General Listening Quiz

"Summer Camp"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Time:
difficult narration (story) one man 02:12

Pre-Listening Exercise

In this story, a young man describes his mishaps (accidents) which occurred while he was at summer camp. Make a list of possible problems which might have happened to him before you start the listening.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Brad has to _____ before he eats breakfast.

Next, we have to make our beds and tidy up the cabin before our camp counselor, Jeff, comes to inspect the place.

What happened to Brad when he went fishing?

I slipped and fell in the stream and lost my fishing pole. That ended my fishing career.

Brad ate _____ for dinner.

Yesterday, I was in charge of cooking the hot dogs, but I accidentally dropped them in the fire, so we had to settle for beans instead. The other kids are always razzing me about it.

Brad was _____ when he got lost in the forest.

That's usually fun, but one night while trying to find more sticks for the fire, I got all turned around and got lost.

How did Brad like summer camp?

Well, today is another day and tomorrow I go home . . . and not a bit too soon. I've learned that camping is just not for me.

Post-Listening Exercise

Now retell the story from several points of view in their own words (e.g., the young man, the parents, one of the counselors at camp, etc.). What physical and psychological benefits can come from attending a summer camp? How can parents benefit from sending their children to these summer events?

Online Investigation

Imagine that you want to visit these places, and while you are there, you want to camp for a week.  Use the Internet to find information to answer these questions.

  • The Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
  • Yosemite National Park, California, USA
  • The Isle of Arran, Scotland
  • Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
  • Sahara Desert, Morocco
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
  • Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
  • The Alps, France
  • Patagonia, Argentina
  • Tasmania, Australia
  1. What camping options are there at the location?
  2. What camping gear do you need?
  3. How much does it cost?
  4. Do you need a permit to camp?
  5. What natural dangers are there to campers?