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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


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.

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 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.

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