How To Talk About Your School In English

How To Talk About Your School In English-min

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Talking about your school in English could be a common topic of conversation.

Or maybe part of the IELTS test if you are preparing for that.

But whatever your needs, this guide will show you exactly how to talk about your school in English.

Dive right in…

How To Talk About Your School In English (1)

Vocabulary for Describing Your School — The Basics

First things first.

Let’s look at some basic words and phrases about school and school life.

Below you can find most of the words and phrases you will need to describe your school

All the words and phrases have example sentences below. You should practice these by speaking them out loud.

Do this regularly and you will definitely see improvement in your English speaking skills!

Academic Facilities

The academic facilities are the physical spaces that are used in schools by the teachers and students. The buildings and spaces in the school.




Classroom: Noun. A room in a school or educational institution where a teacher teaches and students learn.

Of course, your school has classrooms. These are the rooms where all the classes take place.

Below are some sentences you can use to talk about classrooms in English.


Can you believe how hot it gets in our classroom during the summer?


I always sit near the window in the classroom to get some natural light.


The walls of our classroom are covered with colourful posters to make it more inviting.


Our classroom is a bit small, but we manage to fit all our desks and chairs in.


It’s amazing how technology has changed the way we learn in the classroom.


Hey, do you know where the classroom for the maths test is? I can’t find it anywhere!


I left my backpack in the classroom yesterday, and luckily it was still there when I went back for it.


The classroom was so noisy during the group activity that the teacher had to remind everyone to keep their voices down.


In my school, the classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and comfortable seating.


In our modern classrooms, each student has access to a personal computer for interactive learning.


The classrooms are equipped with modern chairs and desks and ample natural light, creating an ideal environment for studying.


Our school believes in active learning, so the classrooms are designed to encourage group discussions and collaborative projects.


The art classroom is a vibrant space filled with easels, paints, and sculptures for students to unleash their creativity.


I appreciate how our classrooms are equipped with audiovisual tools, making lessons more engaging through multimedia presentations.




Library: Noun. A place where books, magazines, and other resources are kept for people to borrow, read, or study.

Most schools have a library. You can find many books in this large room.

Now try the following sentences about the word library.


I spent my entire afternoon at the library, reading a fascinating mystery novel.


The library is a great place to study quietly, especially during exam week.


I borrowed a couple of history books from the library to help with my research project.


Do you know if the library is open on Sundays? I need to return these books.


I often lose track of time when I’m exploring the shelves in the library.


Our school library boasts an extensive collection of both fiction and non-fiction books.


The library is a quiet sanctuary where students can immerse themselves in a world of knowledge and exploration.


Our school library offers online databases in addition to physical books, ensuring access to a wide range of resources.


The librarians are always ready to assist students in finding the right materials for their research projects.


During exam weeks, the library extends its hours to accommodate students seeking a peaceful space for focused study.


I love spending time in the reading corner of the library, engrossed in my favourite novels.




Laboratory: Noun. A special room or facility equipped with tools, instruments, and equipment for scientific experiments, research, and practical learning.

The laboratory — or lab for short — is used for science classes. The lab might have more specialised equipment that the teachers and students may need for the physics, chemistry or biology classes.

Practice the examples below.


We conducted an interesting chemistry experiment in the lab today, and it was quite successful.


The lab can be a bit intimidating with all the advanced equipment, but the teacher is really helpful.


I accidentally spilt a chemical in the lab during our chemistry class, but luckily my classmate helped me to clean it up quickly.


Our physics lab requires us to record precise measurements to analyse the data accurately.


Working in the lab allows us to apply the theories we learn in class to real-world scenarios.


I spend a lot of time in the chemistry laboratory, conducting experiments and learning practical skills.


The biology laboratory is equipped with microscopes and specimens for hands-on exploration of living organisms.


In the chemistry lab, we do experiments that not only teach us the concepts of chemistry, but also develop our practical skills.


Our physics lab has advanced equipment that allows us to perform experiments to understand the laws of motion.



Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall: A designated indoor space, often within a school, intended for gatherings, meetings, performances, lectures, and other communal activities.

When I was at school, we had to go to the big assembly hall every morning where the headmaster or other teachers would tell us some important information.

Do you have an assembly hall?

Look at the example sentences below.


Our assembly hall is where we gather every morning for the school announcements.


I like the assembly hall because it’s big and can fit all the students and teachers.


We had a really fun dance performance in the assembly hall last week.


The assembly hall is also used for important meetings with the principal.


I sometimes feel nervous speaking on the stage in the assembly hall.


The assembly hall has comfortable seats, so it’s nice during long presentations.


We had a science fair in the assembly hall, and all the projects were displayed there.


Our school’s talent show is held in the assembly hall, and it’s always so entertaining.


The assembly hall has a big screen where we watch educational videos.


Sometimes we practice for the school play on the assembly hall stage.


The assembly hall is a bit cold, so I always bring a jacket for longer events.



Lecture Hall

Lecture Hall: Noun. A large room or auditorium in an educational institution where a teacher or professor gives lectures to a group of students.

Your school might have a lecture hall. Not all schools have one of these. But if your school does the sentences below may be useful to you.

Try the sentences below.

The lecture hall was packed with students eager to hear the guest speaker’s presentation.


I always make sure to arrive early for my morning classes in the lecture hall to get a good seat.


The acoustics in the lecture hall are excellent, so even students in the back can hear clearly.


Our professor uses a projector and screen in the lecture hall to display important slides.


I find it easier to concentrate during lectures in the lecture hall rather than in smaller classrooms.


The lecture hall is where we attend large group discussions or debates on complex topics.


The lecture hall provides a great space for guest speakers to share their expertise and insights with all the students and teachers.


Our school’s lecture hall is equipped with cutting-edge audiovisual technology to enhance the learning experience.


The lecture halls are also used for panel discussions and debates, to encourage the students to have intellectual exchange.


I find the large lecture hall ideal for subjects that require in-depth explanations and discussions among all the students and teachers.

Now You Try!

  • Can you describe your school and the rooms or buildings it has?
  • What are the classrooms like in your school?
  • Do they have ‘cutting edge technology’?
  • Do you have a library in your school?
  • Is it well-stocked with a wide selection of books?
  • Do you have science classes in a lab?
  • What kind of equipment do the lab classes have?
  • Is there a lecture hall in your school?
  • What happens there?

Use the above example sentences and try to make sentences of your own.

Describe the academic facilities of your school.

Write the sentences down in your vocabulary notebook.

Then practice by speaking them out loud.

Campus Features

The area where the school is and all the grounds of the school is called a campus. Usually, the school campus provides some other facilities and features for the students to use.



Playground: Noun. An outdoor area designed for recreational activities and play, typically found in schools, parks, or childcare centres.

Usually, a school will have a playground. This is a large area where students can play sports or play games. Or just relax between classes.

Now check out the sentences below about playgrounds.


