General Listening Quiz

“Homestay in the USA”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy homestay man – man 01:30

Pre-Listening Exercise

Some international students want to live with a homestay family when they study in a foreign country. In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of such living arrangements?


eat out of house and home” = eat everything in the house
Teenagers always are hungry, and they will eat you out of house and home if you let them.”

bed of roses” = something isn’t easy or without problems
Living in an apartment with roommates isn’t always a bed of roses.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

James wants to live with a homestay family because he can ____.

James: Yeah, uh, thanks for inviting me. As I said, I'm looking for place where I can have a homestay experience and pick up some English and culture.

How many children does the homestay family have?

Brandon: Well, let's see. There's my American mom and dad, and they have 13 kids.

The family has some cats, dogs, a snake, and a ______.

Brandon: Uh, the family has four dogs, three cats, a rabbit, and a, oh yeah, a large snake named Phil.

What is Randall like? (his personality)

Brandon: Oh, Randall? Ah, he's so laid-back, and he gets along with everyone . . . when he is awake.

Randall is asleep on the couch because he _____.

Brandon: Yeah, he plays video games about, well until about four in the morning.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

If James does homestay with the family in the video, what do you think will happen? Why? Give three ideas and explain your reasons.

Online Investigation

There are a number of companies that help students find homestay opportunities. Search for a company online and review the company’s Web site. Collect information on the following questions.

  1. What is the name of the company and Web site?
  2. How long has this company been in business? (When did the business first start?)
  3. What is the mailing address and telephone number of the business? Why can this be important?
  4. How does the company check each family they list on their Web site?
  5. What kind of reviews of host families are available on the site?
  6. How much does it cost to use their service?
  7. What kind of agreement or contract do you sign when making arrangements with a host family?