Unit 1: Education for Life
TASK 1. Answer the questions below.
1. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘education’? 2. What is a good education, in your opinion?
3. How important do you think education is?
4. Do you think the quality of education in the world in general and in your country in particular is slipping down or going up? 5. In which country do you think you can receive the best education?
TASK 2. Read though the quotations below and tell the class how far you agree with them. 1. It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. (Alec Bourne, 1886 – 1974, a British writer 2. Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. (B. F. Skinner, 1904 - 1990, an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher) 3. Only the educated are free. (Epictetus, 55 AD - 135 AD, a Greek and Stoic philosopher) 4. You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation. (Brigham Young, an American religious, state and educational leader) 5. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. (Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid activist, revolutionary and politician) 6. Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty. (Mark Twain, 1835–1910, an American author and humorist) 7. The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” (Plutarch, a Greek historian and philosopher) 8. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. (John Dewey, an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer) 9. The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. (Carl Rogers , an influential American psychologist and one of the founders of the humanistic approach to psychology) 10. You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. (Clay P. Bedford) 11. Education makes a people easy to lead but difficult to drive: easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. (Peter Brougham, a British politician)
TASK 3. You are going to read an encyclopedia entry about education. Step 1. Match the education vocabulary below with their definitions. Part 1
|1 |(the) humanities |a |the information, skills, and understanding that you have gained through learning or | | | | |experience | |2 |a curriculum (pl. curricula) |b |an ability to do something well, especially because you have learned and practised it | |3 |applied sciences |c |something that you do regularly or usually, often without thinking about it because you | | | | |have done it so many times before | |4 |a skill |d |the subjects that are taught by a school, college etc, or the things that are studied in | | | | |a particular subject | |5 |tertiary education |e |a plan that states exactly what students at a school or college should learn in a | | | | |particular subject | |6 |adolescence |f |an area of knowledge or teaching, such as history, chemistry, mathematics etc that is | | | | |studied at a university...