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Question 31

Choose the correct letter A – C.

31. The students are expecting

A to hear a lecture on overpopulation
B Mr Mackenzie
C a guest speaker

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Questions 32-36

Complete the tables below USING NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER.

42 million adults (32)
50 million adults have the reading ability of a (33) year-old
Increasing by around (34) and a quarter million per year illiteracy costs


Unemployment Unrealised earnings Literacy programmes
cost (in billions of US dollars) (35)$ 237 (36)$

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Question 37

Choose the correct letter A – C.

37. Illiteracy is increasing because many young learners are

A not being taught how to break words into sounds
B given word lists which are too long
C not challenged enough in the classroom

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Questions 38-40

Complete the summary below USING NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS OR A NUMBER.

English is made up of 26 letters, with 44 (38) Show answer and 70 ways of (39) Show answer. Unsuccessful teaching practices persist, however, because reading is (40) Show answer.

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