The Reading / Listening - Online Lessons - Level 5

A regulatory body in the UK has warned universities to be honest about online lessons. The Office for Students requested universities and colleges not to make promises that lessons from September will be in-person. Thousands of institutions worldwide are delivering lessons online because of coronavirus. The quality of lessons often depends on the ability of teachers to exploit video conferencing platforms to copy a classroom experience. The body said: "Tailored support needs to be put in place." Cambridge University said all of its lessons would be online until the summer of 2021.



The Office for Students warned higher-education providers to be "as clear as they can" about what kind of teaching situation they will provide. It said no one knows what things will be like in the autumn. It said it didn't want to hear promises that everything would be back to normal, with an on-campus experience, when that is not the case. It asked for "absolute clarity" so students know the situation before accepting university offers. The body said "every reasonable effort" should be made to ensure that students, "receive good outcomes and that the quality of their teaching is robust".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Online Lessons - Level 4 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. make
  3. institutions worldwide are delivering
  4. depends on the ability
  5. video conferencing
  6. Tailored support needs to be
  7. all of its lessons would
  8. until the
  1. of teachers
  2. be online
  3. body
  4. lessons online
  5. summer of 2021
  6. promises
  7. put in place
  8. platforms

Paragraph 2

  1. higher-education
  2. no one knows what things
  3. it didn't want to hear
  4. everything would be
  5. It asked for absolute
  6. every reasonable effort should
  7. ensure that students receive
  8. the quality of their teaching
  1. will be like
  2. be made
  3. back to normal
  4. providers
  5. good outcomes
  6. promises
  7. is robust
  8. clarity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ the UK has warned universities to be (2) ___________________ lessons. The Office for Students requested universities and colleges not (3) ___________________ that lessons from September will be in-person. Thousands of institutions worldwide (4) ___________________ online because of coronavirus. The quality of lessons often depends on the ability of teachers (5) ___________________ conferencing platforms to copy a classroom experience. The body said: "Tailored support needs to be (6) ___________________." Cambridge University said all of its lessons would be online until the summer of 2021.

The Office for Students warned (7) ___________________ to be "as clear as they can" about what kind (8) ___________________ they will provide. It said no one knows what things will be like in the autumn. It said it didn't want to hear promises that everything would be (9) ___________________, with an on-campus experience, when that is (10) ___________________. It asked for "absolute clarity" so students know the situation before accepting university offers. The body said "(11) ___________________" should be made to ensure that students, "receive good outcomes and that the quality of their (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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niversitysaidallofitslessonswouldbeonlineuntilthesummerof2021.T
heOfficeforStudentswarnedhigher-educationproviderstobe"asclea
rastheycan"aboutwhatkindofteachingsituationtheywillprovide.Itsai
dnooneknowswhatthingswillbelikeintheautumn.Itsaiditdidn'twantt
ohearpromisesthateverythingwouldbebacktonormal,withanon-ca
mpusexperience,whenthatisnotthecase.Itaskedfor"absoluteclarity"
sostudentsknowthesituationbeforeacceptinguniversityoffers.Thebo
dysaid"everyreasonableeffort"shouldbemadetoensurethatstudents
,"receivegoodoutcomesandthatthequalityoftheirteachingisrobust".

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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