Урок на тему: "Вища освіта у США: минуле та сьогодення"

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Конспект уроку англійської мови у 11 класі, який має на меті: поповнити, порівняти й систематизувати знання учнів про систему вищої освіти у США на початку 20-го та 21-ого століть на прикладі гуманітарного коледжу Vassar; практикувати у вживанні тематичної лексики; формувати навички аудіювання, читання та говоріння у межах теми на матеріалі художнього тексту та автентичних матеріалів Internet-ресурсів.
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Учитель Новікова С. А.

11 клас


Урок англійської мови

з мультимедійною підтримкою

(90 хв.)


Тема:   «Вища освіта у США: минуле та сьогодення»




  • Поповнити, порівняти та систематизувати знання учнів про систему вищої освіти у США на початку 20-го та 21-ого століть на прикладі гуманітарного коледжу Vassar;
  • практикувати у вживанні тематичної лексики, формувати навички аудіювання, читання та говоріння у межах теми на основі художнього тексту та автентичних матеріалів Internet-видань;


  • формувати соціокультурну та соціолінгвістичну, комунікативну та самоосвітню компетентність учнів; сприяти розвитку їх творчого потенціалу;


  • формувати інтерес до англомовної літератури;
  • сприяти усвідомленню важливості освіти у розвитку людини;
  • виховувати відповідальність,  цілеспрямованість, прагнення до саморозвитку та самовдосконалення.


Тип уроку: комбінований

Форми організації навчальної діяльності: фронтальна, групова, індивідуальна

Обладнання, матеріали: комп’ютер, мультимедійний проектор, відео- та друковані матеріали.

Розподіл часу:


Етапи уроку

Час, хв.


Введення теми уроку. Мотивація.






Актуалізація опорних знань.



Презентація випереджальних завдань

Засвоєння нових знань

Закріплення знань та навичок



Порівняння, узагальненя та систематизація самостійно вивченого  матеріалу з теми





Домашнє завдання.






Перебіг уроку


І. Введення теми уроку. Мотивація.


Video- and picture-based talk

  Daddy Long Legs, 1919 (starring Mary Pickford)


ІІ. Цілепокладання


  • Comment on the chart “1910-s vs. 2020-s” (college life at Vassar at the beginning of the 20-th century as it is depicted in Jean Webster’s novel and that in the 2020-s  as described in the Internet resources).
  • Compare and contrast different aspects of  education at Vassar in the 1910-s with those in the 2020-s.
  • Define the students’ priorities in the past and in the present and give reasons.

ІІI. Актуалізація опорних знань


  1. Vocabulary warm-up

Match the definitions with the topical words (Appendix 1)

  1. Speak on different aspects of college life as described in the novel. Provide your story with quotations from  the table ( Homework checkup,  Appendix 2 )
  2. See your classmates’ sketch “The Summer on Lock Willow Farm” to remember the way Judy spends her first summer vacation.


IV. Презентація випереджальних завдань/ Засвоєння нових знань/Закріплення знань та навичок.


  1. Take a guided virtual tour of Vassar (Appendix 3) .

For more information about Vassar:  https://www.vassar.edu

Task: complete the table with the new information.

  1. Listen to the information about modern Vassar (home jig-saw reading, Appendix 4). Task: complete the table with the new information.


V.  Порівняння, узагальнення  та систематизація вивченого матеріалу.

1. Preparation: Review and practice the words and word-combinations we need to compare / contrast things (Appendix 5).

2. Compare and contrast different aspects of  education at Vassar college in the 1910-s with those in the 2020-s . Use the special vocabulary.

3. Define priorities of Vassar students in 1910-s and in the 2020-s.  Give arguments for getting higher education as the way of succeeding in life. Use the information from the graphs. (Appendix 6).

4. Sum up the information about college life at Vassar at the beginning of the 20-th century as it is depicted in Jean Webster’s novel and that in the 2020-s  as described in the Internet resources. Make conclusions.

VI. Рефлексія.

Can you say …

… what the main features of  Vassar college are?

  what you have to do become a Vassar student?

… what the benefits of a college education are?

VII. Домашнє завдання.

Write an essay (about 150 words) answering the questions:

  • Which features of Vassar College would you like Ukrainian universities to share?
  • Would you like to become a Vassar college student? Why/Why not?


























Appendix 1

Match the definitions with the topical words /word combinations.

liberal arts

equipment, rooms etc. that are provided for people to use


the academic course of instruction at a college intended to provide general knowledge and comprising the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, as opposed to professional or technical subjects


 a faculty

the grounds and buildings of a university, college, or school

a major

a feeling that a situation is very bad and without hope

a scholar

courses of study taken at a school or college

to rival

the group of teachers in a school or college


(informal)  university


a subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization

a campus

the same in price, number, size etc


a person who has studied a subject for a long time and knows a lot about it : an intelligent and well-educated person who knows a particular subject very well

doom and gloom

to stand in competition with

a ‘varsity

educating both sexes jointly at the same institution or classes


achievement at school

a scholarship

tending to choose carefully or characterized by careful choice


a fee paid for the right to enter a place


An opportunity to apply the knowledge you’ve gained from your academic studies in a practical, workplace setting

an internship

used or designed for residence

an admission

an amount of money that is given by a school, an organization, etc., to a student to help pay for the student's education









Appendix 2


Task: fill in the chart with quotations from “Daddy-Long-Legs” by J. Webster and information from the texts below.


