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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?


“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.

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.

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