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?





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.

– Others.




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.

– Others.




Watch this TEDtalk:


– Summarise the main points the speaker makes.

– Give your opinion about it (and account for it).







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