Audio Samples and Questions - Finding the Way

Audio Samples and Questions

Finding the Way

1. Pre-Listening Exercise


Put the following words into short sentences: right, left, towards, roundabout, traffic lights, map, motorway. Can you think of any other words to help you find your way?

2. Script

2. Script

Sarah: Please don't go too fast. I must look at the map.

Mike: I think we're quite near.

Sarah: We need to leave the freeway at the next junction.

Mike: Where does that go?

Sarah: Towards Seattle. After that we should go left at the first intersection.

Mike: Here is the sign for Seattle now.

Sarah: Great! We don't want to be late.

Mike: No, they'll be wondering where we are.

Sarah: We took a long time to eat and get ready.

Mike: Yep, well, here we are now.

Sarah: And here is the intersection. It says Tacoma.

Mike: That's the way.

Sarah: Maria's house is still quite far. We should turn right very soon.

Mike: There is a sign there.

Sarah: Yea, that's the one. But look, there are some road repairs. We'll have to take a different way.

Mike: Then let's go straight on.

Sarah: No, we turn right and then, look, we turn left again at the bridge.

Mike: I hope it's not too far.

Sarah: This road is very narrow. Shall we go back?

Mike: No, follow the directions. There's another sign ahead.

Sarah: Go right again then. Oh look, here is the main street. Maria's road is on the left.
She said it was on Orchard Street, number 29.

Mike: Nearly there. We won't be late - I heard it's going to be a great party!


1) Why does Sarah ask Mike to drive more slowly?
a) Because they are lost.
b) Because she needs time to look at the map.
c) Because they have almost arrived.

2) In which direction will they go when they leave the freeway?
a) Towards Seattle.
b) To the bridge.
c) To a restaurant.

3) What do they have to do when they see the road repairs?
a) They must go a different and longer way.
b) They have to go back.
c) They have to find an intersection.

4) What direction must they take at the road repairs?
a) Straight on.
b) Right and then left at the bridge.
c) Left and then right at the bridge.

5) Where is Maria's house?
a) In the main street of the town.
b) In a narrow road.
c) On Orchard Street.

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

Post-Listening Exercise

Think of a place for which you can give directions. Write down the directions or draw a small map. Mark the starting-place and the finishing point and write the correct words or phrases, for example, first right, third left, straight on, etc. Ask someone else to see if they can follow your instructions.