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"rain or shine" = no matter what the weather is like

"Rain or shine, classes will be held on Friday."

"leave the nest" = move away from home for the first time

"For some students, coming to a foreign country can be difficult because it is the first time they have left the nest."

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English Language Center
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What questions would you ask if you called a language program overseas to find out more about it? Think of five questions and rank them in order of importance to you. Listen carefully to the following discussion. Compare your questions to the ones asked in the conversation.

HELPFUL TIP: Tuition is only one thing you should consider when choosing a language program. Class size, teachers' qualifications, and school facilities should be researched as well.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "PlayAudio " 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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1. Which was NOT mentioned as part of the purpose of the English Language Center?
A. to help international students prepare to enter institutions of higher learning
B. to teach students how to use English in their daily lives and at work
C. to provide work opportunities for graduating students in the community

2. What is one course taught at the English Language Center?
A. business English
B. US Culture

3. If the Fall semester begins on August 29th, by what date should one apply to the program?
A. May 29th
B. June 29th
C. July 29th

4. What is the tuition for a full-time student?
A. $2030
B. $2300
C. $2013

5. Which one was NOT mentioned as part of the application packet a student must send to the center?
A. sponsorship form
B. high school transcripts
C. application fee

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Explain and discuss some of these topics with a partner:

  • problems related to choosing a language school overseas
  • the differences in studying English in your home country and learning it in another country
  • the difficulties in adjusting to another educational system abroad

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Not all language schools are the same, and some can provide a better educational and social experience than others. Search online and find two language schools or other programs that specialize in your area of interest. Collect information on cost and fees, types of classes offered, recreational opportunities, and reputation. Summarize which school would best suit your needs.

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