Speaking, Part 1: First Day At School

  1. Tell me about your first day at school?

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I only have vague memories – it’s such a long time ago!

My primary school was an imposing, old building and I remember being quite intimidated by it. I also remember my teacher was strict and scary – she certainly frightened the life out of me. I remember crying because I didn’t want to stay there and I wanted to go home with my mum.


Speaking, Part 1: Education

I had a very insightful lesson on education with my students .

There is an incredible amount pressure on them to perform well academically, with the main focus being on the university entrance exam. Their whole life seems to be focused on that one day. Students not only attend regular classes to get their compulsory education, but study for hours and hours after at private academies – on weekdays and at weekends –  with parents forking out vast sums of money to support their child’s learning. 

It’s all very different from my own school experience in Scotland.

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