Destinations for International English Students Reading Answers
The Academic passage ‘Destinations for International English Students’ is a reading passage that appeared in an IELTS Test. Read the passage below and answer questions 1-15. Beyond the questions, you will find the answers along with the location of the answers in the passage and the keywords that help you find out the answers.
Destinations for International English Students
|1||British||Paragraph iii, it is mentioned that students in Europe (Britain) study from predominantly ‘British English material’ or course books. Hence, the answer is ‘British’.|
|2||Not given||In paragraph iv, v and vi, the author has mentioned about the mix of international students in the college and universities. But there is no mention of the type of English that is used in the course books used in the classrooms. Hence, the answer is ‘Not Given’.|
|3||(equal)||Paragraph v states that Australia and New Zealand have roughly the ‘same mix of students’ in their language classrooms. So, the answer is ‘equal’.|
|4||G||Paragraph i points out the fact that a million ‘international students’ around the world are ‘engaged in the study of the English language in a English-speaking country’. The ‘five most popular destinations’ are the U. S., Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Hence, the answer is G (Student destinations).|
|5||C||Paragraph ii discusses the various reasons for the choice of the destination for study. Firstly, studies conducted in Britain and the United States show that the ‘country of choice depends to a large extent on economic factors’. Further, it is mentioned that careful analysis of the data suggests that ‘students and their parents are most influenced by the preconceptions’ they have of the countries considered for study abroad, which, in turn, ‘influence the amount they or their parents are prepared to outlay for the experience’. Moreover, the ‘strength of international business connections between countries also gives a good indication’ of where students will seek tuition. Hence, the answer is C (Reasons for the choice of destination).|
|6||A||Paragraph iii informs that the United States attracts the ‘most diverse array of nationalities to its English language classrooms’. This ‘heterogeneity’ is largely due to its immense pulling power as the world’s foremost economy and the resulting extensive focus on U.S. culture. It is also noticed that most Europeans opt for neighbouring Britain, but many ‘Asian, Middle-Eastern, and African students’ also decide upon the same route too, adding diversity to the classrooms. Hence, the answer is A (Heterogeneity in the language classroom).|
|7||D||Paragraph iv brings out the fact that the majority of students are opting to study in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Australia and New Zealand. The most important reason for this attraction is the ‘growing awareness that courses at antipodean universities and colleges are of an exceptionally high standard’. Hence, the answer is D (The attractions of studying in the antipodes).|
|8||F||In paragraph v, the writer tells us that Australia and New Zealand have the ‘same mix of students in their language classrooms’ although all students of English who choose these countries are not from Asia. The ‘emerging global consciousness’ of the late twentieth century has meant that ‘students from as far as Sweden and Brazil’ (additional sources) are choosing to combine a taste for exotic travel with the study of English.
Hence, the answer is F (Additional student sources).
|9||B||Paragraph (vi) mentions that there has always been a ‘greater demand for enrolment at Australian and New Zealand’ tertiary institutions than places available to overseas students. Furthermore, it is given that due to the economic squeeze, a slight but noticeable shift has been seen towards Australia and New Zealand by less wealthy Asian students who might otherwise have chosen the United States for English study. Hence, the answer is B (Enrollment demand in Australia & New Zealand)|
|10||F||In paragraph ii, the main reasons for choices of study destinations are given as ‘country of choice depends to a large extent on economic factors’, ‘the preconceptions’ about the countries considered for study abroad by students and their parents and ‘strength of international business connections between countries’. As proximity to home is not one of the main reasons mentioned in the passage, the answer is ‘F’ as the statement is false.|
|11||N||In the first paragraph, it is pointed out that more than a million international students around the world are engaged in the study of the English language in a English-speaking country. It is also given that the reasons for choosing to study English abroad differ with each individual, as do the reasons for the choice of destination. As there is no specific mention of students who wish to study business either in this paragraph or any other paragraphs of the passage, the answer is ‘N’ (Not Given).|
|12||T||The last sentence of paragraph ii states that students tend to follow the ‘traditional pattern of study’ (similar study choices followed like a tradition) for their ‘national group’ (same nationality). Hence, the answer is ‘T’ as the statement is true.|
|13||T||In the beginning of paragraph iii, the writer writes that the ‘United States’ attracts the ‘most diverse array of nationalities’ (widest range of student nationalities) to its English language classrooms’. Hence, the answer is ‘T’ as the statement is true.|
|14||N||Paragraph iv tells us that hundreds of thousands of international students have discovered the delights of studying in the Southern Hemisphere, specially Australia and New Zealand. The most important reason for this choice of many Asian students who want to study English is the growing awareness that courses at antipodean universities and colleges are of an exceptionally high standard. As there is no mention of the improving standards at Australian and New Zealand tertiary institutions, the answer is ‘N’ (Not Given).|
|15||T||Paragraph (v) discusses that ‘Australia and New Zealand’ have the same mix of students in their language classrooms. It is also stated that even the ‘Asian economic downturn in the 1990s’ has not significantly altered the demographic composition of the majority of English language classrooms’ (Asian students still dominate the classrooms) within the region. Hence, the answer is ‘T’ as the statement is true.|
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