Sunday, 30 August 2015


You have read an online article about changes in the types of subject taught at secondary schools. The article says that some traditional subjects may no longer be taught at school. Four of the subjects discussed are mentioned below, along with some of the readers’ comments. 220-260 words 
‘Why do we need to know the names of rivers and mountains around the world?’
‘It’s all about the past. At schools, we need to be focussing on the future.’

Write an essay discussing TWO of the subjects mentioned above. You should explain why you think these subjects should continue to be taught at secondary schools, giving reasons to support your answer. ( Task from: )


Pre-writing reflection/tips

TIPS: Paragraph 1: Introduce + present your opinion clearly. Read task, it says: You should explain why you think these subjects should continue to be taught at secondary schools

This means you need to write an essay: In favour of Geography and History, giving reasons to support your answer. Before you write ask yourself the following question: Why is it important to learn geography and history? And think of some arguments.


Our socierty is changing. Lately we are asking ourselves about the education of our children, trying to figure out whether subjects such as geography and history are still relevant. In the following essay, I intend to make clear my position in favour of those subjects, which I consider undoubtly very important. 

First of all I would like to state that knowing about Geography is a signal of culture and education. It is true that we have no need to memorise the names of all the rivers in the world, but certainly being able to name the capitals of the countries is well-worth general knowledge. In order to make gegraphy more attractive to children, we could make use of more appealing subjects such as information technology. With the help of computer programmes, games and APPs the whole process of learning about the world, can be made even ejoyable.

Secondly, I would like to state that History helps people to understand their own future. “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it”, says a famous saying. Obviously, it refers basically to tragic historical events rather then to happy life times. Knowing about the march of history, dates and personalities, and above of all, understanding the evolution of human development would prevent us from repeating errors and wars, and give us a clearer vision of the future.

Finally, I would like to say that not all students at secondary school are aware of the importance of these subjects, but it is our mission as teachers and parents to speak about it.

Sent by Natasha 
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