During recess, the playground is buzzing with kids playing tag and swinging on the swings.


I remember spending countless hours in the playground during my school days.


The new playground equipment they installed last year has made recess time even more enjoyable.


We used to have the best games of soccer in the playground after school.


The playground is a vibrant space where students gather during breaks for games and relaxation.


The playground buzzes with energy during breaks, as students engage in soccer matches, basketball games, and tag.


The playground’s vibrant mural adds an artistic touch to the space, creating a cheerful atmosphere.


During recess, the playground becomes a hub of activity with students playing Frisbee, jumping rope, and socializing.


The swings and jungle gym in the elementary school playground provide a fun and safe environment for younger students.


I often unwind in the serene corner of the playground, enjoying the fresh air and serene surroundings.


Sports Facilities

Sports Facilities: Noun, plural. Physical spaces and amenities designed for various sports and recreational activities.

Some schools these days have excellent sports facilities. Maybe a field for playing football, rugby or cricket.

Or a tennis court for tennis. Maybe a basketball court.

And some schools even have a swimming pool.

What does your school have in terms of sports facilities?

Check out the examples below talking about sports facilities.


Our school’s sports facilities include a gymnasium where we have basketball matches and indoor workouts.


I’m planning to practice my serves at the tennis court this afternoon.


The swimming pool is my favourite spot on hot days at school – it’s so refreshing!


The gymnasium is equipped with treadmills, weights, and exercise machines for a complete workout.


I enjoy playing doubles with my friends on the tennis court after school.


Our school offers state-of-the-art sports facilities, including a gymnasium, tennis courts, and a track.


Our school’s state-of-the-art gym hosts not only basketball games but also fitness classes for students.


The tennis courts are a popular spot for students to improve their racquet skills and engage in friendly matches.


The track around the sports field is where students jog, run, and even organize charity runs for various causes.


Our school’s swimming pool is not only used for physical education classes but also for competitive swimming events.


The multi-purpose sports hall hosts a variety of activities, from indoor soccer matches to dance workshops.



Cafeteria: Noun. A designated dining area in schools, workplaces, or other institutions where people can purchase and consume meals or snacks.

Many schools have a cafeteria. The students need somewhere to eat lunch. Sometimes this place is called a refectory or canteen.

Now try the sentences below.


The cafeteria serves a variety of delicious meals, but I usually go for the pasta.


Let’s meet up in the canteen after class — we can get something to drink and have a chat.


The refectory is a great place to catch up with classmates over lunch.

The cafeteria offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options to cater to different preferences.


I like the warm atmosphere in the canteen, especially during rainy days.


The cafeteria serves a variety of delicious meals, and students often socialize there during lunchtime.


The cafeteria’s diverse menu caters to different dietary preferences, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.


During lunchtime, the cafeteria buzzes with laughter and conversation as students enjoy their meals together.


The cafeteria’s comfortable booths and communal tables provide a comfortable space for students to gather and relax.


Students appreciate the cafeteria’s efforts to source locally grown produce, promoting sustainability and healthy eating.


The cafeteria staff organizes themed food days, introducing students to cuisines from around the world.


Student Lounge

Student Lounge: Noun. A comfortable and informal gathering space within an educational institution, often furnished with seating, tables, and amenities for students to relax, socialize, and unwind.

Speak out loud all the sentences below.


The student lounge is the perfect spot to relax between classes and play some board games.


I often grab a snack and study in the student lounge – it’s a more relaxed alternative to the library.


The student lounge has comfy couches where you can unwind and chat with friends.


I like the vibrant artwork and comfortable seating in the student lounge.


Our school’s student lounge is a hub of activity, with students socializing and working on group projects.


The student lounge is a relaxed area where we can study, unwind, and interact with fellow classmates.


The student lounge is furnished with comfortable couches and bean bags, making it a perfect spot for relaxation between classes.


The lounge offers a variety of board games, creating a social space where students can unwind and have fun.


During exam weeks, the student lounge transforms into a quiet study area, complete with individual study pods.


The student lounge also hosts club meetings and discussions, fostering a sense of community among peers.


I often spend my breaks in the student lounge, catching up on reading or engaging in conversations with friends.

Now You Try!

  • Can you talk about your school campus facilities and features?
  • Is there a playground? Can you describe it?
  • What do people do in the playground?
  • What are the sports facilities in your school like?
  • What kind of sports do the students do there?
  • Can you use the gym after school?
  • How would you describe the cafeteria?
  • Do the students only eat there? Or do other things?
  • Does your school have a student lounge?
  • Can you describe it?

Use the above example sentences and try to make sentences of your own.

Describe the campus features and facilities of your school.

Write the sentences down in your vocabulary notebook.

Then practice by speaking them out loud.

How To Talk About Your School In English (4)

Staff and Personnel

Of course, the school is not just made up of buildings, rooms and other places.

There are people too.

Many different kinds of people work in your school.

Let’s take a look at the staff and personnel that work in the school.



Teacher: Noun. An educator or instructor who imparts knowledge, skills, and guidance to students.

You can’t have a school without teachers! The teachers are an essential part of the school.

Below are some things you can say to talk about the teachers in your school.


My history teacher is really passionate about the subject, and his classes are always engaging.


The teachers at our school go above and beyond to support students in their learning journey.


Ms Johnson is one of my favourite teachers because she makes learning maths fun and understandable.


The teachers are organizing a special event for Teacher Appreciation Week to celebrate their hard work.


Our school has a team of dedicated teachers who inspire us to reach our goals.


The teachers at my school are dedicated people who go the extra mile to support all of us students.


The teachers at our school create a supportive learning environment by offering extra help and personalized guidance.


Our history teacher’s passion for the subject is evident in the engaging stories and anecdotes they share during lectures.


Teachers actively encourage open dialogue, allowing students to ask questions and express their opinions freely.


I’m grateful to my maths teacher for patiently explaining complex algebra concepts until I can fully understand how to do it myself.


Our teachers’ dedication extends beyond the classroom, as they also organize extracurricular activities and clubs.



Principal (or Headmaster): Noun. The chief administrator or leader of an educational institution, such as a school or college.

The person at the head of the school is often called the principal. Or you may know this person as the headmaster.

Now check out the sentences below.


The principal announced a new initiative during the morning assembly to promote environmental awareness.


Our headmaster is known for his motivational speeches during important school events.


The principal’s open-door policy encourages students to share their ideas and concerns.


Our headmaster has been leading the school with a strong vision for academic excellence.


I had the opportunity to meet the principal when I received an award for my achievements in science.


Our principal is approachable and encourages students to voice their opinions and concerns.


Our headmaster is known for actively participating in school events, showing genuine interest in the students’ achievements.


The principal’s leadership style promotes open communication and transparency between the administration and students.


Our headmaster’s initiatives, such as creating a student suggestion box, demonstrate a commitment to improving the school.


