– How much do you think being a university student isdifferent from being a school student?
– Have you chosen a university to enter yet?
1. In pairs or small groups, brainstorm at least three things into each of the categoriesbelow connected with education and studying.
|Educational institutions: __________|
|Things connected to money: ____________________|
Collocations with “test” and “exam”: ______________
2. Look through the words below and explain the difference in their meanings.
|university / college|
skip / attend
single sex schools / co-ed schools
play truant / cheat
hand-outs / notes
|quality / qualification|
professor / tutor
bachelor’s / master’s (degree)
end of year exams / finals
lecture / lesson
3. Match the words to their definitions.
|1) graduation ceremony|
4) academic degree
6) dormitory (dorm)
|a) the number of people present at a particular place|
b) an event where a successful student receives his/her academic degree
c) grow old or older
d) the buildings and the surrounding land of a university or college
e) a qualification awarded to students upon successful completion o fa course of study in higher education
f) a place where college or university students live
g) permission to study at a school, college or university
h) an amount of money given by the government to allow a student to follow a course
i) men and women who have completed their studies, esp. at a college or university
j) a second-year university or high-school student
k) a student who is still in his or her first term at a university
l) the teaching given to a small group/one person in a college/university
4. Complete the sentences with the appropriate option. Explain the meanings of the words in italics.
1) She’s applied for scholarship/placement to law school.
2) She has a diploma/certificate in marketing.
3) For homework I want you to write an essay/syllabus on pollution.
4) Monika got a grade/score of A in SAT.
5) You’ll be marked down/up for poor spelling and punctuation.
6) Candidates must answer two questions from each paper/lecture.
7) The end of year examination/assignment was very difficult.
8) I took a course/research in English literature.
9) You’ll be tested on everything you’ve studied this term/seminar.
10) It took a long time to write my doctoral thesis/degree.
5. How do you imagine your studying at university? Do you think student life will be exciting? Read the text about the benefits of being a student and fill in the gaps with the correct extracts in the text. There are two you don’t need to use.
a) who’s allowed to eat what in the refrigerator
b) what you can do to manage your workload
c) when you live on campus
d) that will be useful later in life
e) which major will fit their desired lifestyle
f) who is not related to them
g) what do you want out of the college experience
h) where you and your roommate just don’t get along
During your first year of college you will be juggling many new experiences: new friends, new living situations and conditions, new activities, classes and teachers. So, we’ve got a few tips for you to get ready for life on campus and make the most of it.
When you go away to college, you will definitely want to make sure you’re prepared. As you may be living on your own for the first time, try to get in touch with your roommate prior to college to check whether you’re both not bringing such large items like TVs, couches, or refrigerators: the duplicates will take up space and make for a less comfortable environment. Having a roommate is most people’s first experience living with someone 1)________. It comes with both benefits and challenges. You get an instant friend, someone to confide in and keep you company during your first time away from home. However, you chance to be matched with somebody you find challenging or don’t relate to right away. Either way:
– Make your preferences known from the start so you and your roommate are clear on what to do to handle misunderstanding. Establish some rules; what space is whose, when you need quiet time to study, which items you can share, what time you go to bed, if you like to sleep in on weekends and 2)________.
– Practise open communication to help you in good times and bad. You can’t expect your roommate to be a mind reader, so if you get upset or frustrated, tell him about it right away to avoid conflicts.
– Compromise whenever you’re dealing with the wants and needs of other people. When it comes to doing chores around the room, listening to certain kinds of music, watching different TV shows, and requesting privacy, reaching a compromise is the key. Even if you find yourself in a situation 3)________, moving out should be the last resort.
Besides living away from home and making new acquaintances, a dominant part of college life is studying. The classes you choose and the attitude you face them with usually define your semester. The professors always strive to make their lectures relevant and interesting, that’s why even if you think the area of some study is not your future specialty, there are plenty of opportunities to learn something 4)________.
When a sophomore year comes to the end, many colleges require students to declare their major, which is a set of courses in a specific academic subject or professional field. To help decide what major to choose, do some self-evaluation and think about what you really love and what you’re good at. For some students, family, cultural or financial obligations play a big role in choosing 5)________, but you should also consider what will make you happy in life, not just what career you think would pay the most.
There is a lot of freedom in college: freedom to choose the person you want to be, the level of dedication to what you’re studying; freedom to choose what to eat and when, how to pass your time. It may appear a little overwhelming at first and there are such a lot of questions you have to ask yourself, but once you understand the answer to the question 6) “________?”, settling into your new home becomes so much easier.
