Practice Listening English Exercises for B1 – Television

Getting Ready

How often do you watch these kinds of TV programs? Check (✓) your answers and compare them with a partner.

Often

Sometimes

Rarely

Never

sports

documentaries

sitcoms

game shows

news programs

movies

reality shows

soap operas

talk shows

other: _____________

Show answers

your own answers

Listening 1

People are talking about TV. What kind of program did each person watch? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1   a  a soap opera

b a movie

2   a  a game show

b a sitcom

3   a  sports

b a reality show

4   a  a sitcom

b news

5   a  sports

b a soap opera

6   a  a sitcom

b a documentary

Show answers & Transcript

1 a   2 a   3 b   4 b   5 a   6 b

Transcript

1

A: Did you watch it today? I missed it.

B: It was great. One of the best episodes ever! Ted married Isabella, and Isabella’s daughter is upset. So now Ted’s worried, and Isabella’s miserable. I can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow.

2

A: Did you watch the show last night?

B: I started to, but I had to go out. Did you see it?

A: Yeah.

B: Who won the grand prize?

A: A 20-year-old university student. She won a new car.

3

A: How was that show you watched the other night?

B: It was crazy! All the people on the show were constantly arguing and saying mean things about each other. I don’t know why anyone would want to be on a show like that.

A: I know, me neither. Are you going to watch it again?

B: Definitely. I want to see if Erica and Lisa get in another fight!

4

A: Did you hear about what happened in Florida?

B: No, what happened?

A: Well, there was a huge hurricane there yesterday.

B: Really. That’s terrible!

A: I know! And there were some major floods. Lots of people have had to move out of their homes.

5

A: Did you watch the games?

B:  Yeah, it was pretty exciting. Too bad our team lost, though.

A: Yeah, I thought they were going to win this time.

B:  I know. But they really need to work on their defense.

6

A: Did you like that show you were watching when I called last night?

B:  Yeah, I thought it was pretty interesting. I always wonder how they can take video of birds flying like that. You get the impression you’re up there flying with them.

Listening 2

Task 1

Announcers are talking about some of tonight’s television programs. Listen and write the correct letter next to each item.

__

__

__

__

__

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Show answers

Tomorrow’s TV (documentary)

Eye on Medicine (documentary)

The World That Was (documentary)

Sea Crazy (sitcom)

Question Time (game show)

The Night Show (talk show)

Task 2

Listen again. Who will probably want to watch these programs? Write the correct letter.

__

__

__

__

__

__

people interested in buildings

people who might take a cruise

people who love technology

people who love movies and music

people who love facts and trivia

f   people with cancer

Show answers & Transcript

1 c   2 f   3 a   4 b   5 e   6 d

Transcript

1

At 9:30 p.m. tonight, a panel of experts will discuss developments in information technology and how new innovations are going to change the way we watch TV. If you like to know about the latest trends in technology, this is the show for you.

2

At 10 o’clock, we’ll present a documentary about new treatments for cancer. It will report on major breakthroughs in cancer research, including an exciting new treatment for skin cancer and information about cancer-fighting foods that you probably have in your kitchen right now. If you have cancer or know someone who does, please don’t miss this program.

3

At 10:30, learn about modern architecture and the influence that some of the major 20th century architects had on cities around the world.

4

Coming up on AFC tonight is Sea Crazy, a new sitcom about a cruise ship where everything goes wrong. Tonight, the kitchen staff goes on strike, and the passengers, have to cook their own meals – with hilarious results. If you’re thinking about taking a cruise, stay tuned for this one.

5

Tonight at 10 p.m., only on AFC, watch the final round of the game show Question Time. Twenty contestants will play for the big prize – one million dollars! They’ll answer questions about history, movies, sports, and even math. If you love facts and trivia, this is the show for you.

6

Later tonight, it’s America’s number one late night talk show, The Night Show. Tonight’s guests are movie star Stephanie Sanchez and rapper B Cash B.

Listening 3

Task 1

People are giving their opinions about TV programs. Do they agree? Listen and check (✓) your answer.

Agree

Disagree

1

2

3

4

5

6

Show answers

1 Agree   2 Don’t agree   3 Don’t agree

4 Agree   5 Don’t agree   6 Don’t agree

Task 2

Listen again. Are these statements true or false? Check (✓) the correct answer.

True

False

1 She thinks the recipes are difficult.

2 She doesn’t like watching the people get in fights.

3 He would rather play tennis than watch it.

4 She thinks you can learn a lot from documentaries.

5 He’d rather watch a show about expensive hotels.

6 She’d rather watch sports.

Show answers & Transcript

1 False   2 False   3 True

4 True   5 True   6 True

Transcript

1

A: Oh, that cooking show I like is on tonight. I love the chef on that program.

B: Yeah. She’s that British chef, right? I really like her, too. I’ve tried some of her recipes. They were really good, and none of them were that difficult to make.

2

A: Hey, Liz, do you watch that reality show, Who Wants to Marry Me? The finale is on tonight!

B: Well, honestly, I think those shows are really frustrating to watch. The people on those shows fight all the time.

A: Oh, I love watching them argue with each other! But I guess you don’t want to watch it with me.

B:  No. Sorry.

3

A: Are you going to watch the tennis match on Saturday afternoon? It looks like it’s going to be a good one.

B: I know, but I don’t really enjoy watching tennis on TV. I’d rather play tennis than watch it.

4

A: Hey, there’s an interesting documentary about space travel on TV tomorrow. Let’s watch it.

B: Okay. I love science documentaries. You learn so much more from them than you ever learn in school

5

A:  Hey, that travel show is on tonight. You know the one – they follow this guy on his vacation, and he always tries to find the cheapest places to stay. Sometimes the places are dirty and full of bugs. It’s fun to watch.

B: Actually, that doesn’t sound very interesting to me. I’d rather watch a show about staying at expensive hotels!

6

A: Oh, that antiques show is on tonight.

B: I love that show. People bring their antique furniture and stuff. Sometimes their old junk turns out to be worth thousands of dollars. It’s really amazing.

A: I think it’s kind of boring. I’d rather watch something exciting, like an action movie – or sports.

Conversation Corner: Giving opinions

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A: How did you like that new show that was on Wednesday night?

B: Oh, I thought it ______. ______. ______. ! I can’t wait to find out why those people are on the island. What did you think?

A: I didn’t think ______. ______. ______. at all. I was bored.

B:  Really? You thought it was boring? But there was so much ______. and ______.!

A: I think shows like that ______. ______. to watch. You never know what’s going on.

B:  Oh, that’s exactly why I think they’re so fun to watch. I can’t wait for next week’s show!

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to use the correct intonation.

Show answers & Transcript

A: How did you like that new show that was on Wednesday night?

B: Oh, I thought it was really exciting ! I can’t wait to find out why those people are on the island. What did you think?

A: I didn’t think it was interesting at all. I was bored.

B:  Really? You thought it was boring? But there was so much drama and excitement !

A: I think shows like that arefrustrating to watch. You never know what’s going on.

B:  Oh, that’s exactly why I think they’re so fun to watch. I can’t wait for next week’s show!