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1. There are 47 universities in ... .
2. The oldest universities are ....
3. The history of ... began in 1249.
4. These two universities are different from all other ... universities.
5. Redbrick universities were built to give technological training…………
6. ... universities are private institutions, but they receive financial support from the state.
7. The British government does not think to build ………….new universities.
8. The most interesting innovation is ... .
Mark the statements that are true:
1. All British universities are private institutions.
2. The admission to the University is by examination or selection.
3. The Department of Education and Science controls appointment of staff.
4. The number and type of faculties is the same at all British universities.
5. Students never work in summer, they work during the academic year.
6. The first postgraduate degree is that of Master.
7. Universities are centres of research.
Answer the questions on the text:
1. How many universities are there, in Great Britain?
2. What are the oldest British universities?
3. What Redbrick universities can you name?
4. Why did «the new universities» quickly become popular?
5. All British universities are private institutions, aren't they?
6. What university degree do you know?
7. Are universities centres of research?
Make a short summary of the text. Do it according to the following plan:
1. The title of the text is ...
2. The text is devoted to ...
3. It consists of ...
4. The first passage deals with ...
5. The second (third, forth, etc.) passage deals with ...
6. The main idea of the text is ...
Read the text; find the answers to the questions given below.
Two universities, Oxford and Cambridge, Oxbridge, as they are sometimes jointly called, for seven hundred years dominated British education, and today they dominate more than ever. The students of Oxbridge make up one of the most elite elites in the world. Many great men studied here. Among them Bacon, the philosopher, Milton, the poet, Cromwell, the soldier, and Newton, the scientist. Many prominent Conservative and Labour leaders and ministers, members of the Royal family studied there too.
Today Oxford and Cambridge have less than one-tenth of all British university students (less than 1% of Britain's population). Only a small per cent of the candidates are chosen — mainly on the results of the written examinations..
The division between Oxford and Redbrick is sharp. The division is essentially a class one. A large per cent of Oxford undergraduates come from public schools. Only since the 1870s women have been admitted and the women's colleges constitute only 12% of the Oxbridge population.
Oxford and Cambridge preserve an antique way of life in the midst of the twentieth century. Oxbridge is only in session half the year. Both Oxford and Cambridge now consist of self-governing colleges where students live. The students have lectures and tutorials. Each student has a tutor who tells him to write papers on the subjects he is studying. Tutors are responsible for the students' progress.