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EXPRESSI ORAL

TOPIC 8: EDUCATION

ADVANCED LEVEL
preparation time: 7 minutes

1.- Conversation. Talk about the following questions with your partner. You can use the pictures
to help you if you wish.

1. Did they make your childhood and teenage years harder or easier?
2. What's the best advice you would tell a brother/sister or friend who is now entering
college?
3. Are college tuitions reasonable in your country? Is it easy to get scholarships or
government grants?
4. Are things that your school teaches you that you think are not important?
5. Do you think girls work together much better if there are no boys around? Agree or
disagree?
2. MONOLOGUE.
Partner A. Below there are three statements related to the topic. Talk about them for
approximately 1,5 minutes without help from the examiner. You may be asked further questions
about the topic when you have finished.

1. Young people spend a lot of their "formative years" with teachers. On the whole, is this
time well-spent?
2. What kind of formal training do teachers need in your country?
3. The cost of university education is becoming very expensive in many countries.
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Partner B. Below there are three statements related to the topic. Talk about them for
approximately 1,5 minutes without help from the examiner. You may be asked further questions
about the topic when you have finished.

1. To speak its language well, how important is it to know something about the culture of
a country?
2. Do you think that disappearing languages should be protected or should we just let
them fade away?
3. Is this just a question of attitude or there are people that have the ability to learn a new
language?
Total score: 25

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Pass mark: 15 (60%)

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Topic 8 (Educaci)
Education: studies, subjects, types of institutions (school, secondary school, university), rules and
tasks. Qualifications and certificates.

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Questions Education
1. Where did you go to kindergarten?
2. Where did you go to elementary school?
3. Where did you go to junior high school?
4. Where did you go to high school?
5. Did you go to college or university?
6. Where did you go?
7. What did you study?
8. How many years did you go?
9. Did you work while you went there?
10. Did you enjoy going to elementary school?
11. Does your country have middle schools?
12. What is the age that children begin school?
13. How old are students they when they graduate?
14. Did you go to a good high school?
15. What do you remember about your teachers?
16. Who was your favorite teacher?
17. What teacher impressed you the most?
18. Do you still stay in touch with your teachers?
19. Did you have any teachers you didn't like?
20. How many students were in your high school?
21. Describe the students who attended your high school.
22. Did they have a good influence on you?
23. Did they make your childhood and teenage years harder or easier?
24. Were there cliques in your high school? Were there gangs?
25. Did you make friends in high school that you still keep in touch with?
26. What subjects were you good at?
27. What subjects were you bad at?
28. Did you study a foreign language in school? Was it taught well?
29. Do you know anyone who attended a private school? Do private schools offer higher quality
education or are they just prestigious?
30. Did you attend college?
31. If you did, what made you decide to go to the college you did?
32. Was it a good school?
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33. How many students attended it?


