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General Listening Quiz

“Security Systems”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult home protection man – woman 02:16

Pre-Listening Exercise

Businesses and homes often fall victim to crime, particularly robbery and burglary, and having methods of protecting your life and property such as burglar alarms can be important. So, what are some common methods that businesses use to protect their property? How about homeowners or even yourself if you are living in an apartment or dormitory at school? In this conversation, how was the man caught?


get worked up” = become upset or emotional
My mom got all worked up when she found out that someone broke into her car and stole her purse.”

keep someone on” = continue to employ someone in a job
After the flower shop was robbed, the owner realized he didn’t have enough money to keep some of the employees on for a while.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

If you found yourself in a similar position as in the conversation (you are being robbed at home, in the street, or at work), what would you do to protect yourself and your valuables?

Online Investigation

What devices are available for purchase in your area (or that can be found online) to protect yourself against attack or intruders to your home or while you are walking in public? One example could be a loud whistle or can of mace. Find three things that can be used legally in your area for self protection. How much do they cost? How effective are they?

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