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EDUCATION … whether is it boring , unusual , interesting ?. English Club # 4 January 2013. People who read books will always manage those who watch TV. Some interesting facts about education in the world. Do you know that ….

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People who read books

will always manage those who watch TV

do you know that
Do you know that …
  • In Japan a school year consists of three terms and starts in the beginning of April. The 1st term continues till the 20th of July, then there are summer holidays, after which the 2nd terms lasts up to the end of December and from January to March pupils attend schools in the 3rd term.

? When do Japanese students move up

to the next class?

(during short spring holidays)

do you know that1
Do you know that …
  • The profession of a teacher thought to be men’s in Japan. Only male had been working at Japanese school for a very long time.

? Who are teachers in modern Japanese schools, men or women?

(both sexes)

? If men work at school nowadays, how many?

(more than half of staff)

do you know that2
Do you know that …
  • In many school of Japan there are no canteens.

? Where do pupils have lunch there?

(in the classrooms)

do you know that3
Do you know that …
  • Czech pupils have only two holidays – in winter and in summer.

? How long are summer holidays in Czech republic?

(two months)

  • Czech schoolchildren get marks same as in Russia - from 1 up to 5.

? Do these marks mean the same as in our country?

(No, “5’ is the worst mark, “1” is the best)

? How many school subjects can a teacher teach?

(some – maths and P.E. or chemistry, music and Czech)

do you know that4
Do you know that …
  • Finnish teachers never call a pupil to answer without his or her desire. Demonstration of pupils’ defects is forbidden in Finland.

? How many people work in Finnish school s during a lesson? (two – a teacher and his assistant)

? How often do Finnish students go out during school time?

(after every lesson regardless

of season)

do you know that5
Do you know that …
  • In Norway there is a strict division of schoolchildren into school groups according to their age. Pupils of primary school, teenagers of 14 and 18 year old young people don’t study at the same building.

? When do Norwich students start get marks at school?

( only in the eighth class)

do you know that6
Do you know that …
  • Chinese winter holidays continue for more than a month – from the end of December up to the beginning of February.

? Why are holidays so long?

(because the Chinese mark Chinese New Year)

  • In Greece a student gets a lot of privilege in the time he studies: free lessons, food, medical care, transport at a discount, etc.)

? How long can a Greek person be a student?

(for thirty years)

do you know that7
Do you know that …
  • In America parents can be arrested if their children don’t attend school.
  • American pupils are prepared for the professional activity from the primary school. Their parents come to school and tell them about different professions and jobs.
  • In America children of primary school have Milk break and Lunch break.

? How many students can be

in the class?

(35 – 40)

do you know that8
Do you know that …
  • There are 90,000 state and 30,000 private schools in the USA with 55,000,000 schoolchildren and 3,000,000 teachers.
do you know that9
Do you know that …
  • The number of American Institutes and universities is more than 4,000 where 15,000,000 students are taught by 2,000,000 teachers.

? What is a percentage of former pupils who want to get a higher education?


do you know that10
Do you know that …
  • The system of marks in the USA is letters.

"А" – 15% of students who show a high level of knowledge and originality of thinking;

"В" – 25% of students whose level is higher than average;

"С" – 35% of students with average abilities;

"D" – 15% of students have a low level of knowledge;

"F" – 10% of students demonstrate unsatisfactory results and ignorance of school programme.

? What definitions characterise marksfrom “A” to “F”?

(excellent, good, satisfactory, poor)

do you know that11
Do you know that …
  • The longest university lecture lasted more than 50 hours. It has been written in one of Australian institutes by the Professor Barrows on biology.
  • The world record was set up in India: about 28,000 pupils attended school Montessori in 2003-2004.
  • The most ancient university in the world is situated in Morocco. It was founded in 859.
do you know that12
Do you know that …
  • Teachers get the highest salary in the world - in Sweden – minimum of it – $33,000 per year.

but Dc Roland Dante has got $3,000,000 for his 2days course of lectures on hypnoses treatment.

