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General Listening Quiz

“Professional Babysitting”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult work man – girl 01:21

Pre-Listening Exercise

There are many things to consider when working as a babysitter or finding one to watch your kids, and many companies help you find experienced caregivers, babysitters, and nannies in your area.

One of the considerations for the babysitter is financial arrangements for compensation. What is fair pay for watching children? Would you charge differently for the number of children or for different circumstances? Should you charge extra when being asked to do other tasks such as cleaning, cooking, or staying past midnight?


look in on” = check on the safety of someone, especially if they are sick
You probably should look in on the baby every hour during the night to see how she is sleeping.”

be grouchy” = be in a bad mood, especially if someone is tired or sick
Our daughter might be a little grouchy if she doesn’t get enough sleep.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

What do you think are the characteristics or qualities of a good babysitter? Search the Internet to see what services are available. Also, take a look to see what courses are available for babysitters? In what ways would taking such courses help babysitters become more qualified and attractive to potential clients?

Online Investigation

Imagine that you have two small children, ages 2 and 4, and you are looking for a full-time babysitter or nanny to care for them. What companies can you find online that provide these services? Review two companies and compare their company philosophy, experience, reputation, guarantees, and costs.

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