Lesson 4 - RW, Culture - EDUCATION - Page1
Read the excerpts from a British Council article about distance learning in the UK.
You can find the full text of this article at
If you’re worried that studying for a degree is going to cost too much you might want to consider doing it by distance learning.
Many students, who would once have left home to go to university, are now preferring to choose distance learning as an alternative to conventional study. There are many reasons for this.
Distance learning is generally more affordable than conventional study because savings in physical infrastructure (eg. classrooms, recreation facilities) are often passed on to students. Additionally, distance learning allows you to make considerable savings in travelling and living costs.
One major advantage of distance learning is that you are not usually required to attend any classes. This means you are free to choose where, when and how you study. You are responsible for organising your study schedule. As a result, you can fit your studies around whatever else is happening in your life; whether that means work, or family or social commitments. Some courses do, however, require you to attend taught classes at certain times of the year. It pays, therefore, to find out before you make any commitment. Course requirements vary a lot and you should choose the one that most suits your needs.
Increasingly, employers are recognising that students who study by distance learning make excellent employees. This is because distance learning develops certain talents and skills that employers find very attractive. Distance learners have to be self-starters; they need to be self-motivated, self-disciplined and resourceful to succeed. These are precisely the qualities that many employers look for.
If you study with a reputable university, the qualification you gain should be of an identical high standard as that awarded to a campus-based student. At the University of London, which has offered distance learning for almost 150 years, absolutely no compromise is made on quality. The qualification students receive as external students of the university is of an identical standard to that awarded to a student who has studied at one of its many colleges. Academics who teach college-based students also develop syllabuses, prepare study materials and set and mark examinations for external students.
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Here are some sentences from the text. Look at the words in bold print and check if you know what they mean.
If you study with a reputable university, the qualification you gain should be of an identical high standard as that awarded to a campus-based student. Distance learners have to be self-starters; they need to be self-motivated, self-disciplined and resourceful to succeed. One major advantage of distance learning is that you are not usually required to attend any classes. Distance learning is generally more affordable than conventional study.
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Look again at the information about the British and American systems of education, provided in Lesson 3. Write a couple of sentences about the Polish educational system.
Imagine that you want to study online with a British university. Surf the Internet to find a university that you would like to study at and a suitable distance learning program. Then read the information provided on the website about this program. Prepare some notes about this program, in the form of answers to these questions (taken form the British Council webpage http://www.educationuk.org/):
Questions to ask when choosing a course:
1. What qualification will I receive?
2. Is it recognised by relevant employers or professional associations?
3. What are the admission requirements?
4. What are the main aims of the course/what will I learn?
5. How is it taught and who are the teachers?
6. What course materials are provided?
7. Will I be able to get hold of the books I need?
8. What support is available from the institution and/or locally?
9. How is it assessed?
10. Who is responsible for setting and marking the exams?
11. How long will it take?
12. How much will it cost?