Shopping for the Day

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Shopping Online or at local department stores is an activity many people enjoy. How often do you go shopping for the following items and where do you buy them: clothing, gifts for friends and family, music, DVD movies, electronics?

HELPFUL TIP: If you can’t find a present you are […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Video Rental Shop

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

When you the hear the words “Video Rental Shop,” what images come to your mind (i.e., the kind of store, the types of goods being rented, the policies of the store, prices, etc.)?

HELPFUL TIP: Video rental stores are not the only place where you can find videos and DVDs. […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Children’s Books: Reading Time

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What kinds of books do children like to read? Where can you find cheap or discount books? Do you buy books at a bookstore or at an online bookstore?

HELPFUL TIP: Reading with your kids 20 minutes a day is a great way to help them get excited about books. […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Picnic Preparations

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Imagine you have been asked to organize a picnic? Where would you hold the picnic and what food, appetizers, and drink would you buy? Make a list and discuss it with a partner.

HELPFUL TIP: Cooking hamburgers over a grill isn’t hard to do, but don’t cook the meat too […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Phone Message

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Make a list of all of the reasons why a person may not be able to take a call (e.g., she’s out of the office, he’s on another line, etc.)

HELPFUL TIP: Be sure to repeat the caller’s name, number, and message before you hang up to confirm that you have […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Party Time!

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Suppose you have been invited to a party. How would you dress for the occasion? What types of fashionable clothing can you purchase at local stores or even online clothing stores?

HELPFUL TIP: If you are invited to a party, be sure to ask what the dress is for the […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Nice to Meet You

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What are the kinds of questions you ask when meeting someone for the first time? Would you ask different questions depending on the age, social status, and gender of the person to whom you are speaking? Write down your ideas before you listen to the conversation.

HELPFUL TIP: When you […]

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Missing Children: Lost in a Crowd

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

When listening to a description of a lost child, what kinds of information would you expect to hear (e.g., the child’s name)?

HELPFUL TIP: Visiting amusement parks with your family can be fun. Just be sure you decide on a meeting place in case you get separated.

II. Listening Exercises […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Immigration and Customs

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Finding discount plane tickets and cheap tours is only the first step to traveling abroad. Once you arrive at your destination, what things would you expect to do when passing through immigration and customs in a foreign country?

HELPFUL TIP: Nowadays, global travel is commonplace for pleasure or business; […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|0 Comments

Hotel Reservations

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Finding a cheap hotel is important to budget travelers, whether for a Hawaiian honeymoon, adventure travel, or for business. How do you find a budget hotel: online through a hotel reservation Website, in a guidebook, or in the phone book? What questions would you ask if you called […]

By |March 22nd, 2009|Easy|1 Comment