CONTENTS

Sample answers

Sample questions and answers  from speaking part 1, 2 and  3

Key vocabulary

Words and terms frequently used  when talking about education

Word formation

Learn how to use  wide variety of parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives

Collocations

Find out groups of words that usually used together by native speakers

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Vocabulary mindmap: EDUCATION

Vocabulary mindmap: EDUCATION

 

 

Education: Sample questions and answers for IELTS speaking exam

 

 

Part 1

  1. What kind of school did you go to as a child?

 

-I have studied in a public school from pre-school till 6th grade. It used to be the most popular and the best elementary school during my time.

 

  1. Did you go to a co-educational school?

 

-Yes, I did. I had good memories in that school. I gained a lot of friends, both boys and girls.

 

  1. What was your favorite subject as a child?

 

-I liked Maths a lot when I was a kid. Solving word problems were very interesting for me. I’d always get high scores in exams.

 

  1. Who was your favorite teacher?

 

-My Maths teacher. He made the lessons fun and exciting by engaging us into different activities related to our topics. Me and my classmates enjoyed the games.

 

5. Where do you study / Where did you study?

 

-I studied in (name of university). It is located in (name of the city)

 

6. What’s your university/college like?

 

-It’s one of the best universities in my country. It has a huge campus with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students of different courses/major.

 

7. What do you study/did you study in university?

 

-I studied business administration. This course is perfect for a business minded person like me.

 

8. What is special about this subject?

 

-Basically, it is about management of business operations. It has relevance and social importance since it deals with technology, economy, global competitions and the emerging markets.

 

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 the subject different from other subjects
  • and explain why you enjoyed the subject

 

 

The subject I’d like to describe is World History. It was a subject taught in highschool. About one hour is allotted everyday to learn about significant historical events. For some of my classmates, it was a boring subject but I enjoyed it a lot.

 

I remember that our teacher distributed a syllabus on our first meeting which served as a guide on the topics that will be discussed each week. We were assigned to read several books and other reading materials. We talked about famous people, from warriors to philosophers to artists. We discussed the wars that happened in the past. We also talked about religion, traditions and customs of the people during the ancient time.

 

As a subject, it required us to memorize a lot which was a disadvantage for me and my classmates at that time because it consumed much of our time. Nevertheless, history really intrigues me. I am always curious about how humans lived in the past. I have always been interested to look into how history turned us into the present generation. It fascinates me.

 

Part 3

  1. How are education priorities today different from those in the past?

 

In a fast-changing world we are in today, education priorities have transformed as well. In our current society, education opens more opportunities for a wider skill set that were not offered in the past. For example, colleges and universities have more specific major or courses as compared before. Education has also involved the use of the modern technology such as computers and other gadgets that were not present in the past.

 

  1. Is a good education more important to a boy or a girl? Why?

 

Good education is important for both boys and girls. Both should be given equal rights to education. In today’s society, women have proven that they can do tasks and get jobs that only men used to have. Women have shown their competency in various fields such as politics, science, sports and etc. Men on the other have also entered some industries that used to be considered as women’s job such as cooking, housekeeping, fashion and etc. I think both sexes must be given equal opportunities.


3. How well do you think schools should prepare young people for working life?

 

Schools are considered our second home. This is where we learn almost everything, starting from the basic such as reading and writing. Before we turn into adults, this is the place where we get most of our training. Therefore, schools should also be the avenue to prepare us to enter into another chapter – the working life. Schools must extend its training by educating and guiding the young people to their future career.

 

 

Key vocabulary: Definitions and examples

 


 

 WORD

 

DEFINITION

 

EXAMPLE


 

qualification

a quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity

These qualifications are just like a ticket for entry into the corporate world

 


 

graduation

the completion of university degree course or your education and receiving of an academic degree or diploma

I went to England to work after my graduation

 


 

to enroll

officially register as a member of an institution or a student on a cours,  school, university,  etc

In many areas, it is possible to  enroll for adult education classes in archaeology.

 


 

to study

To apply the mind to learning and understanding a subject by reading,  going to school, university etc

She studied biology and botany


 


 

course

a series of lessons or lectures in a particular subjesct, a learning program  in a school,  university, college etc

He took a course in basket weaving


 


  

discipline

the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior

In addition , the type of research carried out is exploratory , involving a variety of academic  disciplines

 


 

degree

qualification or an academic rank  that  is given after successful completion of a course of study

He is an Artist with a Masters  degree in Conflict Resolution Through Arts


 


 

distance learning

the process of getting knowledge and experience through studying

Many of these optional modules will be available by  distance learning .

 


 

tuition

The training or instruction provided by a teacher or tutor especially in small groups

We want to support them by providing free  tuition in core subjects.

 


 

primary (elementary) school

An institution in which children aged between 5 and 11 receive the first stage of academic learning

Some articles may not be appropriate for  Primary school children.


 


 

secondary school

Aa school for children from 11 to 16 or 18 (UK)

The project will involve two primary schools and a  secondary school.

 


  

to pass

To go through any inspection or test successfully, to succeed in exam

I recently  passed my exams to become a chartered structural engineer.