6. Match the phrasal verbs in colour in the text to their meanings below
to trust / to adapt / to try hard / to enjoy / to leave / to put together / to like or understand / to favour / to occupy / to accompany / to stay in bed until late
7. Imagine you meet a foreigner who studies at college. Think of some things you’d like to ask him about student life abroad, say in Britain and write down at least 5 questions. Listen to the recording and tick the questions you’ve heard the answers for.
8. Read the sentences below and try to complete them using the appropriate vocabulary.Listen to the recording and check your answers.
1) Education system in the UK is very interactive; the idea is ________ while you ________.
2) Students can choose to study ________, called “joint honours”, but most choose only one.
3) Most first year students live in university accommodation often known as ________.
4) ________ and ________, the students are entitled to, cover the cost of further accommodation.
5) Students who study and ________, need to balance it with the other commitments. But it is a good way to ________ income and ________ horizons at the same time!
6) UK universities have support facilities to help students improve their ________.
7) College and university traditions and rituals bind the student ________ and give ________.
8) During annual campus-wide entertaining events students work and ________, ________ with peers, ________ sport games ________ and ________ team chants.
9) Fresher’s Week is the time when students go to ________, social ________ and get ________.
9. Work in pairs. Make up some more questions about the text. Ask and answer them in turns. Which facts do you find most surprising? What are the similarities between British and Ukrainian college student life? What are the differences?
WAYS OF EXPRESSING THE FUTURE
We use the Present Simple to talk about timetables, programmes or routines.
E.g.: I start school at 8 o’clock every day. My school bus arrives at 7.45.
We use the Present Continuous to talk about arrangements.
E.g.: We are having a meeting of our student council members next week.
We use be going to to talk:
– about intentions, plans or ambitions for the future;
– about predictions based on present evidence.
E.g.: I’m going to enter the university next year. I feel terrible. I think I’m going to fail.
We use will for:
– decisions made at the moment of speaking;
– predictions about the future, based on our beliefs, ideas, expectations, with the verbs I think, I believe, I hope, etc., the expressions be sure/certain, be afraid, etc., adverbs probably, perhaps;
– actions or events which will definitely happen in the future and which we cannot control.
E.g.: We will take end of the year exams in June. I feel terrible, I think I will fail. I won’t cheat anymore, please don’t give me a Fail. – Ok, I have to go! I’ll call you tomorrow!
10. Write the sentences in the correct group.
– I don’t think I’ll ever be famous.
– I’ll hold the door for you.
– I’ll wash. You dry.– We’ll help you!
– I’m seeing Jenny on Sunday.
– You’ll feel better soon.
– I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
– It won’t take long to get there.
– I’m playing basketball tonight.
– We don’t have seminars next week.
– I’ll let him know. What are you doing next week?
– This year school ends on 28 May.
– Are you going to the cinema tomorrow night?
– It takes place on Monday.
– The TV series continues after the weekend.
|Predictions and hopes||Spontaneous ideas||Plans and arrangements||Timetables and routines|
11. Circle the best future form to complete these sentences.
1) Don’t worry about your entrance test! I’m sure you’ll pass/you’re going to pass.
2) I won’t come/’m not coming on Saturday, sorry. I have a dentist appointment.
3) Hurry up! The film starts/is starting in five minutes.
4) Are you cold? OK, I’m going to/I’ll close the window.
5) Don’t leave your bag there! Someone’s going to steal/’ll steal it .
6) Good morning and welcome to our course. In this lecture I’ll/I’m going to tell you about...
7) Look at the traffic! We’re going to be/We’re late for class.
8) Oops, I forgot to bring your book! I’m going to/I’ll go to my dorm and get it now.
9) I don’t think he’ll/think he won’t go to the party.
10) What time does/will your bus leave tomorrow?
12. Work in pairs. Imagine you have to make up your mind about which university to enter. Look through the list of university characteristics and discuss them with your partner. Which qualities will you consider prior? Explain your choices.
|__meeting the admissions requirements|
__affordable cost of attending the university
__available financial aid/scholarships
__opportunities to study abroad
__employers/corporations come to campus to interview graduates
|__available on-campus housing|
__opportunities to engage in desired hobbies
__student government/organizations to join in
__collegiate sporting events/music or theatre ensembles
__possible part-time study/part-time work
13. What are the top prestigious universities you know? Would you like to study at any of them? Do you know the entry requirements? Do some research and fill in the chart below. It will help you weigh all the pros and cons to choose your perfect university.
Facilities (campus life)
Cost and support