STARLIGHT 11. TOPICS
The importance of education for job prospects
There is no doubt in my mind that it is very important for young people to have a high standard of education, if they are going to do well in the future and get a good job. Firstly, the education they get should help them to gain knowledge, and develop their skills and talents as well. This will help them to get the qualifications that are appropriate for the kind of work they want to do. That is why it is important that the standard of teaching in schools is high and a wide range of subjects are taught.
I don’t think it is necessary to go to university to get a good job because it depends on the kind of work you want to do. Obviously, though, anyone who wants to have a career as a doctor or lawyer for example, will need to get a degree. Another thing I’d like to point out is that having a degree can help you improve your prospects and get a better paid job because it shows that you have a high level of education.
But going to university isn’t the only way to make sure of getting a decent job. Another way is to go for vocational training at a college. Here, you can learn about a job if you want to work as something like an electrician or a computer engineer. Training schemes are a very good way of getting a qualification that employers can trust. I also think that practical experience in the job you want to do can be very helpful too. So, apart from taking courses to train for a job, it’s a great idea to get as much hands-on experience as you can.
good career prospects — хорошие шансы сделать карьеру
decent job - приличная работа
training scheme - план тренировок
hands-on experience - практический опыт
The value of homework
I am going to talk about the value of homework.
Although nobody likes having homework to do, it is an important part of learning. It gives students an opportunity to look at what they have been taught in class and practice or mak e sure they understand it in their own time . Sometimes it gives students an opportunity to consider any questions they might have about the topic.
However students should have time for other activities after school too and not only homework. This is impor tant because after studying all day at school, students need to rest their brains. Concentration levels fall after long periods of study and education experts recommend regular breaks and changes of activity.
When students move on to university they will need to read and study their chosen subject on their own. Homework in the earlier years of education prepares them f or this. It develops the ability to organise their studies and discipline themselves.
Many teachers complain about the amount of time they spend marking homework. However by looking at what students can do on their own, a teacher can see where students are having difficulties and help them in these areas. It is a way of assessing students’ progress and as such it contributes to their lesson planning because they know what areas to focus on in the lesson to help the students learn.
Learning a foreign language
Many people nowadays are learning foreign languages. It’s important for anyone who wants to work or study abroad. For example, if you’re interested in working in another country, or in having a job that involves working with foreigners, it’s necessary to know at least one foreign language. Learning a foreign language takes time and dedication. In my country, nearly every university student knows another language . English is the most popular, but it’s not the only one people are learning. I have friends who have learned two or more new languages. Most of them study languages at school, but there are other ways to learn. For example, there are free courses on the Internet. You can also learn with CDs and DVDs. And, of course , you can always buy a book and study without a teacher. But learning only from books can be a bit boring, so it’s nice sometimes to do some extra things to make learning more enjoyable. For instance, it’s fun to watch films from other countries, or to listen to international music and try to learn the song lyrics. And there are many people who improve their English by making friends on the Internet and staying in touch with them. I speak English and French, and I like them both because you can use them in so many countries. But I’d also like to learn an Asian language. I’m considering Japanese, because I’m interested in travelling in Japan.
• I believe, it’s better to begin learning a foreign language from a young age, because it takes many years to master a language. You are also more likely to speak with a better accent if you begin speaking the language as a child.
• If I had a chance, I’d love to take a summer course in a foreign country. It would be an excellent way to improve in a foreign language, and it would also be a wonderful travel experience.
• I can speak English well, but I’d still like to improve.In particular, I’d like to have a larger vocabulary. I also make mistakes in grammar.
• In my opinion, the hardest thing about a new language is the grammar. Even if you know a language well, it’s still easy to make mistakes when you are speaking, and it takes many years of practice to avoid those mistakes.