General Listening Quiz

"Reading Books"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy reading books man - young girl 00:43

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of books do children like to read? Where can you find cheap or discount books? Do you buy books at a bookstore or at an online bookstore?


"bookworm" = someone who loves to read
"My daughter is a bookworm, and she reads at least two hours a day."

"be an open book" = be a person who hides nothing about your life
"Please ask me anything. I'm an open book."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What is the father reading at the beginning of the conversation?

Girl: Dad, will you read to me? Dad: Uh, let me finish the newspaper first?

What kind of book does the girl want to read?

Girl: That's boring. Let's read this book. It's about a bear and cat that becomes friends. [Okay] And these books too.

What does the girl's teacher say about reading?

Girl: My teacher, Mrs. Green, says you have to read to me every night, and the newspaper doesn't count.

What is one thing the girl wants to eat while they are reading?

Girl: And let's eat some popcorn and cookies while we're reading.

About what time of day is it in the conversation?

Dad: Well, it's bedtime right now. So, okay, here we go. Once upon a time in a deep, dark forest, lived a brown bear . .

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

What are the benefits of reading to children, either in their native or second language? What types of material are best for learners of different ages to understand the content they are reading? How can students learn to read without the help of a dictionary?

Online Investigation

Reading is a popular activity. Now, many devices such as Amazon Kindle and the iPad make reading even easier. Compare these two electronic readers. How much do they cost? What are the advantages of these readers over a paperback book? Share your ideas.