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Vocabulary Lessons

“Online Degrees”


There are many options for getting an education, including taking online courses and pursuing a degree program online. Yet, it probably isn’t for everyone, especially if you enjoy face-to-face interaction with fellow students and teachers. 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. You can use the Internet to find sample sentences and related information.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  1. apply
  2. attend
  3. audit a class
  4. bachelors degree
  5. cram for a test
  6. credits
  7. distance education
  8. drop a class
  9. enroll (in)
  10. freshman/ sophomore / junior / senior
  11. flunk out of school
  12. graduate (from)
  13. major (in)
  14. masters degree
  15. midterm exam
  16. online course
  17. register for
  18. skip class
  19. transcript
  20. transfer (to)


Follow-Up Activity

What are the advantages and disadvantages of attending a traditional college versus enrolling in a distance education program where you can also receive a degree online? Search the Internet and see if you can find an institution that offers an online course or degree in your major. How much is the course and how long will it take to complete to class or degree?

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