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"show your face" = to show up or appear somewhere

"The teacher failed the student because he rarely showed his face in class."

"sweat blood" = work very hard, sometimes with some anxiety

"He sweated blood to complete his school projects during the last semester of college so he could graduate."

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First Day of Class
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Follow-up Exercises

Level: Topic: Type: Speakers: Length:
beginning course introduction mini-lecture man 01:17

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What other information would you expect to hear during the first day of a class besides the ones listed below?

  • the name of the course
  • the teacher's name
  • the class grading system

HELPFUL TIP: Most college teachers pass out a syllabus at the beginning of a new class. Be sure to ask any questions about the content of the course because you will probably be responsible for everything in the syllabus.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Instructions: Listen to the lecture by pressing the Play button on the player. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the name of the course?
A. Intercultural Commerce
B. Interaction in Communication
C. Intercultural Communication
D. International Cooperation

2. What time does the class meet?
A. 3:05 PM to 4:15 PM
B. 3:15 PM to 4:50 PM
C. 3:50 PM to 4:50 PM
D. 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM

3. On average, how often will the class meet in the research lab during the last part of the course?
A. once a month
B. twice a month
C. three times a month
D. four times a month

4. If today is Tuesday, when should the textbook be available in the bookstore?
A. today after class
B. on Wednesday
C. on Thursday
D. on Friday

5. Which item was NOT mentioned as part of determining a student's final grade in the class?
A. participation
B. quizzes
C. a research project
D. attendance

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Correct answers:

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Imagine that you are planning your university class schedule for the coming year. What are at least three things you consider when choosing a particular class? What qualities do you look for in the ideal teacher? Do you think attendance and participation should be part of the classroom grade? Discuss these issues with a partner.

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