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Academic English

“Traffic Report”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult traffic conditions man 01:04

Pre-Listening Exercise

What information would you expect to hear in a radio traffic report? (The recording for this report is fictitious, but is based, in part, on common situations and places in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.)


“hairy” = dangerous and/or scary
Coming home in the snowstorm got pretty hairy as we passed through the mountains.”

“fender-bender” = a car accident that results in little damage
So far, there haven’t been any reports of major accidents during rush hour today. Just a few fender-benders without any injuries.”


Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are some of the most common modes of transportation in your country? What are the traffic conditions like in both major cities and rural areas? Do you think that building more roads or widening them is the solution to traffic congestion? Find a Website that describes these conditions and summarize your findings.

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