The Reading / Listening - Exam Security - Level 3

Algeria has turned off its Internet all over the country to stop students cheating in high school exams. Algeria's government said it wanted to do something to stop students secretly going online during nationwide school tests. All Internet service was stopped for an hour after the start of each of the exams. The government will shut the Internet down during the whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In addition, all electronic devices with Internet access have been banned from the country's 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot take phones into the exam halls. There were many problems in 2016 when test questions were leaked online both before and during exams.



Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would also be blocked across the country for the six days the exams were taking place. She said she did not like doing this but she could not do nothing and give opportunities to students to cheat in tests. As an added security measure, metal detectors will be placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have been set up at the printing companies where the exams are printed. Many students thought the government was doing the right thing. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't fair that students who didn't study could get help in exams by using their mobile phone to cheat.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Exam Security - Level 0 Exam Security - Level 1   or  Exam Security - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-44557028
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/algeria-shuts-internet-prevent-cheating-school-exams
  • http://time.com/5318096/algeria-internet-cheating-exams/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. EXAMS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about exams. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       Algeria / Internet / high school / exams / government / cheating / devices / questions
       blocked / opportunities / security measure / metal detectors / printing / the right thing
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. JAIL: Students A strongly believe exam cheats should be sent to jail; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CHEATING: How do students cheat and how can we stop this? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


Cheating method

How?

How to stop this

Copying

 

 

Hidden paper

 

 

Mobile phones

 

 

Earpieces

 

 

Notes written on arm

 

 

Other ____________

 

 

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5. TEST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "test". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PASSING EXAMS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways to pass exams at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • pray
  • eat well
  • private tutor
  • do old test papers
  • sleep well
  • prepare 3 months before
  • prepare good study notes
  • cram the day before

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. turned off a. The group of people who control a country and make decisions for the country.
      2. government b. All across the country.
      3. secretly c. Secret information became known.
      4. nationwide d. In a way without other people knowing.
      5. during e. A thing made or changed for a special purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment.
      6. devices f. Stopped the working, operation or flow of something.
      7. leaked g. All through a period of time.

    Paragraph 2

      8. blocked h. Happening.
      9. taking place i. Chances to do something.
      10. opportunities j. Equal or the same for everyone.
      11. measure k. Machines that people or things go through to find guns, knifes and other things.
      12. metal detectors l. An action taken to reach a target or goal.
      13. set up m. Stopped something from happening.
      14. fair n. Put something somewhere for people to use, look at, etc.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Algeria has turned off the Internet in high schools but not universities.    T / F
  2. Algeria's Internet is being cut off for 24 hours on exam days.     T / F
  3. Students can take smartphones into exam halls but must turn them off.  T / F
  4. Many exam questions were leaked online in 2016.     T / F
  5. Algeria's education minister has blocked Facebook for six days.     T / F
  6. The government has put metal detectors in all exam halls.     T / F
  7. The government has put security cameras in test-printing companies.     T / F
  8. A 16-year-old student disagreed with the government's actions.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. turned
  2. stop
  3. nationwide
  4. whole
  5. leaked
  6. taking place
  7. opportunities
  8. added
  9. right
  10. fair
  1. chances
  2. entire
  3. happening
  4. prevent
  5. just
  6. national
  7. proper
  8. switched
  9. extra
  10. revealed

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Algeria has turned off its Internet all
  2. stop students secretly
  3. during the whole
  4. electronic
  5. test questions were leaked
  6. for the six days the exams
  7. As an added security
  8. metal
  9. the government was doing
  10. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't
  1. exam season
  2. detectors
  3. fair
  4. measure
  5. over the country
  6. devices
  7. going online
  8. the right thing
  9. online
  10. were taking place

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
each
access
over
many
stop
nationwide
leaked
during

Algeria has turned off its Internet all (1) ____________ the country to stop students cheating in high school exams. Algeria's government said it wanted to do something to (2) ____________ students secretly going online during (3) ____________ school tests. All Internet service was stopped for an hour after the start of (4) ____________ of the exams. The government will shut the Internet down (5) ____________ the whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In addition, all electronic devices with Internet (6) ____________ have been banned from the country's 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot take phones into the exam halls. There were (7) ____________ problems in 2016 when test questions were (8) ____________ online both before and during exams.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
place
thing
blocked
set
using
measure
fair
nothing

Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would also be (9) ____________ across the country for the six days the exams were taking (10) ____________. She said she did not like doing this but she could not do (11) ____________ and give opportunities to students to cheat in tests. As an added security (12) ____________, metal detectors will be placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have been (13) ____________ up at the printing companies where the exams are printed. Many students thought the government was doing the right (14) ____________. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't (15) ____________ that students who didn't study could get help in exams by (16) ____________ their mobile phone to cheat.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  it wanted to do something to stop students ______ online
     a.  secreted going
     b.  secretly gone
     c.  secrets going
     d.  secretly going
2)  The government will shut the Internet down during ______ season
     a.  the hole exam
     b.  the whole exam
     c.  the holy exam
     d.  the while exam
3)  In addition, all electronic devices with Internet ______ banned
     a.  access have been
     b.  excess have been
     c.  assess have been
     d.  recess have been
4)  Even teachers cannot take phones ______ halls
     a.  into the exam
     b.  onto the exam
     c.  unto the exam
     d.  as to the exam
5)  problems in 2016 when test questions were leaked online both ______ exams
     a.  before but during
     b.  before as during
     c.  before in during
     d.  before and during

6)  told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would ______
     a.  also been blocked
     b.  also being blocked
     c.  also be blocked
     d.  also bin blocked
7) she did not like doing this but she could not do nothing and ______ to students
     a.  given opportunities
     b.  give opportunities
     c.  gives opportunities
     d.  giver opportunities
8)  placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have ______
     a.  been set up
     b.  been sets up
     c.  been asset up
     d.  been upset up
9)  Many students thought the government was ______ thing
     a.  doing a right
     b.  doing the right
     c.  doing the light
     d.  doing alright
10)  it wasn't fair that students who didn't study could ______ exams
     a.  get help on
     b.  get helping
     c.  gets help in
     d.  get help in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Algeria has turned off its Internet (1) ___________________ country to stop students cheating in high school exams. Algeria's government said it wanted to (2) ___________________ stop students secretly going online during nationwide school tests. All Internet service was stopped (3) ___________________ after the start of each of the exams. The government will shut the Internet (4) ___________________ whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In addition, all electronic devices with Internet access have (5) ___________________ the country's 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot take phones into the exam halls. There were many problems in 2016 when test questions (6) ___________________ both before and during exams.

Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would (7) ___________________ across the country for the six days the exams were taking place. She said she did not like doing this but she could (8) ___________________ and give opportunities to students to cheat in tests. As (9) ___________________ measure, metal detectors will be placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have (10) ___________________ at the printing companies where the exams are printed. Many students thought the government was (11) ___________________ thing. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't fair that students who didn't study could get help in exams (12) ___________________ mobile phone to cheat.

Comprehension questions

  1. What exams did the government want to stop people cheating in?
  2. How long will the Internet shut down for after each exam starts?
  3. On how many different days will the Internet shut down?
  4. How many exam centers are there in Algeria?
  5. When were many test questions leaked?
  6. What did the education minister say would be blocked for six days?
  7. What will be put in all exam halls for extra security?
  8. Where has the government put security cameras?
  9. What did many students think the government was doing?
  10. How old is the student who commented about the government's actions?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What exams did the government want to stop people cheating in?
a) IELTS
b) university entrance exams
c) high school exams
d) law exams
2) How long will the Internet shut down for after each exam starts?
a) an hour
b) 90 minutes
c) 3 hours
d) 12 hours
3) On how many different days will the Internet shut down?
a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6
4) How many exam centers are there in Algeria?
a) 3,000
b) 2,000
c) 4,000
d) 5,000
5) When were many test questions leaked?
a) 2012
b) 2014
c) 2016
d) 2015

6) What did the education minister say would be blocked for six days?
a) school gates
b) Facebook
c) Twitter
d) roads
7) What will be put in all exam halls for extra security?
a) anti-cheating robots
b) lasers
c) guards
d) metal detectors
8) Where has the government put security cameras?
a) student desks
b) printing companies
c) on school rooftops
d) in libraries
9) What did many students think the government was doing?
a) the right thing
b) too much
c) not enough
d) the wrong thing
10) How old is the student who commented about the government's actions?
a) 82
b) 17
c) 15
d) 16

Role play

Role  A – Do Old Test Papers
You think doing old test papers is the best way to pass exams. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): cramming the day before, sleeping well or getting a private tutor.

