Parents usually expect to see their kids get higher diplomas and attain the best positions in society. Consequently, it may not be odd if they dream of seeing them among the most distinguished scientists, engineers, lawyers or businessmen. However, these expectations do not always come true as the children’s wants and talents are rarely taken into account.
When people ask you what you want to be in the future, they seem pleased if you say “a doctor” or “a financial consultant”. But if you say “ an actor” or “ a dancer” or “ a DJ”, they often laugh and say “ no chance!”. The Brit school takes such ambitions seriously: everything is done to make sure talented kids fully explore their passion for the creative arts.
The Brit school centres its studies on the performing arts. Singing, dancing, acting, music, theatre, TV and film production are all on the curriculum, as well as academic subjects like Maths and English. The staff stress the importance of continuing academic studies. Students enter the school when they are 14 and 16. There is a strict selection process because there is a lot of competition for each place. The procedure is tough because the school is Britain’s only non fee-paying entertainment school.
The main thing that makes the Brit school like other schools is that it takes academic study seriously. But in other ways, the atmosphere could not be more different. The teachers are called “guides” and speak to the kids in a more informal way than many are used to. There are no uniforms and no bell at the end of the lesson. The school also makes sure that no one lives more than an hour away from the school so they do get too tired. This is important because having lessons in radio production, theatre and video-recording as well as regular lessons is very hard work. The terms are eight weeks long, with two-weeks breaks in between and only four weeks in the summer, so it involves more attendance than an ordinary school.
Everyone who goes there is incredibly enthusiastic about it. Even though the school’s curriculum and hours make it very demanding for them, they do not mind. Monique,18, said she found it a bit strange at first because it was so unlike her old school. “Everyone seems so creative here so I don’t stand out much. Everyone’s an individual, independent and single-minded. And we don’t all wear the same clothes.” Most of the students are outgoing, and shy students say that being there makes them more confident.
Choose the best answer.
a. The text is…
- a report
- a letter
- an article
b. The text is about…
- informal education
- formal education
- non-formal education.
c. The school is for…
- young people
- both young and adults.
Answer the following questions based on the text.
- What do parents expect from the education of their children?
- How is Brit school different from other ordinary schools?
- What school subjects do students learn in the Brit school?
- State some of the positive aspects of the Brit school?
According to the text, are the following statements true or false? Justify your answer.
- If you are younger than 14, you are too young to go to the Brit school.
- Parents have to pay to send their children to the Brit school.
- The students do not have to study Maths or English.
- The students have shorter holidays than students at ordinary schools.
- Shy students at the Brit school feel unhappy.
Give a title to the text.
Find in the text words that mean approximately the same as…
- degrees (§ 1)
- gifted (§ 2)
- friendly and sociable (§ 4)
What do the underlined words refer to in the text?
- them (§ 1)
- you (§ 2)
- here (§ 5)