General Listening Quiz

"College Students"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate meeting people man and woman 01:39

Pre-Listening Exercise

Introducing yourself to others is important, whether it be to a pen friend (pen pal), a friend you meet online, or through a common acquaintance. So, what are some common topics of conversation when you meet people for the first time?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man and woman first met at ______.

Woman: Yeah. We met on campus last week, [Yeah!] and you asked me the same question.

The woman's name is _____.

Man: I know, I know. It's on the tip of my tongue. Wait. Uh, Sandy, Susan. [Nope. So, was I that memorable?] Wait, wait. It's Sharon.

The woman is majoring in _____.

Woman: I'm a graduate student majoring in TESL. Man: Uh, TESL . . . What's that? Woman: It stands for teaching English as a second language. I want to teach English to non-native speakers overseas.

What major is the man considering most at this time?

Man: Yeah, but, uh . . . I guess I'm mulling over the idea of going into accounting or international business, but I guess I'm leaning now towards a degree in marketing.

Do you think the woman is interested in going out with the man?

Man: Oh, okay. And, uh, by the way, there's this, uh, dance on campus at the student center tonight, and I was wondering if you'd . . . you know . . . like to come along. Woman: Oh really? Well, perhaps . . . . Man: Okay, well, bye.

Post-Listening Exercise

Make a list of topics of conversation that are appropriate and inappropriate when meeting people for the first time? Talk with other international students and try to identify which of these rules are culture-specific and which are universal from culture to culture.

Online Investigation

Friendships are important, and joining clubs on campus can be a great way to meet people. 

Use the Internet to search a college Web site of your choice and find information about two or three clubs or organizations that you can join to meet people.

  1. What is the name of the club or organization?
  2. How often do they meet?
  3. What activities do they do?
  4. How much does it cost to join?