The principal’s motivational speeches during school assemblies inspire students to aim high and pursue their passions.


I admire how the headmaster values student feedback and involves us in decision-making processes that affect the school.



Counsellor (or Counselor): Noun. A trained professional who provides guidance, support, and advice to individuals facing personal, emotional, social, or academic challenges.

Counsellor — British spelling.

Counselor — American spelling.

You see many counsellors in schools today. Does your school have these kinds of teachers? They can be very helpful to you.

Look at the examples below and try to speak them out loud.

The school counsellor provides valuable guidance to students facing academic or personal challenges.


I had a talk with the counsellor about my future career options, and it was really helpful.


Our counsellor organizes workshops to help students develop better study skills and time management.


The counsellor’s door is always open if you need someone to talk to about your concerns at school.


I’m grateful for the counsellor’s support during a tough time — they really listened and offered great advice.


The school counsellor provides guidance and support to students facing academic and personal challenges.


The school counsellor plays a pivotal role in providing emotional support and guidance to students during challenging times.


I regularly meet with the counsellor to discuss my academic goals and receive advice on course selection.


The counsellor organizes workshops on stress management and study skills, enhancing students’ overall well-being.


I appreciate how the counsellor creates a safe space for students to share their concerns and receive confidential support.


The counsellor’s guidance helped me navigate career options and make informed decisions about my future.


Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff: Noun, plural. The personnel responsible for managing and supporting the non-academic aspects of an organization, such as schools, universities, or businesses.

The administrative staff are the people that students usually do not see in the school. They work in the offices.

They are sometimes referred to as administration staff or simply admin staff or just admin.

You can try all the sentences below.


The administrative staff at our school work diligently behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.


I had to go to the administration office to get a copy of my test results.


The admin staff is responsible for managing student records and enrolment.


The administrative team plays a crucial role in coordinating school events and activities.


I appreciate how responsive the admin staff is when I have questions about scheduling and registration.


The administrative staff efficiently handle tasks such as enrolment, scheduling, and record-keeping.


The administrative office is where students can obtain information about upcoming events, deadlines, and school policies.


The administrative staff’s friendliness and willingness to assist make the school environment welcoming and inclusive.


I’m impressed by how the administrative staff coordinates school trips and extracurricular activities, adding excitement to our daily lives.

Now You Try!

  • What kind of staff and personnel do you have in your school?
  • What do they all do?
  • What kind of teachers do you have?
  • What subjects do they teach?
  • What do you think of the principal?
  • Does the principal talk to the students often?
  • Does your school have a school counsellor?
  • How does this person help the students?
  • What other kind of staff does the school have?

Use the above example sentences and try to make sentences of your own.

Describe the staff of your school.

Write the sentences down in your vocabulary notebook.

Then practice by speaking them out loud.

How To Talk About Your School In English (5)

Subjects and Courses

We go to school to learn.

And we learn different kinds of subjects and courses while we are at school.

Let’s look at the different kinds of subjects we can learn at school.



Mathematics (Maths): Noun. The systematic study of numbers, quantities, shapes, patterns, and relationships using logic and abstract reasoning.

Maths — British English

Math — American English

Maths is usually an essential subject we learn in school. Maths is used often in our daily lives, so we need to have a certain amount of maths skills.

Try the following sentences below.

Maths has always been a challenging subject for me, but I’m determined to improve my skills.


I find solving equations in maths class to be both rewarding and satisfying.


Maths problems can be like puzzles that require logical thinking to solve.


I’m glad I have a patient teacher who takes the time to explain complex maths concepts.


Practising maths regularly is key to building confidence and proficiency in the subject.


Mathematics is challenging for me, but I appreciate the logical problem-solving skills it develops.


While maths can be quite challenging, I find satisfaction in unravelling complex equations and improving my logical reasoning.


Mathematics pushes me to think critically and approach problems methodically, honing skills that extend beyond the classroom.



English: Noun. A school subject focused on the study of the English language, including its grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading, and communication skills.

If you are in a non-English speaking country, you will no doubt have English classes.

There are English classes in English-speaking countries too.

In English, you have to study new vocabulary and grammar. You also have to develop your skills such as speaking, reading, writing or listening.

Try the examples below.

I enjoy reading English novels to improve my vocabulary and language skills.


Learning English grammar rules can be a bit challenging, but practice makes it easier.


Our English teacher encourages us to engage in discussions to enhance our speaking abilities.


English proficiency is often a requirement for international job opportunities and higher education.


Studying English opens doors to a world of literature, culture, and effective communication.


In English class, we explore the nuances of language through reading, writing, and lively discussions.


Mastering English empowers students to express their thoughts confidently and articulately.


English language skills are essential not only for academic success but also for thriving in a globalized society.


Through the study of English, students enhance their vocabulary, refine their grammar, and develop their critical thinking abilities.


Language or Languages

Language (or Languages): Noun, plural. A school subject that involves the study of a specific language or multiple languages, focussing on their grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing, and speaking skills.

In school, we may study other languages.

In my school, I had to study French and German.

What languages do you study?

Try the example sentences below.

I’m trying to broaden my horizons by studying a foreign language in addition to my native tongue.


Learning about various languages in school helps students appreciate the diversity of human communication.


Studying languages fosters an understanding of different cultures and traditions.


In language classes, students delve into grammar, syntax, and phonetics to master effective communication.


Language courses encourage students to think beyond their native tongue and embrace multilingualism.


Exploring the intricacies of languages equips students with valuable skills for cross-cultural interactions and global collaboration.



Science: Noun. A school subject dedicated to exploring and understanding the natural world through the subjects of chemistry, physics and biology.

You probably study science in your school. Maybe you have separate classes for chemistry, physics and biology.

Try to say all the example sentences below.

I’ve always been curious about the world around me, so studying science is a natural fit for me.


Chemistry experiments in the lab can be exciting, especially when you see unexpected reactions.


Physics has a way of challenging my mind and making me think about how things work in the universe.


Biology class is like a journey through the intricacies of life — from cells to ecosystems.


Exploring different branches of science, like biology, chemistry, and physics, is like unravelling the secrets of the universe for me.


I remember the first time I mixed chemicals in chemistry class — it felt like I was a scientist in my own mini-lab.


Physics formulas might seem daunting, but as I solve problems, I feel like I’m uncovering the mysteries of motion.


Learning about genetics in biology has given me a new perspective on how traits are passed down in my own family.


My interest in science started when I was young, and now I can’t imagine a world without exploring its wonders through chemistry, physics, and biology.


Dissecting a frog in biology class was both fascinating and a bit gross, but it showed me the complexity of life first-hand.


Doing science experiments is like being a mad scientist, and it’s so fun when things bubble and pop!


Science is like magic that explains how everything, from phones to rockets, actually happens.


Mixing stuff in chemistry makes you feel like a kitchen wizard, creating potions and stuff.


