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General Listening Quiz

“Water Conservation”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate saving water man – woman 01:04

[ In 1999, Randall created a listening activity on saving water, “Saving the Earth,” featuring his daughter, Aubrey, who also appears in this listening activity. She is an excellent voice talent for these activities. ]

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are three ways people waste water at home everyday? Do you do these things yourself? Explain.


blow someone out of the water” = destroy or defeat
The basketball game wasn’t even close. I mean, they blew us out of the water and beat us by 60 points.”

a fish out of water” = be out of place
I went to the party with Sarah, but I felt like a fish out of water. I was at least 20 years older than most people there, and I had nothing in common with them.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

To what degree do you waste water at home or at work? Give specific examples and discuss what you could do better to save water.

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find answers to these questions:

  • What is the source of the water that you use every day to bathe, cook, and clean (for example, snow runoff, ground water from aquifers, wells, and springs, lakes, rain water, rivers and streams)?
  • How is water used in your area (for example, agriculture, in businesses / industry, in homes, for watering personal gardens, recreational facilities like pools and water parks)
  • How is this water purified, if needed?
  • What are the future water needs where you?
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