Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Well, hello and welcome to this English lesson about school. I love talking about school. As most of you know, my real job as we might say in English is that I am a high school teacher. Um it's summer right now so I don't need to go to work but during the school year, I am a high school teacher and I love talking about school. I think it's because when I was young, when I was a student, I loved being in school. I have always loved learning and I think naturally uh people who love learning sometimes choose to become teachers. So, as a teacher, I'm always excited to do a lesson about school. In particular, this lesson is about back to school. Back to school will be happening in a few weeks here in Ontario, Canada. It's kind of the middle of summer vacation but I've noticed already that the back-to-school sales have started. So, students usually need to buy a few things before they go back to school So today I thought I would do a lesson on back to school. So school let me make this a little bit bigger for you. School I actually modified this slide for this lesson because school may look like one or the other when you look at the pictures over here. School last year for the most part for us was online. But also we had in person learning. So if you look to the far side of this slide you'll see there's a boy looking at his computer. He would be doing called online learning or remote learning and these students are doing in-person learning. So school is of course the place where kids go um in Canada kids from the age of about four or five up to age seventeen or eighteen attend school on a daily basis. So school is the place where children go in order to learn things. This is what's called back to school time. Back to school usually happens right after a holiday that we call in Ontario, Canada and in many other parts of the world, I think it's similar. Back to school is the day when kids go back on the bus or they walk to school and they start school again. So, the phrase back to school is used a lot right now. We would call this the back-to-school season or it's back-to-school time or you might even say something like, well, it's almost back to school, isn't it? So, we use the phrase in a lot of To talk about usually the end of August and right uh the first few days of September we would call that the back to school time. It is of course right now summer holidays or what we also call summer vacation. So if there are any students watching this they probably don't want to talk about back to school. Back to school is not a fun time for some students. I'm sure some students look forward to it. But some do not look forward to it but it is right now uh summer holidays or summer vacation. In Ontario, Canada, students get 2 months off from school and teachers do too, which is kind of a bonus. Um and we would refer to that as summer holidays or summer vacation. A good time to hang out with friends, maybe just read a book. Older students usually get part-time jobs so they'll get a summer job during the summer vacation or summer holidays. My two oldest kids both have summer jobs right now. Um they both found places to work for the summer so that they could earn some money. We have of course other things that happen during back to school time and we add the phrase back to school to it. So right now people are going to start to do back to school shopping. You know the word two in back to school. Sometimes we actually put the number two back to school. Guess it looks cooler. But right now I've noticed that we get flaw in the mail. A flyer is like a paper that shows everything that is on sale at a store and all of them say back to school. Back to school shopping time. So we have times of the year when we shop for certain things. This is certainly a time of the year where there will be a lot of people doing back to school shopping. And of course because of that we will have what's called back to school sales. A back to school sale is a sale during the month of August where thin that you normally buy for school are cheaper than they normally would be. So right now the back to school shopping has started. The stores are sending out flyers where they're showing a lot of back to school sales. You know pencils 50% off or pencil cases 25% off. There are a lot of back to school sales happening right now. Because students need things like school clothes. So in general sometimes kids buy clothes just for school. It's not really any different than their normal clothes but it might be different than the clothes they play in outside. They might be clothes that they keep a little cleaner because they are their school clothes. So, for our kids, we would say something like, well, we need to go buy some more school clothes for you because that pair of pants has a hole in the knee or that shirt doesn't fit you anymore. You need some new school clothes. Some schools though have a school uniform This is quite common at probably I would say about ten to 20% of the schools in Canada have school uniforms. I know in certain countries school uniforms are very very popular. Um for instance the school I work at has school uniforms. But the school my kids go to my younger kids doesn't have school uniforms. So again a school uniform is um clothing that you usually buy from the school or you buy from a store that the school chooses. So that all the students look the same. Common school uniforms would be like uh black pants with a white shirt and tie uh and those types of things. So, if your school doesn't have school uniforms, you might just need school clothes. Maybe you need some school clothes because um as a kid, uh sometimes kids outgrow them and then maybe you need to get some new uh shirts and pants for your school uniform. And of course, there are back-to-school sales because people need school supplies. So, the or phrase we use to refer to all the things you buy when you need to go to school, we would call school supplies. Some schools supply certain things to the students but other schools, most schools require students to buy certain things before they go in Canada, of course. So, the school would supply things like glue or maybe colored paper if they're doing art or paint but my kids and most Canadian kids have to buy certain school supplies in order to go to school. They might need a binder. We would call this a three-ring binder. This is something that you can open and close and it can hold paper. You might need to buy a notebook which is just a small book that you can take notes in. When you're asked, when you're a student at school, it's a good idea to take notes. You might need to buy some pencils, pens, or a highlighter. So, a pencil is of course something you can sharpen and it's used for math or art class a pen is something that's permanent. This is a BIC pen made by my friends over in France. BIC pens are really cool. I like them. I shouldn't tell you this but I actually like chewing on the cap of the BIC pen. I shouldn't mention that, should I? Uh and then a highlighter is something you can use to um basically make words yellow so that you can see them easier. Um a highlighter is a really good tool if you're learning English. You can highlight new words. Don't do that in library books though. Only use a highlighter in a book that you own. You might need an eraser so that if you write something in pencil, you can erase it later. You might need a pencil case to store all of your stuff. So, once again, these are all school supplies that kids in Canada and I think most other countries would need to buy. They would need to go to a back-to-school sale and if they needed, if they didn't have a pencil case, they would need to buy one. The school would not give these items to the kids. You might need a pencil sharpener. Although most classrooms have a pencil sharpener, sometimes students are required to have a small one with them that they can keep in their pencil case. And maybe they need a laptop, maybe they need a calculator, and maybe they need a backpack, or what we sometimes just call a book bag. So, let's quick review again. These are all things that we would call school supplies and some of these things students will need to buy before they go back to school. A binder, maybe two binders, maybe four. They might need a notebook. They might need a pencil, pen, and a highlighter or kind of like a few of each. They would put them with their eraser in their pencil case and they might need a small pencil sharpener and they might need a laptop and a calculator. This really depends on the school as well. I think at my school, we have a class set of calculators um and then they might need a backpack or a book bag for all of these items. So, the first day of school is called the first day of school but I wanted to put this slide in here. I mean, it sounds pretty obvious, doesn't it? Um in our part of Canada, the day after Labor Day, which is a holiday in September, we have the first day of school. So, the first day of school this year, I think, I actually didn't look this up. I should've looked it up. First day of school, this year is probably September seventh. That would be my guess. First day of school, September seventh. Um but you also have really little kids who haven't gone to school before sometimes have their first day of school. So, they've never been to school and and that's an exciting day for them. The first day of school, whether you're like four or five and you've never been or if you're like fourteen, um it's usually a day where parents take a photo. We often take a photo on the first day of school of our kids with their backpacks and their new school clothes um and then uh we put that in a album.