The Reading / Listening - Online Learning - Level 4

The year 2020 has been difficult for hundreds of thousands of teachers. They have had to deliver lessons using online platforms. Millions of students have had lessons on websites like Zoom. This has caused a major transformation in education. The quality of education differs according to Internet speeds, the levels of teacher preparedness and teachers' competence in using technology. Many students had no lessons because they had no computer.



Malaysia has started a new programme to help underprivileged children. Eligible students will get a device so they can have online lessons. Malaysia wants to help students and schools in need and find the best methods to expand the programme. There are plans to improve educational TV shows for students with no Internet access. Malaysia will also employ sign language interpreters to help the hard of hearing. It wants to focus on students' needs.

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    Online Learning - Level 5 or  Online Learning - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/12/28/covid-19-makes-online-learning-the-way-forward-in-education/
  • https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-turns-online-learning-way-forward-education
  • https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/12/22/150000-students-nationwide-to-receive-electronic-devices-to-enable-online-l/1934205


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. The year 2020 has
  2. hundreds of thousands
  3. They have had to deliver
  4. online
  5. caused a major
  6. The quality of education
  7. the levels of teacher
  8. teachers' competence in
  1. transformation
  2. lessons
  3. using technology
  4. of teachers
  5. preparedness
  6. been difficult
  7. differs
  8. platforms

Paragraph 2

  1. Malaysia has started a new
  2. help underprivileged
  3. eligible
  4. find the best methods to
  5. plans to improve educational
  6. employ sign language
  7. help the hard
  8. focus on students'
  1. interpreters
  2. students
  3. needs
  4. programme
  5. of hearing
  6. children
  7. TV shows
  8. expand the programme

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The year 2020 (1) ___________________ for hundreds of thousands of teachers. They have (2) ___________________ lessons using online platforms. Millions (3) ___________________ had lessons on websites like Zoom. This has caused a major transformation in education. The quality of education (4) ___________________ Internet speeds, the levels of teacher preparedness and teachers' (5) ___________________ technology. Many students had no lessons (6) ___________________ no computer.

Malaysia has started a new programme (7) ___________________ children. Eligible students will get (8) ___________________ they can have online lessons. Malaysia (9) ___________________ students and schools in need and find the best (10) ___________________ the programme. There are (11) ___________________ educational TV shows for students with no Internet access. Malaysia will also employ sign language interpreters to help the (12) ___________________. It wants to focus on students' needs.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theyear2020hasbeendifficultforhundredsofthousandsofteachers.T
heyhavehadtodeliverlessonsusingonlineplatforms.Millionsofstuden
tshavehadlessonsonwebsiteslikeZoom.Thishascausedamajortransf
ormationineducation.ThequalityofeducationdiffersaccordingtoInter
netspeeds,thelevelsofteacherpreparednessandteachers'competenc
einusingtechnology.Manystudentshadnolessonsbecausetheyhadno
computer.Malaysiahasstartedanewprogrammetohelpunderprivileg
edchildren.Eligiblestudentswillgetadevicesotheycanhaveonlineless
ons.Malaysiawantstohelpstudentsandschoolsinneedandfindthebest
methodstoexpandtheprogramme.Thereareplanstoimproveeducatio
nalTVshowsforstudentswithnoInternetaccess.Malaysiawillalsoempl
oysignlanguageinterpreterstohelpthehardofhearing.Itwantstofocus
onstudents'needs.

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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