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Vocabulary mindmap: EDUCATION
Education: Sample questions and answers for IELTS speaking exam
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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 apply the mind to learning and understanding a subject by reading, going to school, university etc
She studied biology and botany
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
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
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
the process of getting knowledge and experience through studying
Many of these optional modules will be available by distance learning .
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.
Aa school for children from 11 to 16 or 18 (UK)
The project will involve two primary schools and a secondary school.
To go through any inspection or test successfully, to succeed in exam
I recently passed my exams to become a chartered structural engineer.
organize and carry out
They conducted a survey of people ‘s attitudes to local environmental issues
to get something
Managers who have received no formal training will find the course of particular benefit.
to get or gain something
There are regular classes where you can acquire new expertise , or improve existing skills , with professional tuition .
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 stop doing something, go away from place or situation
Both of my parents had left school at fourteen.
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
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.
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.
someone who makes progress moves forward, improves, becomes closer to goals
Why do some people make progress and others don’t?
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 . ”
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 .
Colonel Spratt highlighted the importance of the qualification for people planning a career in marketing.
Like student nurses, there are no jobs for them when they qualify.
The English Department employs well qualified and experienced tutors and as a result has always enjoyed a high success rate in examination results.
I went to England to work after my graduation.
Sadly, a number of high school students are inarticulate when they graduate and cannot properly word a sentence.
today women make up 70 percent of professional school enrollment.
Failure to enroll for a full academic load does not alter the residency requirement.
Another study showed that 26 %of schools in the country fail to comply with state regulations for PE.
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.
He stops what he’s doing and stares in my direction with a studied indifference leaning on his broom.
Poland’s education system failed during the 1990s to train enough skilled workers,including engineers and craftsmen.
Le Quement was educated at a public school in England .
Well-educated Catholics, ie those with university education, did not appear to suffer any disadvantage in occupational achievement compared with their Protestant peers.
The larger issue, though, is whether such schools can providebetter educational benefits
In recent years the value of innovation has been demonstrated in many sectors.
Advertisers and web sites are looking to innovate to engage users through marketing campaigns that align across multiple media
Magazines and the Internetopen a huge range of innovative designer options.
Laforgue ‘s life in Germany at the court of the Empress Augusta was steeped inmusic: it involved regular attendance at concerts and operas.
On Saturday, talent scouts will attend thegraduate show of the fashion college Central Saint Martins, alma mater toMcQueen, Chalayan and numerous other stars.
Figure of 119.4 indicates that GDP per head in the South East was 19.4 per cent above the average in 1988.
For the past year, Leno has averaged 5.71 million viewers eachnight to Letterman ‘s 4.16, according to Nielsen Media Research
On average , American children watch over three hours of television each day.
Mediocrity is more often a matter of choices than inherited ability.
No one is mediocre in this world
Importantly, the lectern is never operated by the speaker who needs full concentration on the speech and presentation .
His later works concentrate on the theme of peace.
one-year, two-year, etc.
intensive, advanced, intermediate, etc.
sign up for
higher, master’s, postgraduate
business, medical, history, law
degree + in +
degree in economics
degree in marketing
degree in engineering
degree in art
elementary, high, secondary
co-educational, mixed, mixed-sex, single-sex
local, rural, village
art, business, dance, drama, film, language
attend, go to, study at
graduate from, leave
course, degree, education
university + noun
This topic on IELTS blogs
- IELTS Speaking Part 2: educational TV program [ielts-simon.com]
- IELTS SPEAKING part 1, 2 and 3 sample questions [ipassielts.com]
- IELTS Education vocabulary [ieltsspeaking.co.uk]
- Sugata Mitra: How Much Can Children Teach Themselves? [npr.org]
- Can Schools Exist In The Cloud? [npr.org]
- Which countries have the best education system and why? [quora.com]
- Schools: How should schools prepare for the future? [quora.com]
- Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley [TED TALKS]
- Shuka Bose: Teaching one chold at a time [TED TALKS]