General Listening Quiz

"Clothing Styles"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy clothing man - woman 01:35

Pre-Listening Exercise

Class or school reunions are times when people get together with former classmates and relive past experiences in high school.

Idioms

"on the spur of the moment" = without planning or preparation
"I decided to go to the party on the spur of the moment, so I threw on some clothes and left."

"be decked out" = be dressed in formal clothes for nice occasions
"She was decked out in a beautiful dress, and everyone was surprised."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What does the man plan to wear during the summer months?

Jake: Well, uh, it's really hot in the summer, so I'm going to buy some shorts, sandals, and a few t-shirts.

What is one thing the man is NOT going to pack for the winter season?

Jake: Well, the weather doesn't get too cold, but it often snows in the mountains, so I'm going to buy a couple of warm sweaters, a jacket, and a hat. I don't have room in my suitcase to pack a coat, so I'm going to wait until I get there and buy it when I really need it.

What is the weather like in the spring?

Jake: They say it rains cats and dogs in the spring.

When will the man need formal clothes?

Jake: Well, you never know when you might need something on the spur of the moment for a wedding or maybe someone's graduation, or a nice date.

What did the man wear to his high school graduation?

Ashley: For high school graduation, you wore an old pair of jeans and tennis shoes.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying clothing in a regular store as compared with purchasing something over the Internet? What have been your experiences in doing both?

Online Investigation

What people wear can say something about a person's personality, style, interests, and at times, employment situation, and dressing appropriately for different circumstances can be important. For each of the following situations below, decide on what clothing (shirt, shoes, tie, dress, uniform, etc.) would be appropriate and think about the reasons.

Then, use the Internet to find the items of clothing, determine the cost of each, and compare what you find online to what you might find in a local clothing store in your area.