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Academic English

“Arches National Park”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate hiking one man 02:02

Pre-Listening Exercise

Name one national park in your country and think about what makes it a unique place to visit (e.g., the scenic views, the wildlife, the flora, outdoor recreation, etc.).


“dying of thirst” = be very thirsty
I need a drink soon. I’m dying of thirst.”

“hit the trail” = start your trip, usually walking
Hey, we’d better hit the trail soon because it’s going to get hot today.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

Try this activity to practice the vocabulary from the conversation:

Post-Listening Exercise

What is a popular park in your hometown? What do people do there? Does it cost anything to visit?

Online Investigation

Search for information on a national park in a country or city where you want to visit. Look up information about local hotels, park entrance fees, special tours, and specific points of interest in the park. What things do you consider when selecting a place to visit (e.g., location, things to see and do, cost, etc.). Share your results with a friend or classmate.

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