The periodic table is like a cheat sheet to help us understand the secrets of elements.


Learning about light and sound in physics is just fascinating to me.


Physics experiments make me feel like I’m discovering the secrets of the universe.


Biology is all about living things — bugs, animals, plants — you name it!


In biology class, we dive into the world of life and what makes living things exist in the world.


In science classes, we conduct experiments and explore the mysteries of the natural world.


In science classes, we delve into hands-on experiments that ignite curiosity and deepen our understanding of the natural world.


Studying science enables us to uncover the wonders of biology, chemistry, and physics through practical exploration.



Literature: Noun. A school subject that focuses on the study and analysis of written works, including novels, poems, plays, and other forms of creative expression.

Do you study the literature of your country in school? It is often considered an important thing to do. To understand the written word of our respective countries.

You can try using the sentences below. Speak out loud!

Exploring different types of literature allows me to dive into diverse worlds and perspectives.


Reading a captivating novel feels like embarking on an unforgettable adventure.


Poetry has a way of expressing emotions in a condensed and powerful form.


Storytelling through literature helps me connect with characters and their journeys.


I’ve always been drawn to literature because it lets me escape into different realities, whether it’s through novels, poetry, or short stories.


When I read a novel, I become so engrossed in the plot that I lose track of time and feel like I’m part of the story.


Poetry has this magical ability to capture feelings and thoughts in just a few lines, making me appreciate the beauty of language.


Sharing my thoughts about a book with friends is one of my favourite ways to engage in conversations about literature and its impact.


Exploring classic literature has introduced me to different eras and cultures, enriching my understanding of history and society.


From reading bedtime stories as a child to analysing complex texts in literature class, my journey with literature has shaped my love for storytelling and words.


Reading novels is like making friends with characters and visiting different worlds.


Literature helps us understand people’s feelings and thoughts — it’s like a window into their minds.


I’m excited to write my own story for the creative writing assignment in literature class.


Analysing classic literature allows us to gain insights into different cultures and historical periods.


Literature discussions encourage us to think critically, analyse character motivations, and explore underlying themes.



History: Noun. A school subject that involves the study of past events, people, societies, and cultures.

Most schools want the students to learn and study the history of their own country. We need to understand where we came from and how we evolved into modern society.

Try to use the examples below.

Learning about history is like piecing together a puzzle of the past to understand the present.


Exploring significant historical events allows me to grasp the context that shaped our world today.


Studying ancient civilizations transports me to a time before modern technology and gives me a new perspective on human development.


History teaches us valuable lessons from the past that can guide us in making informed decisions for the future.


I’ve always been fascinated by history because it’s like exploring a treasure trove of stories, from wars and revolutions to the everyday life of people from different times.


When I delve into historical events, I can see the connections between different eras and understand how they’ve shaped the societies we live in now.


Ancient civilizations like Egypt and Rome captivate me with their achievements and innovations, making me wonder what life was like back then.


The lessons we learn from history’s triumphs and mistakes are vital for navigating the complexities of our modern world.


From visiting historical sites to reading first-hand accounts of events, my passion for history grows as I engage with its rich narratives.


Discussing historical figures and their contributions in class sparks conversations that show how history is more than just dates – it’s the story of humanity itself.


I love learning about ancient civilizations and the crazy things people did way back then.


Studying history is like piecing together a giant puzzle to figure out how we got here.


History is full of heroes, villains, and mind-blowing events that shaped the world we know.


Studying history helps us understand the events that have shaped our world and society.


Studying history is like unravelling a captivating narrative that helps us comprehend the influences that have shaped human civilization.


History classes provide a window into past cultures, conflicts, and societal shifts, enriching our perspective on the present.



Geography: Noun. A school subject that focuses on the study of the Earth’s physical features, landscapes, environments, and the relationships between human societies and their surroundings.

And just as we study the history of our respective countries, we should also study the geography of the country too. The main cities, the rivers, mountains, seas and lakes.

Try to use the sentences below.

Exploring geography is like embarking on a journey around the world without leaving the classroom.


Learning about different landforms, like mountains and rivers, makes me appreciate the diverse landscapes on Earth.


Reading maps and understanding coordinates gives me a sense of direction and helps me navigate both on paper and in real life.


Geography allows me to explore how geography influences cultures, traditions, and ways of life.


Geography has always fascinated me because it’s more than just maps — it’s about understanding how the world’s features and locations interact with each other.


Studying landforms in geography class makes me feel like an explorer discovering the Earth’s hidden wonders, even if I’m just sitting at my desk.


Reading maps isn’t just about finding locations; it’s about deciphering the stories of places and imagining the journeys that happen there.


Exploring the relationship between geography and culture helps me see how the environment shapes the ways people live and adapt.


From learning about climate patterns to discovering the geographic factors behind historical events, geography offers a holistic view of the world’s complexities.


Discussing global issues in geography class makes me realize the interconnectedness of our planet and the importance of responsible stewardship for its diverse regions.


Geography is like exploring the planet without leaving the classroom — from mountains to oceans!


I’m all about maps, countries, and discovering the coolest places on Earth in geography class.


Learning about different climates and cultures in geography feels like planning a worldwide adventure.


Geography teaches us how the Earth’s surface changes over time — it’s like nature’s time-lapse.


Geography classes involve learning about diverse landscapes, cultures, and global interconnectedness.


Through geography, we gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate relationships between people, places, and environments.


Art: Noun. A school subject dedicated to the exploration of creative expression through visual and artistic mediums.

At school, there is a strong emphasis on creative expression via drawing and painting. This is why we have art classes at school.

You can try to use the sentences below.

Art class is where I can let my creativity loose and turn ideas into colourful masterpieces.


I love getting messy with paints and pencils — art is all about expressing myself.


Art is like a magical realm where my imagination runs wild, and my ideas come to life.


Sculpting in art class feels like shaping my own little world out of clay.


I can’t wait to show off my latest art project — it’s like sharing a piece of my heart with everyone.


The art studio is a haven for creativity, where we experiment with various mediums and techniques.


The art studio is a sanctuary where I can freely experiment with various mediums, channelling emotions and creativity into my work.


Art class ignites my imagination and challenges me to think outside the box, fostering self-expression and originality.



Music: Noun. A school subject centred on the study and practice of musical elements, including rhythm, melody, harmony, and composition.

And as we study art, we may also study music as another form of creative expression. Many students learn to play a musical instrument at school.

Try to speak out the sentences below.

Music class is like a jam session where we learn to play awesome tunes and make melodies.


I’m in love with the beats and rhythms we explore in music — it’s like a language of its own.


Playing an instrument feels like casting a spell that makes everyone around groove to the music.


Music connects people in ways words can’t — it’s like a universal high-five of happiness.


I’m stoked for our upcoming concert — making music with friends is the ultimate coolness!


I play the violin in the school orchestra, and music class allows me to express myself through melodies.


