Audio Samples and Questions - A Cup of Tea

Audio Samples and Questions

A Cup of Tea

1. Pre-Listening Exercise

In which countries is drinking tea important?
Choose from the following list:

China, France, United Kingdom, Japan, United States, India, Germany.

Make sentences beginning:

Drinking tea is important in ___ because .....

Try to think of different reasons.

2. Script

Jenny: Would you like a cup of tea?

Paul: I'd love one. All that shopping has made me tired.

Jenny: I'll put the kettle on. You put the shopping away.

Paul: Let's have tea first. I'm exhausted.

Jenny: Here you are then, mugs, milk, sugar. Would you like a biscuit?

Paul: Let's have one of those nice doughnuts we bought.

Jenny: Well, you'll have to get them out of the bag. Here's your tea.

Paul: Two spoonfuls of sugar today. I need the energy.

Jenny: Poor thing! I must say though, it's nice to be home.

Paul: What would we do without a cup of tea?

Jenny: Drink coffee, I suppose.

Paul: Coffee sometimes makes me more thirsty.

Jenny: Yes, you're right. Tea is better when you're really thirsty.

Paul: Give me one of those doughnuts.

Jenny: You'll get fat.

Paul: No, I won't. You work me too hard.

Jenny: They do look good, don't they?

Paul: Mmm! Lots of jam in them too.

Jenny: My fingers are sticky. I'll get some tissues and some forks.

Paul: You'd better hurry or they'll all be gone.

Jenny: Coming! Here you are. You can wash the dishes.

Paul: A small price to pay. After all, you make a great cup of tea.


1) Why is Paul tired?
a) Because he is thirsty
b) Because he has been shopping
c) Because he is overworked.

2) Why does Paul take sugar?
a) Because he needs energy
b) Because he is old
c) Because he prefers coffee

3) When does Jenny like to have tea?
a) When there are cakes to eat
b) When she is thirsty
c) When she has been shopping

4) Why does Paul say he is overworked?
a) Because Jenny is unkind to him
b) Because he is too thin
c) Because he is making a joke

5) Why does Jenny fetch tissues and forks?
a) Because she is very fussy
b) Because she does not want to wash dishes
c) Because her fingers are sticky

1. = "B";
2. = "A";
3. = "B";
4. = "C";
5. = "C";

Post-Listening Exercise


Why do you think tea-drinking is so popular in the United
Kingdom? Remember that the British had an empire in India.
Make up a sentence or sentences to explain the connection.