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Baseball: It's a Home Run
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultbaseballradio broadcastman01:03

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Baseball is a popular sport in many countries. Before listening to this sports broadcast, think of common baseball vocabulary and sample sentences that might come up in such a program (e.g., run as in "The team needs four runs to tie the game.")

HELPFUL TIP: Baseball is an American pastime. Learning a little about the sport and some of the players might help you strike up conversations with people interested in the sport.

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Listen to the announcement by pressing the "Play Audio" button, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. How many players are on base when Mark Sosa comes to bat?
A. 1
B. 2
C. 3

2. What is Mark's batting record for this game?
A. a single and one strike out
B. a triple and two walks
C. a walk and two strikes

3. How many games has it been since he hit his last home run?
A. 3
B. 4
C. 5

4. His batting average for the _______ has been 279.
A. week
B. month
C. year

5.What was the probable final score of the game based on the information given?
A. 7-5
B. 9-8
C. 12-10


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Correct answers:

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Talk about sports that are unique to your culture (e.g., sumo wrestling in Japan). What is the objective of the sport, and how do you play it? What are the specific rules? Is any specific equipment or clothing required? What do you personally like or dislike about the sport?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Baseball is a popular sport in many parts of the world, but there are other sporting activities that are equally or more significant to the local culture and people. Use the Internet to find out specific information on one or more of these activities:

  • an ancient Maya sport of Mexico
  • Japanese sumo
  • rock paper sissors
  • sepak takraw
  • cup stacking
  • elephant polo
  • hot dog eating
  • ultimate frisbee

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