Sunday, November 24, 2013

School Around the World - ESL Worksheet

Good Morning & Happy Monday!

Today's worksheet is about school around the world. Students read about school in America, Saudi Arabia, and Japan. I had no idea that Japanese students spend so much time in school!

This article complements an article from Q Skills Special Edition Intro. However, the worksheet can be used in most any high-beginner, low-intermediate classroom. The Q Skills Special Edition series seems to be popular here. I've had a chance to look at this series and find that I quite like it. The articles are interesting and the activities are generally relevant to the reading.

Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

cartoon image of diverse students

School Around the World

How much time do you spend in school? People around the world go to school at different times. Yet most people feel that they spend too much time in school. Here are three students from three different countries. Their schools are different. Yet the students want to spend less time at school and more time on fun!

United States

John goes to a public school in the United States, so it is free. Most people in America go to public school. There are no uniforms in public school. John starts school at 7:45 a.m. and finishes at 3:30 p.m. He has a lunch break at 1:00 p.m. After school, John stays for an hour for club work. He has a different club every day. John has theatre on Monday and Wednesday, and he plays football the rest of the week. John often gets home at 5:00 p.m. He has football practice on the weekend. John also goes to a religious school on Sunday morning. He does not get homework at Sunday School.

Saudi Arabia

Reem is from Saudi Arabia. She starts school at 6:30 a.m. School lasts until 1:00 p.m. Reem gets home around 1:30 p.m. Reem does not go to any clubs at school, but she goes to a religious school two days a week. She has homework for both schools.  Reem also studies with a tutor most days of the week. She has many exams and subjects to study for. Schools in Saudi Arabia have two terms. Reem wears a uniform at school. Like many people in Saudi Arabia, Reem goes to a private school. Her parents pay for her school, and Reem brings her own lunch.


Yoko goes to school in Japan. She attends school six days a week. Yoko goes to a public school, but her parents pay for it. Public schools cost less than private school. Yoko has a long day at school. When she gets to school, she takes off her shoes and puts on slippers. Slippers help to keep the school clean.  Yoko has a lunch period.  She talks quietly with her friends during lunch. After lunch, students clean up the cafeteria. Yoko stays in her classroom most of the day. She and her classmates clean their classroom at the end of each day. Most days after school, Yoko goes to a club. She tutors other students during math club. Yoko gets home around 5:30 p.m. After dinner, Yoko goes to a cram school for more lessons. She finishes around 8:00 p.m.

Thank you for visiting!
Faiza Raintree

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At August 24, 2016 at 6:06 PM , Blogger Silvia Jacinto said...

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