Role  B – Cram the Day Before
You think cramming the day before is the best way to pass exams. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): doing old test papers, sleeping well or getting a private tutor.

Role  C – Sleep Well
You think sleeping well is the best way to pass exams. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): cramming the day before, doing old test papers or getting a private tutor.

Role  D – Get a Private Tutor
You think getting a private tutor is the best way to pass exams. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): cramming the day before, sleeping well or doing old test papers.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'exam'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'cheats'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • six
    • nothing
    • measure
    • set
    • right
    • fair
    • turned
    • secretly
    • each
    • season
    • 2,000
    • leaked




    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 - Algeria turns off Internet to stop exam cheats

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'exam'?
    3. What do you think of the Algerian government's actions?
    4. How big a problem is cheating in your country?
    5. Have you ever cheated in an exam?
    6. What do you think of exam cheats?
    7. Should all countries do what Algeria is doing?
    8. How effective do you think this action will be?
    9. Do you think exam scores will go down because of this?
    10. How can we get students to stop cheating?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'security'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you report someone you saw cheating?
    5. Should all exams have metal detectors and security cameras?
    6. Where else should mobile phone blockers be installed?
    7. What else could the government have done?
    8. What advice do you have for cheating students?
    9. Is there a better way to assess students than exams?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the education minister?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Algeria has (1) ____ off its Internet all over the country to stop students cheating in high school exams. Algeria's government said it wanted to do (2) ____ to stop students secretly going online (3) ____ nationwide school tests. All Internet service was stopped for an hour after the start of each of the exams. The government will shut the Internet down during the whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In addition, (4) ____ electronic devices with Internet access have been banned from the country's 2,000 exam centers. (5) ____ teachers cannot take phones into the exam halls. There were many problems in 2016 when test questions were (6) ____ online both before and during exams.

    Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would also (7) ____ blocked across the country for the six days the exams were taking place. She said she did not like (8) ____ this but she could not do nothing and (9) ____ opportunities to students to cheat in tests. As an added security measure, metal detectors will be placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have been set (10) ____ at the printing companies where the exams are printed. Many students thought the government was doing the right (11) ____. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't fair that students who didn't study could get help in exams by (12) ____ their mobile phone to cheat.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     tamed     (b)     tuned     (c)     turned     (d)     tanned    
    2. (a)     something     (b)     thing     (c)     nothing     (d)     some    
    3. (a)     as     (b)     during     (c)     while     (d)     by    
    4. (a)     each     (b)     whole     (c)     every     (d)     all    
    5. (a)     Eventually     (b)     Every     (c)     Even     (d)     Events    
    6. (a)     feared     (b)     leaked     (c)     showed     (d)     rose     
    7. (a)     be     (b)     do     (c)     have     (d)     make    
    8. (a)     does     (b)     done     (c)     do     (d)     doing    
    9. (a)     do     (b)     be     (c)     give     (d)     ban    
    10. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     down     (d)     up    
    11. (a)     exam     (b)     thing     (c)     stuff     (d)     wrong    
    12. (a)     using     (b)     uses     (c)     used     (d)     usage

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. atonwniide school tests
    3. ruding the whole exam season
    4. all electronic vdciees
    5. Internet ccases
    6. test questions were elkaed online

    Paragraph 2

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    3. an added csrueity measure
    4. metal tceetdros
    5. printing ampcnioes
    6. the rvenoemgnt was doing the right thing