Playing the violin in the school orchestra allows me to communicate emotions through melodies and harmonies, transcending language.


In music class, I explore rhythm, composition, and musical theory, unlocking new dimensions of creativity and self-discovery.

Now You Try!

  • What subjects do you study in school?
  • How do you study maths in school?
  • What about English?
  • Or any of the other classes you have?

Use the above example sentences and try to make sentences of your own.

Describe the subjects you study at your school.

Write the sentences down in your vocabulary notebook.

Then practice by speaking them out loud.

Extracurricular Activities

Your school may offer something called extracurricular activities.

These are often things that the students have an active interest in that they can do after school hours.

It could be a sport, drama or a reading club. Or it could be art or photography.

Let’s take a look at the different kinds of extracurricular activities!



Club: Noun. An organized group or activity within a school that is not part of the regular academic curriculum. Clubs provide students with opportunities to pursue specific interests, hobbies, or goals outside of regular classes.

Clubs can be great fun. This is where you can meet up with classmates and pursue an activity that you all enjoy.

Check out the examples below.


Photography Club:

Joining the photography club is like capturing memories in a snap and turning them into art.


In the photography club, we learn to frame the world through a lens and tell stories with images.


Taking photos is like freezing moments in time — it’s like creating our own personal time capsules.


The photography club is where shutterbugs like me gather to share tips and tricks for epic shots.


I can’t wait for our photo exhibit — it’s like showing the world how we see it through our cameras.


I’m a member of the photography club, where we learn about composition and capture stunning images.



Reading Club:

The reading club is where bookworms like me geek out over stories and discuss characters like they’re real.


I’m loving the reading club ’cause we dive into novels and then chat about them like we’re in a secret book club.


The reading club is like a portal to different worlds — I get to explore all sorts of adventures.


Talking about plots, twists, and favourite lines in the reading club is like hanging out with fellow story enthusiasts.


I’m excited about the next reading club meeting — it’s like stepping into a new adventure every time.


The reading club offers a space to immerse myself in literature, share insights, and engage in discussions with fellow book enthusiasts.



Dance Club:

Dance club is where I let loose and groove to the beat — it’s like a weekly dance party!


Dancing with friends in the dance club is like creating our own choreographed adventures.


The dance club is my happy place — it’s where I express myself through movement and music.


I can’t wait to show off our moves at the dance showcase — it’s like sharing our passion with everyone.



Other clubs:

Being a part of the drama club allows me to explore various roles and emotions on stage, enhancing my acting skills and confidence.


In the computer club, I delve into the world of programming, developing apps and websites while expanding my technical knowledge.


Through the gardening club, I connect with nature, learn about plant care, and contribute to the beauty of our school environment.




Sports Teams

Sports Team: Noun. A group of individuals who come together to participate in organized athletic competitions, representing a school, institution, or community.

No doubt your school has a sports team for the national sport of your own country. Could be football, basketball, cricket or table tennis.

Try out the example sentences below.


Football Team:

Playing on the football team is like being part of a tight-knit family that scores winning goals together.


Scoring a goal in a match feels like winning a mini-World Cup right there on the field.


Being on the football team means training hard, but the friendships and teamwork are worth it.


Soccer matches are like adrenaline-fuelled adventures — it’s like we’re writing our own sports story.


I’m psyched for our next match — the football team is all about friendly rivalry and endless fun!


Participating in the football team allows us to showcase our teamwork and strategy on the field, facing off against formidable opponents.


Basketball Team:

Joining the basketball team is like shooting hoops and making slam dunks with my buddies.


Scoring a three-pointer in a game is like hitting the jackpot — the crowd goes wild!


Being on the basketball team means practising dribbles and passes, but the thrill is worth it.


Basketball games are like fast-paced battles where we’re all aiming for victory.


I’m pumped for our upcoming tournament — the basketball team is pure energy and teamwork!


Our school’s basketball team practices regularly and competes against other schools in the region.



Cricket Team:

Playing on the cricket team is like stepping onto the pitch and becoming a star player.


Hitting a six in a cricket match is like sending the ball on a space mission — it’s epic!


Being on the cricket team means mastering batting, bowling, and fielding — it’s like being an all-rounder.


Cricket matches are like strategic battles, where every run and wicket counts toward victory.


I can’t wait for our match against our rival school — the cricket team is all about passion and sportsmanship!



Tennis Team:

Being on the tennis team is like serving aces and playing rallies with a bunch of tennis-loving friends.


Hitting a perfect backhand in a match is like nailing a secret move in a video game.


Tennis matches are like intense one-on-one duels. It’s all about skill, focus — and a bit of luck.


Playing doubles in the tennis team is like forming a dynamic duo to conquer the court.


I’m excited to show off my improved serves and volleys in our next match — the tennis team rocks!


Being a part of the tennis team hones our agility and precision as we engage in exciting matches and build lasting friendships.



Table Tennis Team:

Joining the table tennis team is like battling for supremacy in fast-paced ping-pong matches.


Nailing a tricky spin shot in a game is like pulling off a magic trick — it leaves opponents amazed.


Playing table tennis on the team means practising swift reflexes and honing precision shots.


Table tennis matches are like mini-marathons of agility and concentration — it’s like brain and brawn combined.


I’m eager for our tournament — the table tennis team is all about friendly rivalry and high-speed fun!





The swim team’s rigorous training regimen builds endurance and stroke precision, leading to personal growth and athletic achievement.


In track and field, we push our limits in various events, from sprints to hurdles, cultivating discipline and a sense of accomplishment.





Drama: Noun. An extracurricular activity within a school or community that focuses on theatrical performance, acting, and dramatic arts. Drama clubs provide students with a platform to explore and develop their acting skills, express themselves creatively, and engage in various aspects of theatre production.

If you feel the desire to express yourself on the stage, then the drama club is the place for you!

Do you get involved in school play productions?

Check out the examples below and speak them all out loud.


Drama club is my stage where I get to be someone else for a while and let my inner actor shine.


Acting in the drama club is like taking a magical journey into different characters’ lives.


The drama club is all about creating stories and bringing them to life with emotions and expressions.


Rehearsing for the play in the drama club is like building a puzzle — every line and movement fits perfectly.


I can’t wait to see the audience’s reactions during our performance — drama club is pure excitement!


Participating in school drama productions has helped me build confidence and improve my public speaking.


Through drama, I’ve learned to embody different characters, analyse scripts, and collaborate with fellow actors to create compelling performances.





Debate: Noun. An organized activity or club where participants engage in formal discussions or arguments on various topics, presenting and defending their viewpoints in a structured manner.

Debate clubs are very popular in schools these days. You can improve your public speaking skills and your ability to discuss a wide variety of topics.

You can try all the example sentences below.


Debating is like solving a puzzle of logic and persuasion. I love crafting my case.


The debate club is where we sharpen our minds and stand up for what we believe in.


