8 marks)

An impression mark should be given based on the candidates overall linguistic ability as follows:

Group D (01 — 02 marks) Candidate does not communicate and their language ability is so minimal that the examiner has to guess what they intended to write.

– Poor use of expressions

– Poor use of punctuation marks

– Hardly any correct sentences

– Spelling errors

(Broken usage must be identified).

Group C (03 — 04 marks)

– Lack of confidence in language use

– Very simple sentences

– All manner of grammatical errors

– Mother tongue interference – Poor organization of ideas

Group B (05 — 06 marks)

– Communicates fluently, with ease of expression

– Well-constructed sentences

– Good use of vocabulary

– Some errors

Group A (07 — 08 marks)

– Ease of expression with no errors of punctuation, spelling and grammar

– Good planning/organization of ideas

– Clever use of vocabulary and maturity in language use

– Definite sparks

2. (a) Skill

(b) Practice

(c) Requires/needs

(d) Must

(e) Focusing

(f) At

(g) Ability

(h) Easy

(i) But

(j) Something

3. (a) (i) – Rural setting; Rural imagery;

– Direct address

– Epigrammatic quality/ a moral lesson

– Memorability

– Conversational

– Repetition

2 marks each for any two illustrated points.

(ii) ‘Slowly’, ‘bowed’ and ‘head. (Any two of the three words = 2 marks) They are content words and show the shame/embarrassment that the boy felt.

(iii) – Put on a facial expression indicating pride,

– Employ a boastful, contemptuous tone

– Walk tall and straight/ use wide expansive gestures. (Any two points 1 mark each)

(b). (i) Rising

(ii) Falling

(iii) Falling (1 mark each =3 marks)

(i) Wail/ wale

(iii) Seam

(iv) Cue/ kyu

(v) Reign/ rein

(vi) Pare/pear 6 x 1 marks = 6 marks

(d). — Be audible — project voice properly

— Articulate/ pronounce words properly and distinctively

— Vary tone

— Proper pacing — Not to speak too fast or too slowly

— Vary pitch/degree of loudness

— Stress words for emphasis

(Any three points 2 marks each)

(e). (i) Yes, thank you/Yes I’d love to

I’m sorry I can’t, I am going to see a sick friend.

(ii) You are most welcome.

(iii) I beg your pardon/Excuse me (1 mark) Could you repeat that please? ( 1 mark)

(iv) I am Sorry I did not complete my homework. ( 1 mark ) I was not feeling well last night. (1 mark)

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