The Reading / Listening - Online Lessons - Level 4

A regulatory body has warned UK universities to be honest about online lessons. The Office for Students said universities should not promise that lessons from September would be in-person. Thousands of colleges are giving lessons online because of coronavirus. The quality of lessons often depends on how well teachers can use video websites. Cambridge University said its lessons would be online until the summer of 2021.



The body said universities should be "as clear as they can" about the teaching situation. It said no one knows what things will be like in the autumn. It said colleges should not promise students they would have a normal on-campus experience if that is not true. It said students should know the situation before accepting university offers. The body said, "every reasonable effort" should be made to ensure that, "the quality of their teaching is robust".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Online Lessons - Level 5 or  Online Lessons - Level 6

Sources
  • https://thepienews.com/news/dont-promise-in-person-teaching-uk-he-providers-warned/
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education&link_location=live-reporting-story
  • https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/be-honest-to-new-students-about-closed-campuses-universities-warned-gztqnzqn2


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A regulatory
  2. online
  3. universities should not
  4. giving lessons online because
  5. The quality
  6. depends
  7. teachers can use
  8. lessons would be online
  1. on how well
  2. promise that
  3. video websites
  4. of lessons
  5. lessons
  6. until the summer
  7. body
  8. of coronavirus

Paragraph 2

  1. be as clear
  2. no one knows what
  3. have a normal on-
  4. if that is not
  5. students should
  6. accepting university
  7. every reasonable
  8. the quality of their teaching
  1. effort should be made
  2. campus experience
  3. as they can
  4. is robust
  5. true
  6. things will be like
  7. offers
  8. know the situation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A regulatory body has warned UK universities (1) ___________________ about online lessons. The Office for Students said universities (2) ___________________ that lessons from September (3) ___________________. Thousands of colleges are giving lessons online because of coronavirus. The (4) ___________________ often depends on how well teachers can (5) ___________________. Cambridge University said its lessons would be online (6) ___________________ of 2021.

The body said universities should be "as (7) ___________________ can" about the teaching situation. It said no one knows (8) __________________ be like in the autumn. It said colleges should (9) ___________________ they would have (10) ___________________ experience if that is not true. It said students should (11) ___________________ before accepting university offers. The body said, "every reasonable effort" should be made to ensure that, "the quality of their (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AregulatorybodyhaswarnedUKuniversitiestobehonestaboutonlinele
ssons.TheOfficeforStudentssaiduniversitiesshouldnotpromisethatle
ssonsfromSeptemberwouldbein-person.Thousandsofcollegesareg
ivinglessonsonlinebecauseofcoronavirus.Thequalityoflessonsoftend
ependsonhowwellteacherscanusevideowebsites.CambridgeUnivers
itysaiditslessonswouldbeonlineuntilthesummerof2021.Thebodysai
duniversitiesshouldbe"asclearastheycan"abouttheteachingsituatio
n.Itsaidnooneknowswhatthingswillbelikeintheautumn.Itsaidcollege
sshouldnotpromisestudentstheywouldhaveanormalon-campusexp
erienceifthatisnottrue.Itsaidstudentsshouldknowthesituationbefore
acceptinguniversityoffers.Thebodysaid,"everyreasonableeffort"sho
uldbemadetoensurethat,"thequalityoftheirteachingisrobust".

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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(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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