General Listening Quiz

“Video Game Systems”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult video game systems man – boy 01:31

Pre-Listening Exercise

Video game systems are popular among children and teenagers, but how do children obtain these systems: they receive them as gifts, they earn money and buy them, or they borrow the systems from a friend?


be dying for something” = want something very much
My daughter is dying to buy more video games, but she needs to save money for other things.”

sore/bad loser” = someone who acts or behaves badly when they lose a game
I don’t like playing him very much because he’s always a sore loser when I beat him playing video games. He’ll run off and be mad the whole day.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The father discourages his son from buying a game system because ______.

Dad: A Game Boy? Those are too expensive.

The boy can save _____ a month to buy the game system.

ad: Okay, well allowance. So, how much money can you make a week with allowance? What did Mom tell you? Boy: She said that if, umm, you get your work done on time, you can get $1.25.

The boy needs to _____ to earn his allowance.

Dad: Okay, well, maybe you could come up with some odd jobs. What are a couple of things that you could do to earn some money, maybe around here, in the neighborhood?

The boy could make more allowance by _____.

Dad: What about opening up a lemonade stand?

At the end of the conversation, we can infer that the boy _____.

Dad: Well, I think you have some ideas, so I guess if you save long, you'll be able to earn enough money to buy something you want. Sound good?

B. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

Post-Listening Exercise

Playing video games is growing in popularity, but finding the right game system at the right price can be challenging. Search the Internet and compare two different game systems in terms of price, availability, variety of games, and overall playing experience. Assume that the game system will be used by an entire family with younger users as well as adults. Make recommendations based on the information you find.

Online Investigation

Online gaming is becoming very popular because it allows players to participate in online games from different parts of the world. Use the Internet to do a review of an online role-playing or simulation game. In your review, discuss the objectives of the game, the number of players that can join at any one time, the intended audience (children, teens, or adults), and any cost associated with playing it.