? What is the Russian equivalent of monthly teacher’s salary? (82,000 rubles per month in Russia)

  • In the USA employees with high education have salary which twice more than those

without such education.

do you know that13
Do you know that …
  • There is a strange but real tradition which is observed till nowadays in Harvard when at last night of preparation for exams students should run naked / without any clothes around Harvard Yard accompanied by the university orchestra.
do you know that14
Do you know that …
  • Practically in all European universities there are more women than men. Exception is Germany.
  • According to statistics men having higher education are healthier than those who haven’t it: they weight less, have lower blood pressure, and they are inclined less to heart diseases.



quiz british education
Quiz: British education
  • When do British children start school?
  • Is nursery school compulsory?
  • Do all children go to the kindergarten?
  • What do children do at their first school year?
  • Do parents need to help teachers to develop their children?
  • How long do pupils study at school?
  • What is the title of the first step of schooling?
  • Do they go to the secondary or to the nursery school after primary school?
quiz british education1
Quiz: British education

9. Can children begin studying at 4 or not?

10. What are core subjects in English schools according to the National Curriculum?

11. Is school education free in Britain?

12. When does a school year start in Britain?

13. How long do summer holiday last?

14. Where does a school year start in August?

15. How many levels of attainment/knowledge are there in the English language in primary school?

16. Do children pass any exams after primary school?

quiz british education2
Quiz: British education

17. When do pupils start to learn a modern foreign language?

18. Do British kids study Russian?

19. How many marks do children have in Britain?

20. What marks are they?

21. How many days a week do children learn?

  • British pupils have got 4 terms in a school year,

haven’t they?

23. What transport takes children to school?

24. Children should wear uniform, shouldn’t they?

quiz british education3
Quiz: British education

25. Can British students wear pajamas at school?

26. How long is lunch break?

27. Is the discipline strict at schools of Britain?

28. Can teachers wear jeans to school?

29. Do children like their school food?

30. Have students got a religious lesson or not?

31. Girls are allowed to wear lipstick and eye-shadow, aren’t they?

32. Do boys and girls sit at different desks?

quiz british education4
Quiz: British education
  • Do teachers in Britain often use punishment at the

lessons or not?

  • How is the document which children get at 16


35. Can schoolchildren go to work at 16?

36. What class do they attend at 15?

37. Is higher education free or not in Britain?

38. How many universities are there in Great Britain?

39. Do student study 5 years at the university?

40. How old are students when they begin higher


quiz british education6
Quiz: British education
  • At 5 years old
  • No, it is voluntary
  • No, only half of them
  • They begin to tackle a range of subjects, including those stipulated under the National Curriculum
  • Yes, parents play the key role in educating nursery-age children
  • 11 years (from 5 up to 16)
  • Infant school
  • To the secondary school
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Quiz: British education
  • 9. Yes, in Wales
  • 10. English, maths, science, technology, histrory, geography, music, art and P.E.
  • 11. Yes, it’s free in state schools
  • 12. As a rule, on the 1st Monday of September
  • 13. A month and half (in July and August)
  • 14. In Scotland
  • 15. There ate 5 basic targets in English and for each of them there ate 10 levels of attainment
  • 16. Now in many counties - no
quiz british education8
Quiz: British education
  • 17. At secondary school
  • 18. Some of them do
  • 19. Six marks
  • 20. The marks are letters from A to F
  • 21. Five (from Monday to Friday)
  • 22. No, only three
  • 23. A school bus of a yellow colour
  • 24. In most schools – yes, they should
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Quiz: British education
  • 25. No, it’s an American habit
  • 26. An hour and 15 minutes
  • 27. No, not very strict nowadays, pupils are noisy and rude to teachers
  • 28. Yes, they can
  • 29. No, students find school food terrible
  • 30. Yes, religious lessons take place in schools
  • 31. Yes, it’s not forbidden for girls
  • 32. Yes, boys and girls often sit at the same desk
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Quiz: British education
  • 33. In these correct times, teachers have few sanctions which they may exercise – certainly not any form of corporal punishment
  • 34. GCSE
  • 35. Yes, they can go to work at 16
  • 36. The 5th
  • 37. For Britishmen – it’s free, for foreigners - not
  • 38. 44 or 47
  • 39. No, first degree course lasts 3 or 4 years
  • 40. 18
from the history of british edu
From the history of British edu…
  • Before 1870 education was voluntary and many of the existing schools had been set up by churches.
  • Only 2% of children under 14 and 40% of those aged 10 went to school regularly.
  • From 1870, in response to changes brought about by the industrial revolution and movements for social and political reform, the government started to take responsibility for education
from the history of british edu1
From the history of British edu…
  • A “tripartite” system of secondary modern, technical and grammar schools selected 11 year-old children at the end of their primary education by means of an exam. The top 20% attended grammar schools. Secondary modern and technical schools dealt with more practical subjects. Pupils from them were expected to become manual workers andskilled workers respectively, while those who attended grammar schools were more likely to go on to university and become professionals and managers.

