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Detective Agency
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumdetective agenciesconversationman - woman01:02

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are some situations in which you might hire a private detective to help you resolve issues in your life?

HELPFUL TIP: Seeking out help from the police or from private detectives can help you resolve difficult legal issues in your life.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation and check your answers.

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1. What is the name of the detective agency?
A. Johnson Detective Agency
B. Jordon Detective Agency
C. Jones Detective Agency

2. The man is having a problem with his _________.
A. roommate
B. girlfriend
C. boss

3. The main is complaining about missing ___________.
A. food
B. money
C. clothing

4. This problem is happening at the man's __________.
A. home
B. office
C. school

5. What suggestion does the receptionist NOT give the man regarding his problem?
A. He should seek out some counseling for advice.
B. He ought to contact the police to discuss the issues.
C. He could try something different in his life.


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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
If this man were your brother, what other advice would you give him? What should or shouldn't he do? How logical are his reasons for his concerns?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find a detective agency in your area and check their Website for the answers to these questions:

  • What is the name of the company?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • What kind of experience do the detectives have in this line of work?
  • What services does the company provide?
  • How much do their services cost?
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