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"night owl" = someone who stays up late

"My brother is a real night owl, and he doesn't go to bed until dawn."


"sleep on it" = go to sleep and think about something overnight before making a decision

"I'm not sure if I should take the job, so I want to sleep on it."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Sleeping Problem
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
mediumsleeping troubleconversationman - woman01:33

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
Why do some people have trouble sleeping at night and what can they do to get a good night's rest?

HELPFUL TIP: Getting to bed early can help you wake early and have a refreshing day.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. What time does the man wake up in the conversation?
A. at 12:00 p.m.
B. at 1:00 p.m.
C. at 2:00 p.m.

2. Where does the man need to go today?
A. He has to go to work.
B. He needs to attend class.
C. He should go to a family activity.

3. The man's sister feels that he should get up at _____.
A. 6:15 a.m.
B. 6:30 a.m.
C. 6:45 a.m.

4. The woman tells her brother to go to bed at ________ every night.
A. 9:00 p.m.
B. 9:30 p.m.
C. 10:00 p.m.

5. The woman has seen her brother fall asleep while he was _______.
A. eating dinner
B. watching TV
C. driving


Score =
Correct answers:

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

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What time do you usually go to bed at night, and what time do you usually get up? Do these times change depending on the day of the week? Have your sleep habits changed since you graduated from high school?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find the answers to these questions:

  • What are some of the major sleep problems or disorders?
  • What are the causes of each of these problems?
  • What methods of treatment are available?
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