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Graduating Students


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."


- Nelson Mandela

Useful Vocabulary

  • Curriculum: (n.) The subjects and topics that are taught in a school or educational program.
    The school offers a diverse curriculum that includes core subjects, elective courses, and extracurricular activities.

  • Core subject: (n.) A basic and important subject that students need to learn in school.
    In our school, the core subjects of mathematics, science, and English language arts are mandatory for all students throughout their academic journey.

  • Elective course: (n.) An optional course that students can choose to take based on their interests or academic goals.
    In addition to core subjects, students can select elective courses like art or music to explore their creative interests.

  • Extracurricular activity: (n.) Activities or clubs that take place outside of regular academic curriculum, typically organized by the school or community, and provide opportunities for students to engage in hobbies, sports, or interests.
    Sara and John participate in extracurricular activities such as the school choir and the chess club to pursue their passions outside of the classroom.

  • Mandatory: (adj.) Required or obligatory; something that must be done or followed.
    Physical education is a mandatory class for all students in our school.

  • Lifelong Learning: (n.) The continuous pursuit of knowledge and personal development throughout one's life.
    John believes in lifelong learning and regularly attends workshops and seminars to expand his knowledge and skills.

  • Skill: An ability or expertise acquired through practice, training, or experience.
    Playing a musical instrument is a skill that requires dedication and practice.

  • Assignment: A task or project given to students by their teacher to complete outside of class.
    Sara spent the evening working on her math assignment, solving equations and providing explanations for each step.

  • Academic Goal: A specific objective or target related to one's educational achievements or performance.
    John’s academic goal is to maintain a grade point average of 4.2 throughout his college years.

  • Major: The main field of study or subject area that a student chooses to specialize in at the undergraduate level.
    Emily decided to pursue a major in psychology to explore her interest in understanding human behavior.

  • Specialization: Concentrating or focusing on a specific area or subject within a broader field of study.
    After completing their general medical education, doctors often choose a specialization, such as cardiology or pediatrics.

  • Diploma: A document awarded to a student upon completing a specific course or program of study, usually at the secondary school level.
    Sarah proudly displayed her high school diploma, symbolizing her successful completion of her secondary education.

  • Degree: An academic title or qualification awarded to a student upon completing a higher education program, typically at the college or university level.
    After four years of study, David earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. 

  • Pupil: A student, especially a young one attending school.
    The teacher greeted her pupils at the classroom door with a warm smile.

  • Pass with Flying Colors: To succeed or perform exceptionally well in a task or examination.
    Jane studied diligently and passed her final exams with flying colors, earning top scores in all subjects.

Speaking Practice

Remember to:

  • structure your responses into three parts: introduction, body, conclusion

  • support your ideas with relevant examples and details


1. Introduction

  • Start your response with a clear and concise introduction that directly addresses the prompt.

  • Restate the topic or question in your own words to show understanding.

  • Provide a brief overview or general statement about the topic to set the context for your response.

  • Avoid going into too much detail in the introduction. Keep it focused and to the point.

2. Body

  • Divide your response into two or three paragraphs to discuss different aspects of the topic.

  • Each paragraph should address a specific point or idea related to the prompt.

  • Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that clearly states the main point or idea you will discuss.

  • Support your ideas with relevant examples, details, and personal experiences.

  • Use cohesive devices (e.g., linking words, transition phrases) to ensure smooth transitions between paragraphs and ideas.

3. Conclusion

  • Conclude your response by summarizing the main points discussed in the main body.

  • Restate your overall opinion or provide a final thought related to the topic.

  • Keep the conclusion concise and avoid introducing new information.

    For example:

    Describe a teacher who has had a significant impact on your education.

  • Who is the teacher?

  • How did this teacher influence your education?

  • What specific qualities or teaching methods made this teacher memorable to you?

    I would like to talk about my high school mathematics teacher, Mr. Johnson, who greatly influenced my education. He was not only a teacher but also a mentor who inspired me to develop a love for mathematics and helped me excel in the subject.

    First of all, I would like to highlight Mr. Johnson's teaching methods. He had a unique approach to explaining complex mathematical concepts, using real-life examples and interactive activities. For instance, he would often relate mathematical equations to everyday situations, making the subject more relatable and engaging. This approach helped me develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for mathematics.

    Secondly, I want to discuss Mr. Johnson's dedication to his students. He would go above and beyond his responsibilities as a teacher, providing extra support outside of class hours. Whenever I faced difficulties or had questions, he would patiently explain the concepts until I fully grasped them. His commitment to ensuring each student's success made a significant impact on my academic journey.

    Additionally, I would like to mention Mr. Johnson's encouragement and belief in my abilities. He always recognized and praised my efforts, which boosted my confidence and motivated me to work harder. His positive reinforcement created a supportive and nurturing learning environment, where I felt comfortable taking risks and challenging myself.

    In conclusion, Mr. Johnson was an exceptional teacher who left a lasting impression on my education. His innovative teaching methods, dedication, and belief in his students transformed my perception of mathematics and helped me achieve academic success. I am grateful for the invaluable lessons and guidance he provided, which continue to influence my educational journey even today.

Describe a teacher who has had a significant impact on your education.

  • Who is the teacher?

  • How did this teacher influence your education?

  • What specific qualities or teaching methods made this teacher memorable to you?

Possible (essay) questions about the topic of education

1. The advantages and disadvantages of online learning.
2. Discuss the role of technology in education.
3. Should physical education be mandatory in schools?
4. The impact of social media on students' academic performance.
5. Discuss the benefits of studying abroad.
6. Should schools focus more on practical skills rather than academic subjects?
7. Discuss the importance of arts education in schools.
8. The pros and cons of homeschooling.
9. The role of standardized testing in education.
10. Discuss the benefits of early childhood education.
11. Should universities provide free tuition for all students?
12. The importance of promoting multicultural education in schools.
13. Discuss the impact of private tutoring on students' academic success.
14. Should sex education be taught in schools?
15. The role of teachers in fostering a positive learning environment.
16. Discuss the benefits and challenges of inclusive education.
17. The impact of student loans on higher education.
18. Should schools teach financial literacy as a mandatory subject?
19. Discuss the importance of lifelong learning.
20. The effects of excessive academic pressure on students' mental health.

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