The Reading / Listening - Spelling Mistakes - Level 2

A university said students will not lose marks for making language mistakes. It said that asking for English with no mistakes is "elitist". It also said well-written English is mainly for white males and the elite. The university said asking students to have a high proficiency in written English was unfair to ethnic minorities and students who went to schools where grades were low. The university wants to make writing and tests "more inclusive". It wants teachers to be more flexible when they grade students' writing. It hopes to cut the number of poorer students who drop out.



The university said many students suffer in life because their writing has mistakes. This includes students with dyslexia. People with dyslexia have difficulty in using letters and words. It is harder for them to write with no mistakes. Dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language. The university also said that requiring well-written English could discourage students for whom English is a second language from going to university. Teachers at another university were told it is fairer to judge students on their ideas and knowledge 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 lose
  2. mainly for white males and
  3. have a high proficiency
  4. schools where grades
  5. make writing and tests more
  6. It wants teachers to be
  7. It hopes to cut
  8. poorer students who
  1. inclusive
  2. the number
  3. were low
  4. drop out
  5. marks
  6. the elite
  7. more flexible
  8. in written English

Paragraph 2

  1. many students suffer
  2. their writing has
  3. This includes students
  4. have difficulty in using letters
  5. areas of the brain that
  6. requiring well-written English could
  7. Teachers at
  8. judge students on
  1. discourage students
  2. with dyslexia
  3. process language
  4. in life
  5. another university
  6. mistakes
  7. their ideas
  8. and words

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A university said students will (1) ___________________ for making language mistakes. It said that asking for English with no mistakes is "elitist". It also said well-written English (2) ___________________ white males and the elite. The university said asking students to have a (3) __________________ written English was unfair (4) ___________________ and students who went to schools where grades were low. The university wants to make writing and (5) ___________________. It wants teachers to be more flexible when they grade students' writing. It hopes to cut the (6) ___________________ students who drop out.

The university said many students (7) ___________________ because their writing has mistakes. This includes students with dyslexia. People with dyslexia (8) ___________________ using letters and words. It is (9) ___________________ to write with no mistakes. Dyslexia (10) ___________________ the brain that process language. The university also said that requiring well-written English (11) ___________________ for whom English is a second language from going to university. Teachers at another university were told it is (12) ___________________ students on their ideas and knowledge and not their spelling and grammar.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Auniversitysaidstudentswillnotlosemarksformakinglanguagemistak
es.ItsaidthataskingforEnglishwithnomistakesis"elitist".Italsosaidw
ell-writtenEnglishismainlyforwhitemalesandtheelite.Theuniversitys
aidaskingstudentstohaveahighproficiencyinwrittenEnglishwasunfai
rtoethnicminoritiesandstudentswhowenttoschoolswheregradeswer
elow.Theuniversitywantstomakewritingandtests"moreinclusive".It
wantsteacherstobemoreflexiblewhentheygradestudents'writing.Ith
opestocutthenumberofpoorerstudentswhodropout.Theuniversitysa
idmanystudentssufferinlifebecausetheirwritinghasmistakes.Thisinc
ludesstudentswithdyslexia.Peoplewithdyslexiahavedifficultyinusing
lettersandwords.Itisharderforthemtowritewithnomistakes.Dyslexia
affectsareasofthebrainthatprocesslanguage.Theuniversityalsosaidt
hatrequiringwell-writtenEnglishcoulddiscouragestudentsforwhomE
nglishisasecondlanguagefromgoingtouniversity.Teachersatanother
universityweretolditisfairertojudgestudentsontheirideasandknowle
dgeandnottheirspellingandgrammar.

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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Free writing

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