I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Look at the list of TV programs below. Which shows interest you most? Discuss your answers:

nature, documentary, news, game, home improvement, reality, cartoon, fitness or exercise, soap opera or drama, talk, sitcom, cooking

HELPFUL TIP: Watching TV in a foreign language can be a useful way of improving your language skills. In fact, some TV shows contain captions of the words in the program. Reading the words along with the show can help you improve your comprehension.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions based on the information you hear. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. When is the reality showing on TV? What channel is showing the program?

A. at 7:00 on channel 5

B. at 7:30 on channel 7

C. at 8:00 on channel 11
2. Why does the man not want to watch the reality show?

A. He watched the same program last week.

B. He isn’t interested in show’s theme.

C. He wants to go swimming instead.

3. How does the man feel about watching Star Wars on TV?

A. He wouldn’t mind seeing it again.

B. He’d like to watch it if he had more time.

C. He’d prefer to watch something else.

4. Which statement best describes the man’s feelings about watching the home improvement show?

A. He doesn’t want to watch because his wife will expect him to fix things around the house.

B. He thinks that he will be able to get a better job by learning from the show.

C. He thinks it is easier to get someone else to repair their problems around the house.

5. What does the couple decide to watch?

A. a TV drama

B. a sports event

C. a talk show

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Correct answers:

Paul: So, what do you want to watch on TV tonight?
Brenda: Well, what’s on?

Brenda: Well, hmm. There is a reality show on at 7:00 on channel 5.

Paul: Nah, you know I don’t like reality shows. I mean, they usually show people doing crazy things like, you know, eating live fish or swimming in a pool full of snakes. I don’t get into that.

Brenda: Okay. Well, how about watching a documentary on the life of panda bears in the wild?

Paul: Personally, I’d rather watch something with a little bit more action and suspense.

Brenda: Well, then. Ah, here’s something. Do you want to watch a rerun of Star Wars?

Paul: Nah, I’ve seen it a zillion times. I’d like to see something different.

Brenda: Okay, let’s see here. Oh, how about this? On channel 2 at 9:00, there’s a home improvement show about fixing anything around the house. We do have a few things that you could repair in the bathroom . . .

Paul: Fixing things? Uh, boy, I’m beat. I think I’m going to hit the sack.

Brenda: You’re going to bed?

Paul: Yeah. I have to get up early tomorrow . . .

Brenda: . . . and then you’re going to fix the bathroom?

Paul: Good night.

Brenda: Okay. Too bad, though. There’s a basketball game on right now, but . . . but I guess you can catch the score in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Paul: Oh, okay. I’ll stay up and keep you company while I . . . I mean, you . . . I mean, WE watch the game.

Brenda: I thought you’d change your mind. I’ll get the popcorn.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • get into something (verb): be interested in something
    – I didn’t think the kids would get into watching that nature program, but they loved it
  • documentary (noun): a television program that gives facts on a person, place, or thing
    – Hurry. Switch the channels. I don’t want to miss the documentary on space travel.
  • suspense (noun): a feeling of excitement about what will happen next
    – She liked the movie because it was full of suspense from beginning to end.
  • rerun (noun): a TV program that is shown over again
    – This channel usually shows reruns of programs from the 1960s late in the evening.
  • zillion (noun): a very large number
    – Sometimes, kids don’t mind watching the some TV cartoons a zillion times.
  • improvement (noun): a change that makes something better
    – There are a number of improvements you can make on your writing assignment. Read it again and see what you can do.
  • beat (adjective): very tired
    – I was so beat last night that I feel asleep watching TV.
  • hit the sack: go to sleep
    – He hit the sack early because he has to work in the morning.