Taking a Gap Year Before University

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 21, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

A gap year is when someone decides to take a year off from studying to do something else, typically travelling. In recent years taking a gap year has become very popular especially before starting university. Young people will often spend a year living in a different country or travelling around the world experiencing different places and cultures. Most people consider a gap year to be a beneficial thing to do, but maybe there are in fact some drawbacks to taking such a long break from their studies.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • gap (noun)
  • drawback (noun)
  • spend (verb)
  • take off (phrasal verb)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • travel (verb)
  • break (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Is it better for students to take a gap year before going to university?
  • Did you take a gap year? If not, would you have liked to?
  • What are the benefits of taking a gap year?
  • What do you think is the best way to spend a gap year?
  • What are the drawbacks of taking a gap year?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.