Fresher Week- Academic Vocabulary Game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Answering questions about academic topics to learn EAP vocabulary

Fresher week academic vocabulary bluffing game

You are working on the help desk of a British university, 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.

 

Useful language for the person asking for information

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?

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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

 

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