General Listening Quiz

“School Supplies”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate education man – girl 01:48

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of schools supplies do you usually need to buy before the start of a new academic year (e.g., pen, pencils, laptop or desktop computers, smartphones, calculators)?


rolling in money” = have a lot of money
Just remember that I’m not rolling in money, so I can’t buy you the latest calculator.”

do without something” = do okay without a particular item
I don’t need new notebooks for school, but I can’t do without a few pencils.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The girl needs _______ for school.

Girl: Dad, I need some high-tech tech stuff like a calculator . . . and a laptop computer.

The father doesn't want to buy his daughter some things because ____.

Dad: Uh. I didn't have any of that when I was in middle school, and I did just fine.

The girl needs some of these things for her _____ class.

Girl: Dad, I need a calculator for geometry, and I have heard you can download free software from the Internet.

The girl says that ______.

Girl: Dad. Please!!! Everyone has one [I've heard that before.] and you always say you want me to excel in s

The father gives his daughter money because _____.

Dad: Well, you'll be supporting me in my old age, so, I guess so. When do you need it?

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Most students enjoy having new school supplies at the beginning of every year. What kinds of schools supplies do you usually need to buy before the start of a new academic year? Which supplies do you really need and which ones do you want, if money isn’t an object? Where do people usually buy these supplies: at school, at a local store, or on the Internet? Discuss these ideas.

Online Investigation

Having a computer, netbook, or other electronic devices is almost becoming a necessity at schools today. Imagine that you have $1,000 to spend on electronics (for example, a netbook, digital voice recorder, or other devices). Check at least two Web sites and compare prices on the items you find. Also, analyze and then summarize the company’s sales policies, handling and mailing fees, and its return policies. Then, decide which products you would buy.