I’m pumped for the next debate — it’s like a friendly clash of wits and ideas.


In the debate club, we turn conversations into exciting battles of logic and persuasion.


Being in the debate club is like solving a puzzle where words are the pieces that fit perfectly.


Debating is all about being convincing and respectful — it’s like friendly verbal sparring.


I can’t wait for our next debate — the club is like a brain gym where we flex our opinions and thoughts.


The debate club hones our argumentative skills and encourages us to express our opinions eloquently.


The debate club challenges us to construct compelling arguments, listen actively, and express our viewpoints eloquently and persuasively.


Engaging in debates sharpens our critical thinking, teaches us to analyse multiple perspectives, and equips us to engage in constructive discussions.




Music Groups

Music Groups: Noun. Organized clubs within a school that bring together students who share a common interest in creating and performing music. Music groups can encompass various genres and styles, such as choir, band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and more.

Music club is another creative outlet for students who love music. You could join a band or learn a musical instrument.

Try the sentences below.


Music club is where I jam out with friends and make melodies that lift spirits.


Rehearsing for our performance in the music club is like piecing together a musical puzzle.


Music club is like a sanctuary where notes and chords come together to create magic.


I’m excited to play my part in the music club’s upcoming concert — it’s all about harmony and good vibes.


The school offers various music groups, from choirs to rock bands, catering to diverse musical interests.


The school’s choir provides a harmonious outlet for my love of singing, allowing me to connect with fellow music enthusiasts.


Joining a music group has exposed me to diverse genres and musical techniques, broadening my appreciation for different forms of expression.

Now You Try!

  • What extracurricular activities do you study in school?
  • Do you attend any of these clubs or activities?
  • Do you have an interest in dance or art? Do you go to any of the dance or art classes after school?
  • What kind of clubs would you like to see in your school?

Use the above example sentences and try to make sentences of your own.

Describe the extracurricular activities in your school.

Write the sentences down in your vocabulary notebook.

Then practice by speaking them out loud.

Talking About School — Advanced Level

I have included FIVE more sections here that can help you talk about your school, your school life and how you are developing at school, at a much deeper level.

This is more advanced than in the previous sections!

Let’s take a look right now…

How To Talk About Your School In English (7)

Talking About Your Daily Routine at School

Describing your daily routine at school is a fantastic way to engage in conversations and share insights into your academic life.

You could be asked to do this in an interview or in the IELTS test.

Here’s a comprehensive list of useful phrases and example sentences that English students and teachers can use to discuss your daily routines:


Vocabulary for Expressing Daily Routines


Attend classes

I attend four classes every day.



Take notes

During lectures, I make sure to take detailed notes.



Participate in discussions

I actively engage in classroom discussions to enhance my understanding.




I set aside time every evening to study and review my notes.



Complete assignments

After classes, I focus on completing my assignments and homework.



Prepare for exams

As exams approach, I dedicate more time to preparing and revising.



Use study breaks

During study breaks, I like to stretch and grab a healthy snack.



Example Sentences:


My typical day starts with attending three classes in the morning, followed by a break for lunch.


After lunch, I participate in the debate club, where we discuss thought-provoking topics and practice persuasive speaking.


I usually take notes on my laptop during lectures to ensure I capture all the important information.


In the evenings, I set aside time to study and complete any assignments due the next day.


On Wednesdays, I have an early morning maths class, which is followed by a study session at the library.


During study breaks, I like to go for a short walk to clear my mind and recharge.


I find it helpful to use study breaks to review my notes and reinforce my understanding of the material.



Additional Phrases for Variation:


In the afternoon, I engage in group discussions with my classmates to exchange ideas.


After classes, I spend time in the library to research and gather resources for my upcoming project.


During our study group sessions, we review each other’s notes and quiz each other on the material.


I prioritize my assignments based on their deadlines, starting with the ones due sooner.


On Fridays, I attend a language club where we practice conversational skills and language exercises.




Look at the questions below. Try to answer them using the terms above and in full sentences.


  • How do you typically start your day at school?
  • What subjects or classes are part of your daily routine?
  • Do you have any strategies for staying organized and managing your schoolwork?
  • How do you manage your time during breaks between classes?
  • Do you have any favourite spots to hang out during these times?
  • How do you handle days when the class schedule is different or when there are special events?
  • What resources do you utilize to ensure you’re up-to-date with assignments and upcoming exams?
  • How do you find a balance between focusing on your studies and taking necessary breaks during the day?
  • Do you have a preferred study routine or location when you need to complete assignments after school?
  • How do you handle days when you find a particular subject challenging or less interesting than others?
  • What role do technology and digital tools play in your daily school routine, if any?
  • How do you wind down and transition from school mode to your personal time in the evenings?
  • How do you ensure you’re maintaining a healthy work-life balance despite the demands of your daily school routine?
How To Talk About Your School In English (8)

Discussing Your Favourite Subjects and Teachers

Engaging in conversations about your favourite subjects and teachers provides a glimpse into your academic interests and the teachers who inspire you.

Here’s an extensive list of phrases and example sentences that you can use to discuss your preferences and share your experiences:

Expressions for Describing Preferences:


  • My favourite subject is…
  • I have a strong liking for…
  • I’m particularly drawn to…
  • One subject I really enjoy is…
  • I’m passionate about studying…
  • When it comes to subjects, I’m most fond of…

Example Sentences:

My favourite subject is history because I’m fascinated by past events and their impact on the present.


I have a strong liking for mathematics; solving complex problems gives me a sense of accomplishment.


I’m particularly drawn to art and find immense joy in expressing my creativity through various mediums.


One subject I really enjoy is literature; analysing the themes and characters in novels is truly enriching.


I’m passionate about studying environmental science as it aligns with my concern for the planet’s well-being.


When it comes to my favourite school subjects, I’m most fond of music; playing instruments and composing melodies is my way of expressing emotions.


Expressing Admiration for Teachers:


  • I’m inspired by the way my teacher…
  • My teacher’s dedication to the subject…
  • I greatly appreciate my teacher’s…
  • One teacher I admire is…
  • My teacher’s enthusiasm for the subject…
  • I’m grateful for the guidance my teacher…

Example Sentences:

I’m inspired by the way my teacher connects historical events to current societal issues, making the subject come alive.


My teacher’s dedication to the subject is evident in their engaging lectures and willingness to help us understand challenging concepts.


I greatly appreciate my teacher’s approach of incorporating real-world examples to make the subject more relatable.


One teacher I admire is my English literature professor, who introduces thought-provoking texts and encourages critical thinking.


My teacher’s enthusiasm for the subject is contagious; their passion motivates me to delve deeper into the subject matter.


I’m grateful for the guidance my teacher provides in mathematics; their patient explanations help me overcome difficulties.


Additional Phrases and Prompts:


Use the following phrases and prompts to help you talk about your teachers.


