Views #1407 | Intermediate (B1)

Dressing for School

Sarah and John discuss what students should and should not wear to class.

Sarah: Okay, John, let's talk about fashion. You know, I have students and I think sometimes they don't, they don't dress appropriately for the classroom.

John: Oh yeah. Sometimes, it looks like students are wearing the clothes which they will plan to wear at night, to go out and go to a party with friends.

Sarah: Yeah. So actually, I think school uniforms are great. I would make the teachers wear the school uniform, too.

John: I agree with you.

Sarah: Because I think when we talk about appropriate clothing, I think girls very often take most of the blame for that. But I think it's our society, and we can fix the problem by having a uniform for girls and boys and teachers, and we can feel like part of a team.

John: I know there are a lot of problems of school uniform. First of all, students don't want to all dress the same.

Sarah: Hmm.

John: But there's other problems. Usually, when schools have a uniform, the boys wear pants and the girls have to wear a dress or a skirt. I don't think that's fair.

Sarah: I agree. I don't think that's fair either. I think a lot of schools these days they can let the girls choose. And so the girls can wear shorts or pants.

John: Well, that's good. I think even beyond the pants or a skirt issue, there should be some flexibility to customize your uniform, whether you want to wear shirts that are a different color, even if they're in the same style. Or you want to have some pins or patches or some other accessories.

Sarah: Do you think as a teacher, would you say something to your student if your student if your student came to class and maybe, for example, it was a boy and his pants were very low and you could see his underwear. Or maybe it was a girl and you thought, "Oh no, her shorts are a little too short." What do you think you would do?

John: Hmm, wow, that's a difficult question. I have to say, I don't think I have been in that situation. I guess I'm lucky enough my students haven't pushed the limit too far. But I feel that I would say something if a student came to class in clothing that was, in my opinion, too inappropriate. I would ask them to, probably to, if not leave the class, at least don't wear clothes like that next time.

What about you?

Sarah: Well, I had a student, and he came to class with a jacket. And it looks like a very expensive jacket but it had a very bad word written on the jacket.

John: Oh.

Sarah: And after class finished, I told him to, "Wait, please." And I told him that he probably shouldn't wear that jacket to class, or maybe, he shouldn't wear it anymore at all. It just isn't very appropriate. And he came to class next time and he had the jacket but he had taken it to a shop and they had taken the bad word off of the jacket.

And so, I was very happy to see that, that he changed his behavior and now he could dress the way he liked but also be appropriate.

John: Well, that sounds very good. That's very effective.

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

take the blame

image Girls often take the blame for that.

When people take the blame, they are seen as the reason something bad happened. Notice the following:

  1. The coach took the blame for the team's loss.
  2. He never takes the blame when things go bad.


imageI like flexibility to wear what I want to work.

Flexibility is the ability to choose a preference, or change things as you like them. Notice the following:

  1. Working from home offers lots of flexibility.
  2. When you own a home, you have less flexibility to move to a new area.


imageThere should be some flexibility to customize your uniform.

When you customize something, you change it to your preference. Notice the following:

  1. You can customize a Facebook page only by changing your banner image.
  2. He customized his car by changing the paint color and tires.

push the limit

imageMy students haven't pushed the limit too far.

When you push the limit, you do things that are almost inappropriate. Notice the following:

  1. When he takes long lunch breaks he is pushing the limit.
  2. Children like to push the limit with rules.


imageHis clothing was inappropriate for class.

When something is inappropriate, it is acceptable for the situation. Notice the following:

  1. That is inappropriate language for the workplace.
  2. Jeans and a t-shirt are inappropriate clothing for a job interview.


imageHe changed his behavior.

A person's behavior is how they act. For example, there is good behavior, bad behavior and rude behavior. Notice the following:

  1. Some students have bad behavior in class.
  2. I was on my best behavior with my grandmother.

Vocabulary Quiz

take the blame • flexibility • customize
push the limit • behavior • inappropriate
  1. He was on best at the interview.
  2. Engineers like to of science.
  3. It is yell at people at work.
  4. I always when things go wrong.
  5. You can the chair to how you like it.
  6. Working 9 to 5 offers no .

Related Video - One Minute English

Cover Image
Video 1407
What do you think about tattoos?
More English Listening Lessons for Language Learners
1350 In the Club
1410 Sri Lankan Meals
Meals in Sri Lanka.
1350 In the Club
1409 Indonesian Meals
Widuri talks about food.
1406 20 Years Abroad
1408 Dressing for Work
John talks about work attire.
1406 20 Years Abroad
1407 Dressing for School
Fashion in the classroom.
1350 In the Club
1406 20 Years Abroad
Todd talks about living overseas.

Looking for more?

Get More Lessons Here >>

Courses for Students and Teachers

One Minute English Videos

Views English Lessons

Mixer English Lessons

Learn Academic English with News Stories

About the Teacher / Creator

Hello, and welcome to elllo. My name is Todd Beuckens. I've been an ESL teacher for 25 years. I created elllo to provide teachers and students free audio lessons and learning materials not usually found in commercial textbooks.
Contact Me Here