IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topic Children
1. Do you think children today are happier?
No, I really don’t think kids today are happier: Look at their heavy bags and tight schedule!
Kids nowadays have to worry about many things that are not suitable for their age. For example, they face tremendous academic pressure already, having to attend many ‘interest classes’ and learn many extra-curriculum skills such as the piano, martial art, dancing and so on. I think they are over-burdened and miserable. Children in the past didn’t have so many resources, hence less pressure.
2. Why do kids today have to attend ‘interest classes”?
Well, I think the primary reason is that the parents have very high expectations of their kids. Today most families have only one child, so the child is the apple in the parents’ eye.
They want their kid to be the best, so that they can outperform the other kids in the fierce competition. But there are also children who take these courses out of true interest.
3. Do you think these ‘interest classes’ should be taken as an indispensable part of the educational system?
I think interest classes should remain what they are, interest-oriented. Children take these courses because they are really interested in certain subjects and want to learn more. They get fun from these classes and have no pressure or burden. If we make them compulsory, it is inevitable that they will be graded or imposed onto some children who are not interested in them. If so, these interest classes will lose its original significance.
4. What can these classes bring to children?
In my opinion, taking such classes is quite good for children’s physical and psychological development. For example, if the child loves football, he can sign up for a football training class that enables him to practice football on a regular basis. Gradually he can build up his body and be better and better at football. If the child is fond of music, she can join the singing choir or play an instrument, which can help develop the child’s artistic talent. So I think interest classes are very beneficial to children’s general development.
|tight schedule||a small amount of time to do something||That is a very tight schedule and a very difficult timetable to fulfil.|
|extra-curriculum ( adj) /ˌek.strə.kəˈrɪk.jə.lər/||An extracurricular activity or subject is not part of the usual school or college course.||Popular extracurricular activities include pottery, chess, choir, tennis, and swimming.|
|martial (n) /ˌmɑː.ʃəl ˈɑːt/||a sport that is a traditional Japanese or Chinese form of fighting or defending yourself||Kung fu and karate are martial arts.|
|over-burdened ( adj) /ˌoʊ·vərˈbɜr·dənd/||having too much to carry, contain, or deal with.||We’re trying to stop development in areas with overburdened roads and schools.|
|outperform (v) /ˌaʊt.pəˈfɔːm/||to perform better or do better than someone or something||Technology stocks are outperforming the rest of the market.|
|choir /kwaɪər/||a group of people who sing together||He sings in the church choir.|
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