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Unformatted text preview: LearnEnglish Professionals STUDYING ABROAD AUDIOSCRIPT Listen to 3 students talking about studying in the UK. Optional exercise (The answers are at the bottom of the page). Listen and decide if the f ollowing statements are True or False. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Lin already had Chinese f riends in Bristol. Lin has been to other parts of Europe. Lin f ound it difficult when she had to speak in class. Tomas chose his univ ersity because of the courses it off ered. Tomas enjoyed the social lif e. Tomas had to work as well as study. Syed is trying to get a job now. Syed liked the way of teaching on the course. Syed didn’t like the student accommodation. Lin: I’m f rom China and I’ve been studying in Bristol f or 4 years. I’ve just finished my MA degree. W hen I first arrived in the UK I f ound it very difficult as I didn’t know anybody here, but I soon met other Chinese people studying at the university, and as my English improved I made friends with more people on my course. Studying in the UK has been a very positive experience f or me. I’ve met a lot of interesting people and trav elled around Europe in the holidays. For me the most difficult aspect was hav ing the confidence to take part in tutorials, and when I was told I would hav e to give a presentation to the rest of the class, I was v ery nervous. My tutor helped me a lot, howev er, and said that f or someone using their second language I did very well. Tomas: I came to Leicester on the Erasmus scheme a year ago. I had a choice of univ ersities and I chose this one because it’s in a multicultural area. In the Czech Republic I had nev er come across f oreigners, so I was interested in living in a place with people f rom many different cultures. The social lif e here is great, and I will really miss the good f riends I’ve made when I go back home next week. There aren’t many other Czech people here so I’v e had to make f riends with people f rom other countries. That’s been v ery good f or my English – some Erasmus students stay mostly with people f rom the same country and they don’t get the same experience. The worst thing has been that ev erything is so expensiv e. I had to get a parttime job and borrow f rom my parents to afford to liv e here. Syed I won a scholarship to do an MSc in Telecommunications at Manchester Univ ersity. The course was excellent and enabled me to get a good job when I finished. Now I’m thinking of doing a PhD bef ore I return to India. I enjoyed the way the course was taught. W e were encouraged to think f or ourselves rather than read piles of textbooks. It’s a different approach to the way I’d studied bef ore, and one that I would recommend. I would also recommend living in student accommodation – it’s the cheapest option and although the rooms are small they hav e everything you need, and you get to know other people v ery easily. For me, the only problem was that the social life centres around alcohol, and I don’t drink. Answer s: 1F, 2T, 3T, 4F, 5T, 6T, 7F, 8T, 9F www.br itishc ouncil.or g/pr of essionals.htm © The British Council, 2007 The United Kingdom’s in ternational orga nisation for educational opportunities and cu ltural relations. W e are registered in England as a charity. ...
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