Vocabulary Lessons

“College Courses”


Whether you are looking to enroll in universities that offer online degrees or you are just finishing high school, there are often a number of courses you have to take to graduate. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context, as seen in the example. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. algebra
  2. band
  3. biology
  4. calculus
  5. chemistry
  6. computer science
  7. drama
  8. English
  9. geography
  10. geometry
  11. government
  12. health
  13. keyboarding
  14. literature
  15. math
  16. music
  17. PE (physical education)
  18. physics
  19. science
  20. social studies


I'm thinking about taking _______ as an elective class because I'm interested in pursuing a career in acting.

My ______ class is a real drag (=boring) because I already know how to type and use the computer.

Since my sister has a real knack (=special skill) for numbers, I think I'll ask her to help me with my _____ class.

Follow-Up Activity

What are the most important points you look for when choosing an airline for your next flight? Rank the following points from the most to least important: price, destination, length of flight, on-time record, meals, comfort and seating, and customer service. Then, choose a destination and compare two different airlines and see which company suits your needs for your next flight.