General Listening Quiz

"Alien Encounters"

A Story to Remember

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate alien beings two men 02:15

Pre-Listening Exercise

Do you believe that life exists on other worlds in the universe? What do you think this life looks like? Do you think that UFOs really exist?

Idioms

"stretch the truth" = exaggerate the truth
"My brother said he saw an alien, but he sometimes stretches the truth. It probably was just a bear."

"cool as a cucumber" = very relax and at ease
"The captain was cool as a cucumber when aliens boarded our ship."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where was the man coming from when he first saw the UFO?

Man: Well, I was driving home from a party about three hours ago, so it was about 2:00 AM, when I saw this bright light overhead.

What time did the man report the incident to the police?

Man: Well, I was driving home from a party about three hours ago, so it was about 2:00 AM, when I saw this bright light overhead.

What jumped out in front of the man's car?

Man: Okay. I kept driving for about five minutes when all of a sudden, this giant, hairy creature jumped out in front of my car.

What happened next to the man?

Man: I'm not making this up, if that's what you're suggesting. Then, when I didn't get out of the car, the beast opened the car door, carried me on his shoulders to this round-shaped flying saucer, and well, that's when I woke up along side the road. The beast must have knocked me out and left me there.

What does the police officer suggest at the end of the story?

Police Officer: Okay, okay. We have a great therapist that deals with THESE kinds of cases.

Post-Listening Exercise

Suppose that you saw what you thought was a UFO landing in some trees a few blocks away from your house? What would you do?

Online Investigation

A great deal of debate surrounds the possible existence of extraterrestrial beings (aliens). With the discovery of so many planets beyond our solar system, who knows what might be out there? Search online for reports of UFO sightings and analyze the information you read. What do you think is the likelihood that the story is true?