General Listening Quiz

“English Language Center”

Topic: Type: Speakers: Length:
description telephone conversation two men 02:07

Pre-Listening Exercise

What questions would you ask if you called a language program overseas to find out more about it? Think of five questions and rank them in order of importance to you. Listen carefully to the following discussion. Compare your questions to the ones asked in the conversation.


rain or shine” = no matter what the weather is like
Rain or shine, classes will be held on Friday.”

leave the nest” = move away from home for the first time
For some students, coming to a foreign country can be difficult because it is the first time they have left the nest.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

One purpose of the center is to help learners _____.

Receptionist: Well, first of all, the purpose of our program is to provide language learning opportunities to this area's community [Uh-hum], whether a student's goal is to master basic functional language skills, let's say, for his or her job, or to study intensively to enter a US college or university.

What is one course taught at the English Language Center?

Receptionist: And that's the kind of, uh, instruction that we provide, from basic communication courses to content-based classes such as computer literacy, intercultural communication, and business English.

If the Fall semester begins on August 29th, by what date should one apply to the program?

Receptionist: Well, we ask applicants to apply no later than two months before the semester begins. [Uh-hum] This gives us time to process the application and issue the student's I-20.

What is the tuition for a full-time student?

Receptionist: It's two thousand thirty dollars.

Students need to send ______ to the center.

Receptionist: Uh, yes. You would need to send in a $35 non-refundable application fee [Uh-huh], a sponsorship form indicating who will be responsible financially for the student while studying in our program, and a bank statement showing that you or your sponsor has sufficient funds to cover tuition expenses and living costs for the entire year of study.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Explain and discuss some of these topics with a partner:

  • problems related to choosing a language school overseas
  • the differences in studying English in your home country and learning it in another country
  • the difficulties in adjusting to another educational system abroad

Online Investigation

Not all language schools are the same, and some can provide a better educational and social experience than others. Search online and find two language schools or other programs that specialize in your area of interest. Collect information on cost and fees, types of classes offered, recreational opportunities, and reputation. Summarize which school would best suit your needs.