Culture In Content
Randall explains the purpose and development of this section of his Web site called Culture in Context.
The main objective is to give learners new opportunities to improve their listening skills with unscripted and natural samples of English in a video format.
First, I selected topics, in part, to align with other listening activities on the Web site, so learners can recycle similar topics for additional language practice.
Second, I chose high-interest topics in everyday life that would interest teachers and learners
The voices are my adult children who have appeared in many of my listening activities for the past 20 years. Now, you get to meet them close up and personal.
Most of the interviews are between 2-5 minutes, a very digestible length for language learning.
These interviews are for intermediate to advanced learners, due in part the the unscripted nature of conversations. We wanted to make them as authentic as possible without digesting the language for the consumption of the learn. Enjoy.
Each activity will have several key parts:
- A pre-listening question to stimulate thought around the topic.
- A list of vocabulary that appear in the interview with sample sentences to learn how the words are used in context.
- The video.
- A comprehension quiz that focuses on the main points of the interview.
- Post-listening questions that recycle the topic and vocabulary from the video. Some deal with general comprehension, and others deal with inferring meaning.
- A list of related listening activities on my site that can extend learning on similar themes.
My initial plan is to release new videos throughout 2023, based on feedback from users. Feel free to contact me if you have suggestions.
A Healthy Lifestyle – With Emily
Annoying Drivers – With Aubrey
Aubrey’s Favorite Things – With Aubrey
Birthday Celebrations – With Aubrey
Budget Travel Accommodations – With Aubrey
Camping Experiences – With Emily
Childhood Tech Tricks and Tales – With Aubrey
College Roommates – With Aubrey
Christmas – With Aubrey
Cooking Tips – With Aubrey and Emily
Cracking the Interview Code – With Aubrey
Credit Cards – With Aubrey
Decoding Online Health Information – With Aubrey
Daily Annoyances – With Emily
Dogs or Cats? – With Aubrey
Dream House – With Aubrey
Driving Lessons – With Aubrey
Eating Preferences – With Aubrey
Economic Woes – With Aubrey and Emily
Elevate Your Style with Color – Aubrey
Favorite Classes – With Aubrey
Favorite Ways to Travel – With Aubrey
Favorite Websites – With Aubrey and Emily
First Job Experiences – With Aubrey
Friendship – With Aubrey
Game-Changing Innovations – With Aubrey
Gift Suggestions – With Aubrey
Grocery Stores – With Aubrey
Home Safety – With Aubrey
Homestay Experiences – With Aubrey
“I didn’t do my homework!” – With Aubrey
If You Had a Million Dollars – With Emily
Independence Day – With Aubrey
Internet Addiction – With Aubrey (NEW)
Introverted or Extroverted? – With Aubrey and Emily
Introductions – With Michael
Is it Okay to Lie? – With Aubrey and Emily
Island Survival – With Aubrey and Emily
Job Hunting Strategies – With Aubrey
Learning a Foreign Language – With Aubrey
Life in Space – With Aubrey
Life Memories: Have You Ever? – With Aubrey
Managing Stress in Our Lives– Aubrey
Meeting New People – With Aubrey
My Dream Car – With Aubrey
My Favorite Meal – With Emily
My Favorite Vacation Memory – With Emily
My Neighborhood – With Aubrey
Online Dating – With Aubrey
Online Learning – With Aubrey
Overseas Travel – With Aubrey
Pet Ownership – With Emily
Phones in the Classroom – With Aubrey
Popular Outdoor Activities – With Emily
Qualities of a Good Leader – With Aubrey
Saving the Environment – With Aubrey
Secrets of College Success – With Aubrey
Spending Spree – With Aubrey
Student Excuses – With Emily
Superpowers – With Aubrey and Emily
Thanksgiving Day – With Aubrey
Theater Versus Home Movies – With Aubrey
The Future of Robots – With Aubrey
The Ideal Friend – With Emily
The Impact of Social Media – With Aubrey and Emily
The Value of Money – With Aubrey and Emily
Tipping Customs – With Aubrey
Travel Destinations – With Aubrey and Emily
Unmasking Stereotypes – With Aubrey
Utah Sightseeing – With Aubrey
What is Success? – With Aubrey and Emily