Idioms "crack the books" = start studying
"The reason why he isn't doing very well is that he rarely cracks the books."
"cut class" = miss school
"Although some of my daughter's friends cut class a lot, she is at school every day."
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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]
Level: Topic: Type: Speakers: Length: easy education
interview man - boy 01:35
[ 1. Pre-Listening Exercises Top]
Describe a normal school day in the life of a student in your country including hours, class subjects, meals, rules, dress, and extra-curricular activities. What options are there in your country to take online classes through distance learning, even for children?
HELPFUL TIP: Instruction in the United States is very student centered and discussion is highly encouraged. Be prepared to talk and interact with students, perhaps more than you are used to in your country.
[ 2. Listening Exercises Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.
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Listen to the conversation again as you read the
Quiz Script. Then, do the Text Completion Quiz.
Now, practice these grammar and listen exercises to improve your use of English on the topic of study abroad:
[ 4. Post-Listening Exercises Top]
What thing did you most enjoy about your school life in your country? Talk with a partner. Explain and discuss some of these topics:
the length of the school year
a typical day at school
teacher and student interaction
school rules (e.g., dress, hair styles, chewing gum, talking in class, cheating, arriving late, etc.)
Listen to recordings from language learners from around the world and find out the answers to these questions:
What time does the person go to school?
How does he or she get to school?
What does he or she study there?
What other facts do you learn about the person's experience at school?
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