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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.

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.)?
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