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BreakingNewsEnglish University students take
'impossible' exam
1st February, 2015
Final-year students at a
university in England are
angry after they took an
economics
exam.
Students
from
the
University
of
Sheffield
have signed a petition to
say the exam questions
were
'impossible'
to
answer. Nearly all of the
100 students who took
the exam complained and
signed an online petition.
They want the university to look into this. The
students say the exam contained questions on
topics that were not in their course. They also say
the questions included a lot of difficult maths that
they had not been taught. One student said a
lecturer told them they would only need 'simple'
maths. They are now worried that they will get
low test scores, and that this will affect what kind
of degree they get.
The head of the economics department, professor
Andy Dickerson, told the BBC that the exam was
fair. He said not all the questions needed maths.
He said the level of maths in the exams was the
same as the level taught to students on the
course. Professor Dickerson also said all the exam
questions were on topics the students had studied.
He said: "All questions were based on topics
taught in the course and for which further reading
was provided." He added that one question in the
exam used a term that students may not have
seen before. He said this was no problem because
the question explained the meaning of the term.
The university said it would look carefully at the
results.
The Mini Lesson
True / False
a)
Students in the in first year at university are
angry over exams. T / F
b)
Over 100 students signed an online petition.
T/F
c)
The students said all topics in the exam that
were on the course. T / F
d)
A lecturer told students they would only need
simple maths. T / F
e)
The head of the department told the BBC the
exam was not fair. T / F
f)
A professor said students had studies all the
topics in the exam. T / F
g)
Students were given extra reading for all
topics in the exam. T / F
h)
There was only one term in the exam that
students didn't know. T / F
Synonym Match
1.
angry
a.
subjects
2
nearly
b.
included
3.
contained
c.
concerned
4.
simple
d.
expression
5.
worried
e.
furious
6.
head
f.
given
7.
topics
g.
boss
8.
provided
h.
almost
9.
term
i.
definition
10.
meaning
j.
easy
Discussion – Student A
a)
What do you think of exams?
b)
What do you do the night before an
important exams?
c)
What's the worst feeling you've had over an
exam?
Doing a project is a better way to test people than
taking an exam. Discuss.
d)
What do you think about what you read?
e)
Should the students get a new, easier exam?
Chat
f)
Has an exam ever made you angry?
g)
How good are you at maths?
h)
What do you think of universities?
Sources:
Independent.co.uk
/ BBC.com
Writing
Talk about these words from the article.
student / angry / impossible / complain /
petition / question / topics / maths / degree /
economics / course / studied / reading /
explained / meaning / university / results
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The Mini Lesson
Phrase Match
1.
signed a
a.
department
2
exam questions were 'impossible'
b.
test scores
3.
questions on topics that were
c.
have seen before
4.
worried that they will get low
d.
needed maths
5.
this will affect what kind of
e.
petition
6.
head of the economics
f.
to students
7.
not all the questions
g.
not in their course
8.
the same as the level taught
h.
degree they get
9.
a term that students may not
i.
at the results
10.
look carefully
j.
to answer
Discussion – Student B
Role Play
a)
How difficult do you think it is to write a fair
exam?
b)
How long do you spend preparing for an
exam?
c)
Are exams the best way to test people?
d)
What do you think of English exams?
e)
How could people get over the stress caused
by exams?
f)
Would you prefer to take an exam or do a
project?
g)
What else can the students do to get a new
exam?
h)
What questions would you like to ask the
students?
Role A – Sleep
You think sleep is the best thing to pass exams.
Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why
their things aren't so good. Also, tell the others
which is the worst of these (and why): coffee,
getting up early or studying with a friend.
Role B – Coffee
You think coffee is the best thing to pass exams.
Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why
their things aren't so good. Also, tell the others
which is the worst of these (and why): sleep,
getting up early or studying with a friend.
Role C – Getting up early
Spelling
You think getting up early is the best thing to pass
exams. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell
them why their things aren't so good. Also, tell
the others which is the worst of these (and why):
coffee, sleep or studying with a friend.
1.
they took an somcionec exam
Role D – Studying with a friend
2.
signed an online tpeoniit
3.
topics that were not in their seuorc
4.
One student said a ertrclue told them
5.
they will get low test cesors
You think studying with a friend is the best thing
to pass exams. Tell the others three reasons why.
Tell them why their things aren't so good. Also,
tell the others which is the worst of these (and
why): coffee, getting up early or sleep.
6.
what kind of egrede they get
7.
orpsesfor Andy Dickerson
8.
the level tghatu to students
9.
efrrhut reading was provided
• sleep
• study with a friend
10.
one question in the exam used a remt
• make notes
• get up very early
11.
The question ndeeixlap the meaning
• drink coffee
• take a lucky mascot
12.
look carefully at the treussl
• relax
• sit next to the top student
Speaking – Taking exams
Rank these with your partner. Put the best advice for
taking exams at the top. Change partners often and
share your rankings.
Answers – True False
Answers – Synonym Match
1.
e
2.
h
3.
b
4.
j
5.
c
6.
g
7.
a
8.
f
9.
d
10.
i
a
F
b
F
c
F
d
T
e
F
f
T
g
T
h
Answers to Phrase Match and Spelling are in the text.
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