Now listen to two students discussing the assignment.
I don't know about this.
Why not? Sounds okay to me.
Thing is: depending on someone else makes me nervous. My roommate had to do a project like this and the other girl didn't show up to meetings, didn't do any research. My roommate had to do everything herself.
That's a drag. I guess if your partner is irresponsible, you are out of luck.
Exactly. It hurt her grade. I don't want the same thing to happen to me. Right now l'm more concerned with getting a good grade even though I know that's not the lesson the professor has in mind.
Still, it'll be good to listen to everyone's stuff.
Well, I don't know. I mean, at the end of the semester, people are focused on studying for exams. Yeah.
Who has time to put something like this together when they're busy studying?
I can't imagine anyone will be able to really do a good job with it. And everyone will be so preoccupied by then that they probably won't listen anyway. I think the professor's gonna be disappointed. And students…well...we'll all just be frustrated by the whole thing.
Now listen to part of a lecture on this topic in a psychology class.
Here's an example from my own life. Before I started teaching, I worked as a research assistant in
a laboratory for a year.
Well, during my very first week on the job, I made a suggestion to my boss on how we could improve the way we were running an experiment. My suggestion was a good one. The
experiment was successful and we got great results.
Anyway, that first week, because of that one experiment, my boss decided, perhaps without even realizing it, he decided I was a great research assistant and he never changed his mind. After that
first week, I was...l was okay, you know, average. I was a good worker, but I also made mistakes. Everyone does. But whenever my boss introduced me to someone, he'd say, this is John, our star research assistant.
But a co-worker of mine, she wasn't as fortunate, her first week at the lab, she made a big mistake and the lab lost some important data. We recovered the data, but it cost of the lab time and money. Well, our boss concluded that week that my co-worker was unreliable, incompetent. And he continued to think that. But, actually, after that week, she turned out to be a good research assistant, probably better than me. She made some other small mistakes, like I said, everyone does. But our boss thought of her as unreliable cuz he only noticed her mistakes. Task5
Now listen to a conversation between two students about campus housing.
Hi. Kate. How is it going?
Pretty good. I just found out l'm going to be staying on campus during the semester break. Professor Clark asked me to help him with some research.
That's a pretty big deal.
Yeah. I guess it is, but the problem is: the dorm is always closed. So I need to find housing for
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