How Should Teachers Get Paid?


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.

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Teachers should be paid according to how much their students learn. Give specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
    • What are the benefits of how teachers are paid now?
    • What are some issues that are apparent in how teachers are paid?
    • If you were a teacher, how would you think it would be best to be paid?


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.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
salary (n) a fixed regular payment expressed as an annual sum
The teachers wondered how their salary would be configured with the new policies. 
performance (n) the action of carrying out a specific task
At the start of the year, the teachers were told their pay would be based on the students’ performance on the tests.
fair (adj) in accordance with the rules and standards
The principal wanted to do what was fair and treat all the teachers the same. 
experienced (adj) having knowledge or skill in a particular area
The experienced teachers tended to do better in the classroom than the brand new teachers.
negotiate (v) obtain or bring about by discussion
With frequent discussions, he was confident they could negotiate on something.
compete (v) strive to gain or win something by establishing superiority over others
With tight budget cuts, it seemed as if she had to compete with her coworkers.
abide by (expression) to follow or respect the rules
The teacher asked his students to abide by the rules so they could all have a great year together.
look forward to (expression) to wait for or anticipate
Every year, she looked forward to the first day of school to meet all her new students.
pay off (expression) yield good results
She hoped that all the work she put in in school would pay off in the end.
do the dirty work (expression) do the unpleasant or challenging tasks that no one wants to do
As a teacher and a parent, she often did the dirty work when no one else would step up.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.”
― Charles Kuralt


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

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