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"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

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[ Quiz Script ]

Homestay in the USA
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
easyhomestayconversationman - man01:30

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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?

HELPFUL TIP: When doing homestay, get involved with the host family as much as possible. Volunteer to help around the house. Do some chores. Be a part of the family.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Watch the video and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

1. James wants to live with a homestay family because he can ____.
A. save money for college
B. learn more of the language
C. live close to school

2. How many children does the homestay family have?
A. eleven
B. twelve
C. thirteen

3. What kinds of animals does the family have?
A. The family has dogs, cats, birds, and a snake
B. The family owns a dog, some cats, a rabbit, and a hamster.
C. The family has some cats, dogs, a snake, and a rabbit.

4. What is Randall like? (his personality)
A. He's outgoing and friendly.
B. He's reliable and honest.
C. He's organized and hardworking.

5. Why is Randall asleep on the couch?
A. He worked very late at his job at the video store.
B. He played video games all night.
C. He studied until 4:00 a.m. in the morning.

Score =
Correct answers:

Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
If James does homestay with the family in the video, what do you think will happen? Why? Give three ideas and explain your reasons.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

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?

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