Education vocabulary. IELTS Speaking. 


IELTS Education Vocabulary 

Самая распространенная тема разговора в IELTS спикинг – это тема оброазования. Вам могут задать вопросы о Вашей учебе, школе, учителях в первой части IELTS Speaking. Во второй части Вы можете представить развернутое высказывание об образовании и Ваших планах на будущее или высказать свое мнение об образовании в родной стране в третей части IELTS Speaking. Именно поэтому очень важно расширять свой словарный запас на данную тему и тренироваться в использовании обширной образовательной лексики в диалогической и монологической речи.
В данном уроке представлена самая распространенная лексика, общие фразы, идиоматические выражения на тему образования. Вы так же познакомитесь с примерами употребления образовательной лексики во всех трех частях IELTS Speaking.

Types of school

Types of school
Types of school
word/phrase meaning common collocations example
primary the type of school for children ages 5-11 primary school, primary education I think primary education should be compulsory worldwide.
secondary the type of school for children age 11 and up secondary school, secondary education (synonym: high school) I still keep in touch with many of my friends from secondary school.
mixed a school where girls and boys are taught togethe mixed school, mixed-sex education, mixed-gender education In my opinion, mixed schools are the way forward.

2. School work

School Work and Qualifications 
School Work and Qualifications 
word/phrase meaning  common collocations  Example
assignment a piece of work given to someone as part of their studies homework assignment, reading/writing assignment Back then, I was working on my last reading assignment of the term
lecture a formal talk on a subject deliver/give/present a lecture, attend/go to a lecture She delivered a very interesting lecture.
thesis a long piece of writing on a particular subject write a thesis, complete a thesis, a thesis about/on (subject) I wrote my thesis on effective treatment strategies for children with ADHD.

3. Qualifications: university & college

word/phrase meaning common collocations Example
bachelor’s degree a first degree at college or university a bachelor’s degree in (subject) I have a bachelor’s degree in
fellowship money for teaching or study given to a person studying for an advanced degree to apply for a fellowship, to be awarded a fellowship. I then applied for a research fellowship at the university.
doctorate (PhD) the highest degree from a university to do a doctorate in (subject), to have a doctorate, a doctorate degree In developing countries, there aren’t as many people with doctorate degrees.

4. People in education

word/phrase meaning common collocations Example
principal the person in charge of a school school principal She was the school principal for 15 years.
graduate a person who has finished their school, college or university education high school/ college/university graduate, a graduate in (subject), a graduate of (school) There are many opportunities for university graduates nowadays.
professor  a teacher of high rank in a university college/university professor, visiting professor, (history, law, etc.) professor, professor of (history, law, etc.) He later became a professor at a local university1л

5. Общие фразы и идиомы на тему образования. IELTS Speaking

1. State school: a school paid for by public funds and available to general public
Example: Because my budget is limited, then get a scholar ship and go to state school is a great idea.
2. Private school: a school that is not supported by government money, where education must be paid for by the children’s parents
Example: A private school usually offers good educational facilities compared to a public school.
3. Higher education: education, usually in a college or university, that is followed after high school or secondary school
Example: Lisa moved to American with the purpose of continuing her higher education.
4. To work your way through university: to have a paid job while studying to support yourself financial
Example: Peter has had to work his way through university, thus he barely has free time.
5. Tuition fees: the money paid for a course of study
Example: In order to pay for the tuition fees, I have been doing many part-time jobs.
6. To keep up with your studies: to not fall behind
Example: If you want to keep up with my studies at university, you have to spend more time on self-study.
7. To fall behind with your studies: to progress less quickly than other
Example: Sara spent almost her time on going out rather than studying, which caused her to fall behind with her studies, thus she failed the exam.
8. To sit an exam: to take an exam
Example: The time when I have to sit an exam is really stressful, because I need to stay up all night and have less time to relax.
9. To attend classes: to go to classes
Example: In order to pass the final exam, it is suggested that you should attend to all of the classes.
10. Face to face classes: join in courses in classroom with colleagues and teachers.
Example: When you take part in a face to face class, you will have an opportunity to interact with teachers in person, then you can respond to the teacher immediately.
11. Distance learning: a way of studying, in which you will learn, and communicate with teachers and classmates through the internet.
Example: One benefit of taking distance learning course is the timetable will be flexible, which means you can study whenever and wherever you want.
12. To learn something by heart: to memorize it
Example: The course requires me to learn a lot of things by heart, which is quite hard for me.
13. To take a year out: to take a gap year
Example: Before going to the university, I decided to take a year out to travel to some countries.
14. A graduation ceremony: an event that successful student receive his or her academic degree.
Example: a graduation ceremony is one of the most important day in a student life.
15. Gain/obtain knowledge
Example: Taking academic course will help students to gain a great deal of knowledge


