Academic English

"The Four Seasons"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate climate man 01:55

Pre-Listening Exercise

What seasonal changes do people in your hometown experience throughout the year? Are there four basic seasons (i.e., winter, spring, summer, and fall)? Is it one season all year around? Do you have a typhoon, hurricane, or rainy season?

Idioms

"fair-weather friend" = someone who is only when things are going well
"He's just a fair-weather friend, so when things become difficult, don't expect him to be around to help you."

"under the weather" = sick
"My mom has been a little under the weather for the past few days."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

This presentation seems to be ______.

Hello everyone. Have you ever wondered what the weather is like in other places around the world? Today, I'd like to talk to you about the changing seasons in my city which was the assigned topic for this class.

How does the man describe the winter season?

The city usually averages about 30 inches of snow during this entire, 3-month period. not just January. Winter activities during this season include sledding, skiing, and snowshoeing.

In spring, people enjoy ______.

Spring usually arrives in late March, and the temperatures hover around 50 degrees during the day. It is a beautiful season because the flowers start to bloom.It is also sometimes windy, and this is great for flying kites. People in my city often like to go on picnics, stroll through the parks, and play outdoor games.

What is the summer season like in this area?

Next, summer starts in June, as temperatures slowly rise to around 80 degrees. The summer in my city is very dry with little rain throughout the season, and temperatures can soar above 100 degrees in August.

People often ______ in the fall.

A lot of people enjoy driving into the mountains and viewing the fall colors.

Post-Listening Exercise

Decide on a place you would like to visit during your next vacation. Then, do some research on the area's climate and describe the region's seasons, including average temperatures and precipitation. Finally, explain popular activities that you could enjoy during different times of the year.