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Listening comprehension. 1. Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, is one of the largest schools in the Midwest. The new school year begins this autumn and will cost 52

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I. True or False?

1. Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, is one of the largest schools in the Midwest.

  1. The new school year begins this autumn and will cost 52 thousand dollars for undergraduates.
  2. Graduate tuition doesn’t differ by the program.
  3. The University doesn’t offer any financial assistance for international students because its resources are limited.
  4. International students may take out only private loans.

II. Answer the questions.

1. What types of schools are there at the university?

2. What is the difference between graduate tuition?

3. What kind of assistance does the university offer to the international students?

III. You are one of the international students, who want to study at this University and needs some information about it. Your partner is the representative of the university staff. Make an interview, using newly learnt words, useful expressions from the previous lessons.

IV. Answer the following questions:

  1. What are the levels of education in the USA?
  2. What age groups do they include?
  3. What are the basic subjects at school?
  4. What does the word “elective” mean?
  5. Do the students and their parents know the IQ test scores?
  6. Is there a separate educational system for the wealthy?
  7. What are boarding schools? Who can afford to study there?
  8. What information does a high school transcript include?
  9. What are the possible ways to get further education?

On-line/off-line activity

Find from the Internet additional materials about education in the USA and compare with education in Russia and Great Britain: Divide into two groups and discuss differences and similar features in groups, then express your opinion in class.

Recommended resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_the_United_States

Homework

Write an informal letter to your penfriend in the USA about your study at the University, your interests, etc. Ask him/her 5-6 questions about his/her study. Don’t forget about organisation of the letter.

Do grammar and revision test.

 


Lesson 4

LEXICAL EXERCISES

I. Match the words and their definitions given below:

Grade, high school, diploma, vocational, score, higher school, standards, selective subjects, term, admission, middle class, boarding school, mandatory subjects, loan, campus.

Educational certificate of proficiency;

a school where pupils study and live;

being accepted to a school, a club;

the mark given to a student for his work;

subjects that every student must study;

institution for giving secondary education;

subjects that a student may choose;

academic requirements;

professional;

record points;

universities;

class of society between the poor and the rich;

one of the periods into which the academic year is divided;

place where students live;

sum of money given to a person who should return it;

II. You will hear Rachel talking about her schools-days. Put ticks in the chart with information about her.

Didn’t like maths or science  
Enjoyed outdoor activities  
Had to make friends at secondary school  
Has a twin brother  
Liked English, geography and history  
Played tricks on people  

SPEAKING PRACTICE

The students in pairs are offered to make a questionnaire about the university and students’ activity (in the Present Simple Tense), using all the information, discussed before.

After that they should make up dialogues on the theme. We advise to remind them to use active vocabulary and useful phrases in their dialogues and to give another group of useful expressions:

Asking and answering questions:

Could you repeat, please... That’s a good question!
As far as I know/understand... Well, let me think...
Will you tell me, please... Let me see...
If I’m not mistaken... I need to think about it for a moment.
May I ask one more question? Well, I’m glad you asked me that.

 

Some students like to ask provocative questions, awearing that the groupmates don’t know exact answer. Explain them that unpredictable situations happen very often in real life and advise them to store other useful phrases, just in case:

Well, that’s hard to say right now, but next time I’ll try to answer!

I’m not perfectly ready to answer this question, but next time I’ll try to answer!

What a difficult question!

All this routine work has to be done as a preliminary preparation to the presentation.

 


Lesson 5

UNIVERSITIES – THE PARTICIPANTS

of the Tempus Joint European Project

Introduction

At last lesson we discussed a lot about our University. Do you know that your University is one of the participants of the Tempus Joint European Project with regard o the Bologna process? The aim of this project is to improve the level of knowledge and practical skills in foreign languages among students of technical universities of the Ural region, using communicative approach technologies.



So, you are lucky, that you are involved in this process.

The task

Find from the Internet resources the information about five universities – the participants of the Tempus Joint European Project:

– Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania, - the Grandholder of the project;

– Dresden University of Technology (DTU), Germany;

– Ural State Technical University (USTU), Ekaterinburg;

– South Ural State Technical University (SUSU), Chelyabinsk.

Process

Divide into 4 groups, choose one of the Universities you are going to represent.

In groups prepare short performances about the Universities, according to the following plan:

The geographical situation;

The history of foundation;

Faculties and departments;

University staff;

Total number of students;

The kinds of degrees;

International cooperation;

Student’s life, etc.

Evaluation

1 grade – appropriate language (vocabulary, impersonal style, use of pauses)

1 grade – grammar, pronunciation

1 grade – full information (all questions were answered)

1 grade – delivery (open manner, involving audience, avoiding monotonous intonation)

1 grade – body language (general appearance, gestures, confident and positive impression).

Conclusion

The more you know about these Universities, the easier you will make your objectives and aims about your further study and future plans.


Lesson 6

PRESENTATION (on-line activity)

 

Introduction

At present your University is one of the leading in Russia. It is a training center of engineers and lecturers and develops cooperation in education, research and academic exchanges with a number of other International Universities. The graduates of the University are considered to be highly qualified specialists and are constantly in great demand.

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The Task

Find from the Internet the information about your University:

· The history of foundation;

· Faculties and departments;

· Branches in other towns;

· The faculty you study at;

· The kinds of degrees;

· International cooperation;

· Recreation and accommodation

Process

Choose the parts of: the vice-rector, the dean of the faculty, and other representatives of the university staff. Be ready to prepare presentation about your University. Other students will take an active part asking different questions.

Evaluation

1 grade – appropriate language (vocabulary, impersonal style, use of pauses)

1 grade – grammar, pronunciation

1 grade – full information (all questions were answered)

1 grade – delivery (open manner, involving audience, avoiding monotonous intonation)

1 grade – body language (general appearance, gestures, confident and positive impression).

Conclusion

The more you know about the University, the easier it will help you to study better, to make a right decision about your study and future plans.

Recommended resources:

http://inter.istu.ru


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