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Finland has world's best education system
29th November, 2012
http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1211/121129-education.html

Contents
The Article

2

Discussion (Student-Created Qs)

14

Warm-Ups

3

Language Work (Multiple Choice)

15

Before Reading / Listening

4

Spelling

16

While Reading / Listening

5

Put The Text Back Together

17

Match The Sentences And Listen

6

Put The Words In The Right Order

18

Listening Gap Fill

7

Circle The Correct Word

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Comprehension Questions

8

Insert The Vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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Multiple Choice - Quiz

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Punctuate The Text And Add Capitals

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Role Play

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Put A Slash ( / ) Where The Spaces Are

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After Reading / Listening

11

Free Writing

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Student Survey

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Academic Writing

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Discussion (20 Questions)

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Homework

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THE ARTICLE
From http://www.BreakingNewsEnglish.com/1211/121129-education.html

A new report into world education shows Finland has the best system.
The global study is called "The Learning Curve" and is from the British
magazine "The Economist". It aims to help governments provide a better
education to students. The 52-page report looked at the education
system in 50 countries. Researchers analysed millions of statistics on
exam grades, literacy rates, attendance, and university graduation rates.
Asia did well in the report, with South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and
Singapore finishing second, third, fourth and fifth. The United States
came 17th in the study, while Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia filled the
bottom three positions in the top 50.
The Learning Curve reported on five things that education leaders should
remember. The first is that spending lots of money on schools and
teachers does not always mean students will learn. Second is that "good
teachers are essential to high-quality education". The report said
teachers should be "treated as the valuable professionals they are, not as
technicians in a huge, educational machine". Numbers three and four are
that a country's culture must have a strong focus on the importance of
education, and parents have a key part to play. Finally, countries need to
"educate for the future, not just the present." The report said: "Many of
today’s job titles…simply did not exist 20 years ago."
Sources:

www.thelearningcurve.pearson.com
www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=421944&c=1

Finland has world's best education system – 29th November, 2012
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LEARNING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word ‘learning’. Change topics and partners frequently. decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring. Change and share again. Change partners and share what you wrote.WARM-UPS 1.BreakingNewsEnglish. Together.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 3 . 2012 More free lessons at www. 5. Students B strongly believe not. Improvements What's wrong now? How to make it / them better? Classrooms Technology Subjects Teachers Exams Hours / Days 4. Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. BETTER: Students A strongly believe education will get better in the future. Change partners often and share your rankings. EDUCATION: How can we make it better? Complete this table with your partner(s). EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Walk around the class and talk to other students about education & schools.com . report / world education / learning curve / statistics / literacy rates / attendance / leaders / spending lots of money / good teachers / technicians / the future / job titles Have a chat about the topics you liked. 2. • environmentalism • single-family farming • community relations • religious education • English • maths • health and sports • software programming 6. put the words into different categories. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. SUBJECTS: What's the best thing for today's students to study? Rank these and share your rankings with your partner. 3. CHAT: In pairs / groups. Change partners often and share your findings. Change partners again and talk about your conversations. Put the best at the top.

valuable g. literacy d. millions of c.html 1. T/F f. T/F g. analysed d. 2012 More free lessons at www. report a.com . education to students 2 help governments provide a better b.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 4 . exist 20 years ago 8. literacy e. good teachers f. The report states parents should keep away from schools and teachers. necessary 3. i. key i. T/F b. A 50-page report looked at the education system of 52 countries. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.BEFORE READING / LISTENING From http://www. a huge. into world education 9. study 7. professionals Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. essential f. not just the present 6. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. machine 3. a. T/F 2. T/F h. rates 7.) 1. A new report a. filled the bottom e. huge h. titles j. are essential 5. giant 8.BreakingNewsEnglish. provide c. It suggests we don't know what kind of jobs there will be in the future. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F). job titles simply did not j. educate for the future. reading/writing 2 system b.BreakingNewsEnglish. The report says spending more money will mean a better education.com/1211/121129-education. 1. examined 6. give 9. names 10. valuable g. T/F d. The report made five suggestions for decision-makers in education. Researchers looked at attendance figures during their research. T/F c. precious 3. method 4. educational h. Mexico and Brazil were in the top 50 countries. T/F e. important 5. statistics 10. three positions 4. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible. The article says Finland's kindergarten education is the best worldwide.

