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Exercise: Dual education is making a comeback

This exercise is linked to the article: Dual education is making a comeback

This exercise is linked to the article: Dual education is making a comeback


Warm up questions:
1. What does the Education Ministry do?
2. What are the differences between grammar schools and secondary vocational schools?

Key words: allocate, amendment, apply, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, donation, drop, dual education, Education Ministry, engineering, fade, forestry, implement, lacking, mining, metallurgy, pertain, pupils, scheme, scholarship, scholarship – academic/social, silicates, stipulate, subsidiary, technical specialisations, vocational school, premises,

I.Reading comprehension:
TITLE: New school year brought changes (box article)
1. Can a student with an average of 2.40 apply for a grammar school?
2. Why does the social scholarship application process no longer require income from a donations report anymore?
3. What will happen with a ninth grade student who does not attend their test on April 8?
4. What would attract more students to the technical specialisations at universities?
5. How will the accreditation rules of universities change?

II. Explain the following terms:
Scholarship
Vocational school
Technical specialisation
Engineering

III. Where can you study the following subjects in Slovakia? Is it a secondary school or university programme?
Engineering, mining, forestry, metallurgy, customer management,

Discussion:
1. Several new specialisations were added, such as protection of people and property from fire, customer management at the post office, forestry and forest management. What do you think are the kind of skills/competences that are developed in these programs? What kind of jobs can the graduates apply for?
2. Out of all of the subjects offered by your school, choose 3 that you think are the most important for you towards your future career/life. Give reasons why!
3. Do you think that high school students should be able to choose the subjects they want to study themselves? What are the possible advantages and disadvantages of this?
4. How would you improve education at your school?

Further activities/homework
Task: think of a job/career that you would like to have. Find out the information about what you must do in order to get that job (skills, characteristics, education, experience...). Make a short presentation, where you address the following points:
1. Short description of the job.
2. Why have I chosen it?
3. What qualification and skills do I need and where can I get them?
4. What is the situation in the industry – job opportunities, salary, benefits?
5. What perspectives does the job offer for the future?

Video - dual education in Germany https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jor_1iGmlc
Watch the video. What is the main idea behind dual education?

Questions about the main article:
For lower level students, give three options
A. lose connection between the firms and schools
B. education in two languages
C. prioritising technical subjects at school

What is the main advantage of dual education?

1. Name three firms that are already involved in the dual education scheme!
(MIBA Steeltec, ZKW Slovakia, PanklcAutomotive Slovakia and HTP Slovakia Vráble)

2. “In all, 33 students have started studying in two pilot classes and each of these firms has their own students who undergo practical training there.” Pilot classes mean:
A. flying lessons in an airplane
B. initial lessons that start the project
C. lessons for the news students
D. theoretical knowledge for the pilots
(B)

3. What is the balance between theory and practice in the first year of the Young Stars project?
(40 to 60)

4. What is Martin Pitorák's position?
(Vice-president for human relations in the US Steel company)

5. What are the three key priorities of the Education Ministry?
The development of secondary vocational schools, the national system of qualifications (whose ambition is to lay out 1,000 qualifications and define the basic skills and knowledge required for certain professions) and modernising primary schools.

This exercise is published as part of Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator with the support of Petit Academy Foundation and Orange Foundation.

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