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"read up on" = read a lot to prepare yourself for something

"I suggest reading up on the plot and historical background of the movie before you see it."


"drive/walk around in circles" = move around without clear direction, be lost

"Why don't we ask for directions? We've been driving around in circles for more than an hour."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Where's the Movie Theater?
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultdirectionsconversation man and woman01:22

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Although watching movies online from the comfort of one's homes is becoming very popular, many people still enjoy the pleasure of buying movie tickets and watching a movie at a local theater. What is the attraction that draws people to the movies? How much do movie tickets cost in your area? What do people like to do before or after seeing a movie?

HELPFUL TIP: You can often use the Internet to locate movie theaters in your area, and movie reviews and show times are often available as well to help you plan your time out on the town.

Watching movies


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
I. First, study the map. Then, listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

Map for listening activity

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1. When is Steve going out with Jennifer?
A. Friday
B. Saturday
C. Sunday
D. Monday

2. Where is the movie theater?
A. 2
B.1
C. 12
D. 4

3. Where is the restaurant located?
A. 6
B. 11
C. 14
D. 8

4. What time does the restaurant close on Sundays?
A. 10:30 PM
B. 11: 00 PM
C. 11:30 PM
D. 12:00 AM

5. Where is the florist?
A. 10
B. 6
C. 15
D. 5


Score =
Correct answers:

II. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

III. Complete the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Discuss these questions with a partner or friend outside of class:

  • When do people start dating in your country?
  • What do people usually do on dates?
  • Does the man pick the woman up from her house or do they meet somewhere?
  • Do men often take the woman a gift on the first date? If so, what?

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

What movies are very popular at the moment at a movie theater near you? Use the Internet to do your own movie review of one of these pictures? What is the plot of the movie? Who are the main characters? What is the message of the movie?

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