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"pass with flying colors" = pass something easily with high marks

"He passed all of his classes with flying colors, and this should help him to receive more scholarship offers."

"cover a lot of ground" = go over a lot of material, for example, in a class or meeting

"I heard that the teacher covered a lot of ground in class today, so I was wondering if I could take a look at your notes."

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College Scholarships
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some of the basic requirements to qualify for different types of academic scholarships at schools in your area?

HELPFUL TIP: It is often difficult for students and their families to cover college expenses these days; however, colleges, local organizations, and even government agencies provide scholarships based on academic achievement and financial need.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. The student said he couldn't take the test because the bus ________.
A. had an accident on the highway
B. was lagging behind schedule
C. had a hard time due to bad weather

2. What was the real reason why he didn't make it to class?
A. He was asleep at home.
B. He was playing video games in bed.
C. He was still eating breakfast.

3. What is the program's policy for missing a test?
A. Students can take the test at a later date for half credit.
B. Students cannot make up a test for unapproved reasons.
C. Students can take tests if they submit a doctor's note.

4. Which concern did the student NOT mention about not passing the class?
A. His girlfriend will leave him unless he pulls up his grades.
B. The man might lose financial support to pay for his education.
C. He fears that his parents will feel upset by his actions.

5. What message is the teacher trying to get across to the student?
A. Students should select their classes based on their schedules.
B. Students need to accept accountability for their choices.
C. Students ought to get more support from their parents.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Option 1:

Talk about people you know that have used similiar excuses as the student in the conversation. What are the underlying causes of making poor choices? What are the short-term and long-term consequences of such behavior?

Option 2:

There are many steps that go into applying for academic scholarships, including some possible ones listed below. Discuss some of these ideas with a partner and add your thoughts about each one:

  • Talk with a school counselor
  • Decide which educational institutions interest you
  • Make sure you meet the scholarship requirements
  • Writing a resume and/or filling out a scholarship application
  • Get letters of recommendation
  • Write an admission essay
  • Prepare for scholarship interviews

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
In addition to regular academic and athletic scholarships, there are many unusual scholarships based on a person's physical characteristics, special abilities and skills. One such example is the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest.

Now, use the Internet to three unusual scholarships. What are the requirements for each? Who is the intended audience? Would you personally qualify for any of them?

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