05 - He shouldn't give up college

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Dad says he had a good job when he got married. Well, John will have a good job, too.

 

What'll he be doing?

 

He's going to work for a construction company during the day. And he'll go to school at night.  

 

So, he plans to go on with his education.  

 

Sure. He wants to get a college degree.  

 

That's a good idea. He shouldn't give up college just because he's getting married.  

GLOSSARY

Dad says he had ... = Dad says that he had ... Again we find the conjunction that omitted, as it usually is in such sentences as this in informal speech.

What'll = What will. The 'll part of a contraction can indicate the contraction of either will or shall.

Go on with = continue. This is a three-word verb with the main stress on the middle word.

Construction company is another noun-noun combination with the normal stress for such combinations: the stronger stress on the first word.

Give up = sacrifice, abstain from. This is another two-word verb with the normal stress for such combinations: the main stress on the last word.

CULTURAL BACKGROUND

After graduation from high school, many students work and go to college at the same time. It is possible to get a college degree by taking classes at night, but this requires much determination and hard work on the part of the student and often more years than it normally takes to get a bachelor's degree. Since education beyond secondary school is not free (as it is before that), a student or his family must often make considerable financial sacrifice for him to complete his education.

It is becoming less rare than formerly for students in college to be married. Often, these days both husband and wife are taking courses. Or the wife may be working to help pay for her husband's education. "Working your way through college" is an old and time-honored custom in the United States, where attendance at college is open to anyone with the ability to do the work and pay for the courses. Many colleges offer deserving students part-time work connected with the institution. For these and other reasons, an ever-increasing percent of the college-age population attends college. Today about 60 percent of all high-school graduates go on to college.

Source: English Teaching Forum - Author: Julia Dobson

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