Elective Classes at College


After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Some universities require students to take classes in many subjects. Other universities require students to specialize in one subject. Which is better? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
    • What are the benefits of taking classes in many subjects?
    • What are the benefits of taking classes on just one subject?
    • What may students be missing out on in just taking courses on one subject?


Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
elective (n) course chosen by the student
He appreciated that he could choose his own elective courses.
obligation (n) action someone is bound to
She didn’t like to be restricted in an obligation about what she should study.
required (adj) considered essential
Most students enjoyed the required courses as part of their program.
optional (adj) able to be chosen but not required
Elective courses are those that are optional.
diversify (v) to become more diverse or varied
Allowing students to choose courses may help them to diversify their skill set.
review (v) examine or assess something
He spent hours trying to review the list of classes that he wanted to take to narrow down his selection.
think over (expression) consider
She had to think over which courses she thought would be best for her future career.
clear up (expression) solve a problem or misunderstanding
The school administration had to clear up any problems about class selections.
go about (expression) take the necessary steps to get something done
He wasn’t sure how to go about choosing his courses.
learn the ropes (expression) to learn how to do a new job
Although she had never done it before, she had to learn the ropes of waitressing.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”
― William Pollard


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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