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General Listening Quiz

“Movie Showtimes”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate movie showtimes man 01:24

Pre-Listening Exercise

What points do you consider most when going out to see a movie (e.g., movie theme or content, ticket price, show times, theater seating and sound system, etc.)?


go over like a lead balloon” = fail terribly
I told the group that I wanted to watch a western movie, but the idea went over like a lead balloon.”

shake like a leaf” = be very scared
She won’t admit it, but she was shaking like a leaf during parts of that horror movie.”

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

Talk with a partner about your experience in going to a movie theater. Discuss the movie’s plot, how much you paid for tickets, and the movie rating, if applicable, and why it deserved the rating. Search for a review of the movie in a newspaper or on the Internet and explain why you agree or disagree with the critic’s opinion.

Online Investigation

Checking movie reviews can be a useful way to help you decide on whether to watch a movie or not. Using the Internet, search for two Web sites that contain a review of a movie you want to see. Summarize what you learn about the movie including information about the plot, the main characters, the visual effects, and the acting.


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