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In recent years, there has been a growing debate about the most effective way of teaching students. Some argue that traditional classroom settings are the best approach, while others believe that modern classrooms offer a better learning experience. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.


Lead into the topic

– State your opinion clearly: There is not one best method that fits everyone.

Body 1 – discuss: traditional method

– First: not require much money, necessary for poor areas. Ex: relief camps, remote villages

– Second: effective for many students

Body 2 – discuss: modern method

– First: the best for young learners, fun activities, social skills

– Second: necessary for distant learning. Ex: covid-19


– Summarize ideas in the 2 body paragraph

– Restate your opinion.


– Criticism from /ˈkrɪtɪsɪzəm frəm/: chỉ trích từ ai đó

– The age-old knowledge /ðiːˌeɪdʒˈəʊld ˈnɒlɪdʒ / : kiến thức lâu đời

– Merit (n.) /ˈmerɪt/: giá trị

– Monetary investment /ˈmʌnɪtri ɪnˈvestmənt/: tiền đầu tư

– Underprivileged areas /ˌʌndəˈprɪvəlɪdʒd eəriə/: vùng khó khăn

– Lack of /læk ɒv/: thiếu thứ gì đó

– Charitable assistance /ˈtʃær.ə.tə.bəl əˈsɪstəns/: hỗ trợ từ thiện

– Kind-hearted (adj.) /ˌkaɪnd ˈhɑːtɪd/: tốt bụng

– Temporary education /ˈtemprəri ˌedʒuˈkeɪʃn/: học trong thời gian ngắn

– Relief camp 👎 /rɪˈliːf kæmp/: trạm cứu trợ

– Remote mountain villages /rɪˈməʊt ˈmaʊntən ˈvɪlɪdʒ/: vùng núi, vùng sâu vùng xa

– Point out (phrasal verb) /pɔɪnt aʊt/: chỉ ra

– Facilitate (v) /fəˈsɪləˌteɪt: thuận tiện, dễ dàng

– Visual learners: /ˈvɪʒ.u.ə ˈlɜː.nər/: người học qua hình ảnh

– Auditory learners /ˈɔːdətri ˈlɜːnə(r)/: người học qua âm thanh

– Charismatic teacher /ˌkærɪzˈmætɪk ˈtiːtʃə(r)/: giáo viên lôi cuốn

– Simple traditional teaching method = the conventional way of teaching: phương pháp dạy truyền thống

– Cost-effective and productive /ˌkɒst ɪˈfektɪv ənd prəˈdʌk.tɪv/: hiệu quả về chi phí và năng suất

– Innovative method = modern method (n): phương pháp sáng tạo, đổi mới

– Teach from a distance (v): day tu xa = distant method (n): phương pháp đào tạo từ xa

– Grasp (v) /ɡrɑːsp/: hiểu biết, am hiểu

– Engage in (v): tham gia vào cái gì đó

– Cooperative task /kəʊˈɒp.ər.ə.tɪv tɑːsk/ (n): các nhiệm vụ, hoạt động cùng hợp tác


The conventional way of teaching where a teacher lectures to dozens of students has been met with criticism from people favoring new classroom settings. As far as methods are concerned, I believe that there is not one which fits all and that each class should be able to make their own choice regarding what is the best for them.

On the one hand, the age-old knowledge delivery style has certain merits. First, it does not require large monetary investments besides some basic tools for teachers. Any room with tables, chairs and a chalkboard can be turned into a learning environment. Thus, many underprivileged areas, despite their lack of funding, can still educate their children while waiting for charitable assistance. To be more specific, places like relief camps and remote mountain villages need this kind of simple classrooms where any kind-hearted volunteer without professional background can help provide temporary education. Secondly, it is the simplicity that has been working for generations of students. Research may point out that various technological devices are necessary for facilitating visual and auditory learners. However, there are many classes where a charismatic teacher can make students laugh, learn and focus with just his or her passionate delivery. Therefore, we cannot deny the reality that simple traditional teaching methods are both cost-effective and productive.

On the other hand, recent innovative methods are undoubtedly superior in other settings, including children classes and those taught from a distance. For young learners, it is against the science to make them sit still and listen to an adult stranger talking boring details on subjects whose significance is beyond their grasp. What they need for absorption is stimulation from fun activities, games, videos and challenges. Moreover, they should engage in cooperative tasks to not only access the knowledge but also develop vital social skills such as communication and leadership, all of which are not easily found in traditional classrooms. Another application for new ways of conducting a class is distance learning. Reality has shown that when quarantine from an infectious disease is enforced, the education sector must seek to integrate technology and train teachers novel methods of conveying knowledge to students through screens.

In conclusion, I believe the best teaching method can only be singled out after considering a range of factors like funding, available workforce and students specific needs. This means there is not one all-round method to cater to all students from varying backgrounds. Therefore, whether the method should be traditional or modern depends on the specific condition of the class.

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