General Listening Quiz

“Summer Vacations”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate vacation plans man – woman 01:49

Pre-Listening Exercise

Many people travel to new places during their summer vacations. Some go on cruises; other people visit the beach. However, other people like to spend time near home and just relax where they are. How about you? What are some activities you like to do during your vacations?


drive someone up the wall” = to annoy or bother someone a lot
My brother kept talking in his sleep during our vacation, and that drove me up the wall.”

hit the road” = to begin or start your travel
Hey. We need to hit the road before 5:00 a.m. if we want to arrive at mom’s house by noon.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The woman wants to ______ on Monday.

Woman: The library is boring. We could do that anytime. Listen. How about on Monday we go down to the lake and go swimming at the lake?

The man doesn't want to go because he ___.

Man: Ah, I don't know. I think it's going to hot that day, and I might get a sunburn. [ Come on! ] You know how tender . . . tender my skin is.

On Tuesday, the woman suggests ____.

Woman: You didn't break your arm last time. You won't break it this time. Come on. We'll go . . . So Monday, we'll go to the lake; Tuesday, we're going to go mountain biking. [ Okay. ]

On Wednesday, the woman to ____.

Woman: Um, Wednesday, I was thinking we could go fishing. Remember the last time we went? I caught like 10 huge fish . .

On Friday or Saturday, the woman would like to ____.

Woman: You know, I like board games, but we can do that anytime. Why don't we go . . . listen . . . Friday or Saturday. We'll do all those things we talked about and then Friday or Saturday, we'll go on a picnic to the mountains.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe a vacation you took by yourself or with family and friends. Where did go and what did you do? What did you enjoy most about the trip?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find a good place to take a vacation and find information to answer these questions:

  • What place did you chose to research?
  • What is the best way to get there and how much does it cost to travel?
  • What are two places to stay in this area (e.g., hotel, bed and breakfast, campground, etc.) and how much does it cost each night?
  • What activities are available nearby? How much do these attractions cost?