The Reading / Listening - Education - Level 4

Finland wants more than to have the world's best education system. It wants to prepare students for the digital age. It wants to put more emphasis on digital and workplace skills. An example of this would be to use 3D printers in classes for students to make models of things they read about. There will also be training in real-life work places. Students' performance would be judged by a teacher and by a worker from the company helping the student.



One teacher explained why change was necessary. She said school is divided into subjects to learn, but our brain is not divided into subjects. She said students needed to think differently. They needed to think about the problems in the world. She questioned whether today's children get the skills to succeed in such an inter-cultural world. She warned it would be a mistake to let children think that the world is simple, and that all they need is facts.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Education - Level 5 or  Education - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/14731-finland-s-vocational-education-reform-an-example-to-follow.html
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39889523
  • http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/finn-fun


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. have the world's best
  2. It wants to prepare students
  3. digital and workplace
  4. An example
  5. use 3D
  6. make models of things
  7. training in real-
  8. students' performance
  1. they read about
  2. skills
  3. printers in classes
  4. life work places
  5. of this
  6. education system
  7. would be judged
  8. for the digital age

Paragraph 2

  1. One teacher explained why
  2. school is divided
  3. our brain is not
  4. students needed to think
  5. think about the problems
  6. get the skills
  7. it would
  8. all they need is
  1. divided
  2. be a mistake
  3. in the world
  4. to succeed
  5. change was necessary
  6. facts
  7. into subjects
  8. differently

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Finland wants more than (1) ___________________ world's best education system. It (2) ___________________ students for the digital age. It wants to put more emphasis on digital and workplace skills. (3) ___________________ this would be to use 3D printers in classes for students to make (4) ___________________ they read about. There will also be training in real-life work places. Students' performance (5) ___________________ by a teacher and (6) ___________________ from the company helping the student.

One teacher explained why change (7) ___________________. She said school is divided into subjects to learn, (8) ___________________ is not divided into subjects. She said students needed (9) ___________________. They needed to think about the problems in the world. She (10) ___________________ today's children get the skills to succeed in such an inter-cultural world. She warned it would (11) ___________________ to let children think that the world is simple, (12) ___________________ they need is facts.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Finlandwantsmorethantohavetheworld'sbesteducationsystem.Itwa
ntstopreparestudentsforthedigitalage.Itwantstoputmoreemphasiso
ndigitalandworkplaceskills.Anexampleofthiswouldbetouse3Dprinte
rsinclassesforstudentstomakemodelsofthingstheyreadabout.There
willalsobetraininginreal-lifeworkplaces.Students'performancewou
ldbejudgedbyateacherandbyaworkerfromthecompanyhelpingthest
udent.Oneteacherexplainedwhychangewasnecessary.Shesaidscho
olisdividedintosubjectstolearn,butourbrainisnotdividedintosubjects
.Shesaidstudentsneededtothinkdifferently.Theyneededtothinkabou
ttheproblemsintheworld.Shequestionedwhethertoday'schildrengett
heskillstosucceedinsuchaninter-culturalworld.Shewarneditwouldbe
amistaketoletchildrenthinkthattheworldissimple,andthatalltheynee
disfacts.

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) ________________

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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