1.8 Teaching assistants and The Open University

Between 1995 and 2012, The Open University trained just over 8000 teaching assistants through its course E111 Supporting learning in primary schools and its now discontinued Specialist Teacher Assistant course. Most were women and many were mothers; a very small percentage were male. Heather Wakefield (2003), head of local government liaison at UNISON, emphasises the link between caring work in the public sector and the recruitment of a predominantly female paraprofessional workforce. She sug
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1 Languages in the world

This section aims to make you aware of a world beyond your current sphere of knowledge.

Activity 1 English in the world

You should allow 5 minutes

Where is English spoken as an
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • describe the status in the world of the English language, compared to other widely spoken languages

  • identify the reasons why people should study another language

  • make best use of existing language skills, no matter how basic, in a practical situation

  • present language skills in a written CV

  • give examples of critical differences between cultures across the world, includin
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5 Language and culture

This section aims to help you reflect on the importance of cultural awareness, and to make you aware of the cultural differences associated with different cultures and societies. It will also encourage you to reflect on your own culture and the perceptions others may have of your society.

Ac
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3.4 Describing your ethnicity

Activity 5

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The list of ‘ethnic’ groups below is taken from the UK census of 2001. Read through the list and then decide which term best desc
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1 What's in a title? An introduction

Because the words ‘care’, ‘welfare’ and ‘community’ are so much a part of everyday language and debate, there's perhaps an assumption that people agree about what they each mean. These are three words that mostly evoke warm and positive feelings. In Activity 1 you're asked to think about opposite points of view.

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4 ‘Women's work’

Gender and power play a role in keeping issues pertaining to intimate care out of the public arena. One reason for carers' (who are much more likely to be women) comparative silence in our culture is that much of what many women do is defined as ‘private’ or ‘personal’. Unfortunately, things women talk about are often downgraded – being deemed unimportant or ‘boring’. When large and difficult areas of experience are left out of public discussion we need to ask why. Ignoring the
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Introduction

This course looks at the work of William Beveridge in reforming the field of social welfare after World War II. Particular attention is paid to the attitude towards women and immigrants to the United Kingdom.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in Health and Social Care.<
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3 Peter, Roger, Rachel, Jenny and Veera

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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This virtual manipulative offers two modes for examining the patterns of multiples found on a grid displaying the numbers 2-200. In one mode, the student clicks a number on the grid, turning it red and removing all multiples of the number from the grid. This process can be repeated until only prime numbers remain. In the other mode, the student highlights one or two numbers, with multiples of the first turning red and the second blue. In both modes, number patterns and relationships can be obser
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