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IELTS Speaking Sample Topic: School and Education

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IELTS speaking sample topic SCHOOL and EDUCATION part 1

IELTS speaking sample topic SCHOOL and EDUCATION

Examiner: What did you enjoy most when you were at school?

Janet:  School feels like a long time ago now, as I am currently at University, but I do remember really enjoying English lessons. We were lucky enough to have a native speaking teacher, which was usual, but it gave us the opportunity to be inspired by hearing authentic pronunciation and our teacher told very funny stories to keep us focused.

Examiner: Do you think a teacher should be friendly or strict?

Alexa: When I was at school, our teachers were ‘old-school’, strict  and very traditional, so our lessons were teacher centred. As children we were not encouraged to ask questions or voice our opinions. However, today, thankfully, classes are more student centred, and encourage collaboration and I think a more friendly teacher would be more successful here.

Examiner: What’s the most difficult part of your study now?

Kamila: Well, for the most part, I’d say it’s encourage collaboration. I mean there are so many assignments, and students are always under a lot of pressure to meet deadlines.  I am lucky as I don’t find exams too overwhelming. If you are well prepared, they are entirely predictable, and I can pretty much sail through them with only a bit of revision.

ielts speaking sample topic school and education

IELTS speaking part 2 

 Describe a subject you enjoyed studying at school.

You should say:

  • when and where you started studying it
  • what lessons were like
  • what made it different from other subjects

and explain why you enjoyed the subject.

Said: To be honest, I found school pretty challenging for a number of reasons. We moved house quite often back then, so I had to adapt to different teachers, learning expectations and to make new friends. However, the subject which I was always passionate about  and determined to succeed in was French.

I started lessons when I was quite young, which is common in the UK, as learning languages is actively encouraged, but the standard and expectation was relatively low so lessons revolved around role plays asking for ice cream or bread!  Our lessons involved a lot of writing and dictation which was hard, and I did struggle to see the point of this as what I really wanted to learn was how to communicate and be understood. Our vocabulary was based around the family, food, travel and school so It was quite useful but not the sort of things that children really want to talk about.

I was motivated as I had already visited France on holiday and so I could see for myself the possible benefits of being able to communicate and make myself understood. The breakthrough for me came when I was around 15 with a teacher called Mrs. Green.

She was half French herself, so she spoke beautifully and was rather glamourous too and her lessons were filled with laughter, games and stories although she was very strict as well. We were all expected to study hard and to succeed in exams. She was inspiring though because she loved her subject.

Personally, I have always enjoyed listening to languages, to the intonation and sound even if I do not understand. Once I could use the French I had learnt in school when I visited France and later studied there, the language came alive and all that hard work as a youngster paid off!

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IELTS speaking sample topic SCHOOL and EDUCATION part 3

Examiner: Do you think single sex schools are still relevant in today’s world?

Emilie: While today many would argue that traditional  schools which only allow either girls or boys to study there seem rather outdated and old fashioned as this is not how ‘real’ society of the workplace operates. However, many league tables which rank schools in order of high exam results, have proved that single sex schools can be much better as there are less distractions and maybe students are more able to focus on learning and be proud of their achievements without having to compete with the opposite sex.

Examiner: What are the benefits of a boarding school?

Helene: As an alumni of a boarding school, I can see the upsides as well as the challenges. In some countries children as young as 8 are sent away to school, either because of the higher standard of education on offer, or because their parents may be working overseas.

Many of these schools offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as golf, photography or fashion as well as the core academic subjects. Children usually speak of forming lifelong friendships, with their peer group as well as teachers and there is a strong concept of shared experiences.

Examiner: What are the advantages of studying a distance learning course?

Lydia: For many people, especially  students who work or need more flexibility, distance  or remote learning is the ideal way to study. There are several benefits that immediately come to mind. Not only  the cost, which  is far less than it would be to attend a college with high tuition fees but the ability to study at your own speed.

It is usually agreed that some find that this method of learning suits them better than sitting in lectures or going to tutorials which demands more self-motivation and discipline.

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authentic: real, true / thực

old-school strict: traditional learning with punishments and controlling teachers / nghiêm khắc kiểu cũ: cách học truyền thống với những hình phạt và sự kiểm soát của giáo viên

teacher centred: where the teacher is leading the class / giáo viên làm trung tâm: nơi giáo viên đang dẫn dắt lớp học

encourage collaboration: learning together through discussions / khuyến khích sự hợp tác: cùng nhau học hỏi thông qua các cuộc thảo luận

pressure to meet deadlines: having to finish work by a certain time / date / Áp lực đáp ứng thời hạn: phải hoàn thành công việc trước một ngày / giờ nhất định

assignments: homework or essays / bài tập về nhà hoặc tiểu luận

sail through them: not to have to work hard and to find things easy / không phải làm việc chăm chỉ và dễ dàng tìm thấy mọi thứ

learning expectations: what the teacher expects from their student / kỳ vọng học tập: giáo viên mong đợi gì ở học sinh của họ

role plays: acting out a situation to simulate or practice it / đóng vai: diễn xuất một tình huống để mô phỏng hoặc thực hành nó

dictation: writing down what the teacher says, accurately and fast. / chính tả: viết ra những gì giáo viên nói, chính xác và nhanh chóng.

breakthrough: a new development / đột phá: một sự phát triển mới

inspiring: something which makes you want to do better / truyền cảm hứng: điều gì đó khiến bạn muốn làm tốt hơn

intonation: the ‘singing’ sound of speech /  ngữ điệu

paid off: was worth the effort / được đền đáp: xứng đáng với nỗ lực

outdated: old fashioned / lỗi thời

league tables: tables which rank the position of schools according to  academic success / bảng xếp hạng vị trí của các trường theo thành công trong học tập

alumni: students who used to go to a certain school or college / cựu sinh viên: sinh viên đã từng đi học tại một trường học hoặc trường cao đẳng nhất định

boarding school: where students live at school during the term time / trường nội trú: nơi học sinh sống tại trường trong thời gian học kỳ

extra- curricular activities: anything NOT academic, eg sport, drama / các hoạt động ngoại khóa: bất cứ điều gì KHÔNG mang tính học thuật, ví dụ như thể thao, kịch

peer group: students of your own age, in your class / nhóm đồng đẳng: học sinh ở độ tuổi của chính bạn, trong lớp của bạn

remote: not being physically there / learning via computer / học từ xa, học qua máy tính

IELTS speaking sample topic SCHOOL and EDUCATION

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