B2 – Upper Intermediate
Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Despite the benefits derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess or free child-centered play.
Read the article further and be able to discuss the following questions:
- Do you agree that children should spend most of their day studying?
- Some people say that children who have piano, soccer, and other activities become smart adults. What you opinion about this?
- What’s a good balance between study and play for children? Why do you think so?
- How important are tests for children? Do tests accurately measure a child’s intelligence, skills, and/or abilities.Why do you think so?
- What is the education system like in your home country? Please explain.
- How can the education system in your home country be improved? Please explain.