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"ace a test" = get a perfect score

"Amber is going to ace tomorrow's quiz because she studies so hard, and she has a very good private tutor to help her."

"hit the books" = study hard

"When are you going to hit the books for the test? You've been playing video games all afternoon."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Private Language Tutor
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
easylanguage studyconversationman and woman01:32

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking private lessons, small group lessons (3-10 students), or language classes of 20 or more students?

HELPFUL TIP: Not all teachers are the same. If you need private lessons, find a teacher that has special skills and experience in the area that interests you.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the telephone message by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the man's name?
A. His name is Mike.
B. He goes by Nick.
C. His friends call him Nate.

2. Where is the man from?
A. He's from Brownston.
B. His hometown is Brownsburg.
C. He's originally from Brownsville.

3. How old is the man?
A. He's in his early twenties.
B. He's in his mid twenties.
C. He's in his late twenties.

4. Where did the man meet Sarah?
A. He met her on a bus.
B. They were introduced at a party.
C. He saw her in a language class.

5. Sarah's older sister is worried that Nick _____________.
A. is a terrible language teacher
B. is going to be a negative influence on her
C. charges too much money for lessons

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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]
Discuss your past experiences in learning English. Did you learn in both in your home country and overseas? What different methods do teachers use to teach grammar, spelling, reading, writing, listening, and speaking? What percent of the time do teachers use English in the class? In your opinion, what is the secret of learning English faster?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Use the Internet to find two online esl tutoring services. Compare the following points:

  • the cost of lessons
  • types of lessons (writing, grammar, listening, speaking, etc.)
  • meeting times and days of the week
  • experience and background of tutors
  • hardware and software requirements
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