General Listening Quiz

"Parenting"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate parental guidance man - daughter 01:13

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some of the greatest challenges that face parents when raising children in today's world? What are some specific challenges or issues dealing with child rearing that are unique to your culture or part of the world (e.g., education, freedom, religion, dress, discipline, etc.)

Idioms

"Rack your brains" = think very hard
"We racked our brains all weekend trying to come up with a solution to our problem."

"horse around" = play around in a silly, improper, or lazy manner
"Sometimes, my kids just horse around and don't get their chores done."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The conversation takes place ____.

Dad: Hey. Uh, what are you doing home this weekend? I thought classes didn't end until next week.

What might have happened to the family car?

Daughter: Okay, first of all, I am failing all of my classes, I lost my job, I wrecked my car, I mean, your car last week. It's at the bottom of the lake.

The father's computer is currently ____.

Daughter: Okay, first of all, I am failing all of my classes, I lost my job, I wrecked my car, I mean, your car last week. It's at the bottom of the lake.

The man's daughter was dating a man who ____.

Daughter: Well, I just found out that my old boyfriend was a member of a gang; he says that he and 20 of his friends are gonna come over here to talk to you about what you posted on their Facebook page.

From the conversation, the father's best course of action in the next 20 minutes is to _____.

Daughter: Well, you do now. I have to go. I'd rather not be here in about 20 minutes. Love you. Bye.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Parenting is one job people take on without any experience. It is not like working at a restaurant. Therefore, in what ways can new parents prepare for the new adventure as parents? What challenges do parents face in raising and caring for new infants, toddlers, teenagers, and even adult children?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find three specific suggestions on raising and understanding teenagers. Do you think that these recommendations are applicable to all situations, families, and nationalities? Why or why not?