Билет №5: Let’s talk about education

Разбираем Let’s talk about education, как говорится, мы не боимся трудностей ) Выглядит 5 билет в моей школе таким образом:

Let’s talk about education.

1. Let’s talk about education. What can you tell me about the system of education in Belarus?
2. Do you agree that Belarusian secondary school provides a person with good knowledge? Why (not)?
3. Ask a British teenager about his/her school.
4. What can you advise a student who is not a very good at languages to do to achieve better results ?
5. Today some young people think that having a good education is not very important. Do you agree with them?
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1. Let’s talk about education. What can you tell me about your school? (Let’s talk about studying at school. What’s your school like?)
2. Tastes differ. Do you have your favourite teacher at school?

1. Let’s talk about education. What can you tell me about the system of education in Belarus?

I have been studying at school for unbelievably long 11 years. I have got used to the things in educational system in Belarus which my foreign friend may find amusing. I’ll give you a brief description of it, highlighting the differences in the system of education in Belarus and other European countries.  Education in Belarus is free and compulsory from age 7 to 16.  From age 7 to 11 children attend primary school where they are taught how to read and write. They study basics of essential subjects. From 16 to 18 pupils do their best to get a good knowledge of numerous subjects. We can’t choose only three subjects to specialise in. Pupils in Europe can focus on three exams for GCSE, but we have to read up the stuff we are unlikely to find useful in our lives. As for higher education, our  universities are great if your dream is to become a scientist, but students are said to be suffering from underdeveloped practical skills.

2. Do you agree that Belarusian secondary school provides a person with good knowledge? Why (not)?

As I said before our system of education is good if you are interested in pure science. The amount of knowledge you will have got by the age of 18 is incomparable to that of my peers around the world. They know less than we do, but if you want to be a driver you don’t have to know about the theory of relativity. Our drivers excel theirs in term of intelligence, but I think our drivers should not be made to learn the things which are  often regarded as unnecessary in their profession. Breakthroughs in science are very important, but our well-being doesn’t depend on them. We should know a lot about one specific area and by pretending to be in the know of many different things we significantly reduce our chances of taking over your opponents.

3. Ask a British teenager about his/her school.

What do you like most of all in your school? Is there anything you would like to change in your school? Will you send your children to the school which your attended as a kid?

4. What  can you advise a student who is not a very good at languages to do to achieve better results ?

If you want to succeed in any kind of activity you had better make it the most enjoyable thing in the world for you. If you have some problem with grammar you should listen to audiobooks, for example. Taking grammar patterns as a whole may help you make up for not knowing something about rarely used grammar rules.  Making mistakes is an inevitable thing and concentrating on hyper correctness will not do you any good. If you are a bookworm with poor memory for spelling rules, do read a lot. in the end you will memorise all the words you really need to know to communicate effectively. There are many words in English  and you don’t have to learn all of them by heart if you simply want to order pizza at a cafe.

5. Today some young people think that having a good education is not very important. Do you agree with them?

Well… It is partly true. If you are ready to limit your ambitions to being a driver, it’s up to you to do so. You needn’t go to college to become a good driver, do you? If you are a little bit more ambitious, you have to understand the ideas behind most of things in life.  If you want to be  a politician and you know very little about how many things work in politics you might scrape through, but your sheer luck won’t last long. You stand no chance of gaining some place of power if you are not able to use it effectively.
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1. Let’s talk about education. What can you tell me about your school?

Вариант Let’s talk about studying at school. What’s your school like?
School is a place where everything is familiar to you or at least you got used to it. It seems rather difficult to say why your school is better or worse than any other school. Everything in your school seem to be so typical of any school, in your opinion. When you go to another school, it usually seems worse as it’s different from your expectations based on habitual understanding what makes a good school.

2. Tastes differ. Do you have your favourite teacher at school?

Like any kid I am fond of teachers who are not strict and generous if the subject of marks is mentioned. My favourite teacher, as you can easily guess, is my PE teacher. He always lets us play football and volleyball instead of doing boring gymnastics. Whenever the weather is good we have lessons in the open air. Isn’t it a striking difference when you think of other lessons? Last but not least, our marks in PE always leave up to our highest expectations.

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2014-09-27
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