Listen to the text and put the missing words into the gaps.

Exercise is something most of us ______________________. A lot of us avoid it altogether. I do a lot of exercise, but not because I like it. I do it because ______________________ stay slim and healthy. I always feel great after exercising, so ______________________ parts to it. The thing I hate most is getting ready. It’s really difficult after a ______________________ to come home and then prepare for your exercises. I really ______________________ do it when I’m getting changed. I hate ______________________ stretching. I also hate ______________________ minutes of a run, swim or cycle. But then once my lungs ______________________, I settle into a rhythm and things ______________________. Recently I bought an exercise bike. Sitting in my house cycling to ______________________ watching TV is a great way to get some exercise.

Oxbridge: Education in the UK

Read the quotations about education and discuss them with your partner.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

Education is the movement from darkness to light.
Allan Bloom

Adopted from http://www.brainyquote.com/

1. Why do we need education?

2. What levels of education can a person have?

3. Do you think it is important to have a university education?

Look through the table and find out what the peculiarities are there between Russian and British school systems.


Age Stage of education Type of school Activity
2-5 preschool Nursery games with some other learning
5/6 – 12/13 Primary infant junior basic reading, writing, art, arithmetic
12/13- 16/18 secondary comprehensive or grammar wide range of subjects in art and science and technical areas
18 + Higher college or polytechnic or university degrees/ diplomas in specialized academic areas



Read the text and complete the gaps with the given words.

state, break up, compulsory, academic, secondary, nursery school, primary, graduate, terms, private, degree, co-educational.

When children are two or three years old, they sometimes go to a _____, where they learn simple games and songs. Their first real school is called a _____school. In Britain children start this school at the age of five. The ____year in Britain begins in September and is divided into three ____. Schools ____ for summer holiday in July. _____ education begins at the age of about eleven, and most schools at this level are ___, which means boys and girls study together in the same class. In Britain education is ____ from five to 16 years of age, but many children choose to remain at school for another two or three years after 16 and take higher exams. Most children go to ____schools, which are maintained by the government or local education authorities, but some children go to _____schools, which can be very expensive. University courses normally last three years and then students ____. Which means they receive their ____.

What school is it?

1. Pupils show a preference for academic subjects.

2. Pupils read, write, do sums, play. They spend a lot of time outdoors.

3. These schools offer commercial or technical courses.

4. Boys and girls are interested in working with their hands.

5. They learn some trade at these schools. These schools usually combine all types of secondary education.

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