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Young people studying


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For many children, an afternoon of studying after they arrive home from school is common practice. The amount of work that children and teenagers have to do outside of school seems to be increasing every year. While some argue that this is beneficial for children as it allows them to learn more, giving them greater opportunities in life, others argue that children are missing out on a childhood that they believe should be filled with fun, games and outdoor activities.

The topic of education comes up regularly in the the FCE (B2 First) exam where you could have to answer questions related to education in any part of the speaking paper. This question and the additional questions below focus on the type of questions that candidates may be asked in part 4 of the speaking paper.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. You can click ^ next to each word to open a new window with the defintion
  • affect (verb)
  • as a result of (idiom)
  • educate (verb)
  • education (noun)
  • stress (noun)
  • when it comes to (phrase)
  • easily (adverb)

The question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.

Do young people spend too much time studying?

Do young people spend too much time studying?

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Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Young people studying
  • Do you think children study more nowadays than they did in the past?
  • When do you think is the best time of the day to study?
  • What subjects are most important for students to study at school?
  • How important is it for children to study at home after school?
  • What are the best study techniques for learning a language?
  • Do you think children should spend time studying during the weekend?

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