Today’s photo: Christchurch Casino – lottery or investment?!
This Saturday (28th March) 8.30 – 9.30 pm is Earth Hour
Part 1: Today's word
A bias is a lack of fairness or balance. So, for example, if a referee is biased, then he/she will tend to favour one team over another, instead of treating each one fairly. This bias is not always intentional – it has been argued that most of us have what are called ‘cognitive biases’, which affect the way we interpret information. So, for example, it’s very common to pay too much attention to small pieces of evidence, which means that we don’t see the ‘big picture’.
The Government accused the newspaper of political bias.
She argued that there was a systematic bias against women in the organisation.
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Part 2: Test
Here are FOUR sentences with the word of the day. But only THREE are correct. Which is the Odd One Out?
I have to admit to a bias against candidates who don’t pay attention to personal hygiene or appearance, even though the post doesn’t involve contact with the public.
It is essential that examination materials are free of bias on any grounds, whether political, ethnic, gender or any other kind.
It is essential that the jury shows equal bias to both the prosecution and defence cases in order to form an impartial evaluation of the arguments and evidence.
Careful analysis of funding decisions shows a clear and consistent bias in favour of those regions in which the Government holds a narrow majority of seats.
Part 3: Practice Questions:
Have you ever suffered from bias at the hands of any of your teachers?
Do you think there is a bias towards or against the capital city with regard to Government funding etc?
Part 4: The Phrasal Five
make sb redundant / cut jobs
Banks have laid off thousands of employees since computers were introduced
connect a computer to the internet (or other system)
The first thing I do when I log on is to check my email.
look down on
Her family looked down on her because she had never made a successful career of her own.
look up to
admire or respect
He’s someone I’ll always look up to.
make up become friends again
I used to have terrible fights with my sister, but we would always make up before the day was through.
Part 5: Kiwi Quiz Question
Which famous New Zealander has been appointed as the new head of the United Nations Development programme?
Kiri Te Kanawa
And here’s an extra online quiz for you: How much do you know about China? Click here to test your knowledge
Part 6: Today's online reading
This is a short article from the Economist magazine about why managers sometimes make serious errors of judgement.
Vocabulary for the article:
swim against the tide
Questions for the article:
1) Which of these companies is used as an example of poor decision-making?
2) The authors of ‘Think again’ focus on which aspect of decision-making?
3) Richard Fuld’s error was attributed to ...
lack of expertise
4) Steve Russell’s error was attributed to ..
lack of self-criticism
his colleagues’ scepticism
a lack of resources
5) Which of these is a safeguard recommended by the authors of ‘Think again’?
employment of professional advocates
ongoing internal review of corporate decision making
recruiting employees from more than one agency
ensuring unanimity of opinion among decision-makers
6) Marks and Spencer, the British retailer, is given as an example of ...
inappropriate management structure
unstable corporate culture
the dangers of too many ‘yes-men’
Today’s Musical Suggestion - from the USA
Shoulda Woulda Coulda by Beverly Knight