  • I find my chemistry teacher’s teaching style…
  • My history teacher’s knowledge about different eras…
  • What subject do you find most captivating, and why?
  • Can you describe a teacher who has had a significant impact on your learning journey?
  • In your opinion, what makes a teacher effective and inspiring?
  • How has your favourite subject influenced your perspective on the world?


Look at the questions below. Try to answer them using the terms above and in full sentences.

Favourite Subjects:


  • What subjects do you enjoy the most and why?
  • Can you describe what draws you to your favourite subjects? Is it the content, the way they’re taught, or something else?
  • How do your favourite subjects make you feel engaged or excited about learning?
  • Have your favourite subjects changed over time, or have they remained consistent throughout your school years?
  • Do you have any specific career aspirations that align with your favourite subjects? If so, how do they connect?
  • Are there any real-life applications or experiences that have deepened your interest in your favourite subjects?
  • How do you balance your enthusiasm for your favourite subjects with the need to excel in other areas as well?
  • Have you ever considered participating in extracurricular activities related to your favourite subjects?

Influential Teachers:


  • Could you share a story about a teacher who significantly impacted your learning journey? How did they do so?
  • Have any teachers played a role in helping you discover your favourite subjects or areas of interest?
  • What teaching methods or approaches do your favourite teachers use that make a difference in your learning experience?
  • Do you think your interactions with certain teachers have contributed to your overall enjoyment of school?
  • Have you ever sought advice or mentorship from your favourite teachers beyond the classroom?
  • How do your favourite teachers create a supportive and engaging classroom environment?
  • Have your favourite teachers inspired you to consider pursuing careers or further education in certain fields?
  • Have any particular teachers influenced your choice of favourite subjects?
  • What qualities do you appreciate in a teacher?

Appreciating Qualities in Teachers:


  • What qualities do you value the most in teachers who teach your favourite subjects?
  • How do your favourite teachers make complex topics more understandable and enjoyable?
  • Do you think a teacher’s passion for a subject has an impact on how much students enjoy that subject?
  • How do your favourite teachers encourage active participation and open discussions in the classroom?
  • What approaches do your favourite teachers take to accommodate different learning styles and abilities?
  • Have you noticed any common traits among your favourite teachers that contribute to your positive learning experiences?
  • How do your favourite teachers foster a sense of curiosity and critical thinking in their students?

Describing Extracurricular Involvement

Sharing your experiences and engagement in extracurricular activities can provide valuable insights into your interests and personal growth.

Here’s an extensive list of phrases and example sentences that you can use to discuss your involvement in extracurricular activities:

Vocabulary for Discussing Extracurricular Activities:

Join a club: I decided to join the drama club to explore my passion for acting.


Participate in: I actively participate in the debate club to enhance my public speaking skills.


Attend practice sessions: I attend regular practice sessions for the school’s choir, refining my vocal abilities.


Engage in rehearsals: Engaging in rehearsals with the dance troupe allows me to improve my coordination and performance.


Showcase performances: Our music ensemble showcases performances at various events throughout the year.


Contribute to: I contribute to the school newspaper as a writer, covering various topics of interest.


Example Sentences:

I joined the photography club, and we have regular photo shoots to capture captivating moments around the school.


I’m part of the school’s basketball team, and we have intense practice sessions to improve our teamwork and skills.


Participating in the school’s chess club allows me to engage in strategic gameplay and compete with fellow enthusiasts.


I attend practice sessions for the robotics club, where we work collaboratively to build and program innovative robots.


Engaging in rehearsals for the upcoming drama production is both challenging and exhilarating.


As a member of the environmental club, I contribute to initiatives aimed at promoting sustainability within the school.


Expressing Passion and Growth:

Being a part of the debate club has ignited my passion for public speaking and critical thinking.


Through my involvement in the art club, I’ve honed my artistic skills and discovered new creative techniques.


Joining the school’s science team has allowed me to delve deeper into scientific research and exploration.


The dance team has not only improved my physical fitness, but has also boosted my self-confidence.


I’ve seen significant personal growth since becoming a member of the leadership club; I now feel more confident in leading projects.


Asking About Extracurricular Involvement:


Use these questions to ask your classmates. You can ask each other and practice speaking about extracurricular involvement in your school.


  • What extracurricular activities are you currently involved in?
  • How has your participation in [activity] impacted your overall school experience?
  • Can you describe any memorable experiences or achievements from your involvement in [club/organization]?
  • What motivated you to join [club/organization] and what do you enjoy most about it?


Look at the questions below. Try to answer them using the terms above and in full sentences.


Fulfilling Extracurricular Activities:


  • Could you describe the extracurricular activities that bring you the most joy and fulfilment? What makes them special?
  • How did you initially become interested in and involved with your favourite extracurricular activities?
  • Have your preferences for extracurriculars evolved over time, or have you remained dedicated to certain activities?
  • Do your extracurricular involvements align with any of your academic interests or career aspirations?
  • Have you taken on leadership roles within your favourite extracurricular activities? If so, how has that experience been?
  • How do you balance your academic responsibilities with your commitment to extracurricular pursuits?

Contribution to Overall Development:


  • In what ways do your extracurricular activities contribute to your personal growth and development?
  • How do you think your involvement in these activities enhances your social skills and interpersonal relationships?
  • Have you noticed any positive impacts that your extracurricular activities have had on your academic performance?
  • Do your extracurriculars provide you with a sense of balance and stress relief from your academic responsibilities?
  • How have your extracurricular experiences helped you develop a well-rounded skill set for your future endeavours?
  • Have you ever faced challenges or obstacles in balancing your time between academics and extracurriculars? How did you overcome them?

Skills Gained and Enhanced:


  • What specific skills have you gained or improved upon through your participation in different clubs, teams, or groups?
  • Have your extracurricular activities led to the discovery of talents or passions you might not have otherwise explored?
  • How do the skills you acquire in your extracurricular activities complement the knowledge you gain in the classroom?
  • Have any of your extracurricular involvements introduced you to new perspectives or cultures?
  • Do you believe that the skills you develop through extracurriculars are transferable to your future career or educational pursuits?
  • How do you balance the desire to excel in your chosen activities with the need to try new experiences and broaden your horizons?

Sharing School Achievements and Events

Discussing your school achievements and events provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase accomplishments and foster a sense of community.

Here’s a comprehensive list of phrases and example sentences that you can use to share your school’s achievements and upcoming events:

Vocabulary for Discussing School Events and Achievements:

Participate in competitions: I had the privilege of participating in the national science competition.


Engage in tournaments: Our school’s soccer team recently competed in a regional tournament.


Showcase exhibitions: The art department organized a captivating exhibition featuring student creations.


Receive awards: I was honoured to receive the ‘Student of the Year’ award for my academic achievements.


Organize events: Our school is organizing a cultural diversity event to celebrate various traditions.


