Part-1 老师 Teachers

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雅思口语 IELTS Speaking Topic: Part-1 老师 Teachers

Do you have a favourite teacher?

Um… Yeah, I suppose I do, but it’s actually kind of hard to pick out a favourite because I’ve been really lucky with all my teachers. You know, they’ve been really great, at least most of them anyway, but I guess my favourite teacher would have to be my Chinese language teacher, because she was incredible. I mean, the amount of effort she put into her teaching, and her attention to detail, were just amazing. And not only that, but she also showed a genuine care for all of us, which left a really deep impression on me. So yeah, out of all my teachers, I’d say she was probably my favourite.

pick out – choose
at least most of them anyway– 至少大部分是这样的
the amount of effort she put into her teaching – 她对教学付出的努力
attention to detail - 细心
And not only that, but - 不仅如此,而且
Genuine care – 真实的关心
Out of all my teachers– 在我所有的老师当中

What kinds of teachers do you like?

I guess…. um…first of all, teachers who are passionate about their subject, because you know, if they show enthusiasm for what they’re teaching, I’m much more likely to get interested in that subject and do well in it. And as well as this, I also like teachers that are supportive and…what’s the word…. approachable. So in other words, teachers that show patience and understanding, and are there for you if you need help.

Supportive – 给予帮助的;热心援助的;
What’s the word – 叫什么来着!
Approachable -和蔼可亲,容易交谈, 平易近人的;友善的

What are the qualities of a good teacher?

Um…. I guess the best way to answer this would be to think of some of the good teachers I’ve had at school and university. So please hang on just a second while I have a quick think about it…..! Ok, well the good teachers I’ve had have shown a genuine care for their students. You know, they genuinely want their students to learn and develop. It’s not just simply a job to them. So yeah I think that’s the most important thing – taking their job seriously and really caring about their students’ development.

Hang on = wait
Make up -组成;构成
The people or things that make up something are the members or parts that form that thing

Do you think teachers should be angry at students or not?

No, I think as a general rule, teachers shouldn’t get angry at students. You know, it never ends well when teachers get angry, at least in my experience! So in my view, I think teachers should always control their temper, whatever the situation, and instead use other means to get their point across. I mean, I’m sure you’ve experienced it before, that when a teacher gets angry, the whole atmosphere in the class changes, to one of fear, which is definitely not conducive to learning.

As a general rule – 一般说来,
at least in my experience– 至少我的经验是这样的
control their temper-克制住他们的脾气
get their point across- 把他们的重点讲清楚.
not conducive to learning– 不利于学习

Do you like strict teachers?
Yeah I do. I have no problem with them at all, as long as they’re fair! Because I think, on the whole, they tend to set high standards, and so consequently, that makes us work harder and learn more. And the other good thing about strict teachers is that they keep students in line, which means that the class won’t be interrupted by slackers who just want to joke around and be a nuisance.

Set high standards -设立高的标准
Keep students in line -让学生乖乖听话的
Slacker -偷懒的人
Joke around -闹着玩
Be a nuisance – 讨人嫌

What’s the difference between young and old teachers?

There’s probably not all that much difference actually, but I guess the main one would be the level of experience. You know, I think it’s fair to say that old teachers tend to have more experience than young ones, and so they’ll be more skilled at adapting to any kind of situation that might arise in class, whereas young teachers might struggle.
So that’s one difference, and I suppose another might be the use of technology, cos probably a lot of old teachers might stick to the traditional teaching methods they’re familiar with, whereas young teachers, I think, are more likely to bring technology into their teaching, such as using iPads and laptops in class. So yeah, I’d say these are probably the main differences.

I think it’s fair to say – 我觉得可以说…

What qualities should a good teacher have?

They need to be interested in the subject matter they are teaching, care about students, and recognize that not all students learn in the same way, so that they can find multiple ways of explaining the same concept.
A good teacher has patience, listens to the students, makes encouraging comments to the students who seem to struggle either with the work or with emotions.

Are teachers in China very strict?

Yes, for the most part, especially in primary school and middle school, ‘cos in general, strict teachers have a better control over their classes. If a teacher is just nice, students think they can just walk all over them and they won’t do anything. They just don’t take the “nice” teacher seriously. But if a teacher is strict, they will have control over their class and actually teach their class.

-John


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