General Listening Quiz

"Texting and Driving"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate texting man - woman 01:13

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the dangerous of texting and driving? Are there any local laws that prohibit texting and driving where you live?

Idioms

"drive someone crazy" = make someone go crazy
"My younger sister drives me crazy with her terrible jokes."

"What are you driving at?" = What do you mean?
"So, why did you say that terrible stuff about my clothes? What are you driving at? Do you mean they are old and ugly?"

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The woman is going to ____.

Woman: Hey. Are you leaving now? [ Yeah. ] Could you give me a ride to the train station?

The man receives a text message about ____.

Man: No problem. Oh, I just got a text from my mom about her doctor's appointment.

The woman wants to _______ because he won't stop texting.

Woman: No really, I'll just walk. Pull over. I can catch the next train.

The man and woman are in trouble because ____.

Woman: Oh, no. OH NO!! Forget your car. The driver of the other car looks like a pro wrestler, and boy, does he look angry. Oh, no, oh no. He just punched that light pole and smashed his car window with his fist.

The woman suggests _____.

Woman: No. Forget it. I think it would be a good time for you to text or call the police. Man: Augh.

Post-Listening Exercise

How often do you text and drive at the same time? Have you ever had an accident (or near accident) because of it? Describe the situation?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find out which countries ban or prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Collect information on what fines or punishments are given to people who violate the law in such situations.