Part One – Introduction
Q. Can you tell me your full name, please?
A. I am Georgia Annita. You can call me Annita.
Q. Can I see your ID card, please?
A. Of course. Here it is.
Q. When do you have free time?
A. I have my free time in the evening after returning from my college. On a weekend, I am free most of the day.
Q. What do you like doing in your free time?
A. Usually, I love to read books, chat with my family members in my free time. But sometimes, I like to spend it by sleeping as well.
Q. What free time activities are most popular where you live?
A. People in Cyprus spend their leisure times amid various types of activities. Some of them are fond of sports like golf, tennis, basketball while some other love watersports and diving, hiking to hills and valleys. Watching television is another type of leisurely activity in the country. Young people often like to hang out with friends and spend time online.
Q. How important is free time in peoples’ lives?
A. Having some free times is really important for every one of us. In fact, the free times help remove the stress refresh our mind. Consequently, we can focus on our regular activities. Some leisure activities help us rediscover ourselves and get engaged in activities that are helpful for our personal improvement. For instance, I started playing chess with my friends at my free time and this has been proven to be a really great activity later in my life.
Part 2 – Cue Card
Describe a teacher who has influenced you in your education.
You should say:
- who this teacher was
- what subject he/she taught
- what was so special about him/her
and explain why this person influenced you so much in your education.
[ You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you’re going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]
I met Mr John Markus in my elementary school. Actually, I was the student of Agiou Georgiou Elementary School located in Larnaca in Cyprus. He was my mentor and with his direct supports and suggestions, I have crossed many of the barriers of my life – both academic and personal. So, I am really grateful to him and have been greatly inspired by his teaching techniques. If he did not guide me in my education, I think I would not be able to arrive in this position today. This is a delightful cue card topic and I would like to thank you for this topic.
Mr John Markus was the teacher of general science in the school. He was really a great teacher and used to teach in some unconventional methods. He hardly used books or other teaching materials for teaching in the classroom. He also had some other techniques to impress the students. And most importantly, he knew all the names of his students which I had never seen before.
He was special in the sense that he knew how to teach the students. Mr Markus also supported his students in some other matters and mentored like his own children. The other most important thing about him is that he used to keep in touch with the parents of the children. He Regularly updated the parents with the latest information about their kids. As a result, he turned into a popular figure among the parent community.
I am highly influenced by this person. He had some special ways to complete things. He was straightforward and never turned biased to any of his students. He loved all the kids like his own children which attracted me most. Whenever I met him with some sort of troubles, he guided me the way out of them. So, I like him much.
Part 3 – Two-way Discussion:
Q. How has education changed in your country in the last 10 years?
Answer: The education system in my country went through numerous changes in the last decade and the use of technology is the most noteworthy. Besides, teachers are more trained today and have a much friendlier relationship with students, unlike the past. The exam system has been revamped and more emphasis is put on the practical exams these days.
Q. What changes do you foresee in the next 50 years?
Answer: 50-years is a long period and it is really hard to predict the changes especially the pace in which technology is advancing. After 5 decades, the education system in our country will go through a paradigm shift, I believe. Changes in the education system of Cyprus would be much prominent. The classrooms might be remodelled, application of multimedia will be very common and even there might be systems to learn sitting at home. The students might not need to visit the educational institutions physically. And textbooks may also disappear with the passage of time. The robots and computers would be the main mentors and the exam system would be fully automated and computer-based.
Q. What method of learning works best for you?
Answer: Ummm….. this is a bit difficult question for me to answer. In fact, I can adapt to all types of learning methods. But I think the multimedia classes are more effective to me than the conventional way of learning from textbooks. I often use video tutorials for lessons that I find hard to grasps.
Q. How beneficial do you think it is to group students according to their level of ability?
Answer: Forming groups based on the students’ level is highly beneficial for them. When some of the students of the same level gather in the same place, they can share their knowledge. And this is helpful to expand their realm of knowledge and learning becomes easier for them. The teachers, on the other hand, can prepare lessons according to the average skill level of these students. I personally believe that grouping similar students in terms of their capability and talent is far more beneficial than a mixed group.
Q. How technology has changed the way people learn new things?
Answer: Thank you for this nice question. The use of technology has made learning easier. Earlier, people had to struggle a lot to learn new things. But with the course of time, learning system has evolved for the blessing of technology. For instance, the use of chalk-boards vanishes from classrooms. Teachers either use white-board or multimedia presentations while teaching. Technology has made communication during learning easier. Students and teachers interact through latest communication devices. The textbooks have been modified and the rise of e-books is another example that technology has changed the learning system. Besides, the number of web-based researches is also climbing – an outcome of technology. Distant learning is the other impressive way that technology has added to learning.
Q. What are the qualities of a good teacher? Would you want to be a teacher in the future? Why/ Why not?
Answer: Well, a good teacher should possess some qualities. The most important thing about being a teacher is to communicate effectively. If the teacher fails to communicate with students, the teaching would be unsuccessful. Students usually follow their teachers. Hence, the teacher should also be punctual, honest and sincere in executing responsibilities. The teacher should also know how to manage the classroom. The teacher must have a good command on the students to maintain discipline in the classroom. The personality of a teacher should be different from other and obviously, s/ he should have vast knowledge on the relevant subject matter.
I do not prefer to be a teacher because I lack patience that a teacher needs during class hours. I am also unable to control others effectively that a teacher needs the most. To be honest, I have passion in journalism and thus would be unable to be a good teacher. Based on the reasons, I do not want to see myself as a teacher.
Q. Female teachers, according to many, are more suitable to teach in primary schools? What’s your opinion on that?
Answer: I believe appointing female teachers in primary schools is a great idea. In elementary schools, the majority of the students are younger in age. They need special attention. A male teacher is unable to provide the necessary attention to primary school students. But a female is suitable as she owns the patience. Naturally, women are better caregivers than men. They can apply this attributive to control the students and care for them. Therefore, I agree with this statement.