General Listening Quiz

“Dating Violence”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult dating man – woman 01:54

Pre-Listening Exercise

What types problems can come up in a relationship including any kind of emotional, physical, or psychological abuse?


dump someone” = end a relationship
John’s girlfriend dumped him because he treated her so badly, physically and emotionally.”

fall for someone” = to begin to love or have feelings for someone
My sister often falls for the worst guys without getting to really know them.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Brandon broke up with his girlfriend because she ___.

Woman: Well . . . . . I don't . . . I don't know. It's kind of a strange situation. He was dating this girl . . . you know Alex? He was dating her and then he ended up breaking up with her because she was using drugs, and . . .

What did his girlfriend do to Brandon?

Woman: Well, yeah, that was, but now she's really angry with him, and he's having all kinds of problems with her, like last week, she punched him in the face and in the groin at school. Right in front of everyone.

Alex told Brandon if he said anything about this, _____.

Woman: Well, um . . . she told him that if he said anything to a teacher, to the principal or anyone, she would get her friends to beat him up after school.

In the end, Brandon decided to ____.

Woman: Then he decided that if she was doing that to do that to him and get away with it, she'd just do it to the next guy, so he went to the principal and the school police officer and reported everything, and now they're going to press assault charges against her.

What is the main message of the conversation?

The main theme of the conversation is to be respectful to others and not hurt them.

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe relationships you are in or have been involved in (with friends, partners, even parents). What activities and attitudes create a positive environment in a friendship and marriage?

Online Investigation

Search the Internet for information on how to prevent dating violence. What suggestions can you find? What laws exist in your country or area that protect people from such abuse?