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Requirements of the Senior Thesis

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Why does the man go to see the professor?
  • A. To learn more about his student teaching assignment

  • B. To discuss the best time to complete his senior thesis

  • C. To discuss the possibility of changing the topic of his senior thesis

  • D. To find out whether the professor will be his advisor for his senior thesis

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    NARRATOR:Listen to a conversation between a student and his academic advisor.

    MALE STUDENT:Hi, sorry I'm late, Professor Blaine.

    FEMALE ADVISOR:No problem, Jim. So you've got some questions about your senior thesis requirement?

    MALE STUDENT:Yeah, I've got a couple of problems actually.So, the first thing is, you normally write it during the first half of the academic year, right? In your final year of studies?

    FEMALE ADVISOR:Right.

    MALE STUDENT:But I have my student teaching scheduled for that time-I wanna teach high school English after graduation.So I really need to give that my full attention, and I just worry that I won't be able to if I'm writing my senior thesis at the same time.I mean, it's supposed to be 35 to 50 pages. That's a serious commitment.

    FEMALE ADVISOR:You're right, but it really isn't a problem.

    MALE STUDENT:Really?

    FEMALE ADVISOR:No, a lot of English majors get teacher certification.So we have students like you do their senior thesis after their student teaching.It works out well, because many students want to use a unit they taught as the basis of their paper.So you'll just enroll in a thesis seminar for the second semester.

    MALE STUDENT:Well, that's a big relief. But it brings us to my second problem.I've really focused my studies on Old and Middle English literature.I'm even thinking about doing a graduate degree with a concentration in that after I've taught for a while.So I was hoping to do my senior thesis on Chaucer, on The Canterbury Tales, because that would obviously be useful if I do go on. But...

    FEMALE ADVISOR:[Interrupting knowingly] Ahh, but Professor Johnson...

    MALE STUDENT:Exactly, Professor Johnson is going to be taking a sabbatical to do research in France during the second half of the year.So, without him around, I'm, uh, not sure how I could do a senior thesis on The Canterbury Tales.I mean, the focus of his teaching and research is unique around here.

    FEMALE ADVISOR:Yes, I understand. It would be difficult to do your paper without Professor Johnson around.Hmm. Would you allow me to try to sell you on an alternate plan?

    MALE STUDENT:Well, you can try... but Chaucer's sort of my hero, if you know what I mean.

    FEMALE ADVISOR:Well, I'm teaching a course on the literature of the Renaissance in the first half of the year.It'll meet late in the day, so it won't interfere with your teaching.And I haven't offered it in quite a while now, so I doubt you've ever studied that period on the college level.

    MALE STUDENT:No, I haven't.

    FEMALE ADVISOR:If you'd be interested in taking the course, I'd be happy to give you supplemental readings. And I'd also be happy to be your advisor for your paper later on.

    MALE STUDENT:Well I've never looked at that area before, but I've always had an interest in it, so that does have a certain appeal.

    FEMALE ADVISOR:Well, if you do decide to go this route, I would make that decision soon, and I would use this summer productively.After all, this is not going to be like taking an intro course.

  • 旁白:听一段学生和教授的对话。

    学生:你好。布莱恩教授,很对不起,我迟到了。

    指导教授:吉姆,没关系。关于毕业论文的要求,你有些问题想问我是吗?

    学生:对。实际上我有好几个问题。第一,通常你会在最后一学年的上半年写这篇论文,对吧?

    指导教授:对。

    学生:那时候我有教育实习项目—我想毕业后去教高中英语课。所以我需要全身心投入。我很担心,如果我同时要写毕业论文,我就无法专注了。我是说,这可要写35到50页呢。这是非常严肃的事情。

    指导教授:你说得对。但这不是问题。

    学生:真的吗?

    指导教授:这不是问题。很多英语专业的学生都考教师资格证。我们有很多像你一样学生,他们都是在教育实习后写毕业论文的。效果很不错,因为很多学生都想把自己教的其中一个单元作为论文基础。所以你只要参加第二学期的论文研讨课就行。

    学生:这可让我轻松不少。但又引出我第二个问题了。我很专注研究古代和中世纪英语文学。我正在考虑要不要在我教书一段时间后,在此领域读一个研究生学位。我希望能写关于乔叟的毕业论文,关于《坎特伯雷故事集》,因为如果我要继续深造,这肯定很有用。但……

    指导教授:啊,但约翰逊教授……

    学生:对。约翰逊教授在下半年会休公假,他会去法国做些研究。他不在这儿了,我不确定要怎么写关于《坎特伯雷故事集》的毕业论文了。我是指,他教学和研究的重点在这儿是很独特的。

    指导教授:对。我明白。约翰逊教授不在这儿的话,你要写论文就很难了。你同意我向你推荐另一个想法吗?

    学生:嗯,你可以试试,但乔叟算得上是我的偶像,如果你能明白我的意思。

    指导教授:我在上半年教一门关于文艺复兴时期文学的课。上课时间是在晚上的,不会干扰你的教学。我很久都没推荐过这门课了,我很怀疑你在大学课程有没有学过这段时期。

    学生:没有。

    指导教授:如果你有兴趣上这门课,我很乐意提供一些阅读的补充材料给你。也很乐意当你以后毕业论文的学术辅导。

    学生:我之前还没涉及过这个领域,但我一直挺感兴趣,听起来很吸引人。

    指导教授:如果你确定要走这条路,我就会尽快作出决定,并好好利用这个夏天。毕竟这可不是入门课程。

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    So I really need to give that my full attention, and I just worry that I won't be able to if I'm writing my senior thesis at the same time.

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    前面的对话说了一些为何迟到。接着说对于assignment有些问题。注意学生信号词several problem后面引出的具体信息 first half, won’t able to finish at the same time

    B 选项是对文章核心动词time 的描述,是对全文主旨最准确的概括

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