A Read the dialogue above. Then, answer the following questions.
BALA: Hey, where are you going all dressed up?
SUNITA : I’m going to a concert.
BALA: I’ve never been to a concert. I don't think I have the patience to sit down for so long.
SUNITA : You should try going to one. Choose a performance you'd enjoy. I like cultural dances
because I took Indian classical dance lessons when I was younger. I find them so full
of life and there’s always a story behind each dance.
BALA : Well, I prefer modern-day music, which I can find on YouTube anyway.
SUNITA : Not all concerts are the classical kind. There are way more modern-day concerts these
BALA: It feels so troublesome, though. Going to a concert doesn't mean I'll have a good view
of the stage.
SUNITA : It’s the atmosphere that makes a performance great. It’s very different from watching
something on YouTube.
BALA: Well, I could give it a try. I know my grandmother loves seeing old Malay dances like the
SUNITA : Me too! It’s a shame that they’re becoming so rare. The next time there’s a traditional
performance, I'll let you know and we can go together.
BALA: Sounds good.
1. Why does Sunita like cultural dances?
2. What type of music does Bala prefer?
3. Why isn't Bala interested in attending concerts?
4. What does Sunita think is happening to traditional music and cultural dances? How does
she feel about that?
B. Complete the following sentences with the present simple or present continuous form of
the word in brackets.
1. Jenny (go) to
singing classes because she (want) to take
part in the school Talent Competition.
2. (Love) listening
to classical music while I (relax).
I (feel) less stressed
when I (listen) to music.
3. The boys (take)
part in the silat competition. So, they
(practise) every day.
4. The kompang (be)
widely used in a variety of social occasions, such as the National Day parade, official functions
and weddings.I (learrn) the Kompang
so that I can play it at my sister’s wedding.
5. The indigenous people of Sarawak in Malaysia ((use) a
noose flute called Silingut in certain ceremonies.
6. Kite flying and top spinning
(be) traditional games in Malaysia. However,
less popular as children nowadays (prefer)
7. Chef Wan (be)
a famous Chef in Malaysia. He
(host) his own TV show on famous Malaysian dishes.
8. Janice (read) a
lot. Right now, she (read)
the biography of the late Sudirman Arshad, a famous Malaysian singer. Janice
books about people who (achieve)
their dreams. Janice (intend) to
be a singer when she (grow) up.
many traditional Chinese dances. One of the most famous
(be) the fan dance. Both tourists and the younger Chinese generation
(learn) about many
traditional stories through this dance. You can
(see) it performed
at festivals and theatres. Nowadays, some people
(learn) fan dancing as a
form of exercise.
C. Complete the text with sentences from the box.
- Religious music is an important part of local music, as it is particularly enjoyed by the
- In rural areas, folk music and lullabies are more popular.
- Malaysia’s multicultural and multiracial background is best seen in its variety of music.
Malaysian music reflects the country’s various ethnic groups, which includes the
indigenous people, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sabahans, Sarawakians and Eurasians.
On the other hand, younger Malaysians seem to prefer pan-Asian pop music.
Due to the increasing influence of Western culture, major cities like Kuala Lumpur offer a wide
range of popular Western music like rock, hip hop and trance.
D. Based on the text above, answer the following questions.
1. Which two words tell us that Malaysia is made up of many different types of people?
2. What music is mainly enjoyed by the older generation?
3. Where is folk music enjoyed?
4. Why is Western music becoming more popular in major cities?
E. Write a summary of the text in Exercise C. Check your spelling and punctuation.
F. Read the email above and complete the dialogue by writing suitable questions for the
answers given below. Then, read out the completed dialogue with a friend.
After the wayang kulit performance, I took my cousins to see a performance by Datuk
Ramli Ibrahim. For over 30 years, this local dance hero has helped to promote both
Indian classical dance and contemporary dance all across the globe. It is not surprising
that he has received numerous awards worldwide.
Ramli is an amazing dancer. When he performs, he takes on the role of mystical
heroes and tells their tales through the rhythm of dance. He dances as if he is floating
on air. He is able to bring the past, present and future to life on the beautifully lit stage.
I will admit that I wasn’t interested in local music and culture until I watched these
performances with my cousins. They were so excited that they posted their experiences
on social media and received many likes and responses! I'll show you some of their
photos when you come over next week.
LARA: She took them to see a performance by Datuk Ramli Ibrahim.
LARA: He is a local dance hero who has helped to promote both Indian classical dance
and contemporary dance all across the globe.
LARA: He takes on the role of mystical heroes and tells their tales through the rhythm of
LARA: No, she only became interested after watching a few local performances with her
G. Read the poem ‘What Is Red?’ by Mary O’Neill. Then, answer the following questions.
1. What is this poem about?
2. Which lines in the poem refer to blood?
3. What do the red ‘signal’ and ‘shout’ have in common?
4. What feelings are mentioned in this poem?
5. Name four things in the poem that produce sound.
6. State one theme of the poem.
7. What does ‘it’ in the last line of the poem refer to?