Topic 4: Describe your favorite book.
‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ which is also known as ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, was one of my most favourite books in my childhood. I was so touched by this books and enjoyed it so much that I read it 2-3 times. This book was published from a diary written by a young girl named Anne Frank. My father gave this book as my 11th birthday gift and I read it when I was 11 years old. I have even read it when I grew up and was a student of college. To my surprise the book was as appealing and touchy as I found it in my childhood.
The book was adopted from the diary Anne Frank, who was a teenage girl around 13 years old at the time of writing her diary. She originally wrote in Dutch language and later this book was translated in more than 60 languages worldwide. She wrote the diary when she and her family were in hiding for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherland during the Second World War.
Anne got a diary as a birthday gift when she turned to 13 and she began to write in it from 14th June, 1942. At that time the Nazi occupied the Netherland and they were in hiding into a sealed-off upper room of Anne’s father’s office building in Amsterdam. They remain hiding there for two years and Anne wrote the events of the people living there, her personal thoughts and what happened that time.
She has a good relationship with her father and a poor relationship with her mother. She admired her sister’s talent and intelligence and calm nature. She was initially irritated about Peter, a boy of her own age and later on they two became very close. Thus a little girl wrote about relationship, people’s mentality, perception of human, little joys and sadness of life and revealed the suffering of the people due to the war.
Anne dies when she became 15 years old after they were betrayed and found by the Nazi. Sadly she dies only 2 weeks before the British troops liberated the prisoners from the concentration camp. After her death the diary was bit censored and was published with her father’s permission who was the only survivor from the Nazi camp.
The suffering of the people during the war, the felling and thought of a young girl, her complaints and happiness, her perception of life were so brilliant that it touched my heart. I could not leave the book until I finished it and I was deeply touched to read the thoughts of a young and brilliant girl who was killed at her 15.
Books and other Media
- Besides textbooks, what other materials (or teaching media) are used in schools in Vietnam?
- (Similar) Have you learned things from places other than books?
- (Similar) What's the best way to learn something: from a book, from TV or from the internet? (Compare these three)
- Do you think textbooks will be replaced in future by other teaching media such as small notebook computers?
- Do textbooks have any advantages over other teaching media?
- What do you think of internet books? (e-books?)
- Compare books and (popular) movies as media for showing (teaching) history. DIFFICULT QUESTION
[Hints: 1) Movies and novels are both allowed a certain amount of 'artistic license' when showing historical events. 2) Both movies and novels can and do distort the facts of history for the purpose of ideological (political) indoctrination but movies are much more likely to do this because they are made for a younger and less educated audience than the readers of novels. 3) Novels have the capacity to give more information because more words are used than in films. 4) On the other hand, films can convey the atmosphere and feelings of historical events more accurately because films include audio and visual effects. 5) If the book is a scholarly work rather than a novel, we can reasonably expect it to be much more accurate than a film but even then, it is said that "history is mostly written by the victors" when events such as wars or revolutions are concerned.]
- Is education important? (Why?)
- (As above) What is the purpose of education?
- Do people study because they are interested in learning or simply as preparation for work?
- In the future, do you think learning and study will be more important than 'natural talent' or will 'natural talent' be more important?
- How do people in Vietnam consider teaching, as a profession?
- What is the function of a teacher? (Hint: To help others to learn)
- (As above) Is teaching a good profession in Vietnam?
- (Similar to above) How do students in Vietnam view teachers?
- (Similar to above) How do students in Vietnam relate to teachers?
- Who should decide what is taught in schools & universities - the students, the teachers or the government?
- How do you think education will change in the future?
- What role do you think the internet will play in education?
- Do you think life-long learning is important? (Why?)
- At what age is education most important?
- People at different ages are suited to learning different things. Can you give some examples of this?
- Is it easier to learn when you are young or when you are old? (Why?)
- Why is memory important to learning?
- Do some people have a better memory than others? Why do you think this is so?
- Is there any way to memorize things quickly?
- Is the ability to learn a ‘gift of nature’ or is it the result of effort?
- Do you think that ‘distance learning’ is useful?
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