Let's start working on the question about economic progress from last week's lesson. The first thing to do is plan your structure and think of some ideas:
- Introduce the topic of measuring a country's success. Then answer that several factors can be considered, and education is the most important (this was the opinion of my students).
- Other factors: 1) Education for development of the country, jobs, people will be more civilized, fewer social problems, less crime e.g. Scandinavian countries. 2) Personal freedom / rights e.g. religion, free speech, political views, gender, race, privacy. 3) Health i.e. good health system, living standards, life expectancy e.g. Japan.
- Education is the main factor: education has an effect on all other factors. It affects health - there will be more doctors, more research, medical discoveries; educated people tend to be healthier. It also affects the economy - better work force, more creation of jobs, companies. Prestigious schools and universities attract people from other countries.
- Conclude by summarising these ideas.
Next week we'll look at the introduction and conclusion.