Exploring University Majors

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I June 23, 2023
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons
Skills, Education, Work
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students engaged in discussion, with a backdrop displaying a video about varying university degrees and highlighted vocabulary

Lesson Overview

Give it the old college try! In this lesson, students will discuss going to college and learn about the necessary skills needed to find a job. This lesson features a video about university degrees that are considered useless. Students will talk about 21st century skills and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will watch and listen to a video discussing university degrees considered less valuable in today's job market. This activity aims to improve comprehension skills and introduce vocabulary related to education and career planning.

  • Speaking: They will engage in discussions about the value of different university degrees and how these choices impact career opportunities. This will help students articulate their views on education and employment in English, enhancing conversational skills.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces terms such as "marketable skills," "art history," "gender studies," and "religious studies." Students will learn how to use these words in discussions about education, making their conversations more nuanced and specific.

  • Homework: Students are tasked with matching descriptions to the correct roles like problem-solving and project management, filling in blanks with appropriate words given definitions, and choosing correct answers in multiple-choice questions about expressions and terms used in education and work contexts.


What should students study in college? Do people ever wonder if their degree was worth it? Watch this video to learn about some university degrees that may not be worth considering.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

give it the old college try [idiom]: to use one's very best effort; to try very hard
useless [adjective]: not fulfilling or not expected to achieve the intended purpose or desired outcome; pointless
21st century [noun]: the years from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2100
specialist [noun]: a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field
marketable [adjective]: attractive to potential employers or clients; in demand; able or fit to be sold or marketed
major in [phrasal verb]: to study something as your main subject at a university or college
CV [noun]: a list of a person's entire education, accomplishments, awards, achievements, and professional experiences; resume
SEO [noun]: Search Engine Optimization; the process of getting traffic from free, organic, editorial, or natural search results in search engines
coding [noun]: the process or activity of writing computer programs
advance [verb]: move or progress forward in a purposeful way; proceed
allocate [verb]: give or distribute (resources or duties) for a particular purpose
analyze [verb]: study or examine (something) in detail, typically in order to explain and interpret it
network [verb]: interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts
theory [noun]: a set of principles on which the practice of an activity is based
utilize [verb]: use or make practical and effective use of
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