В данном блоке представлены примеры выполнения заданий 1-3 раздела IELTS Speaking на тему образования.

IELTS Speaking Part 1:

  • What kind of school did you go to as a child?
  • What was your favourite subject when you were at school?
  • What do/did you study in your university?
  • Would you say you are/were a good student?
  • What are/were you studying?
  • Why did you choose that particular course?
  • What is/was your favourite subject?
  • Are you friends with many other students on your course?
  • What job would you like when you have completed all your studies?
  • Will you have to do further studies in the future?

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ELTS Speaking Part 2:

Part 2 – sample task card

Describe a time during your education that you really enjoyed. You should say
  • When this period was
  • Where you were
  • What you were studying at that time
  • And say why you were so happy

Sample answer:

Today I would like to share with you my memorable memories at my university. This is the time when I first moved to a big city and did my Bachelor degree in ABC University. At first, everything was new to me. I had to learn hard to keep up with my studies and spend a part of my time on doing part-time job, then worked my way through university. Although I led a hectic lifestyle at that time, I believe that it was the best time in my student’s lives, in which I joined in many clubs and activities, which gave me a golden chance to experience social lives, and make new friends.
Another thing that I remembered is when I  was struggling to choose my major at university and received help from my classmates. As a junior student, my university required me to decide which major such as human resources management, accounting, finance I would follow. Having known that friends who had been studying with me for a long time might know better than me, I came to some of my friends and asked them for help. It was very kind of them that they spent time on analyzing my strengths and weaknesses, also discussing with me the pros and cons of each majors. After a few hours talking with them, I made a decision that I would go for human resources management. Now, I have been studying that major for almost 3 years and I have not ever regretted about my choice.
Through all those times, I realize that whenever I am in need, my friends are always be there for me.

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Part 2 – sample task card

Describe a teacher that had a positive influence on you.
You should say:
  • what subject this teacher taught
  • how long he/she was your teacher
  • what positive attributes this teacher had
  • and explain why you remember this teacher in particular.
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Part 3 – sample questions

  • Some people say that your school days are the best days of your life. Do you agree?
  • Do you think school and university prepares young people adequately for real life?
  • Do you agree there is too much pressure on young people at school these days?
  • Some people argue that end-of-year exams should be replaced by continuous assessment. What do you think?
  • Have there been significant changes in schooling methods in your country in recent years?
  • Do you think schools and universities provide enough careers advice to their students?
  • Is higher education too expensive in your country?
  • Should all students pay for their university education?
  • Which is more important, research or teaching?
  • How should students spend their summer vacations?
  • What makes a good teacher?
  • What role should a teacher have in a classroom?
  • Do you think one day computers will replace teachers in a classroom?
  • What is the difference between the way children learn and adults learn?
  • How can teachers make lessons for children more interesting?

IELTS Speaking Part 3:

What are the advantage of studying on a distance learning course?
The most foreseen benefits is that the timetable is flexible, which means students can learn anytime they want. In addition, tuition fees are likely to affordable because distance learning classes do not need to be invested in classrooms and other educational facilities. But people who take distance learning courses have to be motivated, otherwise they could fall behind with their studies.
Do all children get equal opportunities in education?
No, not really. In my country, students from well off families are likely to have better chance to study in private school with excellent facilities while this is still out of reach of few learners, because their families cannot support them.

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