Reading Sample 8- Teaching Children How to Think Internationally


            The International Primary Curriculum is an idea that began in Britain. Today this curriculum is taught in more than one thousand primary schools in ninety-two countries worldwide. It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning goals for every subject. Educator Martin Skelton who co-wrote the International Primary Curriculum or IPC says for children to learn and succeed, they need a program that permits them to learn individually.  "Our view is the teachers should be thinking about their kids in their class and why they are not learning and trying to work out what they are going to be doing tomorrow to help individual kids learn much better." 

       Martin Skelton also says the idea with the curriculum is to help today's children become good citizens of the world and twenty-first-century leaders. "Most world problems are going to be solved internationally now. I mean no single country is going to solve the environment or terrorism. It's a multi-cooperational activity."  The curriculum has activities built around the development of "international mindedness" starting from the age of five. The kids are encouraged to make links with schools in other countries.

       Second-grade teacher Alison Kerr says the main goal is to engage children in the learning process. This term, for example, her class is learning about people important in history.  "I got the children to come in secret and dress up with several clues of a famous person. They had to research and bring us ten written clues and the rest of the class had to guess who these significant people were. So the children do not simply just do the same worksheet type of format every single time."  Another activity is designed to teach about similarities between different cultures. "The children were each given a passport. They basically knew that they were going around the world in a day and we said to them 'You have to come back with two similarities that you had seen between the different cultures.' The teacher's role is to enable students to discover for themselves. The teachers have to make sure they’re asking the right questions.   


1- According to paragraph 1, which of the following is NOT true?

a. The IPC emerged in Europe.

b. The International Primary Curriculum is appropriate for a wide range of subjects.  

c. The curriculum is slightly complex

d. The IPC is student-centred.


2- According to paragraph 2, what is the purpose of developing "international mindedness"?



3- According to paragraph 3, what can NOT be inferred?

a. The IPC is thematic.

b. The IPC gives importance to students' creativity. 

c. The IPC engages students in their learning process. 

d. The IPC seems monotonous. 


4- What does "they" refer to in the first paragraph?

a. subjects      b. students           c. instructors          d. schools


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1. c

2. Most world problems are going to be solved internationally and no single country can solve them by itself.

3. d

4. c

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