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"keep in touch" = stay in contact or communications with someone

"Using popular social media Web sites is one way to keep in touch with family and friends."

"reach someone" = be able to contact or talk with someone

"If you want to talk, you can reach me by phone, by email, through FaceBook."

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[ Quiz Script ]

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

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
easysocial mediatelephone messageman and woman02:00

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
How do social media Web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus+ help people keep in touch with family and friends (for example, "People can send short birthday messages. It doesn't cost money.")? In this listening activity, a man introduces himself to a woman by phone that he met on a social networking site.

HELPFUL TIP: Social Networking sites can be a great tool for work or pleasure, but people should be careful about the information they share online.


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 Robert.
B. The man's name is Ronald.
C. The man goes by Russel.

2. The man was born in ____________.
A. Texas
B. California
C. Canada

3. What does the man do for a living?
A. He works as a teacher.
B. He is a store cashier.
C. He sells animals.

4. The man ____________________.
A. has two brothers and three dogs
B. lives with his sisters and mother
C. has an older brother and younger sister

5. What is the man's telephone number?
A. His number is 789-3050.
B. You can reach him at 789-1350.
C. You can call him at 789-1315.

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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]
Option 1:

Which social networking sites do you visit and use? How often do you use them? Who do you contact or talk with on these sites? What are both the positive and negative points with such sites?

Option 2:

Let's talk about the man in the telephone message. What is the man like? Answer these other questions, and then write answers about your own life:

  1. How old is he? (How old are you?)
  2. When did he graduate from high school?
  3. What foods does he like to eat?
  4. What doesn't he eat much?
  5. What does he do in his free time?
How is his like similar or different from yours or the people you know?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Write a message to an old or new friend on a social media Web site. Introduce yourself and your family. Talk about your family, hobbies, daily life, school, and work. Be careful not to share personal information. Use this example to help you get started:

Hi. My name is ____________. I live in ___________. There are ____ people in my family. I read books and play soccer in my free time. I go to high school. I have a part-time job in a restaurant.

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