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TOEFL- How teachers can make the subject interesting to students!


alice0209 12 / 18 12  
Aug 7, 2013   #1
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
The best way for teachers to make students more interested in a subject is explaining how that subject will help in their lives outside school.


There are many ways of teaching. Some people believe that strictly and carefully presenting theories in the class is the best way of teaching, while others assert that involving applications on that theory will be more convincing. In my opinion, I agree with the second idea that the best way for teachers to make students more interested in a subject is to explain how that subject can help and apply to their lives outside school.

First of all, by explaining how the subject contributes to daily life, students will have vivid impression on that subject thus become more interested and active in acquiring the knowledge on that subject. Take chemistry for example, merely memorizing the names of the substances and the structural formulas seems to be very boring, while representing where and how those chemical reactions really happen near students will raise their curiosity and lead them to digest those theories learned from the class. While I was in senior high school, my chemical teacher once showed us how the detergent dissolves oil by an experiment and later on taught us how to describe this process with formal structural formulas. This type of learning method is more fun and eventually the results are good. I connected the visual images of that experiment with the formula and I barely forget, even though now I'm not studying chemistry anymore.

Second, by bridging the theories with daily life events, students are given the chance to apply knowledge to their lives and develop their own ability of problem-solving. This will address students' interests because it's the assignment that needs real life participation. For example, in law class, students are informed their rights and duties and they are taught how they can apply law to different situations that might happen upon them. When any one of the situations occurs, they can think independently and figure out how to react.

In conclusion, using life experiences and examples to demonstrate the knowledge on a subject is an effective way to attract students' attention and keep them eager on learning, not only because it reinforces students' impression on the knowledge but also invites students to practice the knowledge out on their own.

p.s: I really care about the content of my essay. Please tell me if I made the clear point to the topic and whether my arguments and explanation are strong, thanks!!:)

Ibrahim_Xian 6 / 9 6  
Aug 7, 2013   #2
by explaining how the subject contributes to daily life, studentscan make the suject itself more vivid thus student will become more interested and active in acquiring the knowledge from it .

i feel your sentence is too long.

I connected the visual images of that experiment with the formula and I barely forget, even though now I'm not studying chemistry anymore.Clearly , this type of learning method is more fun stimulating and, of course, the results are good impressive.

your sentence is great , but i prefer to write like this, and i think you should put it to the end of this paragraph to make it more logically

N ot only do they help to reinforce students' impression on the knowledge ,but also invites students prompt them to practice the knowledge out on their own.
dumi 1 / 6,928 1592  
Aug 7, 2013   #3
There are many ways of teaching. Some people believe that strictly and carefully presenting theories in the class is the best way of teaching, while others assert that involving applications on that theory will be more convincing. .... this is fine, but you should have started with a hook that grabs the readers attention.


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