General Listening Quiz

“Missing Children”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy missing children, descriptions man 00:20

Pre-Listening Exercise

When listening to a description of a lost child, what kinds of information would you expect to hear (e.g., the child’s name)?


freak out” = become afraid or upset
I’m really worried that our son will freak out if he ever gets separated from us in crowded street.”

come apart at the seams” = become very emotionally upset
My wife came apart at the seams when she found out our daughter was lost in the mountains.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where does the announcement take place?

Hello Shoppers. We have a lost boy named Marshall who was found in the sporting goods section of our store.

What is the boy's name?

We have a lost boy named Marshall.

How old is the boy?

He's five years old, and he's wearing a blue and white sweat shirt, tan pants, and a black and white baseball cap.

What is the boy wearing?

He's wearing a blue and white sweat shirt, tan pants, and a black and white baseball cap.

Where is the boy now?

You can find him at the check-out counter at the main exit. Thank you.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Whenever you travel to an amusement park with your family, what things should children do if they get lost? Where should they go and what should they say? Are their Internet Websites that help families find lost children? Do an online search and report on what you find.

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to understand the problem of missing children in your country and around the world. Answer these questions:

  • Is there a telephone number for reporting missing children in your area?
  • What steps should you take if a children goes missing?