May to August 2019 IELTS Speaking Topic #56 Describe a subject you didn’t like before but have interest in now

Describe a subject you didn’t like before but have interest in now.
You should say: what it was
when you studied the subject
why you didn’t like it before
and explain why you have interest in it now.

I’d like to talk about Maths, which is now my favorite subject. I have studied Maths since I was even in kindergarten. At that time I acquired the principles of simple calculation. However, to be honest, I didn’t like it until I went to middle school.

Now let me tell you why I hated Maths in the past. You know before middle school, Maths that students learn at school is all about calculation. As a result, we have to do lots of repeated and similar calculation exercises every day. I really hated those exercises because doing them was quite boring. In addition, when I was in primary school, my Maths teacher was by no means gentle. On the contrary, she lost her temper regularly and if you made mistakes she would be quite angry and blame you instead of teaching you with patience. As a result, Maths was like nightmare to me.

However, things changed after I became a student of middle school. I found out that the world of Maths was complex and the context was far more than calculation. I was attracted by functions and geometry. It was really interesting to draw curves for each function and to discover the properties and feature of triangle, rectangle, circle and other shapes. Now I have learnt Maths for more than 15 years and I get to know that maths is useful in many areas. For example, I am majored in Economics and thanks to Maths, equilibrium of the market in different situations can be found by shifting the curves and calculating that point in economic models. I think the process of applying maths to specific cases is really cool, so now I love it so much.

Part 3

Do you think teachers have a great influence on students` studies?
Yes, I do. Teachers are people who impart various knowledge to you and more importantly, they teach us how to tell right from wrong. Especially when we were in kindergarten and primary school, teachers told us lots of rules so that we can always behave properly and have a moral compass. In addition, teachers are set as models for students and students tend to mimic what teachers do. This is also why each school requires teachers to be kind and moral. So, to conclude, teachers really play an important role in our life.

Do you think students should have the right to choose the subject they like in university? Why or why not?
Yes I do. Actually because of the compulsory education, all of us have already learnt every basic subject including physics, chemistry, history and so on. In this case, university students have already known the field that they are interested in. In my opinion, university should be a place where students can acquire professional knowledge of a specific field instead of learning lots of things but not deeply enough. Therefore, I support the idea that students should have the right to choose subjects they really want to learn. By doing so, they can study happily and spend all of their time on things they like indeed.

Do you think students should spent more time on one subject or equally spend time on all subjects?
Well I think it depends on the age of the students. For students of high school or younger, it is better to spend time equally on all subjects. This is because at this stage, they haven’t known the world completely. By learning each subject carefully, students can have a broad knowledge about the world where we live gradually. In addition, if they do not spend time on every subject, chances are that they may miss their favorite subject. However, for students of university or older, more time should be spent on one subject as university is the place where professional knowledge can be acquired and improved. In this case, more time should be spent on the core subject that is related to the student’s major.

What subject do you think will be important in the future?
In my opinion subjects related to science such as physics and chemistry. This is because modern science and technology plays a more and more important role in our life. It is because of lots of new invention that our life standard is improved. For example, nowadays we will not get lost thanks to the function of satellite navigation. Many diseases which were fatal in the past can also he healed now. In addition, national defense also has every thing to do with technology level. Therefore it is important to impart knowledge related to science so that the next generation can move even farther and the world can keep developing.

Which subject do you think should be optional/compulsory?
Well as for me, I think mother language of each country should be compulsory. If we cannot have a sound grasp of our mother language, we will have difficulty in communicating with others and gathering information. In addition, language is a key part of culture and I believe it is everyone’s responsible to understand his or her own culture throughly. On the other hand, subjects related to art should be optional. Of course art is important which help students to cultivate a sense of beauty. However, it is torturing to force people who are poor at art to draw pictures or sing songs. Therefore, I think these subjects should not be compulsory.

How do people get information about science?
Well it depends. For children, knowledge of science mainly comes from books, parents and teachers. As for adults, they prefer to use the internet to know about the world and nature. Nowadays, there are lots of free lectures given by famous professors available online, which is a good way to acquire knowledge. Also, sometimes, new invention or discovery would also be reported on newspapers and on tv programs and this is also a source of information about science for people who check news regularly.

How can schools improve their science teaching?
First of all, schools can train science teachers regularly. By doing so, professional knowledge of each teacher can be improved. Meanwhile, schools should provide teachers with chances where they can share teaching experience with each other so that teachers can design the context of the class as well as homework in a more proper way. In addition, it is more important to inspire the interest of students in science. By doing so, students would be eager to have science classes. Adding more experiences into lectures and taking students out of school to observe plants and animals are good ways.

Do you think boys do better in science than girls? Why?
No, I don’t think so. I think whether a person is good at science has nothing to do with gender. There are also lots of famous female scientists such as Mrs. Curie. Actually I believe everyone has one or more fields that he or she is good at. What really matters is that you should try your best to find out the field and then work hard on it to be outstanding.

Is there a lot of girls interest in science subjects? Why?
Of course there are lots of girls who are interested in science. I think whether a person has an interest in science has nothing to do with gender. In my opinion, interest of everyone is destined even before birth because of DNA. Also you may change your interest after birth because of other’s influence on you. For example, if your favorite singer likes to play the piano, then chances are that you also want to learn how to play it. Therefore, it is not strange that girls also like science.

What should we do to learn science very well? Why?
First of all, we should cultivate our interest in science. Try to accept it as interesting rather than boring and bothering. It is impossible for anyone to learn a subject well if you hate it. Then, it is also important to always follow teachers at class so that we can understand those complex principles and theories thoroughly. Lastly, we should always keep curious. That is whenever we find out a natural phenomenon that we can’t understand we should turn to teachers or the internet for help. In this way we can have a broad knowledge about science gradually thus improving ourselves.

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