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"chow down" = eat enthusiastically

"The kids couldn't wait to chow down the bacon and eggs for breakfast."

"pig out" = eat a lot of food

"Don't let the children pig out on pizza and soda. They need to eat vegetables, too."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Baking Cookies
Dad's Cooking Show
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
mediumbakingcooking showman - young woman02:31

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are three types of cookies you like to eat? Are there any kinds of baked goods you don't care for? Do you bake your own cookies, or do you buy them? Who does the most baking in your family: mother, father, grandparent, you, or another person?

HELPFUL TIP: Cookies are great treats, especially if you eat them in moderation. In other words, fifteen cookies and a gallon of milk might not be the best snack.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
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 did the chef learn to cook?
A. at a cooking school
B. at a family member's home
C. in a friend's kitchen

2. What is special about the chef's cookies?
A. He makes them by following a healthy recipe.
B. He prepares them by using inexpensive ingredients.
C. He sells them at many local stores.

3. Which ingredient does the chef NOT use to make his cookies?
A. baking powder
B. flour
C. sugar

4. At what temperature should you bake the cookies?
A. at 305 degrees
B. at 315 degrees
C. at 350 degrees

5. What is the topic of the next cooking program?
A. fun cookies for teenagers
B. inexpensive meals
C. tips for cleaning your kitchen

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

In addition to cookies, what traditional sweets are common in your area? What are the ingredients to prepare them? Are there any ingredients that are unique to your area that people in other countries might not include in the recipe?
5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Imagine you are hosting a party at your house, and you have a variety of people attending. You are considering the option of either buying cookies online or making your own. Use the Internet to complete two tasks: (1) find at least one online service where you can order cookies and have them delivered to you (and identify the costs and quality of such a service), and (2) find at least one cookie recipe online that is easy to prepare and healthy to eat.

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