Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

2020 English Paper 1

Read the following advertisement and answer the questions that follow.

1. Kenya Talent Academy is looking for a suitably qualified, experienced and enthusiastic sports coach. ResponsibilitiesCoaching and training students in a variety of sports.Counseling and mentoring the youth.

RequirementsA minimum of a degree in Physical Education from a reputable A institution.A minimum KCSE grade C+ in English.Some experience in counseling young people.Excellent communication skills.Imagine you are qualified for the advertised position, write an application addressed to:

Kenya Talent Academy

Sports and Talent Division

Ministry of Education

P.O. Box 4410-00200


2. Read the passage below and fill in each blank space with the most appropriate word.

Writing letters and notes to people who have suffered a painful loss can be a very sensitive and difficult task. It is (a)………………………… a hard task that we might react by (b)………………………… it, starting then stopping or distracting (c)………………………… until we can get (d)………………………… the right state of mind. (e)………………………… is it too difficult? lt is because writing (f)………………………… a short note on a sympathy card (g)………………………… us to walk with a person in grief and empathize with their (h)………………………… It is not easy, and it is not pleasant (i)…………………………. it is a (g)………………………… act of communicating that we care.

3. (a) Study the riddle below and answer the questions that follow.

Challenger : Take a riddle.

Respondent : I take it.

Challenger : This small woman cooks better than your mother.

Respondent : It’s a bee.

(i) Describe the stages of a riddling process evident in the riddle above. (4 marks)

(ii) Who are the most likely participants in a riddling process? (1 mark)

(iii) What would have happened if the respondent had not got the right answer? (1 mark)

(b) For each of the following words, give a word that is pronounced the same (6 marks)

(i) Blue

(ii) Flour

(iii) Air

(iv) One

(v) Know

(vi) Would

(c) For each of the following words, underline the part that is stressed. (3 marks)

(i) advice

(ii) tribalism

(iii) surprise

(d) You are the Chairperson of your English study group. Explain three things that you would do to ensure that the discussion is conducted effectively. (6 marks)

(e) Read the following conversation between Hamisi and the Secretary of Walimu Wema College and answer the questions that follow.

Hamisi : Hello.

Secretary : Hello. Who are you?

Hamisi : I am lan Simiyu. Is that Walimu Wema College?

Secretary : Yes. What do you want?

Hamisi : I would like to talk to the Pri…

Secretary : The Principal is not in.

Hamisi : I wanted to enquire about the requirements for joining the college.

Secretary : There’s no room for more students.

Hamisi : Could you kindly tell me about the next intake?

Secretary :I don’t know. You will see the advert in the newspapers. (hangs up)

(ii) Correct any three responses of the Secretary to ensure that they adhere to telephone etiquette. Write your responses in the table below.

What she saidWhat she should have said




(i) Identify the shortcomings in the Secretary’s responses.

Marking scheme English Paper 1 (101/1)

Expect an application letter

Format elements

(6 marks)Addressers’ addressAddressee’s addressSalutation- Dear sir/ madamDateReference / headingClosing – Yours faithfully/ sincerely if addressed to a particular personSignatureName of the writer

ContentReference to all the stated requirementsAbility in a variety of sportsEnthusiasticRelevant experience

Language usePlace learner in appropriate linguistic ability as per the rubric provided below and award marks accordingly

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) such

(b) postponing

(c) Ourselves

(d) into

(e) Why

(f) even

(g) requires

(h) feelings/emotion

(i) yet

(j) vital/crucial

3.(a)(i)– The invitation – The challenger invited the audience to a riddling session.

– Acceptance – The audience accepted to participate in the session,

– The challenge — The challenger posed a question

– The response – The respondent made the correct answer 4 x 1 = 4 marks

(ii) Children /Adults- children to children, adults to children, adults to adults riddling is usually done by children or adults posing riddles to one another to sharpen their wits/ create awareness of their environment.

(iii) A prize would be given and the challenger would give the correct answer

(b)(i) blew

(ii) flower

(iii) heir

(iv) won

(v) No

(vi) Wood

(c)(i) advice

(ii) tribalism

(iii) surprise

(d)Give every member of a group a chance to make/their contributions to avoid one person dominating the discussionNominate the secretary to take notes to capture all the points madeIntroduce the topic and the scope of discussion to maintain focusEnsure proper turn taking for order in communication/avoid discouragingAppreciate every person’s contribution to encourage participationEnsure contributions are given through the chair to maintain order and for smooth turn takingThe chair to wind up to end discussion appropriately.

(e) (i) The secretary receives the call rudely

She interrupts Hamisi

She dismisses him – There is no room…

She fails introduce herself

She hangs up without waiting for the conversation to end

She assumes the role of the principal by giving categorical answers.


What she saidWhat she should have said
Hello, who are you?Hello, how can I help you?
The Principal is not inI am sorry the Principal is not in. Would you mind leaving a message?
There is no room for more studentsI am afraid this years’ intake is closed. However, the next intake will be advertised soon.