★☆☆Touring Colleges, Without Ever Leaving Home

2012年09月14日 ★☆☆, 2013年6月以前の記事, Education, News Articles, VOA.

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  1. Engaged /enˈgājd/ (v.) cause someone to become involved in a conversation or discussion
  2. Interactive /ˌintərˈaktiv/ (adj.) designed to respond to the actions or commands of a user; requiring people to talk with each other or do things together
  3. Third Party /THərdˈpärtē/ (n.) someone who is not one of the two main people involved in a legal agreement but who is still affected by it in some way
  4. Demonstrated Interest /ˈdemənˌstrātədˈint(ə)rist / (n.) one sign used by colleges to evaluate how interested applicants are in enrolling in their college.
  5. Compete /kəmˈpēt/ (v.) to try to get or win something (such as a prize or reward) that someone else is also trying to win


Touring Colleges, Without Ever Leaving Home

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(1) Students who want an easy way to get information about a large number of colleges in the United States can visit a website like CampusTours.com. It brings together virtual campus tours and interactive maps of more than twelve hundred colleges and universities. The site plans to add an international database for schools in other countries.

(2) CampusTours recently celebrated its fifteenth anniversary. The president of the company, Chris Carson, was one of the people who started the site. He says more than one hundred twenty thousand foreign students use the site each year. They make up more than fifteen percent of the traffic on the site.

(3) The virtual tours allow students to get a sense of how a college looks. There are also links to official websites and online applications. And there are details like price, number of students, admission requirements and sports programs.

(4) But Chris Carson says students should never depend on a third-party website like CampusTours to choose a college. He advises parents and students to contact a school directly. If they plan to visit, they should call the school and talk about the visit and where to stay locally. In fact, he says contacting a school might even lead to a free visit.

(5) CHRIS CARSON: “In some cases, if the student is a good enough student or is a special case, they will sometimes pay for travel to get the student to come to campus. That’s a little known fact.”

(6) He says showing real interest in a school can increase the chances of being admitted.

(7) CHRIS CARSON: “One thing in the United States is that they often use something called ‘demonstrated interest’ as a factor in your admission. They write this stuff in your file, believe it or not. If you’ve engaged them in conversation about the institution, they’re actually more likely to offer you admission.”

(8) Chris Carson and several of his friends started CampusTours in nineteen ninety-seven. They noticed that many websites with campus tours were heavy with text and lacked much visual material.

(9) At first, colleges worried that online tours would compete with the tradition of a personal visit to the campus. But today schools work with sites like CampusTours or its competitors, or build their own virtual tours and maps.


*Let’s talk about the article base on the questions below

  1. Do you think studying is important? Why or why not?
  2. Is it common to visit different colleges or universities before choosing your desired school? What is the most famous college or university in Japan?
  3. What is your major or what major will you be selecting for your college or university studies? Will you be working related to your major after you graduate?


English Compositions

*Let’s make English compositions using the expressions from the article.

(1) (Subject) recently celebrated (something)

EX) CampusTours recently celebrated its fifteenth anniversary.

(2) (Subject) says showing (something) can increase the chances of being admitted.

EX) He says showing real interest in a school can increase the chances of being admitted.