attendance. Hong Kong.WHILE READING / LISTENING From http://www.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 5 .html GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text. The global study is called "The Learning finishing Curve" and is from the British (2) ____________ "The Economist". Second is that "good teachers are essential to mean high-(11) ____________ education". The United States came 17th in the study.BreakingNewsEnglish. Japan and Singapore aims (7) ____________ second. into and university (6) ____________ rates. 2012 More free lessons at www. Brazil and Indonesia graduation filled the (8) ____________ three positions in the top 50. Finally. not (15) ____________ the just quality key present. while Mexico. educational machine"." The report said: "Many of today’s job titles…simply did not (16) ____________ 20 years ago. literacy rates.com . The 52-page report looked at the education system in 50 countries. Asia did well in the statistics report. third. remember Numbers three and four are that a country's culture must have a strong (13) ____________ on the importance of education. provide It (3) ____________ to help governments (4) ____________ a magazine better education to students. with South Korea.com/1211/121129-education. The first is that spending lots of money focus on schools and teachers does not always (10) ____________ exist students will learn. fourth and fifth. not as huge technicians in a (12) ____________." Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. The Learning Curve reported on five things that education leaders should (9) ____________. Researchers analysed millions of bottom (5) ____________ on exam grades.BreakingNewsEnglish. and parents have a (14) ____________ part to play. The report said teachers should be "treated as the valuable professionals they are. countries need to "educate for the future. A new report (1) ____________ world education shows Finland has the best system.

in to world education c. filled the bottom three c. 52 / 50 c. strong focus on the important 10) Many of today’s job titles…______ 20 years ago. provided a better education b. simply did not exist c. a. shooed 7) spending ______ schools and teachers does not always mean students will learn. loads of money on c. 5) Mexico.BreakingNewsEnglish. could c. are essential two d. filling the three bottom 6) The Learning Curve reported on five things that education leaders ______ remember. b. strong focus on the importance b. Brazil and Indonesia ______ positions a. d. onto worldly education 2) It aims to help governments _______ to students. exam grades. providing a better educational d. would d. attendance. strong foe cousin the importance c. attendance. a. stronger focusing on importance d. are essential to 9) a country's culture must have a _______ of education a.html 1) A new report … a. are essentially two c. provides a much better education c. bottomed the filling three d. should b. lots of money in 8) good teachers ______ high-quality education a. attendance rates. on to world education b. 52 / 15 d.com/1211/121129-education. literacy grades.BreakingNewsEnglish. attendance. 15 / 52 4) statistics on ______ and university graduation rates.com . lots of money on d. simple Lee did not exist b. pots of money on b. a. into world education d. literacy rates.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 6 .LISTENING – Guess the answers. exam grades. exam rates. exam grades. c. three bottom the filling b. literacy. are is end shall to b. a. simply didn't exit Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. did simply not exist d. 55 / 15 b. a. literacy rates. a. Listen to check From http://www. 2012 More free lessons at www. provide a better education 3) The ______-page report looked at the education system in _______ countries.

while Mexico. The 52-page report looked at the education system in 50 countries. educational machine".com . not as technicians in a huge." The report said: "Many of today’s job titles…(12) __________________ 20 years ago. Japan and Singapore finishing second. Asia (5) __________________ report. Finally. (7) __________________ spending lots of money on schools and teachers does not always mean students will learn. and university graduation rates. and parents have (11) __________________.BreakingNewsEnglish. fourth and fifth.html (1) __________________ world education shows Finland has the best system. with South Korea. Brazil and Indonesia (6) __________________ positions in the top 50.LISTENING – Listen and fill in the gaps From http://www.com/1211/121129-education. Second is that "good teachers (8) __________________ high-quality education"." Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. (4) __________________. The global study is called "The Learning Curve" and is from the British magazine "The Economist". The United States came 17th in the study. third. The Learning Curve reported on five things that education leaders should remember.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 7 .BreakingNewsEnglish. Hong Kong. Numbers three and four are that a country's culture must have (10) __________________ the importance of education. (2) __________________ governments provide a better education to students. not just the present. The report said teachers should (9) __________________ valuable professionals they are. countries need to "educate for the future. 2012 More free lessons at www. Researchers (3) __________________ statistics on exam grades.

