當我們迫不得已必須寫英文文章的時候，最痛苦的大概是翻來覆去都用同一個字，需要說到「教」的時候，整篇只好一直出現teach, teach, teach吧！這邊來舉幾個可以貍貓換太子(?)的其他字，下次想要說teach這個動詞的時候就能換一換啦！
teach/ show/ guide through/ walk through/ go through
Could you teach me how to use this software?
Could you show me how to use this software?
Could you guide me through each of these steps?
Could you walk me through each of these steps?
Could you go through each steps with me?
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Parents are the best teachers. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Nowadays, children have to learn a massive amount of knowledge and skills as the world changes faster than ever before. Teachers in schools and their parents could both guide and teach them. However, I do not agree that parents are the best teachers for the following reasons.
The first reason is that unlike teachers in schools, most parents are not trained adequately to be a teacher. For example, teachers need to be trained to engage the kids through different strategies to capture their attention, a skill that needs a lot of practice to mature. In addition, teachers need to explain complex ideas and concepts in simple language that children at different ages can understand properly. Parents might not have time and enough knowledge to educate themselves on these skills.
The second reason is that teachers in school have the authority to ask children to learn something they are not interested in, a privilege parents could not enjoy. It is easier for children to accept that mathematics is a mandatory course in school because everyone else does it, than to obey their parents’ request on doing the arithmetic at home. When parents are assuming the role of teachers, children might start to dislike them, which leads to more family problems.
The third reason is that teachers have more resources in school that could help children to learn more efficiently. For instance, there are classrooms with different interior designs, the pre- and post-test papers, and textbooks for various topics. These resources are not easily available for individual families.
In conclusion, I disagree that parents are the best teachers because they are not professional and do not have enough resources. Besides, it might not be ideal for parents to assume the role of school teachers who inevitably have to ask children to study something they are not interested in, a challenging mission that may elicit family conflict if carried out by parents.
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