    Put the text back together

    (...)  nationwide school tests. All Internet service was stopped for an hour after the start of each
    (...)  of the exams. The government will shut the Internet down during the whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In
    (...)  2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot take phones into the exam halls. There were many problems in
    1  ) Algeria has turned off its Internet all over the country to stop students cheating in high school
    (...)  blocked across the country for the six days the exams were taking place. She said she did not like
    (...)  2016 when test questions were leaked online both before and during exams.
    (...)  Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would also be
    (...)  doing this but she could not do nothing and give opportunities to students to cheat in tests. As an added security
    (...)  exams. Algeria's government said it wanted to do something to stop students secretly going online during
    (...)  up at the printing companies where the exams are printed. Many students thought the
    (...)  measure, metal detectors will be placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have been set
    (...)  addition, all electronic devices with Internet access have been banned from the country's
    (...)  government was doing the right thing. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't fair that students who
    (...)  didn't study could get help in exams by using their mobile phone to cheat.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. stop   to   Do   students   something   going   secretly   online   .
    2. Internet   Shut   during   down   the   the   exam   season   .
    3. devices   with   Internet   access   have   Electronic   been   banned   .
    4. teachers   phones   take   cannot   into   Even   the   exam   .
    5. 2016   test   In   were   questions   when   leaked   online   .
    6. be   also   Facebook   blocked   would   the   across   country   .
    7. to   Give   to   students   opportunities   cheat   in   tests   .
    8. will   be   placed   in   all   Detectors   exam   halls   .
    9. printing   the   where   companies   exams   The   are   printed   .
    10. who   didn't   study   could   Students   get   help   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Algeria has turned / tuned off its Internet all over the country to stop students cheating / cheat in high school exams. Algeria's government said it wanted to do / doing something to stop students secretly going online while / during nationwide school tests. All Internet service was stopped for an hour after the start of every / each of the exams. The government will shut the Internet up / down during the whole exam season, between June 20 and June 25. In addition / additionally, all electronic devices with Internet excess / access have been banned / binned from the country's 2,000 exam centers. Even teachers cannot take phones into the exam halls. There were many problems in 2016 when test questions were leakage / leaked online both before and during exams.

    Algeria's Education Minister Nouria Benghabrit told the Algerian newspaper Annahar that Facebook would also be blocked across / crossing the country for the six days the exams were taking / taken place. She said she did not like done / doing this but she could not do / done nothing and give opportunities to students to cheat in tests. As an addition / added security measure, metal detectors will be places / placed in all exam halls, and security cameras and mobile-phone blockers have been set up of / at the printing companies where the exams are printed. Many students throughout / thought the government was doing the rightly / right thing. Rania Salim, 16, said it wasn't fair / fare that students who didn't study could get help in exams by using their mobile phone to cheat.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    algeria has turned off its internet all over the country to stop students cheating in high school exams algerias government said it wanted to do something to stop students secretly going online during nationwide school tests all internet service was stopped for an hour after the start of each of the exams the government will shut the internet down during the whole exam season between june 20 and june 25 in addition all electronic devices with internet access have been banned from the countrys 2000 exam centers even teachers cannot take phones into the exam halls there were many problems in 2016 when test questions were leaked online both before and during exams

    algerias education minister nouria benghabrit told the algerian newspaper annahar that facebook would also be blocked across the country for the six days the exams were taking place she said she did not like doing this but she could not do nothing and give opportunities to students to cheat in tests as an added security measure metal detectors will be placed in all exam halls and security cameras and mobile phone blockers have been set up at the printing companies where the exams are printed many students thought the government was doing the right thing rania salim 16 said it wasnt fair that students who didnt study could get help in exams by using their mobile phone to cheat.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    atinginhighschoolexams.Algeria'sgovernmentsaiditwantedtodosom
    ethingtostopstudentssecretlygoingonlineduringnationwideschoolte
    sts.AllInternetservicewasstoppedforanhourafterthestartofeachofth
    eexams.ThegovernmentwillshuttheInternetdownduringthewholeex
    amseason,betweenJune20andJune25.Inaddition,allelectronicdevic
    eswithInternetaccesshavebeenbannedfromthecountry's2,000exa
    mcenters.Eventeacherscannottakephonesintotheexamhalls.There
    weremanyproblemsin2016whentestquestionswereleakedonlinebot
    hbeforeandduringexams.Algeria'sEducationMinisterNouriaBenghab
    rittoldtheAlgeriannewspaperAnnaharthatFacebookwouldalsobebloc
    kedacrossthecountryforthesixdaystheexamsweretakingplace.Shes
    aidshedidnotlikedoingthisbutshecouldnotdonothingandgiveopportu
    nitiestostudentstocheatintests.Asanaddedsecuritymeasure,metald
    etectorswillbeplacedinallexamhalls,andsecuritycamerasandmobile-
    phoneblockershavebeensetupattheprintingcompanieswheretheexa
    msareprinted.Manystudentsthoughtthegovernmentwasdoingtherig
    htthing.RaniaSalim,16,saiditwasn'tfairthatstudentswhodidn'tstudy
    couldgethelpinexamsbyusingtheirmobilephonetocheat.

    Free writing

    Write about exam security for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There is no way to stop students cheating in exams. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. EXAMS: Make a poster about exams. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CHEATS: Write a magazine article about exam cheats being put in prison. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on exam security. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to increase it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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