General Listening Quiz

"Utah Travel Ad"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult travel man 01:43

Pre-Listening Exercise

There are a number of beautiful national parks in the Mountain West of the United States including Zions National Park, Arches National Park, and Mesa Verde. What things do you consider most when planning a vacation to this area? Rank the ideas below from most important to least important:

  • ___ price of trip
  • ___ destination
  • ___ accommodations
  • ___ sites and attractions
  • ___ length of stay
  • ___ travel companions
  • ___ language(s) spoken at destination

Idioms

"in nothing flat" = immediately, without delay
"You used to be able to get through airport security in nothing flat, but it takes more time now because of increased security measures."

"up in the air" = not decided yet
"Our travel plans are still up in the air, but we should know more by tomorrow."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The announcer highlights the _______ of Utah.

Majestic, serene. Just two words to describe the scenic regions of Utah in the Mountain West of the United States. Now, our office offers fabulous, five-day outdoor packages of the state for the adventurous.

The tour lasts ____ days.

One activity mentioned in the video is ______.

Then, your tour will take you on a four-day adventure of a lifetime to central and southern Utah where you will hike and backpack through Arches National Park, Goblin Valley, and Bryce National Park.

The tour does not include _____.

The price of your tour package includes local transportation in Utah, one-nights lodging in a four-star hotel in Salt Lake City, hiking and camping gear, two meals a day, and your professional tour guide.

Reservations must be made _____ days in advance.

Contact our office between 8 and 5:30 p.m. for more information and current availability on this wilderness trek, and reservations must be made thirteen days in advance. Let us show Utah like no one else can.

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe a trip that you have gone on with in the last year or so? Where did you go? What did you do and see? What is your image of the perfect vacation? Think about cost, destination, hotels, and your travel companions. Would you rather travel within in your country or abroad? Discuss your ideas and reasons with a partner.

Online Investigation

Adventure vacations have become very popular around the world (including Utah), and such trips can include river rafting, canyoneering, rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. However, not all companies provide the same services. Investigate two such companies that provide adventure tours and compare their services based on the experience and reputation of the company, range of services and travel options, ease and availability of trips, price, and even the refund policy.