The Reading / Listening - English Language Tests - Level 4

Foreign partners of residents who want permanent residence in Australia may soon have to pass an English test. Australia said people needed to show a certain level of English before they can get a permanent visa. This could start from the middle of 2021. The immigration minister said: "We will require an applicant...to have met a functional level of English." People can get 500 hours of free English classes on a government language programme.



Many politicians are critical of the new requirement. They called it "discriminatory" and "racist". They said it targets people from non-Western nations. An opposition politician said: "English proficiency isn't a test of someone's love." He said couples already faced an uphill struggle in the application process. An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of pressure on couples...and now they've got this added burden to pass an English test."

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Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54458637
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-08/500-hours-of-english-classes-required-under-partner-visa-changes/12741714
  • https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/major-australian-immigration-update-english-language-test-for-partner-visa-and-priority-to-onshore-applicants


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. foreign partners of
  2. permanent
  3. show a certain
  4. they can get a permanent
  5. immigration
  6. a functional level
  7. get 500 hours of free
  8. a government language
  1. residence
  2. minister
  3. programme
  4. of English
  5. visa
  6. English classes
  7. residents
  8. level of English

Paragraph 2

  1. Many politicians are
  2. They called it discriminatory
  3. it targets people from
  4. An opposition
  5. English
  6. a test of someone's
  7. couples already faced an uphill
  8. now they've got this added
  1. proficiency
  2. non-Western nations
  3. politician
  4. burden
  5. struggle
  6. critical
  7. love
  8. and racist

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Foreign (1) ___________________ who want permanent residence in Australia may soon (2) ___________________ an English test. Australia said people needed to show (3) ___________________ of English before they can get (4) ___________________. This could start from the middle of 2021. The immigration minister said: "We will require an applicant...to have met (5) ___________________ of English." People can get 500 (6) ___________________ English classes on a government language programme.

Many politicians (7) ___________________ the new requirement. They called it "discriminatory" and "racist". They (8) ___________________ people from non-Western nations. An (9) ___________________: "English proficiency isn't a test of someone's love." He said couples already faced (10) ___________________ in the application process. An immigration expert said: "It certainly puts a lot of (11) ___________________...and now they've got this added (12) ___________________ an English test."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ForeignpartnersofresidentswhowantpermanentresidenceinAustrali
amaysoonhavetopassanEnglishtest.Australiasaidpeopleneededtos
howacertainlevelofEnglishbeforetheycangetapermanentvisa.Thisco
uldstartfromthemiddleof2021.Theimmigrationministersaid:"Wewill
requireanapplicant...tohavemetafunctionallevelEnglish."Peoplecang
et500hoursoffreeEnglishclassesonagovernmentlanguageprogram
me.Manypoliticiansarecriticalofthenewrequirement.Theycalledit"di
scriminatory"and"racist".Theysaidittargetspeoplefromnon-Weste
rnnations.Anoppositionpoliticiansaid:"Englishproficiencyisn'tatesto
fsomeone'slove."Hesaidcouplesalreadyfacedanuphillstruggleinthea
pplicationprocess.Animmigrationexpertsaid:"Itcertainlyputsalotofp
ressureoncouples...andnowthey'vegotthisaddedburdentopassanEn
glishtest."

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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