Academic English

“Campaigns and Elections”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult elections man 02:45

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of campaign promises do political candidates make to persuade people to vote for them?


“pull strings” = influence people to get what you want, manipulate
Company officials tried to pull a few strings within the local government in order to win the construction contract.”

“under the table” = money paid secretly
A number of monetary gifts were paid under the table to win political influence.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

In the candidate's first point, taxes will be used to _____.

Such new funding would be used to hire and retain good teachers, build and renovate new schools, and give great tax breaks to classroom teachers.

The candidate's proposal for economic development is to _____.

I plan to change all of that. I am proposing a city center revitalization project that would promote new businesses, new residential areas, and new open green areas.

The man's third point is the construction of ______.

And third, I am proposing the construction of a light rail train system, to be built over the next decade.

The candidate says that he is the best person for the job because he ____.

However, I am not a career politician who has lost touch with the everyday needs and concerns of day-to-day people. My work as an educator and business owner has given me a unique perspective on the pains and challenges you face.

Post-Listening Exercise

The election of government leaders is a process that varies from country to country around the world. Choose a country in which you are interested and research how local and national elections are carried out. Then, compare this system to the one in your own country. Identify at least two aspects of system that you like and don’t like.