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?

Idioms

"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 mad 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.

The man is impressed by the girl because she _____.

Mr. Adams: Ah, Yes. You must be Kelly. Thanks for coming. Kelly: Here's my card. Mr. Adams: Oh, the entrepreneurial spirit.

How often has Kelly babysat for Mr. Adams in the past?

Mr. Adams: Well, I heard you were one of the best and most affordable babysitters in the area, and . . .

The girl should charge more money because she ______.

Kelly: You see, Mr. Adams. I've consulted with my financial advisor [What?]. Uh, my mother, and she says I should charge more per child since I do cook and clean your house while you're away.

The girl has special ______ training to become a babysitter.

Kelly: I'm now a certified babysitter with training in CPR.

Her rate increases need to cover _____ expenses.

Kelly: Times are changing, Mr. Adams. I have to figure in expenses for a benefits package to cover college tuition, retirement, and my stock portfolio. Well, I tell my dad what to do.

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 take 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 baby sitter 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.