Academic English

“College Classes”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate mini-lecture man 01:17

Pre-Listening Exercise

What other information would you expect to hear during the first day of a class besides the ones listed below?

  • the name of the course
  • the teacher’s name
  • the class grading system

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The name of the class is ______.

My name's Karl Roberts, and I'll be your teacher for this class, Intercultural Communication 311.

The class meets from ______.

This class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:50.

On average, how often will the class meet in the research lab during the last part of the course?

We will be using the research lab every other week on Thursday in room 405 during the last two months of the class.

If today is Tuesday, when should the textbook be available in the bookstore?

You should be able buy them at the bookstore the day after tomorrow.

A student's grade is determined by a students' participate, quizzes, and ______.

Again, as you see on your course outline, grading is determined by your work on a midterm and final test, periodic quizzes, uh, a research project, and classroom participation.

Post-Listening Exercise

Imagine that you are planning your university class schedule for the coming year. What are at least three things you consider when choosing a particular class? What qualities do you look for in the ideal teacher? Do you think attendance and participation should be part of the classroom grade? Discuss these issues with a partner.

Online Investigation

Many students want to get online degrees or take classes online instead of attending face-to-face courses at schools. Use the Internet to find a school where you can take English classes. Then, answer these questions:

  1. What is the name of the Web site where you can take classes?
  2. What are the key features of that school?
  3. Who are the teachers and what are their qualifications?
  4. How much do classes cost?