The Reading / Listening - Online Learning - Level 5

The year 2020 has been difficult for hundreds of thousands of teachers across the globe. They have had to learn to deliver their lessons using online platforms. Millions of students have done their lessons via websites like Zoom. This has caused a major transformation in education as technology has taken centre stage. The quality of education differs according to Internet speeds, and the levels of teacher preparedness and teachers' competence in using technology. It also depends on the devices students have. Many students had no lessons because they had no computer.



The Education Ministry in Malaysia has started a new initiative to help underprivileged children. Around 150,000 eligible pupils will receive a device so they can participate in online lessons. Malaysia hopes to build on the success of this to expand the programme. It wants to assist pupils and schools in need and find the best implementation method to expand it. There are plans to enhance 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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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. difficult for hundreds of
  2. deliver their lessons using
  3. students have done their
  4. This has caused a major
  5. The quality of education
  6. the levels of teacher
  7. teachers' competence in
  8. It also depends on the devices
  1. preparedness
  2. transformation
  3. students have
  4. differs
  5. thousands of teachers
  6. using technology
  7. online platforms
  8. lessons via websites

Paragraph 2

  1. started a new
  2. help underprivileged
  3. they can participate in
  4. build on the success
  5. for students with no Internet
  6. employ sign language
  7. help the hard
  8. It wants to focus
  1. access
  2. of hearing
  3. initiative
  4. on students' needs
  5. of this
  6. children
  7. interpreters
  8. online lessons

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The year 2020 has (1) ___________________ hundreds of thousands of teachers (2) ___________________. They have had to learn to deliver their lessons using online platforms. Millions of students have (3) ___________________ via websites like Zoom. This has caused a major transformation in education as technology has taken centre stage. The (4) ___________________ differs according to Internet speeds, and (5) ___________________ teacher preparedness and teachers' competence in using technology. It (6) ___________________ the devices students have. Many students had no lessons because they had no computer.

The Education Ministry in Malaysia has started (7) ___________________ to help underprivileged children. Around 150,000 (8) ___________________ receive a device so they can participate in online lessons. Malaysia hopes to build on the success of (9) ___________________ the programme. It wants to assist pupils and schools in need and find the best implementation method to expand it. There are (10) ___________________ educational TV shows for students with no Internet access. Malaysia will also (11) ___________________ interpreters to help the (12) ___________________. It wants to focus on students' needs.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theyear2020hasbeendifficultforhundredsofthousandsofteachersac
rosstheglobe.Theyhavehadtolearntodelivertheirlessonsusingonline
platforms.MillionsofstudentshavedonetheirlessonsviawebsiteslikeZ
oom.Thishascausedamajortransformationineducationastechnology
hastakencentrestage.ThequalityofeducationdiffersaccordingtoInter
netspeeds,andthelevelsofteacherpreparednessandteachers'compe
tenceinusingtechnology.Italsodependsonthedevicesstudentshave.
Manystudentshadnolessonsbecausetheyhadnocomputer.TheEduca
tionMinistryinMalaysiahasstartedanewinitiativetohelpunderprivileg
edchildren.Around150,000eligiblepupilswillreceiveadevicesotheyca
nparticipateinonlinelessons.Malaysiahopestobuildonthesuccessofth
istoexpandtheprogramme.Itwantstoassistpupilsandschoolsinneeda
ndfindthebestimplementationmethodtoexpandit.Thereareplanstoe
nhanceeducationalTVshowsforstudentswithnoInternetaccess.Mala
ysiawillalsoemploysignlanguageinterpreterstohelpthehardofhearin
g.Itwantstofocusonstudents'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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