The Reading / Listening - Spelling Mistakes - Level 1

A university said students will not lose marks for language mistakes. It also said well-written English is mainly for white males and the elite. The university thinks asking students to have a high level of written English is unfair to ethnic minorities and poorer students with lower grades. The university wants to make tests fairer. It wants teachers to be more flexible when they grade students' writing. It hopes to stop poorer students dropping out.



The university said students can suffer because of their writing. People with dyslexia have problems using letters and words. It is harder for them to write with no mistakes. Dyslexia affects areas of the brain that use language. The university also said that asking for well-written English could stop overseas students from going to university. Teachers at another university were told it is fairer to judge students on their ideas and not their spelling and grammar.

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Sources
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9457171/Fury-education-regulator-tells-universities-marking-students-bad-spelling-ELITIST.html
  • https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/universities-told-marking-students-down-for-bad-spelling-is-elitist/ar-BB1fwa3k
  • https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/its-elitist-to-mark-down-bad-spelling-universities-insist-bmw5j2jlf


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. students will not
  2. mainly for white males
  3. unfair to ethnic
  4. poorer students with lower
  5. The university wants to make
  6. It wants teachers to be more
  7. when they grade students'
  8. stop poorer students dropping
  1. flexible
  2. tests fairer
  3. out
  4. and the elite
  5. lose marks
  6. minorities
  7. grades
  8. writing

Paragraph 2

  1. students can suffer
  2. People with
  3. have problems using letters
  4. harder for them to write
  5. areas of the brain that
  6. overseas
  7. Teachers at another university
  8. judge students
  1. students
  2. on their ideas
  3. with no mistakes
  4. dyslexia
  5. were told it is fairer
  6. because of their writing
  7. use language
  8. and words

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A university said students will (1) ___________________ for language mistakes. It also said well-written English (2) ___________________ white males and the elite. The university thinks asking students to have (3) _________________ of written English is unfair (4) ___________________ and poorer students with lower grades. The university wants to make tests fairer. It wants teachers to (5) ___________________ when they grade students' writing. It (6) ___________________ poorer students dropping out.

The university said students (7) ___________________ of their writing. People with dyslexia have problems using letters and words. It (8) ___________________ them to write with no mistakes. Dyslexia (9) ___________________ the brain that use language. The university also said that asking for well-written English (10) ___________________ students from going to university. Teachers at another university (11) ___________________ is fairer to judge students on their ideas (12) ___________________ spelling and grammar.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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osaidwell-writtenEnglishismainlyforwhitemalesandtheelite.Theu
niversitythinksaskingstudentstohaveahighlevelofwrittenEnglishisu
nfairtoethnicminoritiesandpoorerstudentswithlowergrades.Theuniv
ersitywantstomaketestsfairer.Itwantsteacherstobemoreflexiblewh
entheygradestudents'writing.Ithopestostoppoorerstudentsdroppin
gout.Theuniversitysaidstudentscansufferbecauseoftheirwriting.Peo
plewithdyslexiahaveproblemsusinglettersandwords.Itisharderforth
emtowritewithnomistakes.Dyslexiaaffectsareasofthebrainthatusela
nguage.Theuniversityalsosaidthataskingforwell-writtenEnglishco
uldstopoverseasstudentsfromgoingtouniversity.Teachersatanother
universityweretolditisfairertojudgestudentsontheirideasandnotthei
rspellingandgrammar.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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