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undergraduate • exchange • autonomous
guidance • teacher-fronted • horizons relies
  1. Students can achieve high marks in classes with homework and quizzes, but may not know how to do learning.
  2. Nowadays, most employers expect an degree.
  3. It is important for high schools to provide to students who will graduate soon.
  4. He doesn't feel very confident in his English, so he on his wife to speak for him.
  5. You need to expand your and listen to some new music.
  6. Our newest program works with a school in Brazil.
  7. Most of the classes given at schools here are style.
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1231Global Student

Jana talks about how she has been a student (and teacher) in three different cultures.

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undergraduate degree

I did my undergraduate degree in Prague.

Your 'undergraduate degree' is the first university degree that you complete. It usually takes about 3 to 5 years to finish. Notice the following:

  1. It took him almost 6 years to finish his undergraduate degree.
  2. What are you studying for your undergraduate degree?

exchange program

As part of my studies in Prague, I did an exchange program for a semester in Madrid.

An 'exchange program' is like a study-abroad program, except that there are two schools that send students to each other. Notice the following:

  1. We are hoping to get at least three new exchange programs started by next year.
  2. Our school has a great exchange program in Italy.

autonomous learning

In Prague, it's more like autonomous learning.

'Autonomous learning' is done independently. Maybe each student is responsible for his own studies. Notice the following:

  1. Some classes are too structured. I prefer more autonomous learning.
  2. This is a course to teach students the value of autonomous learning and how to motivate themselves.

guidance

I would have preferred a bit more guidance, maybe.

In this case, 'guidance' would be like supervision or advice. Notice the following:

  1. Some teachers are very good at giving guidance for decisions about the future.
  2. His parents gave him a lot of professional guidance.

teacher-fronted style

In Spain, it was more of a teacher-fronted style of teaching.

A 'teacher-fronted style' of teaching would be a class where the teacher is leads the discussions and does most of the talking. Notice the following:

  1. She's used to more of a teacher-fronted style of teaching, so it's strange to her to participate so much in classes.
  2. I get bored in classes that have a teacher-fronted style of teaching.

expand your horizons

The students wanted to experience studying in another country and expand their horizons.

When you 'expand your horizons,' you learn new things or have new experiences because you expand your comfort area. Notice the following:

  1. I decided to expand my horizons and try skiing.
  2. He is trying to expand his horizons and try new foods.

rely on

Did you have to rely on other languages that you speak when you were studying or just English?

'Rely on' is the same as 'depend on.' Peter wants to know if Jana only had to use English in the classroom, or if she needed her other languages. Notice the following:

  1. She relies on her husband to do almost everything for her.
  2. University taught him not to rely so much on his parents.
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