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While most children attend a mainstream school, there is a tradition in many countries throughout the world of alternative schools. In these schools there tends to be more emphasis on (1) . (creative) with a greater amount of time spent on the (2) . (participate) of children in artistic subjects and on encouraging pupils inherent (3) . (fascinate) in the world around them. Mainstream schools do not have the same (4) . (possible) as they tend to be bigger and often have a strict curriculum to adhere to. They do sometimes offer (5) . (provide) for students with special (6) . (education) needs, whether that might be extra lessons or help within classes. But for the most part (7) . (conform) is expected amongst students. Alternative schools tend to discourage this and praise (8) . (original) in their students, giving them the opportunity to express themselves in their own way. This can, of course, be (9) . (disaster) especially if (10) . (attend) at classes is not (11) . (oblige). Most alternative schools require a financial (12) . (contribute) from the parents.


2. Read this students letter which makes suggestions for ways money could be spent to improve her school. For questions 1-12, complete the gaps, using the expressions A-L.

AIn addition,

BOutlined below

COnce again,

D The second point I would like to make is about

EAnother important issue to take into consideration

FThe above recommendations

GTo begin with,

HAs for

IIt is therefore essential that


KLastly, I should mention that

LThere is also


Dear Mr. Newton,

I am writing on behalf of the students of Saint Pauls College to express our gratitude for your most generous donation to our committee. (1) are some suggestions for improvement.

(2) the library building is very old and in need of complete renovation. (3) it contains very old chairs and desks and most of them are dirty. (4) it is not really suitable for studying in. (5) the variety of books, students are always complaining they cannot find what they need. (6) dissatisfaction with the early closure. Perhaps if we hired extra staff, we would be able to expand the opening hours.

(7) .. the lack of a fully equipped computer center, which is shameful for a modern school because todays jobs demand computer literacy.

(8) up-to-date computers are purchased immediately.

(9) is our sports facilities. It would be marvelous if we could build a sports hall, or even indoor tennis courts and a swimming pool.

(10) the café cannot be used for special events as it is small and tastelessly decorated.

(11) aim to present students suggestions for necessary improvements. I hope they will prove to be of assistance when it comes to your decisions. (12) my fellow students and I thank you for your generous offer.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Christina Stamouli


3. Use the words and phrases in the box to complete the sentences below.

(a) assessment (b) curriculum (c) dumbing down (d) sandwich course (e) elitism (f) enroll for (g) interpersonal skills (h) plagiarism (i) streaming (j) course work


1. We grade students on the basis of and end-of-term tests.

2. Education is not about developing your but about learning facts.

3. Frequent examinations are a much more reliable and useful way of measuring performance than continuous

4. is virtually an excellent idea because it enables students with a similar ability to work at the same pace.

5. The most important aspect of education is the , or subjects which are taught.

6. Private education creates and encourages inequality in society, which is absolutely disgusting.

7. Copying someone elses ideas, , cheating in exams, and buying qualifications is inadmissible.

8. Its easier to get good grades nowadays because education is . Qualifications are worth less than in the past.

9. The first year I worked at the factory I attended a at the local college.

10. I went to the local college to a course in economics.


4. Read the following text and fill in the gaps with all the verbs out of the list below in the correct tense form. Give all possible variants.


do take sit study pass make follow


In secondary schools in England, students have to (1) 10 different subjects until they are 16, and these must include English and maths. After that they specialize, and from age 16 to 18 they usually (2) a maximum of four or five subjects. Sometimes timetabling problems in the school mean that not all the students are able to (3) the course of their choice. In their final year they (4) the final school exams, which are known as A-levels.

If students want to (5) a particular subject at university, they must normally have (6) the same subject, or a related one, at A-level. Its very difficult to go to university unless you have (7) your A-level exams with good grades. However, it is always possible to (8) the exam again to get a better grade. Although in the majority of courses, students (9) just one exam at the end of the course, many new courses involve modules where the student (10) smaller tests and builds up credits. These are popular with students because they are less stressful.

5.1. Read the text below and decide which option (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).


It was my misfortune to be Lionel Mendaxs form master in his last year at school. Lionel was a (0) C liar and an inveterate who, when not (1) truant, plagued the hell both out of myself and my teaching colleagues. Contrary to his own inflated opinion of his intellectual abilities, Lionel wasnt a (2) student. Far from it. He is at best a (3) candidate for his GCSE and as such it was perhaps a blessing that he was (4) from the school before he took them. It is only fair, however, that I should give Lionel credit where credit is due. No one had ever been (5) out of Greyfriars School before. Notwithstanding that, even our ridiculously (6) and excessively liberal headmaster couldnt ignore the fact that Lionel had been caught cheating (7) every single one of his (8) GCSE exams. After his (9) , he (10) a course in printing and design at the local technical college, but soon (11) out.


Ahardened Bheavy Ccompulsive Daddictive
Arunning Bplaying Cmaking Ddoing
Agifted Bupstanding C skilled Dstrict
Agrey Bborderline Cfutile Ddebatable
Aevacuated Bexpelled Cevicted Dexpired
Athrown Bpitched Cdiscarded D hurled
Aharsh Blight C stringent Dlenient
Aon Bat Cin Dby
Afalse Bpretend Cmock D fake
Aeviction Bextraction Cexpulsion D evacuation
Amade Bdid C assisted Dsat
Afell Bwent Clet D dropped

5.2. For questions 1-12, read the text below and then decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).


  1. A Good Education
  2. A Proper Education by Jack Blackwood
  3. A survive the education system
  6. Cells of the cartilaginous isogenous groups that are characterized by high nucleocytoplasmic ratio. Among such cells there are many those at different stages of mitosis.
  7. Chart 1. The experts attitude to variants of definitions of media education
  8. Chart 6. The list of the countries in which, in opinion of experts, the media education is on the highest level of development
  9. Continuing education
  10. Control and support of U.S. education
  11. Conversion is the main way of forming verbs in Modern English. Verbs can be formed from nouns of different semantic groups and have different meanings, e.g.


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