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General Listening Quiz

“College Roommates”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate college roommates man – man 01:26

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are three qualities you look for in a college roommate (or a roommate at any time in your life)? Why are these qualities important to you?


be at home with” = feel comfortable with something
My Japanese roommate is really at home with the culture here in the United States.”

squeaky clean” = someone is very good and honest and never gets into trouble
My roommate is squeaky clean. He never does anything dishonest, and he always stays out of trouble.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

What are some positive reasons for having roommates from other countries? Are there any possible challenges? If so, what are they? Explain your ideas.

Online Investigation

Finding a good roommate can be difficult because there are so many things to think about. What is the person like? How well will the roommates get along? Do they share the same interests? Now, more and more Web sites can help you with this search, but you need to know what to look for in a quality service. Search online for a company that helps you find roommates and answer these questions:

  1. How does the Web site help you search for compatible people in your area?
  2. How much does the service cost to search for roommates and to leave your own profile?
  3. How does the Web site keep your information private?
  4. What reviews can you find about the service?
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