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Vocabulary chủ đề Talk about your favorite teacher
- Educated : có giáo dục
- To get away with sth : tự do với cái gì
- Intelligent: thông minh (= brilliant, smart..)
- Tiring and stressful: mỏi mệt và căng thẳng
- Ignorant : thiếu am hiểu
- Down-to-earth : thực tế
- Down the line : tại một thời điểm nào đấy
- Rewarding : xứng đáng
- A lasting impact : sự ảnh hưởng lâu dài
- To pay well : trả lương đắt
- Lifelong : suốt đời
- To credit sb with/for sth : công nhận công lao của người nào về việc gì
- To be grateful to sb : biết ơn người nào
- To inspire : truyền cảm hứng
- Teacher of the year : giáo viên có thành tích xuất sắc nhất dưới năm
- An inspiration : nguồn cảm hứng
- Chilled out : rất thoải mái
- Have a heart of gold: tốt bụng
- Put sb first : cứ nghĩ cho người nào trước
- In dilemma : khó xử, tiến thoái lưỡng nan
- Hold sb in high esteem : ngưỡng mộ người nào đó
- Follow in sb’s step : theo bước chân người nào đó
- Hands-on experience : trải nghiệm thực tiễn
- Pass sth on to sb : truyền đạt lại cái gì cho người nào đó
|teacher’s pet: To be the favourite pupil of the teacher.||She always has the right answer. She’s a real teacher’s pet.|
|teach an old dog new tricks: try to teach someone a skill but they can’t learn it or they refuse to learn it||He could never learn how to use the Internet. Just shows you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.|
|teach your grandmother to suck eggs: give advice to someone about a subject that they already know more about than you||He tried to tell me how to drive and I told him not to try and teach your grandmother to suck eggs. I’ve been driving for years.|
|teach someone a lesson: do something to someone, usually to punish them.||I hit him hard on the nose. That taught him a lesson|
Common Speaking Questions
Part 1: Frequent questions and answers
- What’s your opinion of teachers?
- I respect teachers enormously. They allow children to grow into educated and intelligent people, ready to understand the world and succeed in it. Without teachers, we would all be ignorant
- Do you think it’s important to like your teachers?
- You don’t have to like your teacher personally for them to be a good teacher. In fact, sometimes if you see a teacher as your friend, it can cause some problems down the line.
- Did any teachers in your high school have a big influence on you?
- My history teacher has had a lasting impact on me. I learnt so much from his entertaining and educational lessons, and he helped me begin my lifelong love of history. I’ll always be grateful to him for that.
- I can’t say if one teacher inspired me greatly. I’ve had a few teachers that were awesome and gave me that little push.
- Were your high school teachers very strict?
- It depended on the teacher in question. Some were very strict indeed while others were more chilled out and let you get away with Compared to most schools, I think my teachers weren’t strict.
- What sort of personality do teachers need to have?
- “Patience is a virtue” as the saying goes, and I believe teachers need to possess this quality in abundance. It’s a tiring and stressful job, so teachers have to be calm and in control at all times. They also need to have a passion for their subject.
- I think that a few good qualities include being down-to-earth with students, understanding their problems before judging them as right or wrong.
- Who was your favorite teacher?
- I had so many favorite teachers it’s a bit difficult to pick one, but I would say my math teacher in high school was the one who had the most influence on me in a positive way. Math used to be my least favorite subject but he had his own way of making the lessons fun and engaging. He was definitely my go-to teacher whenever I got a math problem.
- In my student life, my English teacher left the deepest impression on me. I can describe her as a person who has a heart of gold and always puts students first. Thanks to her assistance, I did have a good English performance in my university entrance exam.
Past 2: Describe a teacher who has influenced you in your education.
You should say:
- Where you met him/ her.
- What subject s/he taught.
- What was special about him /her
and explain why this person influenced you so much.
