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  1. Cooperative method of teaching ( past and present )
  2. Schools/boarding schools ( pros and cons of living in a boarding school, different lessons )
  3. For/Against exams
  4. Describe school building, classroom
  5. Problems at school, punishment
  6. Ideal teacher/pupil
  7. How do students study?What is mature of studying?( light, weather, smell, environment,...)
  8. Why do students cram?
  9. Slovak/British system of education


  1. Past: The idea remains that students are empty containers which the teacher fills with knowledge, and that all students have to do is listen and write.
  2. Present: The teacher´s role is not to feed students with informations. The facts are available in libraries, on the Internet,...What students need are the skills to find this information, to use it and to think creatively in order to solve the problems of our world.
  3. For: exams encourage students to try harder, to learn, you find out if you really know it, exams are quick,...
    Against: exam results may depend on how you feel on a particular day, exams makes students very nervous,...
  4. School- large building with a few floors, often with a sportsground attached; cloakrooms with student´s lockers, a boiler room, a school canteen, a snackbar, a gymnasium; long hallways, teacher´s offices, laboratories, head´s office, a school library, toilets,...
    Classroom- rows of schooldesks and chairs with two aisles in between, a blackboard, chalks, a sponge, wash-basin, a mirror, a waste-paper basket, overhead projector, maps, notice-boards,...
  5. Problems: bullying, bed marks, bed behaviour,...
  6. Ideal teacher: enthusiastic, demanding, patient, conscientious, with a sense of humour, ...
    Ideal pupil: hardworking, gifted, talented, ambitious, well-behaved, disciplined,...

container = nádoba
alien = cudzí
encourage = podporovať
bring out = rozvíjať
layout = usporiadanie
assumption = domnienka
merely = len, iba
tear sb´s hair out = trhať si vlasy
couch = pripravovať
créches = jasličky
kindergarten/nursery school = škôlka
basic school
primary school
secondary school - grammar = comprehensive
-business, hotel academy
-teacher training
universities/colleages – faculty of law, pharmacy, arts, nature sciences, physical education and sports, humanities, political studies, education, architecture, gardening and landscape engineering, psychology, music and dance, fine arts and design, performing arts, economy, agriculture engineering

boarding school
private/comprehensive school
state/public school
co-educational school
single-sex school

dean = dekan
rector = profesor
chancelor = predstavený

compulsory subjects = povinné predmety
optional subjects = výberové predmety
subjects : arithmetic, reading, writing, physics, typing, history, cookery, handcraft, metal work

put up/raise one´s hand = hlásiť sa
call out/on = vyvolať
carry out a test
sit for exam = spraviť skúšku
board = skúšobná komisia
asses = zhodnotiť
get marks, grades, credits

overhead projector = meotar

entrance test
final examination
achievement test
replacement test
leaving examination
graduation examination

written test
oral test


  • good marks motivate you
  • knowledge is more important than good marks
  • marking is sometimes subjective – mainly in oral tests
  • students can´t devote time to the subject they like = worse marks in this subject
  • students have very bad timetable – we go to school at dark and go from school at dark too
  • students can´t prepare = it´s impossible when you come home from school at 4 pm to study

crib = opisovať, ťahák
lockers = zamykacie skrinky
porter´s room/gate keeper´s room = vrátnica
headmaster´s office = riaditeľňa
cram = bifľovať sa
answer back = odvrávať


-shouldn´t study the night before the test and in the morning of the test
-breakfast can stimulate our brain

-portraits of scientists
-flowers, plants
-small bookcase
-teacher´s desk and chair
-TV, video recorder
-students aren´t well motivated
-they are lazy, don´t try to do their best
-in the past the opportunity to study was the privilege
-problems among students = dividing into social classes, girls´ class – boys´ class, different chart of values
-generation gap among teachers and students
-subjective marking
-children are more cheekier than in the past and they are used to make more fun than is required in school, they usually misbehave and talk aback( odvrávať )
-they are inattentative, some of them skip classes and don´t keep up with others
-they are undisciplined, don´t follow the rules = changing shoes, be on time for lessons, behave impolite, smoke in a school building, greating
-they play truant, cut classes, skip school, shirk = bad marks, punishment, can be excluded/expelled from school, threatened with exclusion
-bulling outsiders, for snack, for girls, for money
-fighting between school gangs or classmates

-make children confined with them
-speak with collective more
-scold children
-give children an extra work
-keep a rigid discipline
-children should be kept in detention( po škole )
-admonish children( napomínať )
-summon parents to school
-call students to headmaster´s room
-establish a friendly relationship – students can feel relaxed and confident
-understand students´ individual need
-encourage children to be creative
-give children a lot of praise and support
-attend refresher courses( doplnkové kurzy )
-spend time preparing lessons thoroughly( dôkladne )
-keep up with update( držať krok s dobou )


  1. Types of schools : state free of charge, private – fees, church free of charge
  2. Stages : pre-schools = créches(up to 3), nursery/kindergartens(3-6) , primary – basic/elementary – 2 stages = grades 1-4, grades 5-9 , secondary(15-19) , postsecondary( non-university ) , higher = colleges, universities


  1. Types of schools : private/public , state , church
  2. Stages : pre-school = créches, kindergartens/nursery schools(3-4) , compulsory education/full-time education(5-16) = A)primary school – infant(5-7), junior(7-11) B)secondary education(11-16)- can last up to 18( GCSE ) , academic form of study lead to finals , universities
  3. Exams : at 16 – general , certificate of secondary , education GCSE – O-level(ordinary/comprehensive) , at 18 – general – A-level(advance)

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