I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are common after-school activities children and teenagers might be involved in during a normal school week?

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

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 one thing does the girl NOT have to do on Wednesday after school?

A. practice the piano

B. take care of children

C. finish homework assignments
2. Why can’t the girl go to a movie on Monday?

A. She has to catch up on her French homework.

B. She needs to write a paper.

C. She must practice for a math test.

3. How long is her soccer practice on Tuesday?

A. one hour

B. an hour and a half

C. two hours

4. What chore does the girl have to do on Saturday?

A. clean the garage

B. pick up her room

C. finish her science project

5. Which movie showing is the girl going to see?

A. 5:00 p.m.

B. 7:15 p.m.

C. 9:00 p.m.

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Correct answers:

Daughter: Dad, can I go to a movie this week with Shannon?

Father: Here. Try this. It’s called a book. [Ah, Dad!] Moby Dick. An American classic. [Dad!] Okay. Let me look at the calendar here. Hmm. When are you thinking about going to a movie?

Daughter: Uh, we’re thinking about seeing a movie on Wednesday after school.

Father: Well, that’s not going to work. You have piano lessons after school and then you have to babysit for the neighbors until 9:00.

Daughter: What about Monday?

Father: Monday’s out. You haven’t practiced your clarinet at all . . . for an entire month, so you have to catch up on that. And, don’t you have an essay due in your English class on Tuesday?

Daughter: Oh, I forgot about that [Yeah], and anyway, I was going to finish that during first period at school. [Great. I’ve never heard of a three-sentence essay.] So, what about Tuesday?

Father: Uh, you have soccer practice from 4:00 until 5:30, and after that, you have to do your homework.

Daughter: Ah, you can help me with that. Oh, I forgot you don’t know how to do geometry. So, can I see the movie on Thursday?

Father: Well, remember the science fair at school is on Friday, right? Is, is your project finished yet?

Daughter: Umm, what about Friday night? I checked the paper, and there’s a midnight showing.

Father: Uh-uh. Forget that idea.

Daughter: And Saturday?

Father: Well, you have to do your chores in the morning before noon. [You can help me with that.] Oh no. And then, we have to clean out the garage. You said you’d help. [No, you volunteered me.] Well, that should only take a couple of hours. [Dad, you’re ruining my social life.] And then, after that, we can go to the movie.

Daughter: We?

Father: Yeah, We. Mom and I and you and Shannon.

Daughter: Uh, Dad, actually. We weren’t planning on company.

Father: Now, let me check the paper for showtimes. [The movie plays at three oh five, five, seven fifteen, and nine.] You already checked, I see.

Daughter: Yeah. So is it okay? Can I go see the nine O’clock showing?

Father: The five o’clock showing!

Daughter: How about the seven o’clock showing?

Father: And why are you so concerned about the show time?

Daughter: Well, I don’t know if I’ll get all of my chores and homework done before then.

Father: Sorry, but I want you to get to bed early that night, and so, I can drop you off at the movie theater about 4:30 so you’ll have time to get tickets.

Daughter: Uh, Dad. Can I have some money for the movie?

Father: Sure, just go into the family bank vault behind secret mirror in the hall and take a few hundred. [Dad!]. Look. I can only spare a few dollars, so you’ll have to come up with the rest, okay?

Daughter: Okay. Thanks, Dad.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • catch up (verb): reach a point where one should be
    – I need to catch up on my sleep. I’ve been very tired recently.
  • geometry (noun): math of lines, points, and shapes
    – My daughter is taking geometry in junior high school now.
  • uh-uh (verb): informal for no
    Uh-uh. I don’t like to do housework at all.
  • chores (noun): housework
    – If you do your chores quickly, I’ll take you shopping.
  • ruin (verb): destroy or damage
    – My dad asked me to babysit tonight, so that ruinned my plans to go out with friends to a movie.
  • vault (noun): a room or space, often made of steel, for safekeeping valuables like money or important documents
    – The millionaire kept all his valuable coins, paintings, and jewelry in a secret vault in his house.
  • spare (verb): give up carefully
    – My son needed money to fix his care, but I could only spare $200 since I didn’t have much money either.