School Days

Speaking: Discussion Questions

Download the questions as a .pdf (for printing) or
copy and paste them (for editing) from the list below.

See this post for 10 ideas on how to use these questions.

  • What comes to mind when you hear the word “school”?
  • What do you remember about your secondary school? What about your primary school?
  • Who were your favourite teachers at secondary school? What did you like about them?
  • What about at primary school?
  • Were there any teachers you really disliked? What was wrong with them?
  • How have your teachers influenced who you are today?
  • Did you ever play truant?
  • What was the best thing about going to school?
  • What was the worst thing about it?
  • Which were your favourite subjects at school? What did you like about them?
  • Do you think it’s easier to learn languages when you are a child? Why/ Why not?
  • What were your English lessons like at school?
  • If you could have your school days again, what would you do differently?
  • Should children have to wear school uniforms?
  • Did your school days fly by or drag on?
  • Do you agree that “your school days are the best days of your life”?
  • Would you like to turn the clock back and be in school again?
  • How should schools keep discipline?
  • Did you break any rules at your school? Do
    you wish you had broken any rules?
  • Which would you like for your children: mixed-sex or single-sex schools? Why?

Speaking: Debate – Should Private Schools Be Abolished?

Hopefully, an interesting and thought-provoking debate for your students!

You can download the debating sheet here (you can see what it will look like below), and read about some ways of using it, and of staging debates more generally, here.

image showing pros and cons for debate about abolishing private schools

Listening: Songs

Listening: Online Videos

  • How Failure Breeds Success
  • Old Nike commercial with Michael Jordan on how we need to be able to fail in order to succeed.

  • How Helen Keller Learnt to Talk
  • Old and fantastic video demonstration from (the blind, deaf and mute) Helen Keller and her teacher, showing how she learnt to communicate.

Reading: Online Texts

Here are some interesting (and, hopefully, semi-permanent!) online articles and websites I’ve found. Have a look through and see if there’s one that might interest your class. If you have any other suggestions about more sites or articles I could include here, please let me know.

    Discipline in School

  • “Boot Camp” Schools and Discipline
  • Interesting, short article from the Times Educational Supplement on the high levels of obedience at a UK “boot camp” style secondary school, and how this approach to educational discipline is spreading.

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