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1. Growth
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Carefully read the following excerpt from an article on learning a language online:

The growth of technology for educational use has transformed the way in which people learn and access education. This is particularly true for languages, an area in which the explosion of mobile apps and interactive software has provided choice to a range of people who were previously unable to access foreign language education.

One of the big changes caused by tech is the demographic shift in language learners. Languages have long been associated with the elite, but now people from less privileged backgrounds are finding affordable ways to learn. English remains the resoundingly most-in-demand language – the British Council estimates that in five years, 2 billion people will be learning English across the world – due in large part to the advantage it offers economic migrants. While advances in tech may have created opportunities for more people to access education, the question remains as to whether it is actually possible to learn a language only using online tools.

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2. Expectancies
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Carefully read the following excerpt from an article on life expectancies:

A study by researchers at the University of Southern California has shown that the wide gap between men and women’s life expectancies did not emerge until the turn of the last century. It has now become the norm that women are expected to live longer than men in all countries, however, it is a relatively new phenomenon. The trend began to emerge in 1870 when deaths from infectious diseases began to become less common and more deaths were linked with cancer and cardiovascular disease, which affect men more than women. A girl born in 2012 is expected to live to be 73-years-old based on global averages. A boy born the same year is expected to live to be 68-years-old. This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy of a child born in 1990. Men are more likely to die earlier than women, especially between the ages of 50 to 70. After aged 80, the discrepancy decreases somewhat. The gender gap in life expectancy emerged in people born after 1880 when male to female mortality ratios increased by as much as 50 per cent. The researchers found that for people who were born after 1880 who died when they were more than 40-years-old, female death rates decreased 70 per cent faster than those of males.

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3. Detached
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Carefully read the following excerpt from an article on housing:

The detached family home – a traditional symbol of middle-class suburban domesticity – is enjoying a return to favor, according to official house-building figures. After years of developers focusing on cramped flats and apartments, creating a glut of unfilled high-density schemes in provincial cities, builders are again catering for families with children. But while the number of private detached homes being built in England has risen by nearly a quarter to 38,118 between 2013 and 2014, the number of the new affordable homes is falling. Private sector property increased by 13 per cent since 2013, while public sector development in social housing dropped by 4 per cent, with only 34,771 new homes registered compared to 36,271 in 2013. In total, this year 133,670 new homes were registered with the National House Building Council (NHBC), an increase of 9 per cent on registrations made last year but still well below the 200,000 a year required to meet housing demand. The CIH is calling on all political parties to commit to ending the housing crisis “within a generation” by rapidly increasing the number of new affordable homes.

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