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General Listening Quiz

“A University Degree”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
medium university studies man – woman 02:38

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some of the things you need to do to apply for college and succeed in your studies at that level? What are the potential benefits of getting an online degree?


buckle down” = start to work hard
If you don’t buckle down and save money, you’ll never be able to afford college.”

hand to mouth” = with barely enough money to live
My father lived hand to mouth while he was trying to finish college.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Think about these questions:

  1. In your culture, who is mainly responsible for saving money and paying for college: parents or children?
  2. If children pay at least part, what values can they learn from such an experience?
  3. What percent of college students have part-time jobs?
  4. Does the money they earn go to pay for school expenses or other non-essential items like music, eating out, or trips?
  5. What are signs that university students have developed independence?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to complete tasks:

  1. What are all of the costs involved in obtaining a university degree?
  2. What are some ways students can earn money to pay for college tuition?
  3. Find a school you are interested in attending and visit their Web site. Then, research the cost of attending that institution for an entire year, including tuition, school fees, books, and housing. Also, consider additional expenses including health care, food, and incidentals.
  4. What additional costs might you incur at the school?
  5. Finally, consider why some programs are more expensive than others. Is a more expensive program necessarily better than a cheaper one? Why or why not? Also, remember to take into account that earning an online degree can cost less than traditional “brick and mortar” educational institutions. Thus, browsing for online schools might grant you a cheaper education while maintaining a high level of quality.
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