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General Listening Quiz

“Cyberbullying – Script”

Listening Exercise

Listen to the recording on bullying and child protection, and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.

Teacher: Hi. Welcome to parent-teacher Conference.

Parent: Thanks.

Teacher: So, what is your child’s name?

Parent: It’s Megan Jones.

Teacher: Megan. Uh, let’s see. Oh yeah, Megan. Um, she missed the last couple of days. Has she been sick?

Parent: No, she’s been having some problems with the other kids in your class, and . . .

Teacher: Well, you know, junior high school is a difficult time, but she just needs to speak up a little bit more in class. I think that . . .

Parent: No, it’s . . . it’s more than that. Some of the kids in your class have really been bullying her a lot.

Teacher: What do you mean?

Parent: Well, um, they’ve been teasing her a lot about her appearance, and then, the other day, you didn’t help things [ What? ] Yeah, she said you made a comment about her clothes.

Teacher: W-what do you mean? I mean . . .

Parent: She said you commented on her shirt and jeans, like they were from the 1970s or something like that.

Teacher: Well I was just kind of joking a little bit with her.

Parent: Well, yeah, that’s what you think, but other kids follow your example. In fact, one of the kids took a picture of her with their phone and posted it and had some real nasty comments on Facebook. It was terrible.

Teacher: Well, you know, kids can be kids.

Parent: No, don’t you get it? This is bullying; it’s cyberbullying, and adults like you are part of the problem. Forget it. I’m planning on discussing this with the principal tomorrow.

Teacher: Oh, wait, wait, wait. Um, uh, oh. I’m sorry if I hurt her feelings [ Yeah. You did! ], but . . .

Parent: I get sick and tired of people thinking that a little teasing is okay. Too many kids are killing themselves because they feel there’s just no way to escape this.

Teacher: Okay. Well, I guess I need to be a little bit more careful, but, [Yeah] I mean . . . 

Parent: Yeah, you do. I really hope I can get Megan to come to school tomorrow. She’s been really, really anxiousWow. ] and depressed for some time, and your comments and those that the other kids made haven’t helped.

Teacher: Wow. I’m really, I’m sorry. Um. Could you see if you can bring her to school tomorrow? Uh, I’d like to apologize and see what I can do to, maybe, improve the situation.

Parent: Thanks. I’d appreciate it. That would help.

Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • speak up (phrasal verb): speak without fear or hesitation 
    – People need to speak up against bullying when they see it happen.
  • bully (verb): treat someone badly in action or words 
    – Why do you always bully Brandon? He hasn’t done anything to you.
  • tease (verb): make fun of 
    – Some of the kids in my class are always teasing my sister, and I can’t get them to stop.
  • nasty (adjective): terrible 
    – I can’t believe kids post such nasty messages on Facebook.
  • principal (noun): manager or director of a school 
    – The principal spoke to all of the kids at school about the problems of cyberbullying.
  • anxious (adjective): nervous 
    – Brittany feels very anxious about going to school these days.
  • improve (verb): make better 
    – If you want to improve the environment for kids at school, you have to speak out about the problems of bullying.
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