34. How many students were in your biggest class? How many in your smallest class? Did you
prefer small classes or big classes?
35. Was it harder to study in college than in high school? How does college compare to high
school? What advice would you give a high school student who is about to go to college?
36. What did you major in? Why did you choose the major you did?
37. Did you live in a dormitory while you went to college? Who were your roommates?
38. Does your country provide a good public school system?
39. Does your country have good public universities? If not, why do you think there is a lack of
funding for education in your country?
40. What realistic changes would you make to your country's attitude toward education?
41. What role do you think human capital plays in the development of countries?
42. How many years did you attend college?
43. Did you study abroad?
44. Do the elite in your country attend one or two universities?
45. Do elite universities help or harm your country?
46. Where do we learn the skills necessary to become a good student - in elementary, middle or
high school?
47. What are the skills that separate good students from bad students?
48. Were good grades important to you?
49. Did teachers grade students fairly? Did you ever feel like you should have gotten a better
grade then you did in a class?
50. Did you procrastinate studying? Did you ever pull an all nighter?
51. Did you study with other students?
52. Did classmates talk to each other much before or after class?
53. Did you skip class very often?
54. Do college professors give students syllabuses at the beginning of term? Were you clear on
what professors expected of you?
55. Are college tuitions reasonable in your country? Is it easy to get scholarships or government
grants?
56. Are there good colleges in your country?
57. Do many people in your country study abroad?
58. Are there any subjects you wanted to study but they weren't available at your school?
59. Are women encouraged to pursue education?
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60. Are straight-A students smarter than others or just better at memorizing things? Did you
really learn in school or did you just memorize information and pass tests?
61. Do you know anyone who does not know how to read or write?
62. Do you think teachers are paid enough? Do you think teachers are well educated?
63. Do you think your teachers gave too much homework? How much homework should
teachers assign students?
64. Did you ride a bus or walk to school?
65. Was school ever canceled for a day when you were a child?
66. Do you think it is easier to learn as a child or as an adult?
67. Is it difficult for people without a college education to get good jobs where you live?
68. Does education guarantee a good job?
69. What are the qualities of a good student?
70. What are the qualities of a good teacher?
71. Why do you think people become teachers?
72. How much free time does a high school student in your country have?
73. Do parents home-school their children in your country?
74. What do you think of home schooling?
75. Do you know anyone who was home schooled?
76. Do you wish you had been home schooled?
77. Are teachers the only ones qualified to teach children? What makes someone qualified to
teach children?
78. Can parents influence their children's schools? What can a parent do if he or she disapproves
of a teacher's decision?
79. Do children have a right to an education? Should education be free?
80. Does your country provide a good public school system?
81. What improvements does the school system need?
82. Do you think your country should spend more money on schools?
83. If a school gets more money, will the quality of education always improve?
84. What would happen if public schools were abolished? Could children still get an education?
85. Once you graduate from a university should you stop learning?
86. What are some ways a person can continue to learn?
87. Are college graduates smarter than people who did not go to college?
88. Would you ever vote for a politician who did not attend college?
89. Do the elite in your country attend only one or two universities? Do elite universities help or
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harm your country?


90. What realistic changes would you make to your country's attitude toward education?
91. Why do students cheat during tests and exams? How do they cheat?
92. What is your attitude towards cheating? How should parents react? How should teachers
react?
93. Where do we learn the skills necessary to become a good student - in elementary, middle or
high school?
94. Should people go straight from school to a university, or do something different?
95. What is a "genius"?
96. Do teachers sometimes teach things that are not important?
97. Are there things your school does not teach that you think it should?
98. Are school uniforms good to have? Why or why not?
99. Would you ever want to learn a third language?
100.

How important is curiosity in a student?

101.

Can you teach someone who has no desire to learn?

102.

What do you think about a gap year, is this something you would consider?

103.

Should people go straight from school to University, or do something different?

104.

Do you think it is necessary that there are windows in the classroom to provide for a
proper learning atmosphere?

105.

What do you wish your teachers understood about you?

106.

Do you think a person can become a genius, or are they just born that way?

107.

What do you consider to be a "smart" or "slow" person?

108.

Are things your school teaches that you think are not important?

109.

Are school uniforms good to have? Why/why not?

110.

Do prefer school uniforms or casuals better?

111.

Would you ever want to learn a third language? [To be "trilingual"]

112.

What do you consider "hardworking" or 'lazy"?

113.

What is the role of schools in society?

114.

Do you enjoy going to school? If so, why if not why?

115.

What does your education mean to you?

116.

What do you think the advantages and disadvantages of state and private schools
are?

117.

What would you do if you saw someone with a gun at school?

118.

Are college tuitions reasonable?

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119.

Are foreign languages part of the curriculum? If so, which languages?

120.

Are most schools coeducational in your country?

121.

Are there any subjects/classes you wanted to study but they weren't available at your
school/college?

122.

Do you have difficulty with school work?

123.

Do you think teachers are paid enough?

124.

Do you think your school is a good one? Why/why not?

125.

Do you think your teachers give too much homework?

126.

Do you think public speaking can improve your english?

127.

How can we improve our classroom?

128.

Why English is hard to learn at university level?

129.

How do you travel to school?

130.

How long must you go to college to get a degree?

131.

How much is too much homework? How should the homework load be managed?

132.

If you have not attended college, do you plan on doing so?

133.

What are some good ways to learn English?

134.

What are some important factors in determining which college to attend?

135.

What classes would you take?

136.

What do you study? What's your major?

137.

What is the average age of a high school graduate?

138.

What is your favorite class?

139.

What was (or is) your favorite subject? Why do you like it?

140.

Who selects the college you will attend -- you or your parents?

141.

Why are you studying a foreign language?

142.

Why is it helpful to learn a Second language ?

