General Listening Quiz

“Private Language Tutor”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy language tutors man and woman 01:32

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking private lessons, small group lessons (3-10 students), or language classes of 20 or more students?


ace a test” = get a perfect score
Amber is going to ace tomorrow’s quiz because she studies so hard, and she has a very good private tutor to help her.”

hit the books” = study hard
When are you going to hit the books for the test? You’ve been playing video games all afternoon.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the man's name?

Nick: Uh, my name? I'm Nick . . .

Where is the man from?

Nick: Um. I'm from Brownsville. Why are you asking me . . .

How old is the man?

Nick: Okay, I'm 22. Now, is Sarah here?

Where did the man meet Sarah?

Nick: Listen. I'm a teaching assistant at the university, and I met Sarah in the Spanish class last week.

Sarah's older sister is worried that Nick _____.

The Big Sister: So, you're not Nick Roberts, that guy that drives that crazy motorcycle? [No!] The one with the large tattoo of a large snake across his back? (From her statement, you sense that is afraid the guy will be a bad influence on her sister.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss your past experiences in learning English. Did you learn in both in your home country and overseas? What different methods do teachers use to teach grammar, spelling, reading, writing, listening, and speaking? What percent of the time do teachers use English in the class? In your opinion, what is the secret of learning English faster?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find two online esl tutoring services. Compare the following points:

  • the cost of lessons
  • types of lessons (writing, grammar, listening, speaking, etc.)
  • meeting times and days of the week
  • experience and background of tutors
  • hardware and software requirements