School Day

My School Day


Tamara describes her school day


plus science head for
shift free (2) alternate
minus anyway break (2)
snack foreign emphasis
local schedule conversation
law faculty graduate
recess homeroom classmate
strong at least conversation


Early in the Morning

From Monday to Friday, I wake up at 7:00 am. I get out of bed and get ready for school.

First I wash my face in the bathroom. Then I have breakfast, get dressed and take the bus to school.

There, I enter my classroom and meet my classmates.


Our first class begins at 8:30 am. It is social studies with Mr. Thomas. After that comes my favorite subject, math. Now we are working on algebra. Each class lasts 50 minutes; we have a ten minute break in between.

At 10:20, we have a 30-minute recess. During this time, students go outside, hang out with their friends and relax. They buy snacks from the school shop.


All the teachers at our school are local — except for a few foreign, language instructors. This year one of our English teachers is a woman from Canada. There is also a teacher from Spain.

While the locals teach us grammar and vocabulary, the foreigners have speaking lessons with us.

Miss Barbara, our English-conversation teacher, is quite interesting. She has lived and taught in Colombia, Slovakia and Taiwan. Before that she did computer work.

By noon time, everyone is hungry and we have lunch in the school cafeteria.

After School

After lunch I have science lessons, followed by art. Here we do drawing, painting, woodwork, and ceramics,

The school day ends at 2:30 pm and we leave (some who participate in sports or a hobby club remain after school).

When I graduate from high school, I’m going to enter university. I plan on studying computer science.

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1. Tamara wakes up early every morning. Yes or no?

2. Does her mother drive her to school in her car? Does she walk to school?

3. Tamara’s favorite school subject is history. Is this right or wrong?

4. During recces, do most students do their school work? What do students do during recess?

5. There are no foreign teachers at Tamara’s school. True or false? Do they teach math and science?

6. Does the Canadian teacher have a lot of work experience?

7. What is Tamara’s goal or ambition?
A. How do you go to school? I go to school by . . . . . What time does your school start?

B. What are your favorite subjects? My favorite school subjects are . . . . . . . . .

C. During breaks, I talk with my friends. Yes or no?

D. Are there any foreign teachers at your school? If yes, what do they teach?

E. Do you eat lunch at your school? What do they serve? When does school end?

F. What do you want to be in the future or when you grow up?

G. What will schools be like in the future?

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