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Placement test for learners of English Placement tests are very important for students of languages. First, they can serve as motivation because they show whether the students improved their knowledge. Second, they help students choose the correct course on their level. And last but not least they inform students how good their English is. What does the university gender gap mean for the future of our society? As any university lecturer can attest, the £9,000 fee regime has had a series of negative impacts on student, institution and teacher alike. Students, particularly outside the Russell Group universities, are often exhausted or absent from class owing to the multiple jobs they have to take on in order to pay rent and buy food. Anxiety about their future, exacerbated by the tens of thousand pounds of debt they have taken on, starts to filter through to classroom discussions and group comportment. Students are less the demanding “clients” the government and management like to imagine they are, and more just scholars flailing to reach the library from somewhere in the middle of an ocean of worry. Perhaps surprisingly, one consequence of the fee increase is the impact on gender. As the gap between men and women going to university grows to its highest level in modern times, we should ask ourselves what this means for the future of higher education, work and gender relations.

Freedom of Expression Back to What We Do Overview Communicating with each other and expressing ourselves freely is central to living in an open and fair society. Governments pay lip service to ‘free speech’ in almost every constitution in the world, but the reality isn't so free. Across the world people are thrown into prison – or worse – for speaking out. The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects Over the past several years, I’ve been involved (off-and-on) with an International Sister Classes Project involving teenage Intermediate ESL/EFL classes around the world. We’ve had a blog where students have online presentations, like Voice Threads, and commented on them back-and-forth. I did a new version with my ELL Geography class. I thought it might be useful to other examples of joint “sister class” projects, and of places where teachers can connect with other classes.

Meeting the needs of UK and international bilingual students If someone is to navigate a culture, you can only do that if you have understanding of the language. Language used in particular contexts might mean different things. Language support is critical. academic staff comment Universities have rightly established challenging minimum English language entry requirements for international students based on the IELTS or TOEFL tests. Those students who have completed their secondary school studies in the UK and have had access to services concerning English as a second or additional language (EAL) will have satisfied examiners at Higher or A level of their English language competence. However, many of these students find the English language demands of higher education a significant barrier to

Warm Up Activities Using Authentic Materials, ESL lesson Create new words: Procedure Pair, group or individual work. The learners should write as many words as they can using letters in the words JOB ADVERTISEMENT. They can use fewer letters but not more. Defining Diversity There are many definitions of Diversity. At the very core of each definition is the importance of valuing and respecting differences in all the citizens of the world. According to the American Psychological Association, diversity generally refers to the ways that people in organizations differ. That sounds simple, but defining it more specifically is a challenge because people in organizations differ in many ways—race, gender, ethnic group, age, personality, cognitive style, tenure, organizational function, and more.

CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) Our ESL activity kits have been developed to enhance what newcomers know about their legal rights and responsibilities, as well as to provide information about where and how to access legal help in their communities. They are designed for use in Adult ESL and LINC classes and were developed using the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB). They are available at a range of CLB levels. The materials cover topics based on CLEO publications in the tenant and workers’ rights series. These correspond to themes and topics in the Adult ESL and LINC curriculum guidelines. Instructors are encouraged to choose activity kits based on learner needs, goals and interests.

Correcting writing: 8 practical ideas Correcting students' writing is something we do on a very regular basis. And the feedback we give depends on many factors. For example, with more creative writing (e.g. compositions, reviews, stories, etc.) we will clearly want to demonstrate our interest in the content, apart from just using our red pen. Depending on the level and the assigned task, we might want to zoom in only on certain mistakes and ignore others (e.g. correct use of past simple). However, whichever method of correcting and marking we choose, learners need to be trained and eased into it step by step. Below I’ve listed some of the most popular correction techniques (I use error and mistake interchangeably here):

Equality and diversity FAQs This page answers some of the questions we are frequently asked about equality and diversity. What do we mean by ‘equality’? There is no single definition of equality and everyone will have their own personal interpretation of what it means to them.

Write and Improve: An Online writing helper Writing is probably the most difficult area for learners to improve on by themselves. Writing demands an audience and if you have no-one to tell you how successful your efforts are – or not – then you are doomed to repeat your failures into eternity. Cambridge English have, however, just released a beta version of an online, browser based writing helper. Currently free to use and requiring only a facebook login (or email registration), the service allows learners to input their answers to one of the five questions provided (or submit a piece of writing of their own choice) and to get feedback on their efforts. In the screenshot above, the highlighted text at the bottom of the image is the submitted text. The colour coding represents the program’s opinion of the learner level the different sections of the text represent.

Gavin Grimm, Transgender Teen, Fighting To Use Men's Restroom At School A transgender teen in Virginia is fighting for the right to use the bathroom that corresponds with his gender identity. Gavin Grimm is a 10th grader who was assigned female at birth and came out as transgender earlier this year. Now, the 15-year-old is generating a larger conversation surrounding bathroom rights for individuals identifying as transgender in Virginia. The Gloucester County School Board is slated to hold a meeting on Dec. 9 to make a decision surrounding the bathroom rights of transgender individuals. “The issue for me is that the only proposal to be voted on December 9 is for Gavin to go back to using the girls restroom, and there needs to be another proposal, because Gavin is not going to use the girls restroom, not going to happen. Gavin is a boy,” Grimm's mother reportedly stated.

Talk about yourself Examiner: Hi. What’s your name? Kelvin: My name is Kelvin. Examiner: Kelvin, OK. What are equality and diversity? What are equality and diversity, and how can we promote them? What is equality? Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, including areas of race, gender, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.

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