tutorStudy Options
Improve your vocabulary, listening or reading skills with the quizzes below.
Vocabulary Quiz
initiated • of the art • nightmare
sure enough • full-fledged
  1. I thought he was stealing my money and, , I caught him.
  2. We have already the process to move you to a new office.
  3. A little bit of snow quickly turned into a blizzard.
  4. There was no water or electricity for three days.  It was a .
  5. Our company is very basic. Nothing state about it.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
Audio Links
headphones

Download this MP3
(right click and save)

Buy this MP3 +1300
more MP3 and PDF

image

238 Bad Students
Norman talks about a class that gave him trouble as a teacher.

  • Transcript
  • Audio Notes
notes
Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

initiated

It started when I initiated a computer project.

To 'initiate' something is to begin it. Notice the following:

  1. We are going to initiate this new plan after the New Year.
  2. They are always initiating fights with each other.

state-of-the-art

Back then, we didn't have state-of-the-art computer labs.

If something is 'state-of-the-art' it means it is the most modern technology. Notice the following:

  1. Our school has a state of the art security system.
  2. He always has the most state of the art computer software.

nightmare

Teaching that class must have been a nightmare!

We use 'nightmare' in this sense to say that something sounds like a really bad situation. Notice the following:

  1. She can be a real nightmare when she gets really hungry.
  2. It took me three full days to get back home.  What a nightmare.

sure enough

I peeked in, and sure enough, there was watermelon inside.

Used like this 'sure enough' means 'of course' or 'like I predicted.' Notice the following:

  1. The weather report said it would rain and, sure enough, it was right.
  2. Sure enough.  He's late again.

full-fledged

After a year, we moved to a full-fledged lab.

A 'full-fledged' lab is one that is fully developed and has all of the necessary equipment. Notice the following:

  1. I just had a cough yesterday, but today it is a full-fledged cold.
  2. You told me only a few people were coming, but this is a full-fledged party.