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Car Accidents | Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
medium car accidents man – woman – teenage daughter 02:18

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some of the major factors that lead to car accidents and what can be done to deal with these causes? What possible injuries can occur in such accidents? Who would you contact if you had to file accident claims or other request for medical assistance?


crash course” = a course in which you learn the material in a very short time period
She took a driving crash course before she went on vacation.”

black ice” = a coating of ice on the road that is nearly invisible to drivers
Be careful as you drive home tonight because there are sure to be patches of black ice on the highways.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Where did the car accident take place?

Man: Okay, I was just a little worried that . . . Man, what was that? Oh, no. The car! She drove over the mailbox and hit a tree in the front yard. Ah, the car!

The main factor that caused the accident was _____.

Daughter: Dad . . . uh, mom. It’s not like that at all. I mean, as I was pulling into the driveway, something rolled from under the seat and got stuck under the brake pedal . . . the gas pedal . . . I, I don’t know, and I couldn’t stop the car.

Why is the girl really upset?

Daughter: And mom. I was going to use the car this weekend to go camping with my friends, but now my plans are ruined. My friends are going to hate me. What am I going to do?

What is her dad’s original solution to her predicament?

Man: My fault? Hey, why don’t you just invite your friends over for pizza? I’ll buy.

How is the situation finally resolved?

Man: Wait, not my new Jeep. I don’t even have 500 miles on it.
Daughter: Four-wheeling through the mud, over big rocks and in deep ruts in the road . . . if there IS a road.
Man: Ah.
Woman: You love your daughter, don’t you?
Man: Ask me after she returns from the trip.


Easy and Fun ESL Transportation Lesson and Activities

Teaching English language learners to talk about the different types of transportation common in English-speaking countries is essential for their success in the English language. This ESL lesson plan provides teachers and students of English as a second language with some common transit vocabulary as well as some fun activities to reinforce learning.

English Travel Vocabulary

Begin the ESL lesson by introducing the following English language transportation vocabulary and definitions:

On the Road

  • bicycle – a manual vehicle with two wheels
  • bus – a large motorized vehicle with seats for multiple passengers that usually operates as part of a scheduled paid service
  • bus stop – a place on a bus route where buses to pick up and drop off passengers
  • car – a motorized vehicle that seats five to six passengers
  • highway – a type of street between cities
  • interstate – a type of highway that crosses two or more states
  • minivan – a small passenger van
  • motorcycle – a motorized vehicle with two wheels similar to a bicycle
  • RV – a motorized vehicle used for recreation purposes and often equipped with a living area; abbreviation of recreational vehicle
  • semi – a large motorized truck with a detachable trailer used for hauling freight; abbreviation of semi-trailer
  • street – a paved surface on which vehicles drive
  • SUV – a rugged motorized vehicle designed for occasional off-road use; abbreviation of sport-utility vehicle
  • taxi – a public passenger vehicle; clipping of taxicab
  • truck – a motorized vehicle with a bed or hitch for hauling freight

In the Air

  • airplane – a motorized aircraft with wings
  • airport – an area with facilities for the landing, takeoff, shelter, supply, and repair of aircraft
  • helicopter – a motorized aircraft with rotating wings or blades
  • jet – an airplane moved by jet propulsion; clipping of jet plane
  • tarmac – an airport runway
  • terminal – a station that serves airplane passengers

On the Rails

  • cable car – a motorized vehicle operated on a cable rail
  • monorail – a motorized vehicle operated on a single rail
  • railroad – a permanent road with rails on which trains operate

  • subway – an underground railroad
  • train – a motorized vehicle operated on railroad tracks
  • tram – a motorized vehicle operated on a cable usually suspended over a canyon or between mountain peaks; clipping of tramway
  • trolley – a motorized streetcar propelled electrically from overhung wires or wires between the tracks

On the Water

  • boat – a vessel for transport by water
  • canoe – a boat with tapered points at both ends that is usually made of aluminum or fiberglass
  • cruise ship – a passenger ship used for pleasure cruises
  • rowboat – a small boat designed for rowing
  • ship – a large vessel for transport by water

For additional vocabulary and definitions, please download the accompanying vocabulary sheet from ESL Transportation Lesson Vocabulary.

ESL Activities on Transportation

After teaching the English vocabulary for travel in English speaking countries, use one or more of the following educational activities to reinforce the lesson:

  • Flashcards: Have