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"stretch the truth" = exaggerate the truth

"My brother said he saw an alien, but he sometimes stretches the truth. It probably was just a bear."


"cool as a cucumber" = very relax and at ease

"The captain was cool as a cucumber when aliens boarded our ship."

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UFO: A Story to Remember
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Vocabulary
IV. Post-Listening
V. Online Investigations

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medium narration (story)conversationtwo men02:15

I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Students should visit a web site or read articles and come ready to discuss the questions in preparation for the listening activity during the next class. Use the site below or locate one through a search engine:

  1. What are UFOs and what do they look like?
  2. What do the reported aliens look like?
  3. How do you explain the numerous sightings of these objects?
  4. Do you think that UFOs really exist?

HELPFUL TIP: Is there really life out there beyond our planet? With more and more planets being discovered, the possibilities seem to be growing. Research the evidence for yourself. Do you think there might be life on this world?


II. Listening Exercises [Top]

First, listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where was the man coming from when he first saw the UFO?
A. He was returning home from a party.
B. He just got off work when he saw the UFO.
C. He was driving home from a restaurant.

2. What time did the man report the incident to the police?
A. about 12:00 AM
B. about 3:00 AM
C. about 5:00 AM

3. What jumped out in front of the man's car?
A. a giant deer
B. a strange man
C. a hairy alien

4. What happened next to the man?
A. He walked to a flying saucer.
B. He followed the animal to a plane.
C. He was carried to a spaceship.

5. What does the police officer suggest at the end of the story?
A. They should call the fire department.
B. The man should seek counseling.
C. The man should contact the newspaper.


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Correct answers:

2. Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Review the Explanation of Answers if you want additional information on each question.

4. Do the Text Completion Quiz.


III. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Suppose that you saw what you thought was a UFO landing in some trees a few blocks away from your house? What would you do?

V. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
A great deal of debate surrounds the possible existence of exterrestrial beings (aliens). With the discovery of so many planets beyond our solar system, who knows what might be out there? Search online for reports of UFO sightings and analyze the information you read. What do you think is the likelihood that the story is true? Now, write your ideas on a similar topic at Randall's ESL Blog HERE.

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