IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 School: Study the sample answers created by a BAND 9.0 achiever to the following topic questions so you can achieve a band 7.0+.
1.) Did you go to a reputable/good school?;
2.) Did you like your teachers?;
3.) What were the differences between your school and other schools?;
4.) Was there anything you wanted to change about your school?
Talking about schools on the IELTS speaking test is not rocket science since all of us have relevant experiences about the topic. The way to ace answering the questions about schools is to share your experiences and use some topic vocabulary or collocations in a more natural way.
Observe how each question is naturally answered by the speaker in this post. Learn how to speak the way the speaker did in this post so you can communicate more effectively. You should strategize your answers targeting the IELTS speaking band descriptors.
Did you go to a reputable/good school?
Yes, I did and I’m forever grateful to my parents for sending me to one of the best schools in our city. I actually went to a Montessori (a system of education for young children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods) school when I was a primary and high school student and when I was a university student, I studied at one of the best state universities in this country. I think I’m privileged to learn from those great schools.
Well, it’s a shame to admit this but my primary and high school weren’t really good. I studied at public schools with very limited facilities, some teachers weren’t that enthusiastic (eager) about teaching us, and the environment wasn’t healthy since there were a lot of students who lacked discipline. However, when I moved to the city to study at a university, my school was actually one of the most reputable schools and I was very lucky that I got a scholarship from that school.
Did you like your teachers?
Yes, I did. Oh, I mean, not all of them. Of course, there were some teachers who were so passionate about teaching and there were those who weren’t. So, those kinds of teachers weren’t appealing to me and I found them incredibly (extremely) boring.
I only liked those teachers of mine who were empathetic (show an ability to understand and share the feelings of another), approachable, and who really had a passion for their profession. Well, I think it’s pretty normal to like those types of teachers since they really set themselves as good examples and I’m very thankful for those teachers because I learned so much not just in academics but also about living a purposeful life.
What were the differences between your school and other schools?
Let me talk about my primary and high school. Since I went to a Montessori school, we were given the freedom to express ourselves freely for the purpose of learning and at the same time encouraged us to be supportive of our classmates. Of course, our teachers were there to guide us, however, they wanted us to take ownership of our education. That is because they prepared us for the real world outside the school and those couldn’t be experienced in traditional schools.
Well, obviously as I went to a public school in both primary and high school, the differences include, the number of students in one class. There were many of us in the class, therefore, teachers couldn’t focus on addressing each student’s learning needs. Aside from that, we didn’t have better facilities that would help us learn in an effective way. Not to mention (in addition to), some students were ill-mannered (rude).
Well, I went to a sectarian school (a school supported or sponsored by a religious organization) so we needed to do some religious activities every month which normal schools don’t usually do. Besides, our teachers were strict in disciplining us and in teaching us the important values in life which I really liked as it molded (formed) me to become a better person. I know some schools don’t do that, especially in public schools since the behavior of some students is difficult to manage. I think those were the differences.
Was there anything you wanted to change about your school?
Nothing. I believe my previous high school is doing pretty well in molding its students to be the best they could be, even up to this day. Actually, my nieces and nephews are currently studying in that high school and I can say that they’re well-educated and well-mannered. I do believe that the school continues to adhere to its principles and never fails in imparting (giving or bestowing a quality) the values that students need in life.
Well, I just hope that the government will provide my previous high school with better facilities that students really need such as a better library, new sets of new computers, and comfortable tables and chairs. These are what we lacked when I was a high school student. I believe the government can do better in helping public school students learn more conveniently.
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