General Listening Quiz

"School Progress Report"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult education man - girl 01:24

Pre-Listening Exercise

How are school grades determined at different levels of education in your country (e.g., test, quizzes, reports, participation, etc.)? How are grades listed on report cards? In the USA, letters are often used to indicate performance (A, A-, B+, etc.).

Idioms

"hand in" = turn in or give an assignment to a teacher
"Don't forget to hand in your homework at the end of class."

"at the end of your rope" = no longer have the ability or patience to do something
"To be honest, I'm at the end of my rope. I've told these students repeatedly not to copy their assignments, but they don't listen. I guess I'll have to fail them."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The girl's teacher seems _______.

Girl: Well, my English teacher is soooo boring, and he blows up every time someone talks.

The girl feels that ________ in her Spanish class.

Girl: Well, I do, but I forgot to turn in a couple of assignments, and I had problems on the last test. All those verbs tripped me up. I get them all mixed up in my head!

The girl is _______ in her algebra class.

Dad: Okay, and what about algebra? Girl: Ah, I'm acing that class. No sweat.

The girl likes her history class because _____.

Girl: Oh, that's my favorite class. Mr. Jones is always passing out candy if you know the answers to his questions.

The girl has to _____ after she comes home from the movie.

Dad: Well, okay, but you need to come straight home from the movie, and you need to practice your clarinet.

Post-Listening Exercise

What was the hardest class you took in high school? What made the class difficult? What are the keys to passing exams? In your country, what percentage do you need to pass a class? Do teachers allow you to retake tests if you fail them because of poor performance or even cheating?

Online Investigation

Academic honesty is often regarded as a key part of a student's success in the classroom and in the future workplace. However, plagiarism can be found just about everywhere.

  • How do different schools around the world view the problem and how do schools deal with this problem?
  • Is plagiarism and cheating a more serious problem in certain places?

Use the Internet to learn more about this issue the answers to these questions.