1. Answer the following questions:
a) What is your speciality/ specialization?
b) Why did you choose it?
c) When did you decide to become a physicist?
d) What does a physicist actually do?
e) What do you like best about your future work?
f) What are you planning to do after graduating from the BSU?
g) What job would you like to have?
h) Where would you prefer to work? And why? (State-run enterprise/ higher school / joint venture with a foreign firm/private enterprise/ your own business/ cooperative/ school).
i) Is it easy to find a well- paid job?
j) What are the working conditions in a hall of residence (in your home)?
k) Have you got a personal computer?
l) How many hours a day do you work (study) in the library/ at home?
m) Do you prefer to work individually or in a team? Why?
n) Do you consult anybody on problems concerned with your term paper?
o) Have you ever been to a scientific conference?
p) Have you got any scientific publications?
q) What is the theoretical and practical value of your term paper?
r) Why is it important to choose right career?
s) What should people think about before making their choice?
t) Would you rather work with people or with papers?
u) Do you think you will be able to make a good specialist in future? What are your strong points for the career?
v) What is more important in the job: interest or money?
w) What traits of character are necessary for a good physicist? (Highly educated, energetic, decisive, sociable, responsible, lively, imaginative, thoughtful, patient, fast-thinking, creative, logical, calm, practical, ambitious, reliable, intelligent)
x) Who helped you to take a decision about your future profession?
y) What do you know about your future profession?
z) We all work or will work in our jobs with many different kinds of people. In your opinion, what are some important characteristics of a co-worker?
aa)Which is more important for success: the natural ability you are born with or hard work?
bb) Some people prefer to work for a large company. Others prefer to work for a small company. Which would you prefer?
cc) Some people like to do only what they already do well. Other people prefer to try new things and take risks. Which would you prefer?
dd) Have you ever had a job? How many? What kind were they?
ee) Is success of learning and doing science almost entirely a matter of fixed natural ability?
ff) Can people become better at learning and doing science through hard work and appropriate strategies?
2. Make up a short talk about your research. Use the questions below as a guide.
Where did you receive education?
Did you join any scientific (learned) society while at the Institute?
Where did you take your first training in …?
When did you graduate from the University?
What research Institute (laboratory) did you come to work at after graduation?
What activities are you engaged in at present?
What field of science do you carry on research in?
What do you base your experiments (calculations, theoretical considerations) on (upon)?
Do you combine theoretical research with applied studies?
How do you plan your experiments?
Do you work alone or together with your fellow workers (colleagues)?
Can you tell us what the urgent needs of biophysics (solid state physics, theoretical physics, physics of semiconductors etc.) are nowadays?
What is the subject of your thesis?
When did you get interested in the problem?
Who encouraged your interest in the problem?
Who advised you to take up this problem?
What is the aim of your study (research)?
How long have you been working at the problem?
How many chapters (parts) do you plan to have in your thesis?
When are you going to read your thesis?
3. Describe briefly your current research.
Use: study (work, do research) under …; consult somebody on …; attend lectures (classes, seminars); go on an expedition (a trip); be impressed by …; develop a method (procedure, theory); be familiar with …; write a joint paper; differ in opinion on …; work out an explanation (a theory, an approach); collect and arrange facts ( data, observations); attend the meetings of a learned society; centre on …; be concerned with …; make observations; measure; calculate; investigate; read (give) a paper; agree with …; the method (approach) proved fruitful..
4. Say a few words about your research. Use words and phrases such as:
conduct studies (research, investigation, experiment); apply one’s knowledge (a new method, technique, theory); choose one’s speciality (topic, field, method, technique).
fundamental research (study, discovery, investigation, knowledge); basic (main, chief) problem (aspect, method, contribution); pioneering area (work, research, investigation); scientific journal / (meeting, lecture, publication).
5. Make up a talk with your fellow-students about your laboratory as in the model.
Use: the basic orientation of the laboratory is …; the present facilities contain …; the staff of our laboratory participates in …; there are several laboratories allied with (in) …; our team (research unit) works under …; the experiments are carried out (performed) …; the installation (the chamber) is designed for
Model: 1. The bio-engineering laboratory is headed by Dr. B. A lot of different experiments are performed at the laboratory.
2. As to our laboratory, it is headed by Prof. H. and we carry out experiments in the field of … .
6. Say a few words about your research Institute (department, laboratory, unit, team).
Use: be founded, be established; be engaged in; be encouraged; be interested in; conduct; carry on; perform; learn; make progress in; make use of; make contribution to; be started; make experiments do research (investigations); discuss the results (data); accomplish; be headed; work under the guidance of; be under way; result from; need expansion; go forward; make possible.
7. Give a talk about the problems studied at your laboratory.
Use: the interest is concentrated on …; explain (provide an explanation of …); analyze thoroughly; form a basis for …; be an important step in the development of …; be responsible for …; be in charge of.
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