Education (intermediate and above)
1) Watch this movie’s trailer and answer the questions with a partner:
- What do you think the plot is about?
- Who do you think are the main characters?
- What type of film is it (drama, action film, science fiction, etc.)?
2) Now you can read the film’s synopsis and check if you were right:
- Would you like to see the film? Why (not)?
- Have you ever seen a film with a similar plot?
- What’s the relation between the film’s title and its plot?
- What issue is this film describing in connection with women and education?
3) Read the following questions and choose FIVE to ask your partner:
- What should parents learn or develop before they become parents? What’s the most important lesson a parent teaches his/her child?
- Do you agree with the way our children are being educated? What should be included or left out?
- What do you think about the way you were brought up (at home and school)?
- How easy/difficult is it to be a parent? Why?
- Who is mainly responsible for a child’s academic success – the parents or the teachers?
- Are your memories from school happy ones?
- What do you think about bullying? Has it always existed or it’s just a current phenomenon?
- If you had to give advice to a teenage student on what subjects to focus on or how to go about school, what would you tell him/her to do?
- What do you think about single-sex education?
- Should children be prepared to pass exams?
- Is the education system in your country effective or efficient? How can it be improved?
- What are the key components of a successful education system?
- Should education be public or private? What are the pros and cons of each?
4) ROLEPLAY: PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE EDUCATION
Student A and Student B are a couple and need to decide where to send their daughter, a public or state school or a private school. Read your role cards and get ready to start. (time: 5/8 minutes)
You’re in favour of sending your daughter to a private school for the following reasons:
– Better quality of education.
– Individual attention. Personalized learning.
– Bilingual education available.
– Peers of similar background.
– Low rate of conflicts and dropouts.
You’re in favour of sending your daughter to a public school for the following reasons:
– Quality of education: just as good if not better.
– Proximity: wider choice in the neighbourhood.
– Cost: free, public transport, save money.
– Cultural and socio-economic diversity.
– No uniform required. Less strict rules.
Watch this TEDtalk:
– Summarise the main points the speaker makes.
– Give your opinion about it (and account for it).