Make up your own dialogue about students’ life making use of the text, questions and the dialogue above.
7. Decide if the following statements are true or false according to the text „Students’ Life”:
8. Read and translate (using the notes to the text) the following report of Ukrainian students’ summer activities. The text was originally published in the weekly „English. Language and Culture” (2007, ¹ 31-32).
Notes to the Text
to relax – â³äïî÷èâàòè
to improve – óäîñêîíàëþâàòè
to represent – ïðåäñòàâëÿòè
experience – äîñâ³ä
to inspire – íàäèõàòè
For the second time students from Ukraine, Canada, Poland, and the USA came to Kosiv to relax, meet new friends and improve their English or Ukrainian. The camp was organized by Professor Roman from Winnipeg, Canada, and by his coordinator from Ukraine, Oksana Ruda, the former director of the private school „Persha Lastivka” from Ivano-Frankivs’k. Students who came to the camp represented different regions of Ukraine and provinces of Canada. They didn’t know each other before they met but by the end of their stay in the camp they became friends and were one big family of nearly 100 students.
All the students were happy to be in the camp – both those who had never been there and the ones who came for the second time said that it was the best experience of their lives. They had a lot of fun: interesting activities were prepared by a tireless, energetic and inspiring teacher – Oksana Androshchuk, who came from Austria to be with her friends. The campers liked the morning exercises prepared by Vitaliy Rediuk, a student from Ivano-Frankivs’k and they enjoyed trips to different places, sports competitions and parties.
It was not easy to say goodbye on our last day in the camp, students and teachers were crying and didn’t want to leave. We came to the camp knowing only a few people, but at the end we all became friends and now we get letters and e-mails from different parts of the world. The person who has a friend is said to be rich and what about the one who has a hundred friends?
9. Find the answers to the following questions in the above text:
1) What countries did the students come to Kosiv from?
2) Who was the director of the private school ”Persha Lastivka”?
3) Where did Oksana Androshchuk come to the summer camp from?
4) What did Vitaliy Rediuk prepare?
5) What can you say about various activities of the campers?
10. Read and translate (using the notes to the text) the following stories of the first-year students of various British universities. The text was originally published in the British youth magazine „Current” (2001, ¹ 32).
Notes to the Text
self-motivated – ñàìîñò³éíèé, ö³ëåñïðÿìîâàíèé, ñóìë³ííèé
tutor [΄t j u : t ə] – êåð³âíèê ãðóïè ñòóäåíò³â
tutorial [t j u :΄ t ) r ı ə l] – çàíÿòòÿ (³íäèâ³äóàëüíå àáî ó ìàë³é ãðóï³)
to force – ïðèìóøóâàòè
to afford [ə΄ f ) : d] – äîçâîëÿòè ñîá³
to sit back – â³äïî÷èâàòè, ðîçñëàáëþâàòèñü
to fall behind – â³äñòàâàòè
hall of residence – óí³âåðñèòåòñüêèé ãóðòîæèòîê
social place – ì³ñòî äëÿ çóñòð³÷åé
one-to-one teaching – ³íäèâ³äóàëüí³ çàíÿòòÿ ç âèêëàäà÷åì
to lure [΄ l j u ə] – ñïîêóøàòè
to have fun – âåñåëèòèñÿ, ðîçâàæàòèñÿ
responsible – â³äïîâ³äàëüíèé
FIRST YEAR AT UNIVERSITY
Jeremy Farrington: You need to be very self-motivated in your first year. The tutors are very good. They give you great ideas. But at the end of the day, they can’t force you to do the work. You can’t afford to sit back and not to do the work for a week. It’s very easy to fall behind.
Ben Wilcox: I’m living in a hall of residence. In the hall there are flats, with five people sharing a kitchen and a bathroom. The kitchen is probably the most social place. We’re all busy people but we don’t mind cooking for each other.
There’s a lot of one-to-one teaching. We have two tutorials a week but if you want to see your tutor for extra help you can arrange a tutorial any time. The lectures haven’t been so important in our first year.
Malin Paulsson: My advice to school leavers about to start their first year at university? You shouldn’t be lured by people who seem to be going out all the time and not doing any work. People do work, even if they don’t seem to. The first weeks are a party, having fun and meeting people. But you need to be responsible about your studies as well as having fun.
11. Find the answers to the following questions in the above text:
1) Why can’t a student sit back even for a week?
2) What, according to Ben Wilcox, is more important during the first year of university studies: lectures or tutorials?
3) How do British students live in a hall of residence?
4) What is the difference between tutorials and one-to-one teaching?
5) What is Malin Paulsson’s opinion of studies and social life?
12. Compare the life of British students with your own students’ life. What is similar and what is different between these two ways of life? The questions below will help you to make the comparison:
1) What is more important during your first-year studies: lectures or tutorials?
2) Do you have any one-to-one teaching?
3) How many students share a kitchen in your hall of residence?
4) What is the most important social place for the students of your faculty?
5) What is your own opinion of your first weeks at Kharkiv Pedagogical University?
Be ready to speak about your student’s life.
Focus on Grammar
1. Insert articles a/an or leave a space (without a word).
Example: Tom is a nice boy. His parents are – nice people too.
1. In summer students work with _____ children in _____ summer camps.
2. Have you got _____ camera?
3. My aunt is _____ book-keeper. All my relatives are either _____ book-keepers or _____ economists.
4. Students study _____ six days _____ week.
5. My brother has _____ many friends.
6. Do you collect _____ stamps?
7. Jane is _____ teacher. Here parents are _____ teachers too.
8. I am _____ first-year student. All my group-mates are _____ first-year students too.
9. Let’s have _____ look at the notice-board!
10. My parents have _____ hobbies of their own.
Complete the following sentences. Write what his or her job is.
Example: Ann teaches biology. She is a teacher.
1. Jane looks after patients in hospital. She _____ .
2. Mr. Smith gives lectures for students. He _____ .
3. I study at the Pedagogical University. I _____ .
4. His sisters study at school. They _____ .
5. My father builds houses. He ______ .
6. Her grandparents work on a farm. They _____ .
7. Ann’s mother works at the shop. She _____ .
8. My elder brother drives a lorry. He _____ .
9. Pete and Nick translate books from English into Ukrainian. They _____ .
10. Helen works at the library. She _____ .
If you do not remember the correct words find them in the list below:
Transform the following sentences from singular into plural making use of the words in brackets.
Example: My elder sister is a student (we). We are students.
1. I have many favourite films on CDs (She).
2. My grandmother works on a farm (my grandparents).
3. John is solving an equation (Mike and Jack).
4. Look! A young man is coming into the reading hall (men).
5. A child was making a sand castle (children).
6. He was born in 1992 (his twin sisters).
7. My father is fond of fishing (all members of my family).
8. This university trains teachers (all pedagogical universities).
9. I don’t know a new professor (our group-mates).
10. Does he attend lectures six days a week (his friends)?
Correct the following sentences. Write two correct sentences each time.
Example: The sun goes round the earth. The sun doesn’t go round the earth. The earth goes round the sun.
1. Students study two days a week.
2. The first lecture starts at ten in the morning.
3. The sun rises in the west.
4. We take exams six times a year.
5. During the breaks students stay at their classrooms.
6. In summer students study in the Pedagogical University.
7. In winter we swim in the river.
8. Students take text-books at the canteen.
9. We sing and dance in the reading-hall.
10. My friends play volley-ball at the skating-rink.