Fresher Week- Academic Vocabulary Game

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Fresher week academic vocab bluff game 

Worksheet 1- Instructions and Useful Language 

You are working on the help desk of a British Students’ Union, giving answers to questions that foreign 

students have. Your partner will ask you questions about anything connected to the university, e.g. “How 

long does it take to get a PhD?” or “Can you explain what a fresher is?”   

 

You must answer their question (e.g. “It takes 3 or 4 years” or “It is a kind of fruit and vegetable juice 

that is very popular in England”), even if you don’t understand the word they are using. You can’t say 

that you don’t know, and you cannot use a dictionary

 

If your partner believes your response, they will thank you and you can switch roles and continue. If they 

don’t believe you they will say so politely (e.g. “Are you sure that’s right?” or “That doesn’t sound quite 

right”) and you should tell them if you really knew the answer or not. 

 

Continue until your teacher gives you Worksheet 2. 

 

Useful language 

Asking for information 

Can I ask you a question? 

Could you explain something for me? 

May I ask you about something? 

I have one or two questions about… Are you the right person to talk to? 

 

Accepting information 

Thanks, that’s very helpful 

Great, that’s much clearer now 

That’s what I thought, but I wasn’t sure. Thanks for your help. 

You’ve been a great help. Thank you so much. 

 

Politely questioning the information 

Are you sure? I thought it was something else. 

Really? That surprises me. 

I’m not entirely sure that’s right. 

Are you absolutely certain? 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Fresher week academic vocabulary bluff 

Worksheet 2- University Academic Vocabulary 

Continue the game, but with questions about the things below. Nobody can use a dictionary! 

 

Fresher 

 

Lecture Campus Chancellor 

Tuition fees 

Term 

The (Students’) Union 

Student discounts 

Student accommodation 

Class timetable 

Registration form 

Students’ Union card 

Tutor Tutorial 

Self-study 

Students’ 

night 

 

An undergrad(uate) 

Re-take 

Graduation ceremony 

Lecturer 

Professor 

 

Lab assistant 

Summer job 

A distinction 

 

Scholarship 

 

The pass mark 

A year out 

Your finals 

An MBA 

 

A sandwich course 

A degree certificate 

Careers fair 

A Bachelors degree 

 

(Final) dissertation 

Modern languages 

Cheating 

Alumni association 

Humanities 

 

Thesis Pre-sessional 

course 

 

Ask your teacher about any questions you have about the vocabulary and topics above and below, and 

then roleplay a more serious Student Union helpdesk conversation about the topics below- 

i) 

The Union 

ii) 

Meeting the Chancellor 

iii) 

A different way of learning 

iv) 

Free time at university 

v) 

Student discounts 

vi) 

The first week- what happens 

vii) 

Registering 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007