Teaching Listening: Racquetball and Marathon



B: Racquetball is a popular _____________. It was first played in the US. This game started just a little more than 50 years ago. That makes it quite a new sport.  Other ____________ sports like _______________ and squash have been played for a long time. Racquetball rules are a mix of ___________from both _______________ and squash. A short racket is used to play this game. This game became popular almost at once when it first came out. More and more people wanted to play it.________________________began to build racquetball courts. They built these _____________ for players of this new sport. People of all ages can play this ______________. But most _________________today are young people. Most of them are between the ages of 12 and 34. Racquetball is now a __________________sport. It is played all over the world.

The Marathon

W:Did you watch the Boston marathon?

M:Yes, I went to Boston to see it.

W:You were in Boston for the marathon?

M:That’s right. My friend is a runner, so I went there to watch her run. We traveled to Boston together.

W:You are so lucky! Which part of the marathon did you see?

M:I watched the entire race, from start to finish.

W:I don’t know how the runners can finish the whole race! It’s so long and difficult! I could

never do something like that.

M:I tried to run a marathon once. It was really difficult. I just can’t run like my friend can.

W:Yes, running a marathon is not an easy thing to do. By the way, how did your friend do in the race?

M:She did quite well! She was not the fastest runner, but she was in the top 50.

Answer the following questions according to what you read in the conversation.

  1. Why did she go to see the Boston marathon?
  2. How difficult is running a marathon?
  3. How well did her friend do in the marathon?

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