I consider myself lucky to get several very good teachers throughout my academic years. Among them, I’d like to talk about Mr Smith who was an extraordinary teacher, a really good mentor and who has a great influence in my education.
I met Mr Smith when I was in class 4 and he was our math teacher. Initially, we thought that he would be a moody teacher and we would have to be very polite in front of him. This impression came mostly because of his serious face and tidy dress-up. But soon we found that he is a very friendly person and teaches us very well. He never made things complicated and tried over and over again to explain something to us. He had a unique way of teaching.
Seems like he would start an interesting story and later we would find that he would relate the math to the story. Thus everything we learned from him was interesting and that’s why we remember most of the theory and techniques of math he taught us.
I’d say he has a great influence in my education because he made a very strong foundation on Mathematics. Later on, I studied Science and Mathematics was the most important subject. I have always been good at math and that’ mainly because of Mr Smith who had a major role in making the subject interesting to me. Before I learned math from Mr Smith, my impression on math was not good and I considered mathematics to be a very difficult and uninteresting subject. But his teaching and influences changed my way of thinking about math and later on math became my one the most favourite subject.
Part 3: Details Discussion
1. How has education changed in your country in the last 10 years?
The truth is that ten years ago the educational system wasn’t the same as it is now and many aspects have changes in our education system. In the past years, teachers used conventional methods to transfer information and knowledge to their students and the only means they utilised was blackboards.
Furthermore, as far as I’m concerned, schoolmasters paid more attention to their student’s weaknesses, problems and needs and the bonds between them were stronger than nowadays. Moving to the present, the existing ties between teachers and children have become more impersonal and unfortunately many teachers willingly keep a distance from students in the classroom. In addition, technological advances play a vital role in teaching and the methods used before are now obsolete.
To conclude, in my opinion, I prefer the educational system as it was 10 years ago than it is now because this isn’t only the internet that makes someone literate, but teachers and strong bonding between a teacher and a student do.
2. What changes do you foresee in the next 50 years?
It seems to me that in the forthcoming future the changes will be tremendous. First of all, it won’t be necessary for teachers to be present in the classroom as everything is going to be accomplished by the usage of technology. For example, students will become knowledgeable about different matters from the comfort of their home and they will correspond with their tutors rather than having personal relationships. Of course, it still happens these days to a certain extent, but in the next 50 years, I believe that this will be the way of teaching exclusively.
Going further, I think that apart from some basic and necessary subjects such as literature and mathematics, all of the other will be optional and each child will have the opportunity to choose the subject they want to be taught even when at primary school. From my point of view, I cannot say for sure if this is the appropriate course of action, but one thing is clear; if this happens the disadvantages will be inevitable.
3. How do the expectations of today’s school leavers compare with those of the previous generation?
When someone completed school in the past, they just hoped to find a job in order to earn a salary and cover their living expenses. Many, in the past, did not even look for jobs and continued their family business. They didn’t have as high expectations as present school leavers have these days.
In many cases, nowadays school-leavers don’t have realistic expectations and they expect a high position with high income, even without professional experience. Furthermore, these days knowledge isn’t the only element required for a good job as skills, experience, passion about work, learning, discipline and adaptability to name but a few, are prerequisites in order for someone to enter the labour market. That, however, was not the case in the past.
4. What role do you think extracurricular activities play in education?
It is commonly believed that extracurricular activities play an important role in education and have many benefits both in personal and professional life. I quite agree with that as those activities enhance someone’s capability and improve the way of thinking. First of all, children with extracurricular activities learn how to collaborate and co-exist with other peers and learn about soft skills and values.
In addition, a great opportunity is provided to them to interrelate with others and develop and evolve their interpersonal skills. Hence, these types of activities can create a feeling of contribution, as children are involved in different things and this will lead them to boost their self-esteem. Lastly, all these advantages will help children to build a well-rounded personality and an exceptional character and will benefit the school and teachers by having well-mannered and conscious students.