After a quick greeting, 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.
- Some people think that children should begin their formal education at a very early age and should spend most of their time on school studies. Others believe that young children should spend most of their time playing. Compare these two views. Which view do you agree with? Why?
- Do you have children of young ages?
- What benefits are there in children beginning to learn early?
- What benefits are there in children playing most of the time?
Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. 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.
|childhood||(n) the period of time when a person is a child
The parents were passionate about including formal education into childhood.
|development||(n) the act or process of growing or causing something to grow or become larger or more advanced
Learning and reading are important for the development of a child’s brain.
|informal||(adj) having a friendly and relaxed quality
The parents believed in a more informal approach to education.
|early||(adj) existing or happening near the beginning of a period or time
The practice of early education can help kids later on.
|prepare||(v) to make someone or something ready for activity, purpose or use
Her mom wanted to prepare her daughter to excel in her school.
|learn||(v) to gain knowledge or skill
It’s never too early for kids to learn how to work with others.
|start on||(expression) begin to work on or deal with
The kids were eager to start on their homework.
|back up||(expression) to give support or encouragement
The teacher had to back up what the principal said about installing new curriculum,
|move up||(expression) adjust one’s position to be nearer to something
The child was doing so well in school that he could move up to another grade level.
|cross that bridge when you come to it||(expression) deal with a problem if and when it becomes necessary and not before
Since her child was just a few months old, they’d cross the bridge when they came to it when deciding education.
Read the following quote out loud.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”