General Listening Quiz

"Acting School and Movie Stars"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy introductions man - woman 01:45

Pre-Listening Exercises

What kinds of questions do people ask when they meet other people for the first time? For example, they might ask about their jobs before they ask their names (example, "So, where do you work? How do you like your job?")

Idioms

"a balancing act" = a difficult situation where you try to several different things at the same time
"Working and studying at the same time is a real balancing act."

"high-and-mighty" = self-important and proud
"Sarah always acts high-and-mighty, and she thinks she is better than everyone else because she is a well-known movie star."

Listening Exercises

A. Listen to the phone message and answer the questions.

What is the name of the actress?

News Reporter: Hello. This is James Goodfellow from Channel 4 news. Today, we are interviewing Sarah Roberts, the star of the new movie, Zombies on Mars Part 4.

Where is she from?

News Reporter: Well, let's start off the interview with a few basic questions. First of all, where are you from?

Sarah: Well, I'm originally from Miami, but we moved to New York when I was three years old. [Oh.] I lived there until I was 17, and then I moved to Los Angeles to be an actress.

Where did she work part-time while she was going to school?

Sarah: Yeah. I worked at a movie theater, and everyone LOVED the way I made the popcorn.

How old is the actress?

Sarah: Well, I'm only 20, but everyone I know says I look at LEAST 22.

What is the woman's hobby?

News Reporter: Oh, right. Okay. And, what are you hobbies outside of acting?

Sarah: Oh, I love shopping for clothes and makeup and, and . . . . Did I say I love shopping for clothes?

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes using the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercises

Write a short introduction about yourself and share this with a classmate.

Online Investigations

After you write a personal introduction of yourself, share it with family and friends using one of these ways:

  • on a social media site like Facebook
  • on a blog
  • on a personal Web site
  • on a school Web page
  • in a text message
  • in a short video