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"a balancing act" = a difficult situation where you try to several different things at the same time

"Working and studying at the same time is a real balancing act."

"high-and-mighty" = self-important and proud

"Sarah always acts high-and-mighty, and she thinks she is better than everyone else because she is a well-known movie star."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Acting School and Movie Stars
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
easyintroductionsconversationman - woman01:45

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What kinds of questions do people ask when they meet other people for the first time?

HELPFUL TIP: You don't have to be a movie star to enjoy acting. Many junior high and high schools offer drama classes where people can develop their social skills as they act.

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

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1. What is the name of the actress?
A. Sarah Reynolds
B. Sarah Rogers
C. Sarah Roberts

2. Where is she from?
A. She is from Miami.
B. She was born in New York.
C. She comes from Los Angeles.

3. Where did she work part-time while she was going to school?
A. at a restaurant
B. at a movie theater
C. at a supermarket

4. How old is the actress?
A. 20
B. 22
C. 24

5. What is the woman's hobby?
A. shopping
B. cooking
C. reading

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Correct answers:

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

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Write a short introduction about yourself and share this with a classmate.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
After you write a personal introduction of yourself, share it with family and friends using one of these ways:

  • on a social media site like Facebook
  • on a blog
  • on a personal Web site
  • on a school Web page
  • in a text message
  • in a short video

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