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General Listening Quizzes

Security Systems

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Businesses and homes often fall victim to crime, particularly robbery and burglary, and having a method of protecting your life and property is very important. So, what are some common methods that businesses use to protect their property? How about homeowners or even yourself if you are living […]

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School Report

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

How are school grades determined at different levels of education in your country (e.g., test, quizzes, reports, participation, etc.)? How are grades listed on report cards? In the USA, letters are often used to indicate performance (A, A-, B+, etc.).

HELPFUL TIP: Many students in the US take the […]

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Video Rental Shop Version A

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. […]

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Refinancing Mortgage Loans

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Taking out a loan is often the only way people can afford major investments or purchases such as a college education or home. However, what advantages are there to refinancing a mortage or student loan at a lower interest rate? Use the Internet to learn more about this.

HELPFUL […]

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Professional Babysitting

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

There are many things to consider when working as a babysitter or finding one to watch your kids. One of the considerations for the babysitter is financial arrangements for compensation? What is fair pay for watching children? Would you charge differently for the number of children or for […]

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Personal Problems

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What are some common personal or health problems we encounter in our lives? What words of advice would you give a person with these problems?

HELPFUL TIP: If you are having medical problems, you can also use the Internet to search for information on your condition; however, be sure […]

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Movie Reviews: DVDs and Videos

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

What movie rating systems or guidelines are used in different countries to determine to appropriateness for different audiences? In the United States, the classifications of “G,” “PG,” “PG-13,” “R,” and “NR-17″ (See Motion Picture Association of America for more details). What rating systems are used to rank the […]

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Job Hunting

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Which factor is most crucial when looking for a new job? Rank the following points in terms of importance and then discuss your reasons:

opportunities for promotion or advancement, working hours, vacation days, pension plan, interest level, salary, benefits such as health and life insurance, sick or maternity leave

HELPFUL […]

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

Baseball: It’s a Home Run

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Baseball is a popular sport in many countries. Before listening to this sports broadcast, think of common baseball vocabulary and sample sentences that might come up in such a program (e.g., run as in “The team needs four runs to tie the game.”)

HELPFUL TIP: Baseball is an American […]

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Housing Complaints

I. Pre-Listening Exercises

Finding a good apartment for rent sometimes takes time, but things always come up. What kinds of complaints or problems do tenants experience when renting a home or apartment? Briefly discuss these ideas with a partner. Explain one solution for each problem you came up with.

HELPFUL TIP: If […]

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