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General Listening Quiz

“Student Loans”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate student loans man – woman 01:05

Pre-Listening Exercise

How do students go about getting a loan for college (e.g., from family, school, a bank, or other)? What expenses can such loans cover for a university student? Why are such loans needed for some people, but not for others?


a walking encyclopedia” = someone who seems to know everything
My roommate would do well on a trivia game show. He’s a walking encyclopedia.”

have the right stuff” = have the needed skills to succeed
Susan has the right stuff to get into any school she chooses.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

How do you (did you or will you) pay for your college expenses? Explain your experiences.

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to answer some of these questions:

  1. What expenses do student loans cover?
  2. What are the ins and outs (good and bad points) of taking out a student loan?
  3. What are the interest rates on student loans?
  4. What other grants or scholarships are sometimes available at schools in your area?
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