General Listening Quiz

“Hospital Stay”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult hospital care man – woman 02:43

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some common reasons why people have to be hospitalized? How long do people need to stay in the hospital for these medical conditions? What things do you look for when choosing a hospital for your care?


break down” = lose emotional control and often cry
The family broke down when they heard the tragic news.”

under the weather” = feeling tired or sick
Grandma was really under the weather for about a week, but she’s feeling better now.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The car accident happened when the car _____.

Woman: Well, one of the witnesses said a car hit her broadside when it ran a red light [ A red light? ].

Sarah seems to have suffered ______ in the accident.

Woman: She has a broken leg, a broken arm, a broken nose, some broken ribs, and third-degree burns to her face and her arms.

The woman in the other vehicle might have ____.

Woman: Okay, now look. It looks like the woman that was driving the vehicle got distracted by something, or maybe she fell asleep . . . .

Sarah might have to remain in the hospital for ____.

Woman: Not yet. She will recover, but she's going to be in in the hospital for at least a month.

It appears that the other woman _____.

Woman: Yeah. It's his wife that hit your wife, and [ Oh, wow. ] she's in a lot worse shape. She probably isn't going to make it. They don't know if she'll make it through the night.

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe a time when you or a family member was hospitalized. Answer these questions:

  1. Why were you hospitalized?
  2. How long were you in the hospital?
  3. What kind of tests or procedures were done as part of your care?
  4. Did you have a private room, or did you share a room with other patients?
  5. How would you describe your overall experience?

Online Investigation

Find a hospital near you and find information about the following:

  1. What questions should you ask before you are admitted for a major operation?
  2. What hospital ratings does the hospital have?
  3. Does the hospital specialize in any particular medical procedures? If so, what are they?
  4. What special services does the hospital provide (e.g., physical therapy, hearing aids, nutrition services, etc.)?