Young and growing: An animated infographic showing how the global population is set to change
Watch the videographic and complete the gaps of the tapescript:
In 1950, —————————— (1) in rich countries in North America, Europe and Oceania was around 30 years old.
In Asia, Africa and Latin America it was closer to 20 .
Since then ——————————————————- (2) as people have fewer babies and live longer. But Africa’s different.
It’s high fertility and deaths from war and disease that ————– (3a) the median age ———— (3b).
Though ———————————– (4) as people live longer, healthier lives.
In the rich world, ———————————- (5) , while the median age in poor countries ————————— (6).
A ———————————————– (7) in terms of population numbers.
In the middle of the 20th century, there were 2.5 billion people.
In most places, the population ————————————- (8) — and ———————————————– (9) by 2050.
In Asia, the number of people surged and is forecast to taper off.
But in Africa, the population ————————————- (10) and this is likely to continue .
In fact, Africa’s population ——————————————— (11) to almost two and a half billion people by 2050, making the region a growing market.
This is my 2nd videographic activity I have prepared and I hope you will find it as helpful as the first one.
Meeting of the minds : how sexual equality increases income inequality
Listen to the video and insert the phrases in the correct gap
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In 1960, ———- (1) American men ——– (2) high school ——– (3) or less married women ——— (4) education level. Biologists call this ‘assortative mating’ , like ‘Marries like’. Then, only ——– (5) men ———– (6) married women with one, in part because they weren’t as cpmmon.
It was even fewer if they held a graduate degree. But half a century later with more educated women in the workforce, the situation’s vastly different.
Now, men with a degree are ——- (7) as likely as they were to marry women with one. With a graduate degree, 40% of men marry similar women, a ——— (8) from 13 percent in 1960.
This marks the ———- (9) power couples. Those with less schooling are less likely to marry their female equivalents, probably because women have better graduation rates. The good news is that women are better-educated and marrying —————- (10) men, who in the past might have married their secretaries. But the bad news is that power couples earn much more, ——————– (11) income inequality. In 1960, a couple without high school diplomas owned a ———— (12) than the mean household income. The situation is now ———- (13).
Power couples took home 76% percent more than the average household but it’s ——– (14) to 120 percent more now. So a byproduct of women’s equality is greater —————- (15) and that advantage may be passed down as a birthright to their kids.
Have you ever seen a videographic? I’m sure most of you have. Have you ever thought of using them in an IELTS class? Well, they are an excellent choice for IELTS students because a videographic is a video which combines moving images with graphical images on top. (macmillan dictionary) There are several videographics you can find online which are like ‘live’ charts. Everything takes place in front of your eyes. I find them particularly helpful for students starting to work with charts. It’s a great practice.
I have started preparing a short series of such videographics which students can watch and complete a short exercise. The videos are short so they do not have to spend a lot of time on them. In this way, they watch the analysis of a graph/chart, etc. and also learn and/or revise language used when writing a report for IELTS task 1. Teachers can download the video and do the exercise in class or you can ask your students to visit my blog and do the exercise. Whichever is more convenient.
I hope you like them. Remember to leave me feedback so that I know you find them helpful!
Global smart phone shipments
Sales have reached a ———— (1) but with a new cast of companies. In ——— (2) around ———————– (3) smartphones were sold. Nokia shipped— ——– (4) , —————- (5) by Blackberry, Apple, Samsung, HTC and others. The market soared but Samsung and Apple took over the first and second ————- (6) and pulled away. Last year, shipments ———– (7) a billion according to the research firm IDC. Samsung and Apple still dominate but new names make the top 5 : LG of S.Korea and Huawei and Lenovo from China . Nokia left the —————- (8) all together. It’s selling its mobile phone Division to Microsoft. Blackberry and HTC are absent, too. The ———— (9) growth is the cheap android phones especially from China. Today, supplies outside the top 5 ———— —– (10) almost 40% of shipments, ——– (11) the ——- (12) of just 4 years ago.
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Do you work or study?
What do you study?
Why did you choose this field of studies?
What are your plans after you finish your studies?
Do you watch any tv? What kind of shows do you watch on tv?
Do you watch more tv now compared to when you were a child?
Do you think that children today watch a lot of tv?
Describe a short trip you did in the past. Please say :
Where it was
Who you went with
How long you stayed
Why you would like to repeat it
Why do you think people choose to do short trips?
People who visit your country do you usually come for short or longer trips?
What is the difference between a short and a long trip?
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This is my 3rd post for EdTech Review India. You can find it here :
Apps are useful and practical a lot of times and young people know all about them and use them.
But students are interested mainly in using apps for their own pleasure and entertainment and not so much for educational purposes. It is not always easy to include them in everyday classroom practice but I think that it is worth the trouble to try to make a few of them part of your College students’ everyday classroom practice.
If the target group is College students, as mentioned above, you need to choose the right apps to introduce them to. They have to be easy to use, practical and exciting. You don’t want to overwhelm them after all! My 3 main choices would be:
This is a very popular communications platform which I was introduced to this year and I have found immensely practical for many reasons. It can be used in various ways, initially to communicate information to your students, e.g. homework tasks, useful links, photos, giving feedback using voice messages. But it can also be used in other ways, such as hosting a chat, which is a great idea since using twitter for a chat is too public and intimidating for a lot of students, but being on a more ‘private’ platform, like Remind, can minimize the feeling of ‘exposure’ that weaker students perhaps feel. It is safe, simple and secure both for educators and students to use.
This is another ‘must’ for encouraging ESL students to share boards where they can post language tips, exam strategies, useful videos they find. Teacher and students can also post text, graphs and even photos and videos related to a specific topic. Another idea is encouraging students to post questions, either as part of an activity or anonymously, post-lesson, which the teacher can then read off and answer them every day.
If Powerpoint is dead, then Prezi is its worthy successor! Prezi is indeed a very exciting tool to create presentations because it allows you to present your work in a non-linear way, creating maps of texts, videos, images, graphics, etc. It is very easy to master and some of its features, like the zoom, can easily make an impression on these young adult students and tempt them to use it in their presentations!
One way or another, these are not new tools (Prezi, for example, was designed in 2009) but it is useful to remind ourselves of a good combination of practical, easy to use digital tools that our ESL students would feel motivated to use on a daily or weekly basis. Good luck everyone