A. Listen to Melissa talking about her school days. Was she a rebel or a ‘good girl’ at school? What does she do now?

B. Listen again. Mark the sentences T (true) or F (false).

1   Melissa is a teenager in the photo.

2   She used to write things on the walls.

3   She didn’t like any of the subjects at school.

4   Her least favourite subject was PE.

5   The PE teacher made them try to do difficult things.

6   She used to break the rules about the school uniform.

7   She wanted to be a doctor.

8   Her parents wanted her to be a teacher.



She was a bit of rebel. Now she is a primary school teacher.


1 T

2 F   She didn’t use to write graffiti or anything like that.

3 F   She liked English.

4 T   5 T   6 T

7 F   She wanted to be a lawyer.

8 F   They said, ‘Don’t be a teacher’.


I = interviewer, M = Melissa

    How old are you in the photograph, Melissa?

M   Twelve or thirteen, I think.

    Did you like school?

M   Not really.

    Why not?

M   Because I didn’t like any of the subjects. Well, that’s not quite true, I liked English, but that was the only lesson I used to look forward to. I didn’t like maths, didn’t like science at all, and I hated PE. I used to argue with the PE teacher all the time. She used to make us do impossible things, things we couldn’t do, like climbing ropes and jumping over the ‘horse’. I think she just wanted to humiliate us.

    Were you a ‘good girl’ at school?

M   It depends what you mean by ‘good’. I didn’t smoke, I didn’t use to write graffiti on the walls or anything like that. But I was a bit of a rebel. I used to break rules all the time, and of course the teachers didn’t like that.

    What sort of rules did you break?

M   Well, for example the school was very strict about the school uniform – we had to wear a blue skirt, and the skirt had to cover our knees. I used to make the skirt shorter. And then I sometimes used to wear blue socks and a black sweater like in the photographs, instead of a grey sweater, and grey socks. The teachers used to get really angry. I just thought it was silly.

    What did you want to be when you were at school?

M   I wanted to be a lawyer.


M   Well, there were a lot of American TV programmes and films about lawyers at the time, and I used to think it would be fun to argue with people all day.

    So why did you become a primary school teacher?

M   Lots of reasons. But I think the main reason is that both my parents were teachers and they both used to tell me, when you grow up and get a job don’t be a teacher. So as I was a rebel, I did exactly the opposite.

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