What Are the Worst Parts about Universities?

General English, Speaking Lessons
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL Lesson Plan with video and images

Lesson Description

It’s not all fun and games! In this lesson, students will dive into the challenges and negative aspects of attending college. This lesson features a comprehensive video that critically evaluates the downsides of New York University (NYU). As part of the curriculum, students will master the use of modals and enrich their linguistic abilities with vocabulary specific to this subject. The lesson is replete with interactive discussion activities and worksheets meticulously crafted for both adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about the negative things that may be associated with attending college

  • To review the use of modals

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


There are pros and cons to everything. Do you ever wonder about the not-so-glamorous things relating to college? Tuition fees, making friends, the pressure. Watch this video to learn about the worst parts of NYU, as told by the students who go there.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

autonomous [adjective]: having the freedom to govern yourself or control your own affairs
introverted [adjective]: shy, reserved, or quiet
tuition fee [noun]: money that a student pays to a university for their teaching
play hooky [idiomatic phrase]: to stay away from school or work without permission or explanation
drop out [verb]: to quit or stop going to school or college
overwhelming [adjective]: (especially of an emotion) very strong
commitment [noun]: an agreement or pledge to do something in the future
literacy [noun]: the ability to read and write
learn by heart [idiomatic phrase]: from memory
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