In the 1950s some people were dissatisfied with the tripartite system.

  • Comprehensive schools were introduced in the 1960s with the idea that pupils should not be selected and streamed at such an early age. In 1993 90% of pupils attend such schools; the other 10% attend some remaining grammar or private schools.
the education system in the uk
The Education Systemin the UK
  • School Education
  • Further Education
  • Higher Education
primary school in gb
Primary School in GB
  • Most primary schools are co-educational (boys and girls are taught together), usually with a class teacher system, giving young children a sustained contact with one teacher.
  • Children used to be selected for secondary education by means of an examination --the ‘eleven plus’.
primary school subjects
Primary School Subjects
  • One teacher teaches:
    • Art
    • Analysis
    • Drama
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Scottish Gaelic (in Scotland)
secondary school
Secondary School
  • Compulsory education extends up to 16 years. Comprehensive schools are mostly mixed sex and cater for a mixed range of abilities. Their students come from a range of social classes and ethnic backgrounds. Students are often streamed into different ability groups. Some think this undermines the principles of comprehensive education.
secondary school subjects
Secondary School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology and design
  • Information Technology
  • English
  • Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Social Education
  • Religion
  • Cooking
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Greek and Latin

(at grammar and independent schools)

eleven plus
“Eleven plus”
  • The system of secondary education in Britain has been changed in recent years. Under the old system, children took an examination called the “eleven plus” at the age of 11. If they passed this examination, they went to a grammar school (high school) and if they failed, they went to a secondary modern school.
secondary school1
Secondary School
  • The main examination that all students should take at 16 is the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Some students continue in the same school for a further 2 years of study leading to the examination of the General Certificate of Education, Advanced level (GCE A level). Usually 3 or 4 academic subjects are studied and 1 general studies paper. This is the main examination required for university entrance.
universities and colleges of higher education in gb
Universities and Colleges of Higher Education in GB
  • Altogether, there are now 44 universities in the United Kingdom: 33 in England, 8 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 1, a federation of 7 colleges, in Wales.
universities and colleges of higher education in gb1
Universities and Colleges of Higher Education in GB
  • The old universities refer to those founded before 1600. Oxford and Cambridge are the oldest ones, dating from 1249 and 1284. Until the 19th century, they are the only 2 universities in England
universities and colleges of higher education in gb2
Universities and Colleges of Higher Education in GB
  • Degrees: BA (Bachelor of Arts) or BSc (Bachelor of Science); MA (Master of Arts) or MSc (Master of Science); Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy).

Under the new system, there is no examination at the age of eleven, and the grammar schools and secondary modern schools have been replaced by large comprehensive schools. Some comprehensives are “streamed”; others are “unstreamed”. In a streamed school, pupils are placed into classes according to their ability. Children of high ability are in the “A” stream, those of lesser ability in the “B” stream and so on. In an unstreamed school, children of mixed ability are placed together in the classes.


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