A student, Carol, is going to go to a college interview. She is asking one of her teachers, Mr. Lin, for some advice about how to prepare for the interview and how to make a good first impression at it. (C = Carol, L = Mr. Lin) Conversation
C: Excuse me, Mr. Lin. I’m going to my college interview next Monday. Could you give me some tips on how to make a good first impression? L: Well, first, of course, you need to dress formally and greet the professors politely. Then, be sure to answer their questions in a clear voice and look at the person who has asked you the question.
C: Is there any way I can prepare for the questions I might be asked? L: Review your SOP carefully before you go, and practice answering some questions you think the professors might ask. You can also have a friend or family member ask you some questions, too.
C: I think I can do all that. L: In addition, you should find out some information about the college. This will help you explain why you want to attend this school and why you would be suitable for studying there.
C: Anything else I should do? L: You should think of some good questions about the program you are interested in, because the professors will probably ask if you have any questions at the end of the interview.
C: I’m afraid that I might appear very nervous. Do you have any advice on what I can do about that? L: Don’t worry. Most people are nervous before and during interviews. You’ll be less nervous and may even enjoy the interview if you follow the two “Ps.” C: The two “Ps”? L: “Prepare and Practice.” If you remember these two things, then the interview should go well. Good luck!
Tips for You • greet[Grit]vi. 問候，打招呼
Tips for You 2. review [rI`vju]vt.複習
She is asking one of her teachers, Mr. Lin, for some advice about...how to make a good first impression at it. • ask sb for sth表示「向某人請求某物」。 • 例： • ‧Not knowing how to solve the math • question, Willy asked me for help. • (2)...make a good first impression at it. make an impression on... 給…留下印象 ‧Andy made an impression on his online friendwhen they first met.
give sb tips on...表示「給予某人…方面的建議」。例： ‧The book gives us several tips on healthy diets.
in a...voice表示「以…的聲音」。 例： ‧Scared by a mouse, Molly screamed in a loud voice.
practice + V-ing表示「練習…」。例： ‧Judy practiced playing the piano days and nights before the piano competition.
You can also have a friend or family member ask.... have + O + V have為使役動詞，若受詞為之後動詞的主動發出者時，直接接原形動詞；若受詞為被動接受動作者時，則接Vpp。例： ‧My mother had me clean the toilet as a punishment. ‧I’ll have my hair dyed tomorrow.
In addition, you should find out.... → Furthermore/Besides, you should find out.... in addition為一副詞，後不接名詞；in addition to為介系詞片語，後須加名詞或動名詞。例： ‧In addition to being a musician, Joan is also a doctor.
This will help you explain [why you want to attend this school] and [why you would be suitable for studying there]. • explain後面接了兩句以疑問詞所引導 • 的間接問句，作explain的受詞。 • (2)attend school = go to school • (3)be suitable for + N/V-ing表示 • 「適合…」。例： • ‧The box is suitable for putting the gift in.
Anything else I should do? → Is there anything else that I should do?
...the program you are interested in, because the professors will probably ask if you.... (1)...the program you are interested in.... → ...the program which/that you have interests in.... (2)if表示「是否」，可代換為whether... (or not)。
...I might appear very nervous. appear + Adj表示「顯得…」。例： ‧Ashley appeared pleased with the surprise party.