Topic-based Vocabulary – Education

Here is the second post on education with some definitions, useful vocabulary and speaking part 1, 2 and 3 questions.

Definitions

• to attend classes: to go to classes
• bachelors degree: an undergraduate course which usually lasts 3-4 years
• boarding school: a school where pupils live during term time
• distance learning: a way of studying where tuition is carried out over the Internet or by post
• face-to-face classes: as opposed to distance learning the traditional way of studying in a classroom with colleagues and a teacher
• to fall behind with your studies: to progress less quickly than others
• to give feedback: to offer guidance on a student’s work
• a graduation ceremony: an event where a successful student receives his or her academic degree
• higher education: education, usually in a college or university, that is followed after high school or secondary school
• an intensive course: a course that offers lots of training in order to reach a goal in as short a time as possible
• to keep up with your studies: to not fall behind
• to learn something by heart: to memorize it
• a mature student: a student who is older than average and who has usually returned to education after a period at work
• masters degree: a period of study which often follows the completion of a bachelors degree or is undertaken by someone regarded as capable of a higher-level academic course
• to meet a deadline: to finish a job or task in the time allowed or agreed
• to play truant: to stay away from classes without permission
• private language school: an independent school run as a business concern
• public schools: exclusive independent schools in the UK
• a single-sex school: a school where only boys or girls attend (as opposed to a mixed-sex school)
• to sit an exam: to take an exam
• state school: a school paid for by public funds and available to the general public
• subject specialist: a teacher who has a great deal of knowledge about the subject they teach.
• to take a year out: to spend a year working or travelling before starting university
• tuition fees: the money paid for a course of study
• to work your way through university: to have a paid job whilst studying to support yourself financially

Verbs & Nouns for University

• to graduate from a university = complete a degree course / to finish university
• to enrol on a degree course = put your name down for a degree course
• to major in physics = to choose physics as your main subject at university
• to attend a lecture = to go to listen to a speaker at university often with a large audience in a lecture theatre
• to attend a tutorial = to go to a meeting with a professor usually in small group held in his/her office
• deliver a lecture = to give a talk or presentation
• to lecture in media studies = to talk about media studies or to teach media studies at university
• the faculty of business = a department specialising in business at university
• to read history = to study history
• to do or complete coursework = doing project work or assignments as part of your course
• undergraduate (n) = someone currently doing their first degree
• graduate (n) = someone who has completed a degree course
• note-taking = being able to take notes in a lecture while the lecturer is talking
• keeping up with the work load = being able to maintain the level of studying required
• fall behind with studies = fail to keep pace with the school / university work

Speaking part 1 Questions:

1. Are you currently in school? What do you study?
2. When do you usually do homework?
3. Do you enjoy studying in groups or alone? Why?
4. Is there a subject you have never studied but are interested in?
5. Who was your favorite teacher when you were a child?
6. What is your least favorite subject to study?
7. Does taking exams cause you to feel stressed?
8. How do you relieve stress when you are studying?
9. Describe your routine for doing homework.
10. Is a high-level of education valued in your country?
11. Were you involved in non-academic activities at school?
12. If you could go back to high school, what would you do differently?
13. How often do you ask a teacher for extra help?
14. What is the study environment like at your school’s library?

Part 2:

Describe a time during your education that you really enjoyed. You should say:

• when this period was
• where you were
• what you were studying at the time
• and say why you were so happy.

Part 3:

1. What qualities do you think a good teacher has?
2. What makes a good student?
3. What are the advantages of studying on a distance learning course?
4. Do all children get equal opportunities in education?
5. How are education priorities today different from those in the past?
6. What is your opinion on the way languages are taught in schools?
7. How can the type of school you go to affect career success?
8. What changes do you think will happen in the classroom in the near future?
9. How has teaching changed in your country in the last few decades?
10. What is the difference between the way children learn and the way adults learn?

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