Level 2 Group 2 – Class notes – 21st October 2015


  1. Education speaking & listening

  2. Stereotypes

  3. Private schools, grammar school, state education

  4. Michael Gove reading

  5. Abdul’s student council feedback

  6. Khumbulani’s presentation – making things for free in Zimbabwe

  7. Past continuous, would & used to

    Undergraduate Open Days at Salford


For and against arguments. Discuss this statement:

“Instead of attacking the successes of private education, the state education sector should seek to learn from them.”

Arguments for:

  1. The teacher is in charge of the topics and education.
  2. Parents have more control.
  3. There is more discipline.

Arguments against:

  1. The country suffers because a lack of opportunities for everyone is not good for the health of the country.
  2. It’s more important to talk about the unfairness of private schools. They are only for the rich!
  3. Is it true that teaching is better in private schools? This might not be the case.
  • words:

Where are grammar schools in the UK?


dunce’s cap & writing lines

grass roofed house in Zimbabwe

privilege noun

UK   US   /ˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒ/

C1 [C or U] an ​advantage that only one ​person or ​group of ​peoplehas, usually because of ​theirposition or because they are ​rich:Healthcare should be a ​right, not a privilege.
Senior ​management enjoycertain privileges, such as ​company​ cars and ​healthinsurance.
an ​opportunity to do something ​special or ​enjoyable:I had the privilege ofinterviewing Picasso in the 1960s.It was a ​real privilege tomeet her.
the way in which ​richpeople or ​people from a high ​social​ class have most of the ​advantages in ​society:a ​life of privilege
specialized law the ​specialright that some ​people in ​authority have that ​allows them to do or say things that other ​people are not ​allowed to:diplomatic/​parliamentary privilege

perpetuate verb [T]

UK   /pəˈpetʃ.u.eɪt/  US   /pɚˈpetʃ-/ formal

to ​cause something to ​continue:Increasing the ​supply of ​weapons will only perpetuate the ​violenceand ​anarchy.The ​aim of the ​association is to perpetuate the ​skills of ​traditionalfurnituredesign.
perpetuation  noun [U]

dunce noun [C] (we don’t use this word these days, it’s not a nice thing to say!)

UK   US   /dʌns/ disapproving

a ​person who is ​slow to ​learn or ​stupid, ​especially at ​school

ragged adjective

UK   US   /ˈræɡ.ɪd/

(of ​clothes) ​torn and not in good ​condition:The ​children were ​wearingdirty, ragged ​clothes. (of a ​person) ​untidy, ​dirty, and ​wearingold, ​tornclothes:Two ragged ​childrenstoodoutside the ​station, ​begging for ​money.

snatch verb [T] (TAKE QUICKLY)

C2 to take ​hold of something ​suddenly and ​roughly:He snatched the ​photos out of my ​hand before I had a ​chance to ​look at them.figurative Running the ​bestrace of his ​career, Fletcher snatched(= only just ​won) the ​goldmedal from the ​Canadianchampion. to take something or someone away by ​force:The six-year-old ​girl was snatched from a ​playground and her ​bodywas ​found two ​dayslater.She had her ​purse snatched (= ​stolen) while she was ​shopping.

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