 Vassar College: 1910-s vs. 2020-s



Vassar Facts













Admissions аnd

Financial Aid

























Residential Life










Athletics and
































Appendix 3




Tour Guide

Explore the Vassar campus



I'll give you each a map so you can follow along as we walk.


In front of you is...

On your right/left you will see...

Up ahead...

On your left you will see...

As we turn the corner here, you will see...

In the distance...

If you look up you will notice...

Off to the north...

Look to the east...

To your west...

In a few minutes we'll be passing...

We are now coming up to...

As you will see...

You may have noticed...

Take a good look at...

I'd like to point out...

Keep your eyes open for...

show someone around - take people to see an area

e.g. When we get to the museum someone else will show us around.

speak up - talk louder

e. g. If you need me to speak up or slow down, please let me know.



















Appendix 4


Jig-saw Reading Materials

  1. Vassar Facts. History. Location

Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.

Vassar College is in Poughkeepsie, NY, a small city (area population: around 100,000) on the banks of the Hudson River, halfway between Albany, the state capital, and New York City.

True story: Vassar College was built on the grounds of a former race track by a man who made his fortune brewing beer.

Matthew Vassar, the quintessential self-made man, had lots of money and no children to spend it on. On a trip to England in 1845, he visited a hospital founded by one of his ancestors, Thomas Guy, and became inspired to immortalize his own name by a similar undertaking. His first idea was to found a hospital in Poughkeepsie, but a man named Milo P. Jewett, who later became the first president of the college, convinced him that he would make a much bigger splash by creating a college for women—a college equal to Harvard and Yale, the best men’s colleges of the day.

2. Academics

At Vassar College you can receive your bachelor's degree.

Freshman Courses are offered in a variety of disciplines and generally serve as introductions to those disciplines. All Freshman Courses stress the effective expression of ideas in both written and oral work.

By the end of sophomore year, every Vassar student must take at least one course that demands a significant amount of quantitative analysis : mathematics, computer science, and the laboratory sciences and also many courses offered in the social sciences (such as economics, psychology, and geography).

Vassar also expects students to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. They can study Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish. In addition, students may learn Hebrew and Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, and others.

The most popular majors are English and Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Biology, and Economics.

 3.  Student Life. Residential Life.

Athletics and Fitness

About 1,650 campus-wide events annually:

  • lectures by well-known scholars and public figures;
  • concerts;
  • films;
  • dramatic productions;
  • art exhibitions;
  • conferences;
  • other social, cultural, and athletic events.

The Vassar Miscellany

  Vassar calls the residences “houses” rather than “dorms” because they’re meant to be the students’ homes. Each house has a personality, created by the students who live there, and there’s a tradition of friendly rivalry between houses.  Each house is self-governing.

Most students live in the same house from their first year until they’re seniors, when they become eligible to live in one of the college’s three furnished apartment complexes. Within easy walking distance of the library and academic buildings, these apartments house four to five students, each with his or her own bedroom.

Sports facilities include the Athletics and Fitness Center, six international squash courts, a volleyball court, a varsity weight room, and a rowing room.

Outdoor facilities include a nine-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts, and numerous playing fields, a quarter-mile all-weather track, two soccer fields, field hockey game and practice fields, and a baseball diamond.  There are also locker rooms, a sports medicine facility, and a laundry facility.  The Vassar Farm contains a rugby field. The Rowing facilities include a boathouse and a 16-acre parcel of land on the Hudson River.

4. Admissions аnd Financial Aid

Admission decisions for those candidates are made without regard to the student’s financial situation.

You do not have to be wealthy or even well off to attend Vassar. Financial aid is awarded to over 60% of Vassar students, exclusively on the basis of need. In addition to meeting 100% of all demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, Vassar will eliminate or reduce loans in the aid awards of students from low-income families. In 2011-2012, our students received financial aid awards ranging from $1,200 to over $60,000, depending on their financial situations. Their families’ annual incomes ranged from $0 to $270,000.


















Appendix  5



Compare Signal Words:

• All

• As well as

• At the same time

• Both

• Like

• Same as

• Similarly, similar to


Compare Questions:

• How are ___ and ___ alike?

• What is the same about ___ and ___ ?

• Compare ___ and ___.

• How was ___ like ___?


Contrast Signal Words:

• Although

• As opposed to

• Compared with

• Different from

• Either . . . Or

• However

• Nevertheless

• Not only . . . But

• Though

• Unlike


Contrast Questions:

• What are the differences between ___ and


• How is a ___ different from a ___?


PRACTICE: Linking Words: Contrasting Ideas








Appendix 6



If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.

An investment in knowledge always pays the highest return.

Benjamin Franklin




Education is our passport to the

future, for tomorrow belongs to the

people who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X


10 Reasons why Education is Important



A College Education Opens Doors to a Better Job and Many Other Benefits

Average Lifetime Earnings


High School Dropout


High School Graduate


Some College, No Degree


Associate's Degree


Bachelor's Degree


Master's Degree


Doctorate (Ph.D.)


Unemployment Rates

High School Dropout


High School Graduate


Some College, No Degree


Associate's Degree


Bachelor's Degree


Master's Degree


Doctorate (Ph.D.)






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