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Hotel Check-In

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Most people look for budget or cheap hotels when they go on vacation, but no matter whether you stay in a cheap hotel or a luxurious one, you can encounter problems when making hotel reservations. Write a list all of the possible problems that could occur with hotel […]

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Home Security

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Home owners should always take precautions to protect their places from burglars and theft. What are two things that people can do to protect their homes from crime?

HELPFUL TIP: You don’t have to pay a lot of money to protect your home with an expensive home alarm system. Simply […]

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Home Repairs

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Discuss with a partner three common repairs or home improvements people do in and around their apartments or houses (e.g., kitchen cabinets, roofing, siding, etc.).

The walls need to be repainted because there are stains and holes in different places.
The kitchen table needs fixing because a part is broken.
The […]

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Furniture Store

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What kinds of information do you hear in typical radio or TV commercials, let’s say, for a department store (e.g., store hours, telephone number, etc.)? What types of promotions do companies advertise to get you to buy their products?

HELPFUL TIP: Listening to radio commercials is a good way […]

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Funerals:Expressing Condolences

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What are some common expressions you say to people who have lost a loved one due to illness, accident, or other circumstances?

HELPFUL TIP: The loss of a close friend or family member can be a traumatic experience, and knowing how to express condolences appropriately can help provide emotional […]

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Friendly Dental Care

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What are some reasons for visiting a dentist (e.g., tooth whitening, dental cleaning, orthodontics, invisalign braces, tooth fillings)? Name some common dental problems and possible preventative care for each.

HELPFUL TIP: Dentists recommend a dental checkup every six months. Regular brushing and flossing will help prevent cavities and […]

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Friday Night Mishaps

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Discuss the kinds of mishaps or accidents that can occur around the house that might home repairs or house cleaning. Use the following verbs and nouns or others you know to make sentences. Then write some of the ideas on the board.

VERBS: burn, break, cut, damage, fall, ruin, scratch, […]

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First Mountain Bank

Instructions: First, listen to the telephone recording by pressing the “Audio only” button. Then, choose the number that would provide the listener with the information for each statement. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

HELPFUL TIP: Opening a checking account will allow you to pay your bills and other […]

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Flower Shop

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

On what occassions do people buy flowers for others (e.g., marriages, funerals, etc.)? Where can you buy flowers in your area? What types of flowers (and colors) are given for different life events?

HELPFUL TIP: Ordering flowers online can be an easy and convenient way of buying flowers for […]

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Easy Pet Care

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What are some basic tips for caring for a dog or cat (e.g., feeding, grooming, house training, etc.)?

HELPFUL TIP: Think twice about buying a pet for a family member as a gift for a birthday or other occasion. Many times, such animals have to be returned because the child […]

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