com . What was Mexico's position on the list? 6.COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS From http://www.com/1211/121129-education. What did the report say about many job titles today? Finland has world's best education system – 29th November.BreakingNewsEnglish. How many things did the report want education leaders to remember? 7.BreakingNewsEnglish. What two rates did the researchers look at? 4. What must a country's culture have a strong focus on? 10.html 1. 2012 More free lessons at www. In which position did South Korea finish on the list? 5. What is the name of the report? 3. How should teachers not be treated as? 9.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 8 . What was the new report into? 2. What are good teachers essential to? 8.

K. How many recommendations did the report make to education leaders? Which of these did researchers look at? d) Doing extra homework 8.MULTIPLE CHOICE . What role do parents have to play? a) Asia a) A safe one b) South America b) A chain one c) Antarctica c) A lock one d) Africa d) A key one Where did Brazil finish on the list? 10. 5.BreakingNewsEnglish.com . a) Going to school six times a week b) Finland's government b) Using more technology in the classroom c) Spending a lot of money d) A magazine from the U.QUIZ From http://www. What does the report say did not exist two decades ago? a) Three times a) Education for the future b) In the bottom three b) Simple education c) Third c) Many of today’s job titles d) Third from bottom d) "The Learning Curve" report Finland has world's best education system – 29th November.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 9 . 4. How does the report say teachers should be treated? a) The quality of pencil sharpeners a) As valuable professionals b) Classroom technology b) As educational machines c) Attendance c) As technicians d) School meals d) As parents Which continent did well in the report? 9. 2012 More free lessons at www. What is the report called? 6. a) The Learning Nerve a) Five b) The Learning Curve b) Four c) The Yearning Swerve c) Three d) The Learner Cave d) Two Who made the report? 7. What does not always mean students will learn? a) The United Nations c) A Facebook group of students around the globe 3.com/1211/121129-education. 2.BreakingNewsEnglish.html 1.

Bad teachers don't. The school has not changed its teaching style for 50 years. etc. Your school has no technology – this is very important in today's education.com .html Role A – Student You are unhappy with your education.BreakingNewsEnglish. 2012 More free lessons at www. You want more technology. Your teachers are great and you learn a lot from them. Good teachers keep students quiet.Tell the others three reasons why. Role B – Teacher You are unhappy with your job. Your children need to learn with technology . Role C – Education leader You know what's best for schools. Tell the others three reasons why.com/1211/121129-education. Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. Teachers are very well paid. Your salary is very low compared with doctors. Schools were better 50 years ago. teachers and students . Role D – Parent You are worried about your child's education.ROLE PLAY From http://www.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 10 . Education needs better leaders. You want to learn things important for the future. You are fed up with the bad students in your class who make a lot of noise. lawyers.BreakingNewsEnglish. Your son is very noisy in class – it is the teacher's job to teach him to behave.Tell the others three reasons why. Students do not learn with technology – they just check their Facebook. Tell the others three reasons why. You think parents should keep noisy students at home and let other students learn.

Ask your partner / group your questions. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text. 2012 More free lessons at www.com . With your partner. 3.BreakingNewsEnglish. Check your answers. Make questions using the words you found. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups. • • Share your questions with other classmates / groups. exam • • • grade Share your findings with your partners. 5. information. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. 2.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 11 . Were they new. pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings. worth learning…? 4. try to recall how they were used in the text: • • • • • • global aims millions 50 finishing bottom • • • • • • first quality machine strong key 20 Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. other meanings.BreakingNewsEnglish.AFTER READING / LISTENING From http://www. compare your answers to this exercise. Talk about the words from the activity. synonyms … for the words ‘exam’ and ‘grade’.com/1211/121129-education. Ask your partner / group your questions. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates. interesting.html 1. In groups.