143.

Why is it sometimes very difficult to speak another language?

144.

Would you consider studying abroad?

145.

Do parents home-school their children in your country?

146.

What do you think of home-schooling?

147.

Do you know anyone who was home-schooled?

148.

Do you think that most parents influence what university their child will attend?

149.

Once you graduate from a university should you stop learning?

150.

What are some ways a person can continue to learn?

151.

Which is more important, the essential skills in life you've learned to develop on

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your own or the artificial structure in college about the "real" life?
152.

Which high schools and colleges are the best in your country?

153.

Which high schools and colleges are not so good in your country?

154.

We should not just prepare for life, but live it. Do you agree?

155.

What kind of world do you think this would be if people never went to school?

156.

Should education be free?

157.

Do the elite in your country attend only one or two universities?

158.

Do your children attend US schools? If so, how do their schools differ from those
your children attended back home?

159.

Does your country have good public universities? If not, why do you think there is a
lack of funding for education in your country?

160.

Why do students cheat during tests and exams?

161.

How do they cheat?

162.

What is your attitude towards cheating?

163.

What are the dangers of cheating?

164.

How should parents react?

165.

How should teachers react?

166.

What is the role of school and decision makers?

167.

What skills separate good students from bad students?

168.

Should people go straight from school to university, or do something different?

169.

Do you think a person can become a genius, or are they just born that way?

170.

Are things that your school teaches you that you think are not important?

171.

Do prefer school uniforms or casuals clothes better?

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Questions English Study

1. Do you think English is a difficult language to learn?


2. Have you ever spoken English on the phone?
3. How often do you practice your English?
4. What is your favorite way to practice your English? (UK spelling = favorite)
5. What is the most difficult thing about English?
6. Why are you learning English?
7. What do you think you will be able to do in English in the future?
8. Do you think that English will completely dominate all the other languages in the future? If
yes, how will it affect the world?
9. How much time do you spend looking out of the window during class?
10. If you are really absorbed in lessons, do the classroom arrangement matter?
11. How do you use the Internet to learn English?
12. What search engine do you use most often when you study? Why?
13. Do you think English is a difficult language to learn?
14. What is your favorite way to practice your English?
15. What do you think you will be able to do in English
16. in the future?
17. How can English language help you advance in your career?
18. Which country is the best place to study English?
19. Are you willing to get a tutor just to further learn English?
20. What is the best way to teach vocabulary at the upper intermediate level EFL?
21. What kind of dormitory room would you like to stay in?
22. In your own teaching environment what forms of pronunciation of English are learners
likely to encounter?
23. How can I listen to conversations and improve my pronunciation?
24. What do you like about your classroom?
25. Who cooks Thanksgiving dinner in your home?
26. How do you cook the turkey?
27. When do you eat?
28. Why do you think people celebrate Thanksgiving Day?

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Questions Learning a Foreign Language

1. What is your mother tongue?


2. How many languages do you speak?
3. How did you learn your second language?
4. What's the best way to learn a foreign language?
5. What methods do you use to remember vocabulary better?
6. Is it necessary to write words down?
7. Is it possible to understand and write well but not be able to have a conversation?
8. What is value of learning languages?
9. Why do some people have more difficulty than others when learning a language?
10. To what extent do you agree that it's better to learn language as a child? Why or why not?
11. To speak its language well, how important is it to know something about the culture of a
country?
12. Are there some words that are similar in different languages?
13. As a beginner, what are the first things that you need to be able to say?
14. What are the problem areas that an intermediate learner may have?
15. What are the problem areas that an advanced learner may have?
16. When you travel to a foreign country, is it always easy to use your foreign language?
17. How can the Internet be a helpful tool when learning a foreign language?
18. Some people say that if you can teach something about your foreign language, then it you to
understand it better. Do you agree?
19. Have you ever tried learning a new language from a textbook with audio tapes?
20. Is it good to sit an exam that shows your level in English?
21. What do you know about IELTS and TOEFL?
22. Can you learn a language by watching television?
23. Do you use free language-learning exercises on the Internet?
24. Have you ever paid for 1:1 lessons?
25. Would you like to be a translator? Why? / Why not?
26. Is the classroom the best place to learn?
27. Can a good teacher influence how well you enjoy learning a language?
28. Is it possible to teach yourself a language?
29. What careers are possible if you speak a foreign language?
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30. What languages would you like to learn in future?


