B2 Single or Mixed Sex Schools

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B2 school improvementRead an article about Single or Mixed Sex Schools for the B2 First Use of English Part 1 about equality in education and if we should make changes. This exercise consists of an article about single or mixed-sex schools in which there are 8 gaps. Each gap represents a missing word or phrase. You have to choose which one of the four words or phrases in the set fills the gap correctly.

B2 Single or Mixed Sex Schools

For questions, 1-8 read the text below and decide which answer best fits each gap.

Ever since the talk on equality, which we heard on women’s day, there have been lots of (1) around the school about whether single or mixed-sex schools are better. While I’ve heard a lot of people saying it would be better for girls and boys to study separately, in my view mixed-sex classrooms are the better (2) . Here’s why:

First of all, girls and boys don’t always have a negative (3) on each other. The opposite is often true: having girls in the classroom can have a calming (4) on boys, and the sense of competition boys (5) to the classroom can encourage girls to make more of an effort with their studies.

Secondly, aren’t schools (6) to help us prepare for working life? Our future (7) are unlikely to separate us along gender lines so where’s the sense in keeping us apart now? Surely we need to practice working with members of the opposite sex today if we’re going to be any good at it in the future.

Mixed-sex classrooms aren’t going to please everyone all the (8) , but it’s essential we learn how to work together because we’ll be doing it for a long time to come.


More exercises available:

readingB2 First Use of English and Reading Section

You need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to you such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students.

Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

For this part, you practice vocabulary word-building by changing different words using a base word.

For this part, you practice how to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.

For this part, you practice how to understand the structure and follow the development of a text.

For this part, you practice how to find specific information in a text or texts.

writingB2 First Writing Section

You are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140-190 words. For the second, you can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or report (B2 First for schools the report is replaced with a story) of 140-190 words.

B2 First Listening and Speaking Section

Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of the learners.

In this part you talk to the examiner about yourself and your life, e.g. your name, school, interests and future plans.

In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.

In this part you express ideas with your partner by looking at a discussion point that the examiner gives you.

This will be available soon.

In this part, you focus on general aspects of a topic with the examiner or you may involve your partner.

This will be available soon.

In this part, you will hear people talking in eight different situations.

In this part, you will hear someone being interviewed.

In this part, you will hear five people talking about different things.

In this part, you will hear an interview.

execisesEspecially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practise so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.


Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

A2 Key | B1 Preliminary | B2 First