1.BreakingNewsEnglish. Q. Finland has world's best education system – 29th November.html Write five GOOD questions about education & schools in the table. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. interview other students. • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out.com/1211/121129-education.2.BreakingNewsEnglish.EDUCATION & SCHOOLS SURVEY From http://www.3. When you have finished. Q. 2012 More free lessons at www.com . Write down their answers.4. STUDENT 1 STUDENT 2 STUDENT 3 _____________ _____________ _____________ Q. Q.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 12 .5. Do this in pairs. Q. Change partners often. • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

2012 More free lessons at www. 2012 More free lessons at www.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 13 .BreakingNewsEnglish.BreakingNewsEnglish.EDUCATION & SCHOOLS DISCUSSION STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B) a) What did you think when you read the headline? b) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘education’? c) Why do you think Finland's education system is so good? d) What do you think of the education system in your country? e) What were (are) you happy and unhappy with about your education? f) How can schools provide a better education to students? g) How were (are) your exam grades and attendance? h) How different do you think education is in Finland from Asian countries? i) Are you proud of your school? Why? j) How important is education? Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. not just the present" mean? j) What questions would you like to ask the author of the report? Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. doctors and bankers? g) What is easy and difficult about a teacher's job? h) How important is using technology in lessons? i) What does "educate for the future.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------EDUCATION & SCHOOLS DISCUSSION STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A) a) Did you like reading this article? Why/not? b) Do you think spending lots of money on teachers and schools means the education is better? c) What were (are) you happy and unhappy with about your education? d) What do you think of your teachers? e) What three things can teachers do better? f) Should teachers get paid the same as lawyers.com .

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" Put the correct words from the table below in the above article. Japan and Singapore (5) ____ second. Finally. (a) arrows (b) sights (c) aims (d) bulls eyes 3. 1. countries need to "educate for the future. not as technicians in a (10) ____. Hong Kong. (a) statistic (b) statistically (c) statistics (d) statisticians 4.com/1211/121129-education. (a) potential (b) initial (c) essential (d) partial 10. The 52-page report looked at the education system in 50 countries.com . (a) in (b) of (c) at (d) on 12. with South Korea. and university graduation rates. not just the present. Brazil and Indonesia (6) ____ the bottom three positions in the top 50. attendance. (a) into (b) in to (c) onto (d) on to 2." The report said: "Many of today’s job titles…simply did not (12) ____ 20 years ago.BreakingNewsEnglish. and parents have a key part to play. 2012 More free lessons at www. (a) average (b) mean (c) nasty (d) matter 9. Second is that "good teachers are (9) ____ to high-quality education". Numbers three and four are that a country's culture must have a strong focus (11) ____ the importance of education.LANGUAGE From http://www. third. (a) exit (b) exist (c) there (d) be Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. (a) in (b) to (c) at (d) on 8. fourth and fifth. educational machine".Copyright Sean Banville 2012 15 . Asia did well in the report. The Learning Curve reported (7) ____ five things that education leaders should remember. The global study is called "The Learning Curve" and is from the British magazine "The Economist". (a) finishing (b) finished (c) finishes (d) finish 6. (a) literal (b) literate (c) litter (d) literacy 5. The report said teachers should be "treated as the valuable professionals they are. The United States came 17th in the study. while Mexico. (a) put (b) filled (c) stocked (d) blocked 7. It (2) ____ to help governments provide a better education to students.MULTIPLE CHOICE . (4) ____ rates.html A new report (1) ____ world education shows Finland has the best system.BreakingNewsEnglish. The first is that spending lots of money on schools and teachers does not always (8) ____ students will learn. Researchers analysed millions of (3) ____ on exam grades. (a) hugging (b) huge (c) hugs (d) hugged 11.

