Academic English

"ESL Program Meeting"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate office schedules man and woman 01:57

Pre-Listening Exercise

Imagine that you are a teacher in an English Language Program, and you will have a new group of students arriving next week for an orientation meeting? What things would you need to do to prepare for a new teaching session?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The orientation meeting is on _______.

Randall: Well, I just wanted to go over the schedule for Wednesday's orientation meeting to make sure everything is ready.

The woman wants to end the meeting at _____.

Randall: Okay. Now, we had planned originally for the meeting to go until ten thirty, but now we have someone from the international center coming to speak to the students on extracurricular activities, so how about ending the meeting around eleven?

The campus tour will end around ______.

Woman: We have reserved a campus shuttle to give students a forty-five-minute tour starting at one thirty. [Oh. Okay.]

During the tour, the students will see the union building, the library, and the _______.

Woman: We have reserved a campus shuttle to give students a forty-five-minute tour starting at one thirty. [Oh. Okay.] We want to show students around the university, including the union building, the library, and the student services building.

Why will it be difficult to find a pen on Randall's desk?

Randall: Okay, here, let me jot that down. Uh, could you grab a pen off my desk? Faith: Right. Finding anything on your desk is like finding a needle in a hay stack. [Oh, it's not that bad.] Here, use mine.

Post-Listening Exercise

You have a friend who wants to study overseas. What type of school curriculum, teachers, facilities, and school activities should he look for in a good language program?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet find two English language programs in a country of your choice. Then, answer these questions:

  1. What is the name of the program?
  2. Where is it located?
  3. What are the features of the program that would attract students?
  4. What courses are offered in the program?
  5. Does this program help students prepare for a university program? If so, how?
  6. How much does the program cost?