You will listen to Monica Ranger, an
American woman, talking about her time as a university student in
She usesa wide range of words to
describe university life, getting involved in politics, etc, so pay
attention to them. Click the speaker and listen carefully to her
talk while you check the audio transcription.
When I was a student at university I got to live through a very
important bit of American history. I was a student at the University
of California at Berkeley during the 1960s.
At that point America was engaged in the Vietnam war, which had
already become very unpopular. Military recruiters, people from the
army, and the navy and the airforce, were allowed to set up tables
on the university campus in order to recruit students to fight in
the war. Needless to say, many of the students did not want to go to
Other students also wanted to set up tables on the campus to
recruit students to other causes, like fighting against the war in
Vietnam, or against racism. However, the university would not permit
them to do that.
Finally, one student decided to take matters into his own hands. He
set up a table to recruit students for what was called Campus CORE -
Congress On Racial Equality. The police came and arrested him, and
threw him into a police car. However, before they could pull the car
away, so many students surrounded the car that they were not able to
pull it out without hurting someone. They sat in the car for
something like 19 hours before they were finally able to disperse
all the students and take this gentleman away and arrest him.
Afterwards, when he became famous and went on lots of speaking
tours, he said that very few people asked him questions about what
his motivations were for setting up the table, or what his thoughts
were, or what his political goals were. All they were interested in
was how he managed to go to the bathroom during those 19 hours that
he was locked up in the police car.
Up to that point university students had really felt that they were
powerless to have an impact on the opinion of the government.
However, after that incident, the universities and the governments
were forced to take notice of the opinions of the students.
I don't know whether American students at
university today understand how much they owe to their parents who
fought these battles for them in the 60s, or whether they still
think of them as old fogies.
History today (II)
Now, listen to Monica Ranger again and decide
which of statements 1-to-10 are TRUE and which are FALSE,
according to the speaker. Then
check your answers.
Monica was at university during a significant historical period.
People from the armed forces tried to persuade students to fight in
Most students were keen to fight.
Anti-war students were allowed to set up tables on campus.
The police arrested one student for protesting against the war.
Other students tried to prevent the police from taking the student
After this event. the student became very well known.
Most people were interested to know why he had broken the
From that time, the government stopped listening to student
Monica is unsure if students today appreciate what their parents
achieved at university.
Monica me hizo añorar mi época
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