General Listening Quiz

“Personal Security”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate descriptions, clothing two men 01:44

Pre-Listening Exercise

What images come to mind when you read the title of this conversation, “Personal Security: Theft in the Park”? What people might be involved: men, women, and/or children? What time of day is it? What is stolen? Write down your ideas.


eat humble pie” = be humiliated or forced to be humble
The theft had to eat humble pie when he attacked my wife, and she beat him up using some karate moves.”

lay a finger on” = touch with the intent to do harm or do something you shouldn’t
Don’t even think about laying a finger on my french fries. They’re all mine.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man was ______ when he was robbed.

Man: Well, I was walking home from work two days ago.

The thief was wearing _____.

Man: Well, I'm not really sure. [Hmm]. You see, the person was wearing a white and black polka dot dress, a light red sweater over it, and she . . . or he . . . was wearing a pair of basketball shoes.

The thief was about _____ centimeters tall.

Man: Okay. Like I said, the person was about 190 centimeters tall, heavy build, with long wavy hair.

What did the thief take from the man?

Police Officer: Ah! What was, uh, taken . . . exactly? Man: Well, just my left shoe. Bizarre, isn't it?

The "bearded woman" is _____.

Police Officer: Yeah. It's this man who dresses up like a woman and, for some unknown reason, removes the left shoe from his victims.

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss these questions in a small group:

  • Have you ever been in a situation where something was stolen from you? What happened and were your possessions ever recovered?
  • What can people do to protect themselves from theft at home or in public?
  • Are there any special precautions tourists should take when traveling to another country?

Online Investigation

Protecting yourself online from identity theft is an important step in personal security. Use the Internet to find answers to these questions:

  • What is identify theft and phishing? 
  • What are three ways thieves steal your identity?
  • What are four ways you can protect your identity?
  • What online services are available to help you keep your identity secure?
  • How much do these services cost and what do they do exactly?