Host fundraisers: We’re planning to host a charity fundraiser to support a local community initiative.


Example Sentences:

Our school participated in the robotics competition, and our team designed an innovative robot that earned us first place.


I had the opportunity to represent our school in the debate tournament, where I advanced to the semi-finals.


The science department recently showcased a fascinating exhibition that highlighted experiments and scientific discoveries.


I was thrilled to receive the ‘Excellence in Literature’ award for my dedication to writing and literary analysis.


Our school is organizing a talent show where students can showcase their unique skills and artistic talents.


We’re excited to announce that our school will be hosting a charity fundraiser next month to support a local orphanage.


Sharing Proud Achievements:

Our school’s choir achieved a remarkable feat by winning first place at the statewide singing competition.


I’m proud to have been part of the team that secured the championship title in the Mathematics Olympiad.


The environmental club’s initiatives were recognized, leading to our school receiving an award for sustainability.


Our theatre production received rave reviews, and we’re thrilled about the positive impact it had on the audience.


I’m honoured to have been chosen as the student representative to attend the national leadership conference.


Inviting Participation and Involvement:

We’re inviting all students to participate in the upcoming science fair by showcasing their research projects.


Everyone is encouraged to attend the school-wide art exhibition and witness the incredible creativity of our students.


Join us in the fundraising walkathon to support a local charity and make a positive impact on the community.


We welcome volunteers to assist in organizing the charity bazaar, which will raise funds for underprivileged children.


Asking About Involvement and Interest:


You can use these questions to ask others about any involvement in school achiement or events. You can ask your classmates. And they can ask you.


  • Have you ever participated in any school competitions or events?
  • Which school achievement are you most proud of, and why?
  • Are there any upcoming events or competitions you’re looking forward to?


Look at the questions below. Try to answer them using the terms above and in full sentences.


School Achievements:


  • Can you share some of your proudest academic achievements during your time at school? What did they mean to you?
  • How do you set goals for yourself academically, and what strategies do you use to work towards achieving them?
  • Have there been any specific challenges you’ve overcome on your path to achieving academic success?
  • How do you feel your achievements have shaped your sense of self-confidence and motivation?
  • Have any of your achievements led to new opportunities or experiences beyond the classroom?
  • How do you balance the pursuit of academic achievements with maintaining a healthy work-life balance?

Participation in School Events:


  • What school events or activities have you been actively involved in, and what made those experiences memorable for you?
  • How do you decide which school events to participate in, considering your academic commitments and personal interests?
  • Have you ever taken on a leadership role or contributed to organizing a school event? How did that experience impact you?
  • Are there any particular events that have helped you connect with classmates or build a sense of community?
  • How do school events contribute to your overall school experience and sense of belonging?
  • Have you participated in any events that allowed you to showcase talents or skills outside of academics?

Talking About Challenges and Goals

Engaging in conversations about your challenges and goals is a reflective and motivating way to share stories about your personal growth experiences.

Here’s a comprehensive list of phrases and example sentences that you can use to discuss challenges you’ve encountered and your aspirations for the future:

Expressions for Discussing Challenges:

One of the challenges I face is…:
One of the challenges I face is adjusting to the higher academic demands of college.

I’m currently grappling with…:
I’m currently grappling with time management as I balance my studies and a part-time job.

I find it challenging to…:
I find it challenging to maintain a consistent exercise routine during busy school weeks.

I’ve been working to overcome…:
I’ve been working to overcome my fear of public speaking through practice and exposure.

A hurdle I’ve encountered is…:
A hurdle I’ve encountered is understanding complex mathematical concepts.

Example Sentences—Challenges:

One of the challenges I face is managing my time between school, my part-time job, and spending time with my family.


I’m currently grappling with the transition from high school to college, as the coursework is more rigorous.


I find it challenging to balance my involvement in multiple clubs while maintaining a high academic performance.


I’ve been working to overcome my shyness in group discussions by actively participating and expressing my thoughts.


A hurdle I’ve encountered is adjusting to the new digital learning environment and staying focused during online classes.

Expressions for Sharing Goals:

My goal for this year is…:
My goal for this year is to enhance my vocabulary and fluency in English.

I’m working toward…:
I’m working toward improving my time management skills to balance studies and hobbies.

I aim to…:
I aim to excel in my science courses and pursue a degree in environmental science.

My objective is…:
My objective is to participate in a national debate competition and represent our school.

I’m aspiring to…:
I’m aspiring to publish an article in the school newspaper to share my insights.

Example Sentences — Goals:

My goal for this year is to improve my grades in maths by seeking additional help from tutors and practising regularly.


I’m working toward enhancing my presentation skills by joining the public speaking club and participating in debates.


I aim to explore different art forms and techniques to broaden my creative repertoire and express myself more effectively.


My objective is to achieve fluency in a second language by consistently practising speaking and writing.


I’m aspiring to create a positive impact in our community by leading a volunteer project to clean up local parks.


Look at the questions below. Try to answer them using the terms above and in full sentences.

Encountered Challenges:


  • What are some of the significant challenges you’ve faced during your academic journey so far? How did they impact you?
  • Have you encountered challenges that were specific to certain subjects or areas of study? How did you navigate them?
  • How do external factors, such as time management or personal circumstances, influence the challenges you face?
  • Have any challenges led you to reconsider your goals or adjust your academic path?
  • How do you think overcoming challenges contributes to your personal growth and resilience?

Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Goals:


  • How do you approach setting academic goals for yourself? What factors do you consider when determining your goals?
  • Can you share an example of a goal you’ve set for yourself and the steps you’ve taken to work towards achieving it?
  • What strategies do you employ to stay motivated and focused when faced with obstacles that could deter you from your goals?
  • How do you balance short-term goals with long-term aspirations, especially when faced with immediate challenges?
  • Have you sought guidance or support from teachers, peers, or mentors to help you overcome challenges and reach your goals?

Strategies for Addressing Challenges:


  • Could you describe a specific strategy you’ve used to address a challenge related to your studies? How did it work for you?
  • How do you approach problem-solving when you encounter academic difficulties? Do you have a step-by-step process?
  • Have you ever tried different study techniques or time management methods to overcome challenges? Which ones worked best for you?
  • How do you adapt your strategies when faced with challenges that require a change in perspective or approach?
  • How do you maintain a positive mindset and resilience when you’re working through challenges in your academic journey?


I know that I have covered a lot of ground in this guide!

I strongly advise you to just look at one section at a time.

Look at one section and try to learn the vocabulary from only that one section. Practice all the sentences and then try to make sentences of your own.

You will see the Now You Try practice sections. This will allow you to use the words and phrases you have learnt and put them to use.

Just try to answer all the questions in these practice sections. Use as much of the vocabulary as you can and use full sentences!

The last five sections are more advanced. But this will help you to discuss and talk about your school life at a much deeper level.

I hope this guide is useful to you!

Keep trying!

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