TOPIC 1 Say what makes a person educated. What do you think can help you to be successful in your studies? How can you aquire a good knowledge of different subjects? Each of us has to study at school. Only school can make a person educated. School teaches us moral values, helps to understand ourselves better and make our own decisions. Thats why school plays one of the greatest roles in everyones life. Its often at school that we learn to make friends and get on with other people. A students experience at school can influence how he or she relates to the rest of the society. The kind of education a student receives will of course influence his or her job prospects. Besides, it offers many opportunities for many kinds of activities. So schools are often responsible for producing the citizens of tomorrow. Besides school introduces us to different sorts of people, it makes us polite and well-behaved and helps us to use our free time sensibly. And, which is most important, it teaches us about our country, its history, culture and its present-day place in the world, because an educated person contributes more to the rest of the society and education on the other hand gives a person the prospect for professional advance. Taking part in all kinds of contests, making reports and holding discussions give us opportunities to develop speaking skills and explore new ideas. The scientific knowledge, which pupils get at their lessons of chemistry, biology and physics will be valuable to them. The activities of the school day afford different opportunities for pupils to participate in sports and in some useful work. They give opportunities for deeper study, for exercising speech , for making a wall newspaper, for developing our talents for paintings , music, drama and so on. These opportunities for practice are with us all day and every day. In Russia there is a nine year compulsory education, but to enter a university one has to study two years more. I consider this system of education to be quite good: those who fill with studies can go working or in special places to learn this or that profession. Others, more diligent pupils continue their studies to get a higher education and to enter university. Still there is always place for improvement. For example, pupils want uniform at schools not to be compulsory or they want more educational excursions to be arranged. But it is not a secret that studying at school isnt easy so we have to face lots of problems. Nobody is good at everything without making any efforts. Good work habits, constant study and a good memory help us to acquire a serious knowledge of some subject. We should take any opportunity of speaking English if you want to improve your conversational skills. Diligent work, additional reading and responsibility can help us to pass examination successfully. We will need someones parents advice and daily practice and a friends help and support to cope with a difficult subject. We need all this to become an educated person to become personalities, because an educated person is one who knows a lot about many things. Knowledge is power, light and wealth.