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com .com/1211/121129-education.PUNCTUATE THE TEXT AND ADD CAPITALS From http://www.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 21 .BreakingNewsEnglish. 2012 More free lessons at www.html a new report into world education shows finland has the best system the global study is called "the learning curve" and is from the british magazine "the economist" it aims to help governments provide a better education to students the 52-page report looked at the education system in 50 countries researchers analysed millions of statistics on exam grades literacy rates attendance and university graduation rates asia did well in the report with south korea hong kong japan and singapore finishing second third fourth and fifth the united states came 17th in the study while mexico brazil and indonesia filled the bottom three positions in the top 50 the learning curve reported on five things that education leaders should remember the first is that spending lots of money on schools and teachers does not always mean students will learn second is that "good teachers are essential to high-quality education" the report said teachers should be "treated as the valuable professionals they are not as technicians in a huge educational machine" numbers three and four are that a country's culture must have a strong focus on the importance of education and parents have a key part to play finally countries need to "educate for the future not just the present" the report said "many of today’s job titles…simply did not exist 20 years ago" Finland has world's best education system – 29th November.BreakingNewsEnglish.

" Finland has world's best education system – 29th November.TheUnitedStatescame17thinthestudy.attendance.third.literacyrates.The reportsaidteachersshouldbe"treatedasthevaluableprofessionalstheyare.html AnewreportintoworldeducationshowsFinlandhasthebestsystem.countriesneedto"educateforthefuture.BreakingNewsEnglish.JapanandSingapore finishingsecond.Secondisthat"goodteachersareessentialtohigh-qualityeducation". 2012 More free lessons at www.Researchersanalysedmillionsof statisticsonexamgrades.fourthandfifth.TheLearning Curvereportedonfivethingsthateducationleadersshouldremember."Thereportsaid:"Manyoftoday’sjobtitles…simplydidnotexist20yearsago.com/1211/121129-education.BrazilandIndonesiafilledthebottomthreepositionsinthetop50.andparents haveakeyparttoplay.Thefirstisthat spendinglotsofmoneyonschoolsandteachersdoesnotalwaysmeanstudentswill learn.com .Numbersthreeandfourarethata country'sculturemusthaveastrongfocusontheimportanceofeducation.Theglobalstudy iscalled"TheLearningCurve"andisfromtheBritishmagazine"TheEconomist".anduniversitygraduation rates.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 22 .not astechniciansinahuge.Finally.while Mexico.BreakingNewsEnglish.withSouthKorea.educationalmachine".HongKong.Asiadidwellinthereport.It aimstohelpgovernmentsprovideabettereducationtostudents.notjustthe present.PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE From http://www.The52-pagereport lookedattheeducationsystemin50countries.

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EDUCATION & SCHOOLS: Make a poster about education & schools around the world. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. 6. LETTER: Write a letter to an education expert.BreakingNewsEnglish. Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. Did you all have similar things? 4. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s). Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Include imaginary interviews with old teachers. Give each other feedback on your articles.com . 2. 5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson. Give him/her three of your opinions on education in the future. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 25 . Your partner(s) will answer your questions. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Ask him/her three questions about education & schools. MY EDUCATION: Write a magazine article about your education – the good things about it and the bad things. 3. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about the education system in your country.HOMEWORK 1. 2012 More free lessons at www.

ANSWERS TRUE / FALSE (p. They did not exist 20 years ago MULTIPLE CHOICE . examined 5. 2012 More free lessons at www. Five 7.-) Finland has world's best education system – 29th November. a 5. provide c. Literacy rates and university graduation rates 4. literacy e. a 9. Second 5. important 10. a 7. As technicians 9.QUIZ (p. c 4. report a. d 10. The importance of education 10.9) 1. (It's good for your English . d 3. The Learning Curve 3. World education. study 2 system b. names COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS (p. 2.4) 1. c ALL OTHER EXERCISES Please check for yourself by looking at the Article on page 2.Copyright Sean Banville 2012 26 . key i. necessary 7. huge h. method 3. titles j. precious 8. b 6. b 2.com .BreakingNewsEnglish. essential f. valuable g. It was in the bottom three 6. giant 9. analysed d. reading/writing 6.8) 1. c 8. High-quality education 8.4) a F b F c T d T e T f F g F h T SYNONYM MATCH (p. give 4.