Read the conversation between Tom, a pupil of a secondary school, and his old friend, Mark, who has just started his studies at the university.

Tom: Hi, ark. Hows college?

ark: Great. Im having such a good time. I used to study harder when I was at secondary school.

Tom:Youre so lucky to be a year older than me. Im still studying four hours a night.

ark:I know! Its funny; it seems like only yesterday that we were little schoolchildren in kindergarten together. Now here I am, an undergraduate at university, and next year you will be, too.

Tom:If I pass my exams.

ark:Of course you will. Listen, why dont you relax tonight. Take a night off and come out with me.

Tom:I cant. Ive got to study for an exam tomorrow.

ark:What exam are you taking?

Tom:Its one of Daviss history tests.

ark:Oh, I remember Daviss history tests. You dont have to worry about them. His tests are always easy. Nobody ever fails.

Tom:Well, Im in real trouble if I dont pass.

ark:Listen, youre a good student, arent you?

Tom:Yes, but

ark:You attended all his classes, right?

Tom:Yes, of course, but

ark:And did you take good notes in his lessons?

Tom:Yes, I took pages and pages of notes in a big notebook and

ark:And did you do all the homework?

Tom:Yes, I kept it all in my notebook with my lesson notes.

ark:And did you write all the essays you had to do?

Tom:Yes, theyre all together in the same big notebook.

ark:So, why are you worried?

Tom:Theres only one problem. Ive lost the notebook.

Choose the best answer according to the information in the dialogue.


1. Who is probably older?

a) Tom b) Mark c) impossible to know

2. How many years have Tom and Mark known each other?

a) about four b) about twelve c) about eight

3. Who now does more studying?

a) Tom b) Mark c) they do the same

4. Has Mark ever taken Daviss history test?

a) yes b) no c) impossible to know

5. Is Tom a good student?

a) yes b) no c) impossible to know

6. Is Tom going to fail his history test?

a) yes b) no c) impossible to know


Put the following events in the logical order.


1 ___ ___ ___ a) take an exam b) pass an exam c) study for an exam  
2 ___ ___ ___ a) go to college b) go to secondary school c) go to kindergarten  
3 ___ ___ ___ a) learn b) listen c) forget  
4 ___ ___ ___ a) be a teacher b) be a schoolchild c) be an undergraduate  
5 ___ ___ ___ a) have a lesson b) do homework c) take a test  


Just for fun. Which of the following characteristics do you like best in a teacher? Put them in order from 1-8.


is friendly ___ gives a lot of homework ___

gives frequent tests ___ is young and attractive ___

has a good sense of humour ___ keeps good control of the students

behaviour ___

makes a subject interesting ___ knows his or her subject well ___


Discuss your answers with your group-mates.

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10. Think about:


1. At what ages do you take important examinations in your country?

2. What subjects do you think are the most important to study at school?

3. Do you think a good education should prepare you for life in general or for a particular job?

Study the words and read the following texts (4 and 5) about the education system of Great Britain.

to enter


to obtain








accommodation ,



to complete


postgraduate course

graduate , ;

to conduct (research) ()



to take/make notes

except ,

occasional ,







If you want to go to (= enter) university, you must first pass examinations that most students take at the age of eighteen (called A levels). Most students take three A levels (three examinations in three different subjects) and they must do well in order to get/obtain a place at university because the places are limited. At the moment, approximately 30 % of young adults go to university in Britain.

If you get a place at university, the tuition (= the teaching) is free, and some students also get (= receive) a grant (= money to pay for living expenses, e.g. food and accomodation) as well. Students at university are called undergraduates while they are studying for their first degree.

Most university courses last (= go on for/continue for) three years, some courses last four years, and one or two courses, e.g. medicine, may be longer. During this period students can say that they are doing/studying history, or doing/studying for a degree in history, for example. When they finish the course and pass their examinations, they receive a degree (the qualification when you complete a university course successfully). This can be a BA (= Bachelor of Arts) or a BSc (=Bachelor of Science), e.g. I have a friend who has a BA in history, and another who has a BSc in chemistry.



When you complete your first degree, you are a graduate. (In the US, students also use this word as a verb and say, they graduated in history or graduated in chemistry, for example.) Some students then go on to do a second course or degree (postgraduate course/ postgraduate degree). These students are then postgraduates. There are usually three possible degrees:

MA (Master of Arts) or MSc (Master of Science), usually one year;

MPhil (Master of Philosophy), usually two years;

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), at least three years.

When people study one subjects in great detail (often to find new information), we say they are conducting/doing/carrying out research; e.g.

Im doing some research into/on the languages of different African tribes.

school vs. university.At school, you have teachers and lessons, at university, you have lecturers and lectures. When a lecturer gives/does a lecture, the students listen and take/make notes(= write down the important information), but do not usually say much, except to ask occasional questions.


Read these sentences spoken by university students. What is each person studying? Mark the stress on each of your answers, check with the answer key, and practise saying the words.

1. We have to know every bone in a persons body.

2. Im concentrating on the modernist style and the work of Le Corbusier.

3. The way we use fertilizers is much more precise than twenty years ago.

4. Were going to concentrate on Freud and Jung this term.

5. Ive been reading some books on time management.

6. Expressionism was really a reaction to the work of the Impressionists.

7. Weve spent a lot of time on American foreign policy and how it has been affected by various domestic problems.

8. You must know this case its one of the most famous in legal history.

13. What do you call:


1) the money some students receive if they get a place at university?

2) the qualification you get at the end of university?

3) the name we give students during this period at university?

4) teachers at university?

5) students when they have completed their first degree?

6) students studying for a second degree?

7) the study of one subject in great depth and detail, often to get a new information?

8) the talks that students go to while they are at university?


Replace the underlined verbs with different verbs that have the same meaning in the context.


1. Who is giving the lecture today?

2. Did she receive a grant for her course?

3. Is it more difficult to obtain a place at university?

4. You have to pass the exams before you can enter university.

5. Hes studying physics, I think.

6. I think theyre carrying out some research into computer studies.

7. I didnt take any notes in the lecture yesterday.

8. The course goes on for three years.


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