91 Study Abroad
1 Maybe she could check to see what colleges are good for you.
2 I am going to be an international student there.
3 When are you leaving for the States?
4 I've got some questions about these application form.
5 In general, the Graduate division requires a TOEFL score of at least 575.
6 Do you think they will give me the visa?
7 Just try your luck.
8 Shall I mail all the materials to the graduate admissions office?
9 You will be given a social security number when you get registered in the States.
10 As a rule, they don't make awards to the first year international students.
M: Miss Fallen, can you tell me why you want to get a visa to the States?
F: To study. I am going to the University of Tampa to do a postgraduate course for three years.
M: Do you have the Letter of Acceptance from the University with you?
F: Yeah, here it is.
M: Thank you very much. And do you have any proof of the financial support for three years?
F: I've got a letter from my bank here. It shows I am able to support myself during these three years of studies.
M: Could I see that, please?
F: Yes, here it is.
M: Thanks very much. While I'll be able to give you a visa for one year, a student visa that is.
F:Oh, but mine is a three-year program.
M: It is a three-year, but you can renew the visa each year in the States. It is our usual procedure.
F:Okay, thank you.
F:How are you getting along with your paper?
M: I haven't finished it. It is very difficult.
F: You should hand it in before next Sunday.
M:Okay, I know. I will try my best.
F:I believe you can do a good job.
M: Hellen, you must be excited at going to America to study.
F: Yeah, I've been looking forward to it for ages.
M: What do your classmates think of it?
F:T hey give me a lot of congratulations.
M: How long will you study there.
F: Oh, maybe three years. I will study and get the master degree first. Then I will decide whether I will stay there or come back.
M: Which university are you going to?
F: Chicago University. My major is Economics.
M: Good luck!
F: Thank you!
In Chinese education, students learn through memorization. The teacher is the king, and what he says is always the truth. In American education, however, much emphasis is placed on problem solving and discussion. There is very little emphasis on memorizing information. Students are taught to think for themselves. The role of the teacher is to stimulate their thinking, to get them to ask questions, challenge and even argue with the teacher and come to their own conclusions.
1 What about your accomodation here?
2 How did you get a loan with your landlady?
3 How were you doing in New Zealand?
4 What is your impression of the United States.
5 Do you like the people there?
6 Are your going to cook by yourself?
7 Do you like to eat pizza and spagetti?
8 Are you used to western food there?
9 Why don't you rent a house near the school?
10 I rent a bigger house because my wife will join me.
M: Have you been in America long, Hellen?
F: No. Only for a couple of weeks.
M: Where are you going to study?
F: I am going to register at Harvard next month.
M: What are you going to major in?
F: I am going to major in tourism. What about you? How long have you been here?
M: For nearly four years.
F: Well. You should be able to give me some advice on where to stay. At the moment, I am staying in a hotel which is far away from the school.
M: Oh, Linda. You must be so excited about going to study in America.
F: Oh yes I am. I have always wanted to go to the States. I love meeting new people and making new friends.
M: Well, I am sure you will.
F: Well, there is one thing.
M: What is the matter?
F: I am a little worried about my host family. You know, in the agreement, I have to do some cooking for them.
F: Well, I am just afraid they won't like my Chinese way of cooking.
M: Oh, listen, you soon learn, and I am sure they will explain to you how they like to get prepared.
F: Oh, let's hope so.
F: Hi! How are you doing?
M: Good, thanks. How about you?
F: Pretty good. Say, where are you living this semester?
M: In No. 4 Dorm. I like dorm life. You will meet a lot of people and you don't have to cook. And what about you?
F: Oh, I am looking for an apartment. I prefer living off campus. I can study better.
M: I hope you will find a place. Listen, I gotta go. I am late for a class.
F: Okay, see you around.
M: Take care.
John had come to an English speaking country to improve his English. He has studied the language for five years in his own country and he could understand written English quite well. What he needed above all was practice in conversation. He enrolled at a school for foreign students. And the school found him a home with the local family. The family was pleasant and friendly. He was delighted to discover that there was a pretty daughter, only a year or so younger than he is. That first night as he was getting ready for bed, he was filled with optimism. A few days later, however, when his class teacher, Mr. Price asked him how he was getting along. He had to admit that he felt a little disappointed. "By Sunday", said John, "I'll have been here for two weeks. But I've had very little opportunity to practise conversation." "Aren't you living with a local family?" asked Mr. Price. "Yes, I am." replied John."But they are always busy." "Aren't there any young people in the family?" "Yes, there is a daughter of 17, but she leaves home at eight o'clock in the morning and she spends every evening with her friends."