College —A New Experience. Unit 1. Objectives and Requirements. By the end of this unit, students are supposed to comprehend the texts well through an intensive study of the texts. Understand all the new words and phrases and can use them freely.
College —A New Experience
comprehend the texts well through an intensive study of the texts.
1. Preview Questions
1) Do you like your college life? Why or why not?
2) What are the things the author likes about college?
3) Do you know any of the famous universities in America? Would you like to list a few of them?
(United States Military Academy; University of Boston; Harvard University; University of California; New York University; Princeton University; Yale University;Florida State University, etc.)
1) Marymount University
2) Bank Accounts
savings account application form
code number deposit slip
draw money fill out
3) Credit Cards
4) New York City
1) adjust v. adapt ( to the climate, new surroundings etc.)
adjust to: get used to sth. by making necessary changes
e.g. The doctor tried to adjust his patients to a new treatment.
She carefully adjusted her clothes and her hair before going out.
2) on one’s own: alone; independent
e.g. Don’t worry about him because he can handle it on his own.
Remember you will be on your own once going abroad.
3) have …off: have a rest, relax for a time; be absent or free from work or duty
e.g. May I have one week off if I finish my work in time?
You’d better have a couple of days off.
4) handle: to control, deal with, take care of
e.g. The new manager couldn’t handle the pressures of his job.
She handles all of the billing for the law firm.
I will handle some business, then go home early today.
5) account: money kept in a bank for present or future use
e.g. I have a checking account at Metropolitan Bank.
open an account 开立账户
close an account with a bank 结束银行账户
a checking account 支票存款账户
a savings account 储蓄存款账户
6) now (that): as a consequence of the fact (that)e.g.
e.g. Now that you are grown up, you should not rely on your parents.
Now that I am free, I can enjoy music for a while.
7) confuse v. fail to tell the difference between …
be confused … with / about:not clear about, don’t know exactly what to do
e.g. Many people are confused with the twin buildings.
I’m afraid I’m a little confused about what he said.
If you do too many things at a time, you may get confused.
8) suppose v. expect; intend
be supposed to: be expected to; be required to
e.g. Suppose no one had saved the poor baby, what would have happened?
Even if his car broke down on the way, he was supposed to be here by bus now.
I was supposed to meet her, but I spaced out and forgot.
9) upperclassman: a student in the last two years of high school or college
cf . upper: located in a higher area or region
e.g. The upperclassmen at the University of Michigan include women and men who are juniors and seniors.
His upper body hurts in the neck and chest.
10) add to: to put 9one thing together with another)
e.g. I didn’t want to add to Mother’s misery.
I have nothing to add to my earlier statement.
11) cope with: deal with successfully; handle
e.g. Inexperienced in politics, the newly-elected mayor failed to cope with the confusing political issue.
Poor families have to cope with a lot of strain.
Our ancestors have to cope with cold, hunger as well as attack from wild animal.
12) in a row: continuously
e.g. The Chinese used to work for six days in a week in a row.
This is the third Sunday in a row that it's rained.
The team has chalked up its fifth win in a row.
13) sleep in: get up late
e.g. The lazy boy slept in every morning and failed to pass the exams.
We usually sleep in for a bit on weekends.
14) homesick: missing one’s homes and families very much
e.g. The students began to feel homesick after they had been here for a month.
Now I know where to go when I feel homesick.
1. Preview Questions
1) Study Reading 细读，精读，研究性阅读Study reading means “reading in detail”. It is not only for general information, but also for more details to be remembered and to be tested in most cases in learning language. Study reading is different from regular reading, in which one is expected to understand and remember details and is usually tested on what he reads. The text provides a four-step method to take up study read.
2) Regular Reading 一般阅读Regular reading is for general information about what we read.
1) assign v. to give out as a task
assignment n. anything assigned
e.g. We’ve been assigned the job of cleaning the lecture hall before the guest professor arrives.
When I taught, I would assign a topic to children which they would write about.
His manager gave him the assignment of planning the sales meeting.
2) wander off: be absent-minded
e.g. The film seemed boring and the audiences’ mind wandered off.
Don’t let your mind wander off the main point at issue.
3) be expected to: to be required to do it as a duty or obligation
e.g. You are expected to arrive at the meeting room ahead of time.
The talks is expected to continue till tomorrow.
4) case: (1) an example or instance
(2) circumstances or special conditions relating to a person or thing
e.g. I cannot make an exception in your case, for you and not for others.
She had a case of the flu last month.
in most cases: very often
e.g. Journalists have a sixth sense of news in most cases.
In most cases, both parents were still alive and still married to each other.
5) When you try to plunk yourself into reading …
When you try to start reading…
6) sink in: to become fully understood or realized
e.g. My explanation took a long time to sink in.
This lesson is sinking in; I almost understand.
What does the author mean by “let the title sink in”?
Have a full understanding of the title by skimming over the chapters.
7) an opening paragraph or two one or two paragraphs that come first
8) make sense: to have a meaning that can be understood; to have a good reason or explanation
e.g. I looked at the web page of the company but the words made no sense.
Did what I said make any sense to you?
Talk slowly; you’re not making sense.
The traveler’s words made no sense to the local people.
9) make up: to invent
e.g. I’m not making it up. The character exists in real life.
I don’t think it’s good for you to make up your personal experience.
10) stand a good chance of: to have a fair prospect of; have a possibility of
e.g. He stands a good chance of becoming the general manager of the famous company.
Did he stand a good chance of winning the first prize in the English Speech Contest?
Our team stands a good chance of winning the game.
11) believe in: to be in favor of; hold as an opinion
e.g. Do you believe in listening to news in English?
He has always believed in being broad-minded.
I believe in having more fruits.
12) reread: read again
prefix: re- again; back
13) go up: to rise; become higher
e.g. The price of cigarettes is going up.
Unemployment has gone up again.