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"crack the books" = start studying

"The reason why he isn't doing very well is that he rarely cracks the books."


"cut class" = miss school

"Although some of my daughter's friends cut class a lot, she is at school every day."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

A Day at School
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Grammar
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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easyeducation interviewman - boy01:35

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Describe a normal school day in the life of a student in your country including hours, class subjects, meals, rules, dress, and extra-curricular activities. What options are there in your country to take online classes through distance learning, even for children?

HELPFUL TIP: Instruction in the United States is very student centered and discussion is highly encouraged. Be prepared to talk and interact with students, perhaps more than you are used to in your country.

Can using a credit card be a dangerous thing?


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. How does Joshua go to school in Japan?
A. He takes a school bus every morning
B. He rides the subway at 8:00 AM.
C. He walks with a group of students.

2. Which item did Joshua NOT mention when talking about the things he takes to school?
A. backpack
B. gym clothes
C. school hat

3. What is one of the first things Joshua does when he arrives at school?
A. He practices his reading and writing.
B. He stands and bows to the teacher.
C. He puts on his gym clothes for class.

4. Where does Joshua eat lunch at school?
A. in his classroom
B. in the lunchroom
C. in the gymnasium

5. What time does Joshua probably get home from school most days?
A. between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM
B. between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
C. between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM


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Correct answers:

Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script. Then, do the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Grammar [Top]

Now, practice these grammar and listen exercises to improve your use of English on the topic of study abroad:

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What thing did you most enjoy about your school life in your country? Talk with a partner. Explain and discuss some of these topics:

  • the length of the school year
  • a typical day at school
  • teacher and student interaction
  • school rules (e.g., dress, hair styles, chewing gum, talking in class, cheating, arriving late, etc.)
5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Listen to recordings from language learners from around the world and find out the answers to these questions:
  • What time does the person go to school?
  • How does he or she get to school?
  • What does he or she study there?
  • What other facts do you learn about the person's experience at school?
Next, leave your own text or recorded message below. Learn more about this process by visiting www.englishvoices.org.

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