- Did you like reading books when you were a child?
- What was your favorite book when you were a child?
- success /suhk-SES/
- typical /TIP-i-kuhl/
- experience /ik-SPEER-ee-uhns /
- appear /uh-PEER/
- primary school /PRAHY-mer-ee skool/
[noun] – the achieving of the results wanted or hoped for
The movie was a great success.
[adjective] – showing all the characteristics that you would usually expect from a particular group of things
This painting is typical of his work.
[noun] – something that happens to you that affects how you feel
The best way to learn is through experience.
[verb] – to seem
You have to appear excited when you see her.
[noun] – in the U.S., a school for children between five and nine years old, or an elementary school
We were classmates at primary school.
Since early exposure to language is seen as essential for a child’s future success, it is becoming more typical for preschools to start teaching kids the basics of literacy even before they start formal education. Not everyone enjoys leaving early. Around the age of six, formal education can begin in many countries. Finland, which is renowned for having the best-structured educational system in the world, starts school at age seven. Despite this apparent gap, Finnish students outperform their US and UK peers in reading comprehension at the age of 15. The kindergarten years in Finland are less academically focused and more play-oriented.
A 2002 study indicated that too formal learning may have prevented growth and that more dynamic, child-initiated early learning experiences appear to have benefited children’s eventual academic success. Pushing kids too early can backfire as they enter the later primary school years, the study’s findings show.
True or False:
- In many countries, children as young as four are taught to read and write.
- Early exposure to language is seen as essential for a child’s future success.
- Japan is renowned for having the best-structured educational system in the world.
- Finnish pupils outperform their US and UK peers in reading comprehension at the age of 7.
- Pushing kids too early can backfire as they enter the later primary school years.
Fill in the blanks:
- It ______ that changes should be done.
- To know how to wait is the great secret of ______.
- They plan to recreate a ______ English village in Japan.
- ______ enrolment will peak this year.
- It was the worst ______ of her life.