31. What different techniques do you have for learning vocabulary?
32. Do you need to write in a foreign language?
33. Do you need to use your foreign languages at work?
34. Do you think that knowing a foreign language might encourage you to live abroad in future?
35. Is it a good idea to learn a language from a non-native speaker of that language?
36. Are there any disadvantages?
37. Do you know how large your vocabulary is in your foreign language?
38. Could you teach your mother tongue to someone else?
39. What personal qualities do you need to be an effective language learner?
40. What tools can help you learn a foreign language?
41. Have you ever made a telephone call in a foreign language?
42. If yes, how did it go?
43. Do you ever read websites in a foreign language?
44. Is it possible to learn a language without studying grammar?
45. Is knowing grammar more important than knowing vocabulary?
46. Have teaching methods for language learning changed over the last 50 years?
47. To speak a language well, why is it important to have an understanding of idioms?
48. How did your best language teacher help you?
49. Have you had any particularly poor language learning experiences?
50. How old should a child be when a school introduces the first foreign language?
51. Are teenage language exchange programs useful? Why? / Why not?
52. Some people say "I'm no good at learning languages".
53. Is this just a question of attitude (because of a previous bad experience) or were some people
born lacking the ability to learn a new language?

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Questions Languages

1. What language is spoken the most in your country?


2. Do you have a second language in your country?
3. How many languages do you speak fluently?
4. Does your language have words adopted from English?
5. Is English important for an individual in your country?
6. Why are you studying English?
7. What language you like speaking in?
8. What language do you least like speaking in?
9. What's your favorite language?
10. What's your least favorite language?
11. What's the native language spoken in China?
1. Brazil?
2. Mexico?
3. Switzerland?
4. Australia?
5. Canada?
12. What's the strangest language have you ever head?
13. Do you wish your country has another language instead of the present one?
14. Do you have pen-friend? If yes, what languages do they speak?
15. Can you name any languages that are no longer spoken?
16. What language do the neighboring countries of where you live speak?
17. What would you do if you had to travel to a country where it's people don't know how to
speak neither your language nor English?
18. Do you think that disappearing languages should be protected or should we just let them
fade away?
19. What languages are spoken the most throughout the world?
20. Which do you think is the most difficult language?
21. How many languages do you speak?
22. Do you know anyone who is monolingual?
23. Do you know anyone who is bilingual or multilingual?
24. Would you like to raise multilingual children?
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25. Can you think of some disadvantages of being monolingual?


26. Have you ever visited a society where most people speak only one language?
27. Have you ever visited a society where most people speak more than one language?
28. Does your country have any official languages? What languages are official?
29. What other languages are spoken in your nation, including minority groups and the
languages of immigrants?
30. Do you think foreign language study should be required?
31. Do you think foreign language study should start as early as possible, or is it okay to start
later?
32. Do you think all people should be required to study the same foreign language, or do you
think there should be some choice?
33. Why is English used in so many places?
34. Do you think that a language other than English should be used as an "international
language"?
35. Do you think language affects thought?
36. Do you enjoy studying grammar?
37. Do you think studying the grammar of your native language is important?
38. Do you think studying the grammar of a foreign language helps you to speak it?
39. What grammar question have you had lately?
40. When you study a language, do you like to study reading, writing, speaking and listening?
41. Have you ever had an emotional discussion in a language that you don't speak well?
42. When you learn new words, is it generally easier for you to remember "silly and useless"
words, or "common and useful" words?
43. If you study a foreign language, do you use a dictionary written in the language you are
studying?
44. Have you ever used a concordance to study language?
45. Do you have a large vocabulary?
46. Is increasing your vocabulary important to you?
47. What techniques do you use to remember vocabulary?
48. What dialects does your language have?
49. Do you know the saying, "a language is a dialect with an army"? What do you think this
means? Do you agree?
50. When you are getting an important message for the first time, are you more comfortable
hearing it, or reading it?
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51. Is this different for you in your native language and your second/foreign language?
52. When you produce language, are you more comfortable writing it, or saying it?

