The Reading / Listening - Exam Results - Level 4

The U.K. has made a U-turn over its exam grades for students hoping to get into university. The government used a controversial algorithm to determine grades after COVID-19 cancelled exams. The algorithm failed. It gave students lower grades than those predicted by teachers. Many of them did not get into university as a result. Most affected students live in poorer areas. Grades for many richer students were higher than predicted.



The algorithm is now a scandal. Students are angry. They said the government was grossly incompetent for ruining their dreams and future. One person said the algorithm was for the elite. After a major government U-turn, grades will now be based on teachers' predictions. The UK Education Secretary apologised for the "distress" young people feel. He said the U-turn, "will now provide the certainty and reassurance [students] deserve."

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Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53810655
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/16/level-pupils-launch-legal-action-ofqual-13135305
  • https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/end-exam-shambles-tories-tell-boris-johnson-cd306kz2r


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The U.K. has
  2. students hoping to get
  3. used a controversial
  4. It gave students lower
  5. Many of them did not get
  6. Most affected students live
  7. Grades for many richer
  8. higher than
  1. grades
  2. students
  3. into university
  4. predicted
  5. algorithm
  6. made a U-turn
  7. into university
  8. in poorer areas

Paragraph 2

  1. The algorithm is now a
  2. Students are
  3. the government was grossly
  4. ruining their
  5. the algorithm was for
  6. After a major government
  7. based on teachers'
  8. certainty and
  1. predictions
  2. incompetent
  3. U-turn
  4. the elite
  5. scandal
  6. reassurance
  7. angry
  8. dreams

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The U.K. has made a U-turn over (1) ___________________ for students hoping to get into university. The government (2) ___________________ algorithm (3) ___________________ after COVID-19 cancelled exams. The algorithm failed. It gave students lower (4) ___________________ predicted by teachers. Many of them did not get into university (5) ___________________. Most affected students live in poorer areas. Grades for many richer students were (6) ___________________.

The algorithm is (7) ___________________. Students are angry. They said the government (8) ___________________ for ruining their dreams and future. One person said the algorithm was (9) ___________________. After a major government U-turn, grades will (10) ___________________ on teachers' predictions. The UK Education Secretary apologised for (11) ___________________ people feel. He said the U-turn, "will now provide the certainty and (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheU.K.hasmadeaU-turnoveritsexamgradesforstudentshopingtoge
tintouniversity.Thegovernmentusedacontroversialalgorithmtodeter
minegradesafterCOVID-19cancelledexams.Thealgorithmfailed.Itga
vestudentslowergradesthanthosepredictedbyteachers.Manyofthem
didnotgetintouniversityasaresult.Mostaffectedstudentsliveinpoorer
areas.Gradesformanyricherstudentswerehigherthanpredicted.Thea
lgorithmisnowascandal.Studentsareangry.Theysaidthegovernment
wasgrosslyincompetentforruiningtheirdreamsandfuture.Oneperson
saidthealgorithmwasfortheelite.AfteramajorgovernmentU-turn,gr
adeswillnowbebasedonteachers'predictions.TheUKEducationSecret
aryapologisedforthe"distress"youngpeoplefeel.HesaidtheU-turn,"
willnowprovidethecertaintyandreassurance[students]deserve."

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

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Answers

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