tutorStudy Options
Improve your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
go online • hand in • used to
in the habit • get around • paper trails • versatile
  1. It's easier if you get of washing your clothes once a week.
  2. She is in trouble and not permitted to on Facebook.
  3. You have to an essay every week in that class.
  4. She always manages to doing cleaning jobs around the house.
  5. It takes about a month to get the schedule.
  6. Investigators are usually very good at following .
  7. The car seems and perfect for a small family, dog and boat.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Audio Links
headphones

Download this MP3
(right click and save)

Buy this MP3 +1300
more MP3 and PDF

image

223 Writing
John talks about a writing class he taught without the use of paper.

  • Transcript
  • Audio Notes
notes
Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

go online

Instead of writing their essays on paper, the students go online to do it.

When you go on the internet you are 'going online.' Notice the following:

  1. Let's go online and do a little research.
  2. I need to go online and check my email.

hand in

The students have two options for handing in their essays.

When you 'hand in' a document you give it to your teacher or superior.  Usually you must hand something in by a specific deadline. Notice the following:

  1. He always tries to hand in his projects late.
  2. When do you have to hand in your application?

get used to or get in the habit

It is difficult to get used to it at first, but it gets easier once you get into the habit of doing it.

When you become accustomed to something or adapt to it you 'get used to' it.  When you do something repeatedly without thinking too much about it you are 'in the habit' of doing it. Notice the following:

  1. I got in the habit of watching television when I got home instead of going to the gym.
  2. It will take me a long time to get used to this heat.

get around or paper trail

The students can't get around that kind of paper trail.

To 'get around' something is to avoid doing something that you are supposed to do without consequences. A paper trail is evidence of something because of documentation. Notice the following:

  1. By talking to one of his professors he was able to get around taking the placement exam for the class.
  2. If you plan to be a criminal you should learn how to destroy your paper trail.

versatile

It's important for a writer to be versatile and go in different directions.

If a writer is 'versatile' he can write about many different topics and change his style. We frequently use this phrase to mean adaptable. Notice the following:

  1. He isn't a very versatile actor. Most of the time he plays basically the same role.
  2. These pants are very versatile.  They are formal or casual depending on what I wear with them.