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Questions Homework

1. What homework do you usually do ?


2. Is there anyone who makes you do your homework?
3. Have you have your own room to study in?
4. What's on your desk or table where you study?
5. Do you mind the presence of pets when you study?
6. Do you interrupt your study activities or do all the homework at one sitting?
7. Do you usually do your homework at the last minute?
8. What are some good excuses to give your teacher for not doing your homework?
9. Do you feel you have too much homework?
10. When do you do your homework?
11. When can homework be counterproductive?
12. What do you prefer, a small room, open space or studying outside?
13. Where do boarding schools students do their homework?

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Questions School

1. Are you allowed to eat in the classrooms?


2. Are you allowed to smoke in the classrooms?
3. Did you belong to any clubs in high school?
4. Did you go to a public high school or a private one?
1. What are the advantages of each type of school?
2. Which type of school did you want to go to?
5. Did you have to wear a uniform in high school? How about elementary school?
6. Did you study art in high school?
7. Did your high school have a band?
1. If so, did you play in it?
2. What instrument would you like to play in a high school band? Why?
8. Do most of your teachers take attendance?
9. Do some of your teachers let class out early?
1. What do you think when the teacher lets the class out early?
10. Do you carry a dictionary to your English classes?
1. How about your other classes?
2. Do you have an electronic ditionary?
3. Can you and do you access your cellphone dictionary to find the meaning of a word?
11. Do you enjoy studying English?
1. Math?
2. Science?
3. Art?
4. Biology?
5. Chemistry?
12. Do you ever skip class?
13. Do you have any evening classes?
14. Do you play on any of the school's sports teams?
15. Do you still keep in touch with your best friend in elementary school?
16. Have you ever been absent?
17. Have you ever been late for class?
1. If so, why?
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2. When was the last time?


3. Did the teacher get angry?
18. Have you ever failed a class? (Maybe this is not polite to ask.)
19. Have you ever slept in class?
20. How do you usually come here?
21. How do you get to school?
22. How long does it take you to get to school?
23. How many times have you been absent from school this year?
24. How much homework do you do every day?
25. Was your high school strict?
26. Were you on any sports teams in high school?
27. What classes do you not like? Why don't you like them?
28. What did you like best about high school?
29. What do you like best about your school?
30. What do you like the least about your school?
31. What do you think about your English class? Your gym class?
32. What do you think of our cafeteria?
33. What do you think of this campus?
34. What do you want to do after you graduate?
35. What is your best memory from junior high school?
1. How about high school?
2. What's your worst memory?
36. What school did you graduate from? What high school? What junior high school?
37. What time does your first class begin on Tuesday?
38. What was the name of your junior high school?
39. What were some of the rules you had to follow at your high school?
1. Which rules did you think were unfair?
2. Did you ever get caught breaking any school rules?
3. Were you allowed to smoke on campus?
4. Were you allowed to eat food in the classroom?
40. What's your favorite subject?
1. Why do you like it?
2. Who is the teacher?
3. How many times a week does the class meet?
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41. Which subjects are you good at? (What are your strong subjects?)
42. Which subjects are you poor at? (Which subjects are difficult for you?)
43. Who is your favorite teacher?
1. What course does he or she teach?
2. Why do you like him or her?
44. What did you find the most surprising thing about the school system in the United States?
45. What are the major characteristics you think a teacher should have?
46. Do you have to wear a uniform to your school? (Did you have to...) Do you like wearing a
uniform?
47. Do you think school uniform is a good idea? Why/Why not?
48. Are the clothes you wear to school important?
49. Do you feel pressure to wear expensive, designer clothes to school?
50. How are the customs in the classrooms in the US different from the customs that you have
experienced in other places?
51. Who do you like to sit with in your classroom?
52. Do you like to be taught by a male or female teacher?
53. Do you like to be taught by a female or male teacher?
54. Which subjects do you think are not useful or needed anymore?
55. What does the term coeducational mean?Did you go to coeducational schools?
56. Are boys and girls treated differently by teachers in coeducational schools that you have
attended? If so, how?
57. Do you think girls work together much better if there are no boys around? Agree or
disagree?
58. Do you feel pressure to wear expensive, designer clothes to school?
59. Do you think fashion is important at school?
60. Is fashion also a kind of uniform?
61. What did your school uniform look like in junior high school?

