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1 Level 1 Reading Worksheet No.5 Topic/s: Unit 5 Education Read the passage and answer the questions below. 90-year-old Starts Elementary School A 90-year-old Kenyan grandmother has become the world's oldest elementary school student. Priscilla Sitienei, also known as Gogo, is from a small village in Kenya. She is studying at the local elementary school to learn to read and write. Ms Sitienei has spent most of her life working as a midwife, helping to deliver babies. She wants to be able to read and write so she can pass on her midwifery skills and write down the special herbal remedies she uses when she delivers babies. She also wants to be able to read the Bible. Sitienei said she never had a chance to go to school when she was younger. She said she knows she is old but hopes she will set an example to younger people. She wants all the children in her village to study. When Ms Sitienei first tried to enroll at the school, the head teacher David Kinyanjui did not think it was a good idea. Now he is very happy that Gogo is at the school. Mr Kinyanjui said Gogo is a "blessing and a motivator". He added: "I'm very proud of her. She is loved by every pupil. They all want to learn and play with her." He also said: "She is doing well considering her age. I can say I have seen a big difference in this school since she came." Gogo had a message for children everywhere, saying: "I want to say to the children of the world, especially girls, that education will be your wealth." She added: "With education, you can be whatever you want - a doctor, lawyer or a pilot." 1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the sentences and choose true (T) or false (F). a. The world's oldest elementary school student is also a grandmother. T / F b. The student lives in the capital city of Kenya. T / F c. The woman wants to be able to write about things in her job. T / F d. The woman wants all the children in her village to study. T / F e. The school head teacher always wanted the woman to join the school. T / F f. Not all of the students in the school like the old lady. T / F g. The head teacher said the woman made a big difference to the school. T / F h. The woman had a special message just for boys. T / F 2. Multiple choices: Choose the correct answer. 1) She is studying at the local elementary school to learn a. too read and write b. two read and write c. to read and write d. through read and write 2) Write down the special herbal remedies she uses when a. she deliveries babies b. she delivers babies c. she delivered babies d. she deliver babies 1

2 3) Sitienei said she never had a chance to go to school when 7) Now he is very happy that Gogo is a. she is younger b. she has younger c. she wants younger d. she was younger 4) She said she knows she is old but hopes she will a. set an example b. sit an example c. sat an example d. shut an example 5) She wants all the children in her a. villages to study b. villager to study c. villagers to study d. village to study 6) When Ms Sitienei first tried to school a. enroll by the b. enroll that the c. enroll as the d. enroll at the a. at a school b. at the school c. at that school d. at this school 8) He added: "I'm very proud of her. She is loved." a. by every iris b. by every lens c. by every lash d. by every pupil 9) I have seen a big difference in this school a. sent she came b. spins she came c. since she came d. shins she came 10) With education, you can be whatever you want - a doctor, a. lawyer nor a pilot b. lawyer or the pilot c. lawyer nor the pilot d. lawyer or a pilot 3. Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions based on the passage. 1. How old is the world's oldest elementary school student? 2. What does the woman want to learn to do? 3. What does the woman help deliver? 4. What did the woman not have a chance to do when she was younger? 5. What does she want the children in her village to do? 6. Who thought it wasn't a good idea when the women joined the school? 7. Who loves the woman? 8. What do the school students want to do with the old lady? 9. Who did the old woman have a message for? 10. What jobs did the woman say you could do with an education? 2

3 Vocabulary List: Match the words to their meanings. 1. genius a. a big organization like a bank, hospital, prison, or school 2. fluent b. known by very many people 3. mature c. ages thirteen to nineteen people 4. disagree d. to be on time in classes and meetings 5. institution e. a very clever person 6. attend f. to go to or be present at 7. famous g. sad from being alone 8. lonely h. to say or think the opposite 9. teenager i. able to speak or write a language easily and correctly j. like an adult, fully grown Pre-reading Activity, refer to page 28 (Universities) of the book and answer activities 1 and 2. Read page 29 Too young for Oxford? and answer the questions below. 1. How old was Yinan Wang when he entered Oxford? 2. Where is Oxford University? 3. Why did his whole family move to London? 4. What kind of student was he according to his teachers? 5. Which subject was he very good at? 6. What special classes did he have? 7. Who was the first child student to go to Oxford? How old? 8. What did she study? 3

4 Read Moscow State University and Harvard University on page 32 and answer the questions below. Moscow State University 1. When was it opened? How old is it? 2. How many floors does it have? 3. How many undergraduate students does it have? 4. How many teachers, professors, and researchers does it have? 5. How many faculties does it have? Harvard University 1. Where is this university? 2. What was its original name? 3. Who gave books and money to the college? 4. How many professors does it have? 5. How many undergraduate students does it have? 4

5 Read the passage and answer the questions below. The California College System California is the largest state in the United States of America. It is home to more than 10 percent of the country's total population. It also has the largest education system in the country. The college and university system is divided into four parts. Those parts are the University of California system, the California State University system, the community college system, and private institutions. The UC system has more than 230,000 students at its 10 Campuses. It is considered the more prestigious system in the state. It includes top universities like UC Berkeley, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Both schools rank in the top 25 universities in the country, with Berkeley in the top 10. A degree from the UC system is highly sought, and the academic standards are higher than the other systems. They are also more expensive. The California State Universities counts 23 universities in its system. It is a diversified system that includes two polytechnic universities, and a maritime university. These schools offer vocational and maritime education, but also offer traditional, academic programs. The systems enrollment is approximately 450,000 students, with about 45,000 faculty members. The California Community Colleges system is the largest systems of higher education in the state, and the world. It boasts 112 campuses, and serves approximately 2.4 million students. It offers transfer degrees, vocational training, and associates degree programs. California is also home to a large number of privately owned and operated schools. These schools have no ties to the state school system, but some do accept transfer students from community colleges. The most notable and prestigious schools in the state are Stanford University, in Palo Alto, and the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles True or False a. California is the biggest state in America. b. It has five systems in the education. c. They only have government institutions. d. UC Berkeley is in the top 10 universities in the US. e. Universities in California offer vocational courses. f. The UC system is largest system. g. The California has 23 state universities. h. The community colleges system is the most prestigious. i. California has no private colleges. j. All colleges are operated and owned by the government. 5

6 2. Multiple Choices 1. Which is true about California?? It is the smallest state in the United States.? It is home to 50 percent of the country's population.? It has the largest education system in the country.? It is a big island. 2. How many parts is the college and university system divided into?? One? Three? Two? Four 3. What is false about the UC system?? It has more than 200,000 students.? It includes famous universities like UCLA.? It is considered a prestigious system.? It is not expensive. 4. What is false about California State Universities?? It has 23 universities in its system.? They are diverse.? They do not offer vocational education.? Their enrollment is about 450,000 students. 5. Why is the California Community College system the largest system of higher education?? Because it serves the largest area.? Because it enrolls about 2.4 million students.? Because they have more professors.? Because they offer both bachelor's and associate degrees. 3. Comprehension Questions 1. Where is California? 2. How many educational systems does it have? 3. Which system is the more prestigious one? 4. What do California State Universities offer? 5. How many is the estimated number of enrollees in the state universities? 6. Which are the most prestigious schools? 6

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