925 English Lesson 13: Talking about your Education in English | ESL Conversation Lesson

You’re learning with nine to five
English. Business English for the workplace. Hi Tim here with another
nine-to-five english lesson. In today’s lesson we’re going to learn how to talk
about your education. Your education is an important part of your background and
there are lots of situations where you might talk about where you went to
school and what you studied. A job interview is an obvious one but you
might also talk about your education in casual conversation. The first thing you
might mention is where you went to school. More specifically people might be
interested in which university you attended. And there are several ways we
can tell them about that. Firstly you might just use that verb “attend”
Similarly you could say you “went to” or “graduated from” a certain University.
Another way to talk about your university is to say that you’re an alum
of a certain school. Alum is short for alumnus which is a word that means a
person who attended a school. So for example I might say I’m an alum of
Columbia University. Let’s try practicing some of this language. We’re going to
give you some examples. After each example try repeating it
yourself. Ready? Let’s give it a go! I graduated from Yale in 2008. For my undergrad I went to the London
School of Economics. I attended a small Technical College in
Colorado. I’m an alum of Washington University. Ok we’ve practiced some different ways
of talking about our University. But another important aspect of your
education is what you studied. In English we call your area of study your major.
This word can be used in a few different ways. So for example if you studied
biology you could say that your major was biology but you can also say that
you were a biology major so the noun means both an area of study and a person who studies that area. We can also use major as a verb such as I majored in
biology after you tell someone your major you might also mention an area of
focus for example within business you might have focused on finance or you
might mention your minor which is like your secondary area of study and just as
we say we majored in a subject we can say we minored in a subject there’s
another much simpler way to talk about your major and that’s just to say
something like I studied biology of course that’s not the only course you
took but people understand that was your major now there’s one more way to tell
people what you studied and that’s by saying you have a degree in a certain
field your degree might be a master’s degree or a bachelor’s degree and you
can use the short form of these such as an MA or a BS which means
Bachelors of Science and is used for degrees in technical fields such as
engineering or computers let’s practice some of these expressions for talking
about your major once again you can repeat the examples
after you hear them I studied international business with a focus on
finance I majored in French with a minor in
political science I started out as a science major but
switched to education I have a Bachelor of
mechanical engineering so we’ve learned some different ways of
talking about your University and your major but how did these expressions
sound in a real conversation let’s listen to a short dialogue between Tanja
and Jose tanya is asking Jose about his education so did you go to university
around here yeah I graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 oh yeah great
school what did you study I majored in business with a minor in
statistics as you just heard Jose says he graduated from Iowa State University
and when asked about what he studied he says he majored in business he also adds
that he had a minor in statistics now it’s your turn to practice will repeat
the dialogue but this time will be bout the second speakers words you will have
to say those parts yourself remember to start by saying that you graduated
from Iowa State University then you can say that you majored in business and
minored in statistics so did you go to university around here oh yeah great school what did you study you all right we’ve learned some great ways
to talk about your education including what university you attended and what
you studied be sure to tune in next time when we learn how to talk about your
career until then so long and happy learning

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