I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

I-pods and other MP3 media players are becoming popular to play music on the go. Try and name at least 7 different types of music. Which are most popular in your country? Do you download music files from the Internet? If so, do you download them to a portable MP3 player or other device?

HELPFUL TIP: In addition to listening to music, MP3 Players can be used to record your voice. You can use such devices to keep an audio voice journal to practice you speaking and pronunciation skills.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

First, listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button, and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What kinds of music does this radio station play?

A. rhythm and blues

B. heavy metal

C. latin
2. What is the disk jockey’s first name?

A. Harold

B. Harvey

C. Harry

3. Listeners can win ___________ by identifying the name of music numbers.

A. music CDs

B. concert tickets

C. money

4. How many times will listeners have a chance to win?

A. less than four times

B. four or five times

C. more than five times

5. To win, listeners must identify the name of the musical number and ________.

A. when it was recorded

B. where it was recorded

C. who recorded it

Score =

Correct answers:

Disc Jockey:
“Ah, nothing like good old rhythm and blues to soothe the soul this late Wednesday night. This is Harry Williams, and I’ll be with you throughout the night here on KQ1150. Oh, and don’t forget that I’ll be giving away tickets on the hour from now until sunup for those of you who can identify this tune:

[ jazz music ]

Call me at 693-3019 and be the seventh caller. And if you can tell me the name of the piece and the year it was recorded, you’ll enjoy the tunes of one of the best bands ever a week from this Saturday night downtown at the Silver Palace.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy listening to KQ1150.”

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • soothe (verb): to relax or calm
    – You should trying listening to classical music to soothe your nerves. It works for me.
  • sunup (noun): sunrise or the point where the sun comes up in the morning
    – We’ll leave tomorrow before sunup, so please be ready.
  • identify (verb): to name
    – Greg can identify the names of almost all the constellations in the sky.
  • tune (noun): usually, a song or musical number
    – This radio station plays some really good tunes.