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Go Greek!

Unit 2

1 • Identities and Exchanges
WB p. 10

Go Greek!
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How does college life help students broaden their understanding of the world?

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Serious Game

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University students

Get ready!

List about 10 words and phrases related to “student life”. Then add your list to the vocabulary lists categories.

Look at the picture.
Where does the scene take place? Who are the characters? Can you recognize the language on their signs?

Watch the video.
a. What is a sorority?

b. What are the advantages of belonging to a fraternity or a sorority? Can you imagine any disadvantages?
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Discuss these brainstorming questions with your classmates:

What do you know about student life and university in America? Do you think fraternities and sororities can be a springboard for future life?

Read the idiom of the week.
Rephrase it in your own words and give examples.
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  • encouraging (adj.)
  • intimidating (adj.)
  • build a network (exp.)
  • bunch / group (of) (n.)
  • campus /ˈkæmpəs/ (n.)
  • belong to (v.)
  • stick together (v.)

Let’s learn!

Memory Game

Memorize as many words as possible from the vocabulary lists. Then hide the lists and write every word you can remember with your teammates.


Idiom of the week!

It’s all Greek to me!


The expression is a direct translation from Latin: “Graecum est; non legitur”. It refers to the fact that Greek was used as a classic form of communication by some in the middle ages, but was not understood by the majority. The idiom appears in 1599 in Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. A similar expression also exists in English: “It’s double Dutch.”, a reference to the difficulty of the Dutch language.

Greek Life

box 1
  • actively (adv.)
  • career /kəˈrɪə/ (n.)
  • connection (n.)
  • profile /ˈprəʊˌfaɪl/ (n.)
  • relationship (n.)
  • volunteer /ˌvɒlənˈtɪə/ (n. or v.)
  • achieve /əˈtʃiːv/ (v.)
  • associate with (v.)

box 2
  • effective (ajd.)
  • unique (adj.)
  • experience (ajd.)
  • friendship (n.)
  • opportunity (n.)
  • religion (n.)
  • benefit (v.)
  • enhance / enrich (v.)

box 3
  • accessible ≠ inaccessible (adj.)
  • outdated (adj.)
  • overwhelmingly (adv.)
  • peer pressure (exp.)
  • ugly truth (exp.)
  • hazing /ˈhɛɪzɪŋ/ (n.)
  • inequality ≠ equality (n.)
  • lack (n. or v.)

box 4
  • college admission (exp.)
  • candidate (n.)
  • college (n.)
  • committee / board (n.)
  • diversity /ˌdaɪˈvɜːsɪtɪ/ (n.)
  • minority (n.)
  • scholarship (n.)
  • university (n.)
  • discriminate (v.)
  • recruit /rɪˈkruːt/ (v.)

box 5
  • undergraduate (adj.)
  • frat → fraternity (-ies) (n.)
  • greek life (exp.)
  • alumni (pl.) (n.)
  • leadership (n.)
  • membership (n.)
  • peer /ˈpɪə/ (n.)
  • sorority (-ies) ♀ (n.)
  • rush / join (v.)

On your way to the task ❯❯ Step 1

Share your views on fraternities and sororities.

❯❯ Step 2

Discuss the idea of joining a fraternity / sorority with a friend.

❯❯ Your final project

As a student in an American university, join a fraternity or a sorority and describe your experience.
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