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Education: everyone has an opinion

Saturday, 27 January 2018

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught: it can only be learnt.”

An Oscar Wilde quotation is always a good place to start, and as we have recently been discussing the topic of education, this seemed appropriate.

Everybody has an opinion about education, maybe because we all have personal experience of it in some way – as a student, a teacher, a parent, or all of the above. And most TELC students have experience of more than one education system: their own and England’s. So, discussion is always lively and well-informed.

School uniform, discipline, and ways to motivate children (and adult learners) were some of our discussion points. One remarkable thing was the general agreement that school uniform is a good thing! I think most English schoolchildren might disagree. Maybe this is a case of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence.

Learning styles also provided stimulating discussion material. Is one-to-one always better than group learning? Well, it depends on your motivation, and what it is that you are learning. An advanced student of the classical guitar has a very different set of wants and needs from a young child learning multiplication tables.

Another interesting question was: Are some people better at learning languages than others? If you think about your friends and colleagues the answer may seem to be a simple “yes”, but is natural ability more important than, say, desire and motivation, when it comes to achieving success? It goes without saying that they all play a part: the most important thing is to find your own preferred style of learning, accept that there are some things you will find difficult, and... practise!

Words and phrases to learn and use:

all of the above:  everything mentioned on this list of things 

lively:energetic, the opposite of boring

well-informed:the product of good information; well-researched

the grass being greener on the other side of the fence: 

an idiom which means: people always want what they don’t have

It goes without saying: It is obvious...

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