British Education System

In this lesson, we are going to learn about the education system in Britain. You are going to find out about the ages British children attend school, the diferent exams they take and also about school life in general. You Will learn a range of key vocabulary related to education. You Will also revise the modal verb forms: must and have to. Let's begin! 

 

Key Vocabulary

1. Match the traslations

  • Pre-parvulario
  • Clase de primer año
  • Asignaturas comunes
  • Clase de alumnos del sexto año
  • Bachillerato elemental (exámenes que se toman de diferentes asignaturas alrededor de los 16 años)
  • Notas
  • Jardín de infancia
  • Tasa de matrícula
  • COU (Curso de Orientación Universitaria)

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1)Nursery School
2)Play school
3)Core subjects
4)Tuition fees
5)Grades
6)GCSE´s
7)A-levels
8)Sixth form
9)Reception class
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Recording. Check your pronunciation of each word/ phrase. Listen and repeat.

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2. Put the following stages of British education into order. Start with the lowest and end with the highest.

  • Secondary school
  • Nursery school
  • University
  • Reception class
  • Junior school
  • Sixth form
  • Primary school 

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Speaking Activity

Answer the following questions out loud. Give as much information as posible. 

  1. What can you see in the following pictures? Write down four different words for each picture.
  2. Would you expect to see the same images in your country? (your own ideas)

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Listening (video)

Part 1

You are going to watch a video of British lady who describes the education system in the UK. Listen and answer the following questions.

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1)When is compulsory education in Britain?
2)Where do children go before they start school? (2 different places mentioned)
3)Where does a child go when they are 'rising' 5?
4)What do children study when they first start school? (2 subjects mentioned)
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Part 2

Listen and answer the following questions

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1)Where do children attend classes from ages 5-7?
2)Where do children attend classes from 7-11?
3)How many children can you expect to findin each class?
4)What are the two differences mentioned between private and public schools?
5)How do children feel about their school uniform?
6)What are the core subjects children study at primary school?
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Discuss your answer with your partner. 

Speaking Task: What are the key differences you have heard so far between schools in Britain and schools in your country?

 

Part 3 - Audio Script (vídeo)

Listen and fill in the gaps in the following paragraphs

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Speaking: Cultural comparisons

Answer the following questions, give as much information as possible. Please see the answer key for a model answer.

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A. Read the following sentences and fill in the gap with the modal verb (must or have to).

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1)In Britain, every child go to school until they are 16 years old.
2)At GCSE level, all children study English and maths.
3)It´s the last day of the summer holidays today; tomorrow we go back to school!
4)I now; l'm going to be late for the exam!
5)Emma has an exam on Friday so she study a lot this week.
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B. Having looked at the above examples, fill in the gap with must or have to.

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1)We usually use to express the feelings and wishes of the speaker/hearer.
2)We often use to express obligations that come from somewhere else.
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C. Fill in the gaps with the correct form of must or have to.

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1)She's got her Spanish GCSE exam tomorrow. She go to bed early tonight (feeling/wish).
2)When I was inthe 5th form, I study General Studies. lt was so boring! (Outside Obligation e.g. school made her study it)
3)We get to class on time this afterroon. If we don't Mrs Green is going to give us a detention.
4)They take their A-leves this year if they want to go to University next year.
5)The director of our school talk to the parents of students that continuously behave badly.
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