 


to conduct

organize and carry out

They  conducted a survey of people ‘s attitudes to local environmental issues


 


to receive

to get something

Managers who have  received no formal training will find the course of particular benefit.


 


to acquire

to get or gain something

There are regular classes where you can  acquire new expertise , or improve existing skills , with professional tuition .

 


to attend

To go to or be present at (e.g. meetings, church services, university, etc.).

The three children are now  attending the local village school

 


to leave

to stop doing something, go away from place or situation

Both of my parents had  left school at fourteen.

 


compulsory

something that is compulsory must be done because of a rule or law

The majority of the age cohort attend beyond the end of  compulsory schooling

 


comprehensive school

A comprehensive school is a state school that does not select its intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude (Wikipedia)

The comprehensive high school provides students with a holistic education that allows them to become well-rounded adults.

 


private education

classess you have to pay for

In fact the percentage of secondary school pupils in England in  private education has dropped since comprehensives were introduced.

 


make progress

someone who makes progress moves forward, improves, becomes closer to goals

Why do some people make progress and others don’t?


 


dropout

a student who fails to complete a course of study and leaves university etc with no qualifications

Years ago the official label for “ dropout ” was changed to “ premature school leaver . ”

 


coursework

work done during a course of study, especially that contributing to one’s mark

Approximately 50 per cent of the overall marks each year are obtained from continuously assessed  coursework .


 

 

Word Formation

 


qualification

noun

Colonel Spratt highlighted the importance of the qualification for people planning a career in marketing.

to qualify

verb

Like student nurses, there are no jobs for them when they  qualify.

qualified

adjective

The English Department employs well qualified and experienced tutors and as a result has always enjoyed a high success rate in examination results.

 


graduation

noun

I went to England to work after my graduation.

 

to  graduate

verb

Sadly, a number of high school students are inarticulate when they graduate and cannot properly word a sentence.

 


enrollment

noun

today women make up 70 percent of professional school enrollment.



to enroll

verb

Failure to enroll for a full academic load does not alter the residency requirement.


study

noun

Another study showed that 26 %of schools in the country fail to comply with state regulations for PE.




to study

verb

This course is designed for complete beginners who are eager to  study the language, and provides an excellent opportunity to understand and to feel the language.

studied

adjective

He stops what he’s doing and stares in my direction with a  studied indifference leaning on his broom.

 


education

noun

Poland’s education system failed during the 1990s to train enough skilled workers,including engineers and craftsmen.

 

to educate

verb

Le Quement was educated at a public school in England .



well-educated

adjective

Well-educated Catholics, ie those with university education, did not appear to suffer any disadvantage in occupational achievement compared with their Protestant peers.

educational

adjective

The larger issue, though, is whether such schools can providebetter educational benefits


innovation

noun

In recent years the value of  innovation has been demonstrated in many sectors.

to innovate

verb

Advertisers and web sites are looking to innovate to engage users through marketing campaigns that align across multiple media

innovative

adjective

Magazines and the Internetopen a huge range of innovative designer options.


attendance

noun

Laforgue ‘s life in Germany at the court of the Empress Augusta was steeped inmusic: it involved regular attendance at concerts and operas.

to attend

verb

On Saturday, talent scouts will attend thegraduate show of the fashion college Central Saint Martins, alma mater toMcQueen, Chalayan and numerous other stars.


average

noun

Figure of 119.4 indicates that GDP per head in the South East was 19.4 per cent above the  average in 1988.

to average

verb

For the past year, Leno has averaged 5.71 million viewers eachnight to Letterman ‘s 4.16, according to Nielsen Media Research

average

phrase

On  average , American children watch over three hours of television each day.

 


mediocrity

noun

Mediocrity is more often a matter of choices than inherited ability.

mediocre

adjective

No one is mediocre in this world


concentration

noun

Importantly, the lectern is never operated by the speaker who needs full  concentration on the speech and presentation .

to concentrate

verb

His later works  concentrate on the theme of peace.


 

Collocations

 


academic

educational

formal

adjective +

qualification

acquire

gain

get

have

verb +

qualification


 

adult

further

higher

pre-school

primary

secondary

adjective +

education

have

receive

continue

complete

verb +

education


 

one-year, two-year, etc.

intensive, advanced, intermediate, etc.

introductory

vocational

adjective +

course

do

take

complete

enrol on

join

sign up for

verb +

course

in

on

preposition +

course in

course on


college, university

first,

undergraduate

higher, master’s, postgraduate

business, medical, history, law

adjective +

degree

economics

marketing

engineering

art

degree + in +

degree in economics

 

degree in marketing

 

degree in engineering

degree in  art


 

in-depth

general

background

adjective +

knowledge

have

hold

awarded

gain

get

obtain

receive

acquire

verb +

knowledge

 

 


go to

attend

leave

graduate from

adjective +

school

teacher

pupil

uniform

school +noun

school

 

elementary, high, secondary

comprehensive

co-educational, mixed, mixed-sex, single-sex

summer

local, rural, village

art, business, dance, drama, film, language

adjective +

school


 

attend, go to, study at

apply for

enter

finish (at),

graduate from, leave

verb  +

university

teacher

graduate,

student, undergraduate

course, degree, education

term, year

vacation

university + noun

university

 

 

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