The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A new report says the world needs another 69 million teachers by 2030. The United Nations (UN) agency UNESCO made a promise that every child in the world would get a primary and secondary education in the next 14 years. UNESCO says a lot of work needs to be done to find those teachers. The biggest numbers are needed in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. At the moment, UNESCO says there are "massive shortages" of teachers. There are currently 263 million children who do not go to school. Around 25 million of these might never go.



The UN warns there are shortages of teachers in countries with rising populations. This makes it harder to find enough teachers as there are more children. The UN says that without "urgent action" things will get worse. UNESCO is also worried about the quality of teachers. In countries like Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, fewer than 60 per cent of primary school teachers are trained. There are also worries about class sizes. The UN says: "In countries like Malawi, it is common to find over 100 children in classes….This has been a [non-stop] problem for many years."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37544983
  • https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/nearly-69-million-teachers-needed-if-global-education-goals-are-be
  • http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Pages/world-teachers-day-2016-EN.aspx


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. made a
  2. get a primary and
  3. a lot of work needs to
  4. The biggest numbers are needed in sub-
  5. southern
  6. there are "massive shortages"
  7. children who do
  8. Around 25 million of these might
  1. Saharan Africa
  2. promise
  3. of teachers
  4. never go
  5. be done
  6. Asia
  7. secondary education
  8. not go to school

Paragraph 2

  1. in countries with rising
  2. This makes it harder to find
  3. without "urgent action" things will
  4. UNESCO is also worried about the quality
  5. fewer than 60%of primary school teachers
  6. There are also worries about class
  7. it is
  8. This has been a non-
  1. of teachers
  2. common
  3. populations
  4. stop problem
  5. enough teachers
  6. get worse
  7. are trained
  8. sizes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new report says (1) ___________________ another 69 million teachers by 2030. The United Nations (UN) agency UNESCO made a promise (2) ___________________ in the world would get a primary and secondary education (3) ___________________ years. UNESCO says a lot of work needs (4) ___________________ find those teachers. The biggest numbers are needed in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. (5) ___________________, UNESCO says there are "massive shortages" of teachers. There are currently 263 million children who do not go to school. Around 25 million (6) ___________________ never go.

The UN warns there (7) ___________________ teachers in countries with rising populations. This makes it (8) ___________________ enough teachers as there are more children. The UN says that without "urgent action" things (9) ___________________. UNESCO is also worried (10) ___________________ of teachers. In countries like Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, fewer than 60 per cent of primary school teachers are trained. There (11) ___________________ about class sizes. The UN says: "In countries like Malawi, (12) ___________________ find over 100 children in classes….This has been a [non-stop] problem for many years."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewreportsaystheworldneedsanother69millionteachersby2030.T
heUnitedNations(UN)agencyUNESCOmadeapromisethateverychildi
ntheworldwouldgetaprimaryandsecondaryeducationinthenext14ye
ars.UNESCOsaysalotofworkneedstobedonetofindthoseteachers.Th
ebiggestnumbersareneededinsub-SaharanAfricaandsouthernA
sia.Atthemoment,UNESCOsaysthereare"massiveshortages"ofteach
ers.Therearecurrently263millionchildrenwhodonotgotoschool.Arou
nd25millionofthesemightnevergo.TheUNwarnsthereareshortagesof
teachersincountrieswithrisingpopulations.Thismakesithardertofind
enoughteachersastherearemorechildren.TheUNsaysthatwithout"ur
gentaction"thingswillgetworse.UNESCOisalsoworriedaboutthequali
tyofteachers.IncountrieslikeGhana,LiberiaandSierraLeone,fewerth
an60percentofprimaryschoolteachersaretrained.Therearealsoworri
esaboutclasssizes.TheUNsays:"IncountrieslikeMalawi,itiscommont
ofindover100childreninclasses….Thishasbeena[non-stop]proble
mformanyyears."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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