Topic: Study abroad experiences

Listen and Practice: Many students want to study abroad to learn new skills, pick up a language, and do volunteer work. Listen and answer the questions.Then, review the script to improve your listening and pronunciation skills.

The man wants to study in ___________.

The man says, "I’m really interested in studying Japanese, so I might apply for a program in Japan."

The man needs money to pay for ______________.

The man says, "Of course, I need to earn enough money to pay for tuition and living expenses, but I think that I first need to pick up a little of the language and learn something about the country so I can adjust quickly to the culture."

Actual Transcription:

Before I finish school, I would like to go study abroad to learn another language and experience another culture. I’m really interested in studying Japanese, so I might apply for a program in Japan. Of course, I need to earn enough money to pay for tuition and living expenses, but I think that I first need to pick up a little of the language and learn something about the country so I can adjust quickly to the culture. Such an experience should help me develop an understanding of others—the way they live, think, and believe–and this knowledge should help me in my future career.

Reduced Speech:

Before I finish school, I’d like  go study abroad  learn another language ən’ experience another culture. I‘m really interested in studying Japanese, so I might apply fər ə program in Japan. Of course, I need  earn enough money  pay fər tuition ən’ living expenses, but I think that I first need  pick up ə little of the language ən’ learn something əbout the country so I kn adjust quickly  thə culture. Such ən experience should help me develop ən understanding əf others—thə way they live, think, ən’ believe–ən’ this knowledge should help me in my future career.

Activities:

  1. Discussion: What things do students need  consider  determine if study abroad is right  fər?
  2. Internet Activity: Search fər study abroad programs fər an area əf the world you‘d like  visit ən’ figure out thə costs ən’ benefits fər two different ones  find. Decide which one would suit  best.