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ESL English Lesson: Would you like to be a bricklayer?
David Robinson

Would you like to be a bricklayer? It’s an interesting question with interesting answers…

These days being a bricklayer in many countries is ‘not sexy’, nor is it ‘trendy’. Many young people prefer to take a media studies course or learn IT skills. Learning a trade is not encouraged like it used to be. In the UK schools prefer their students to take A levels and go on to university. That’s fine if you are clever enough to do this. Not everyone wants to do this though.

Back in the 1980s Mrs Thatcher introduced approximately 2,000 odd universities across the UK, rather than the 200 or so that there used to be. This has now led to over qualified people in jobs. 20% of graduates leaving university can’t get a job, or they get a job in another field using the university degree they qualified for

Reading: Students should now read the article aloud, swapping readers every paragraph. Students should look through the article with the teacher: 1) What is the article about? 2) What do you think about the article? 3) Was this an easy or difficult article to understand? 4) Was this a boring or interesting article? 5) Discuss the article

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