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English wars: School, Primary School, High School, College, University

English wars: School, Primary School, High School, College, University

English wars: School, Primary School, High School, College, University

Do you go to school or university?
Did you go to school or university?
What about college?

In this lesson, I will explain what words are used in different English speaking countries to describe the place where you are educated.

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Just the other day in one of our online classrooms I was teaching student in Slovakia.
She likes to watch movies and tv shows in English on Netflix, and she told me that she had spent some time watching British and American teen movies and was totally confused with the words used to describe schools and universities.

Before I continue let me explain that a teen movie or tv show is a movie or tv show that is made for teenagers.
Back to the main lesson, my client asked me to explain the difference between school, primary school, secondary school, high school, college and university, all words she heard watching Netflix.

What school did you go to?

School, Primary School, High School, College, University, Teacher
It is an interesting question because the answer depends on what English speaking country we are talking about, as different words are used to describe the same place depending on the country.

What is school called in The United Kingdom?

  • Between the age of 6 and 11 all children go to primary school.
  • Between the age of 11 and 16 all teenagers go to secondary school.
  • Between the age of 16 and 18 all teenagers go to college.
  • After college all students go to university.

When teenagers leave secondary school, their final exams are called “O” levels.
When teenagers leave college, their final exams are called “A” levels.
When students leave university, their final exams are called degrees.

What is school called in The Republic of Ireland?

  • Between the age of 6 and 11 all children go to primary school.</li/>
  • Between the age of 11 and 17 all teenagers go to secondary school.
  • After secondary school all students go to university.

However, in Ireland people sometimes use the word college instead of university.

Speaker 1: “My brother is in university in Dublin.”
Speaker 2: “Really, my sister is in college in Cork.”

In this exchange both speakers mean university.
When teenagers leave secondary school, their final exams are called “leaving certificate”.
When students leave university, their final exams are called degrees.

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What is school called in The United States?

School, Primary School, High School, College, University Student

  • Between the age of 6 and 11 all children go to school.
  • Between the age of 11 and 17 all teenagers go to high school.
  • After high school all students go to college.

In America, they use the word college to describe third level education, but they also use the word university to describe the best colleges in the country, such as Yale and Harvard.

When teenagers leave high school, their final exams are called diplomas.
When students leave college, their final exams are called degrees.

Is that it?

School, Primary School, High School, College, University Graduation

There you have it, school and primary school are the same thing, secondary school, high school and college are the same thing, and university and college are also the same thing, depending on which country you are in.

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Text – Feargal Coffey feargal@do-english.com
Translation – Juan Luis Ramon juan@do-english.com
(c) Do-English 2017
Images – Pixbay

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