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Questions Teachers

1. Can you think of a good teacher you had?


1. What made that teacher good?
2. Think of a bad teacher you had.
1. What made that teacher bad?
3. What do you think it takes to be a good teacher?
4. What are some traits of teachers?
5. What different kind of teachers can you name?
6. How are you a teacher to someone else?
7. What is the retirement age for teachers in your country?
8. Would you rather learn from a young teacher or an older teacher?
9. What are the salaries for teachers in your country?
10. Do you enjoy spending time with your teachers?
11. If you were going to be a teacher, where would you like to teach?
12. Young people spend a lot of their "formative years" with teachers. On the whole, is this time
well-spent?
13. What kind of formal training do teachers need in your country?
1. Do you think the training is sufficient?
2. If you could, how would you change this training

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Questions University

1. Describe a mistake or something you should not have done since being in university.
2. Can you explain the process of registering for a class/course?
3. What celebrations/festivals/events do you enjoy the most? Why?
4. What's the best advice you would tell a brother/sister or friend who is now entering college?
5. What's the best excuse you've heard or given for missing a class?
6. How has your life changed since beginning college?
7. How much note taking do you do in most of your classes?
8. How often do you reread or organize your notes from a professor's lecture?
9. What are some advantages in studying with sophomore/junior/senior students/friends or
with older students?
10. If you wanted to, when could you fit in more study time?
11. What do you fear most about next semester's classes?
12. What was your biggest fear before you began your freshman year of college?
13. How much of the course material is covered by the professors in your classes?
14. During classes, do you like working in student groups or working alone? Why?
15. What are some advantages of studying alone? Disadvantages?
16. What are some advantages of studying in groups? Disadvantages?
17. Do you prefer to study with friends/classmates or to study alone?
18. Do you have easy access to your professors outside of class?
19. How often do you read ahead for your classes?
20. What can/do you do if you fall behind in your classes?
21. What do you plan to do during the summer vacation?
22. What's your biggest motivation for your university life?
23. What can you do if you don't like your roommates?
24. Are the counselors at school helpful?
25. What's your favorite spot on campus?
26. What's your favorite way to take a 'short' break from studying at night?
27. What do you miss most about your home and your hometown?
28. What's your best memory? What's your worst memory?
29. Are you a member of any student organization?
30. What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
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31. If you were not attending college now, what would you be doing? Where? Why?
32. What are some qualities of a good student?
33. What are some qualities of a good teacher?
34. How do you travel to your classes everyday?
35. What advantages are there to home schooling?
36. How can classes or classrooms be improved?
1. What would be the effect?
37. If you became president of your university, what changes would you make? Why?
38. If you became president of your university, which rule would you abolish (cancel)?
39. What is the biggest difficulty in being a college student?
40. Why is a college education important?
41. What does a college education provide?
42. How much is tuition do you pay?
43. What kinds of scholarships are there for students at your school?
44. What must you do to receive a college diploma?
45. Where is the best place for you to study? Why?
46. How many hours do you spend on homework or studying each night?
47. What do you do on campus when you're not studying?
48. Which class or subject is most important for your future job?
49. What is your favorite class or subject? Why?
50. How can a student receive a scholarship?
51. How many back-to-back classes do you have?
52. What is a disadvantage of back-to-back classes?
53. Why are you attending college?
54. After your grade point average (GPA), what is the 2nd most important thing in college?
55. Do most of your professors or instructors take attendance? Why?
56. How often do your professors let class out early?
57. Which do you prefer more, morning or afternoon classes? Why?
58. What time does your first class begin tomorrow?
59. The cost of university education is becoming very expensive in many countries.
1. How can we make the cost of education more affordable to the general public?

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Questions Classrooms

1. What do you like about your classroom?


2. Do you think the teacher should assign seats to students?
3. What kind of classroom setting is the best for you?
4. What are five things you like about your classroom?
5. What are five things you don't like about your classroom?
6. What are five things you would like to change in your classroom?
7. What equipment for teaching is in your classroom?
8. Do you like classroom with fixed desks or movable desks? Why?
9. How much time a day do you spend in a classroom?
10. How much time a day do you spend in a classroom looking out the window?
11. Do you enjoy changing classrooms for different classes?
12. What is the ideal seating plan or arrangement in a classroom?
13. Is there any air conditioning in your classroom?
14. Is your classroom a nice place to study?
15. Do you like the location of your desk in your classroom?
16. Do you think that smart students always sit down in front?
17. Is it good to have only one teacher?

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