Topic: Education

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Education. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

public school A school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district and is free for its students.
e.g. I went to a public school for my college where you find yourself in a lecture room with thousands of other students.
lecture room Classroom where lectures are given
e.g. I went to a public school for my college where you find yourself in a lecture room with thousands of other students.
A for effort Giving someone recognition for trying hard to do something even though they may not be successful
e.g. You will never get an A for effort since there were so many students.
the old-boy network An informal system by which money and power are retained by wealthy white men in an exclusive manner
e.g. Also you’ll rarely find the old-boy network when you’re trying to find a job.
pull an all-nighter to study throughout the night
e.g. For the many all-nighters that I pulled during that semester, I did cover a lot of ground about the tax law.
cover a lot of ground to go through a lot of information in class
e.g. For the many all-nighters that I pulled during that semester, I did cover a lot of ground about the tax law.
live and learn to learn as you grow older and gain experience
e.g. Now I just need to hit the ground and live and learn as a lawyer.
learn something off by heart To learn something in such a way that you can say it from memory
e.g. You learn something off by heart when you truly engage in the activity.
engage in To pass or progress quickly and easily
e.g. You learn something off by heart when you truly engage in the activity.
soak up something completely immerse in something
e.g. The best part about studying in another country is soaking up the local culture

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What kind of education did you get when you were in your teens?
  2. What do you think of standardized tests?
  3. What are some good and bad things about the education system in your country?
  4. How can governments make education more efficient?
  5. Are bigger or small schools better?
  6. What or who has taught you most of the information you use on a regular basis?
  7. What do you think of online education?
  8. How can technology improve education? Can it hurt education?
  9. What will the future of education be?
  10. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela. What do you think? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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