Some time ago, I created a popular blog and study for Omani students concerning cause and effect essays.


Some time ago, I created a popular blog article–Examples of Cause and Effect Essays of 5 paragraph length for Omani students–and study for Omani students concerning cause and effect essays.

I have now revised Part 1 of that article (below) for level 4 students across the nation who are facing a new reading exam type, based loosely on IELTS. Try it our with your students and learn about status quo in Oman today. –kas

 

Read the passage below and determine which headings fit which paragraph.

A

Many foreign teachers are amazed at the number of absences that Omani students think are acceptable when they arrive here to teach in colleges in the country.  In most countries around the world, no students are allowed to miss more than two to five percent of their classes in a semester.  Students at SCT are permitted to miss ten to to fifteen percent of their classes in a single semester.  There are many negative effects of missing too many classes at SCT. Here are the three most important bad effects of missing too many classes and not practicing enough English.

 

B

 

First, the most important reason that students hurt themselves when they don’t attend class is that they do not spend enough time speaking, writing, listening, reading, and practicing English language and vocabulary. When time-spent-practicing English per-student is too low, students cannot move from one level to the next in the Foundation program easily.  If they are lucky enough to pass to a higher level or even to pass all four levels in the Foundation English, the students have either cheated or depended too much on others to do their work, i.e. students are not passing exams and foundation levels through their own effort. So, the students are not becoming responsible adults, e.g. responsible for their own marks or grades.

C

Second, because it is often true that students who do not attend classes regularly at the Foundation level either cheat or depend on others to do their work for them, these same students have trouble in all of their Post-Foundations courses, too.   Students have trouble in their post-foundation courses because their English skills and math skills are often still too weak.  Soon they may not pass the other SCT courses nor get good grades.  This means that the recommendations from professors will not be very good.  That will make it harder to find a job, even if they pass their classes.

D

Third, because of low attendance and other bad study habits, some Omani students actually will either leave or quit SCT during the Foundation period.   Others will continue to fail too many exams.  Still others simply will miss too many classes to learn very much. Again, later some will give up hope and stop going to college before they earn their diploma .  Many of these students then have trouble getting either the career or jobs that they have dreamt of getting. This is very sad and tragic.  They could have avoided this.

E

In conclusion, attendance is very important for students at SCT, but too many students do not take attendance nor practice of English and study of English or math seriously.   It is very important for students to have high attendance rates and to spend as much time practicing English (and math) regularly.  I believe that both in the Foundation level and in the Post-Foundation level students must have good attendance and good study habits.

Headings

  • Why some teachers have culture shock in Oman
  • How will students become responsible adults
  • How do they expect to get good recommendations from their professors
  • All these need to be improved
  • What will happen when they fail
  • None of the Above

A=

B=

C=

D=

E=

Do the following multiple choice questions.

  • Teachers at colleges of technology always have culture shock.
  • True (b) False                    (c) Not in the text
  • Writer focused on three bad effects of heavy absenteeism.

(a) True                     (b) False                    (c) Not in the text

  • Students have trouble in their post-foundation courses because their English skills and math skills are often extraordinary.

(a) True               (b) False                    (c) Not in the text

  • Because of low attendance and other bad study habits, some Omani students actually will either leave or quit SCT during the Foundation period.

(a) True               (b) False                    (c) Not in the text

  • Some students are not passing exams and foundation levels through their own effort.

(a) True                     (b) False                    (c) Not in the text

Looking at both the chart above and to reading the 5 paragraph essay, answer the following by filling in the blanks as best you can.

The chart above shows that those students who miss kindergarten classes the most often _______________ worse in first grade than other students who attended kindergarten classes with regularity.   Similarly, in college, students who have many absences show negative ________________ in their academic performances. The most important reason that students hurt themselves when they don’t attend class at foundation levels is that they do not ____________ enough time speaking, writing, listening, reading, and practicing English language and vocabulary.  Another bad effect of not attending classes is that students ________________move from one level to the next in the Foundation program easily. Finally, they cannot get good ______________ from their professors nor can they get a good __________________.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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