Listening Exercises about Family

Listening Exercises about Family 

Always a Family


On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy—the family they built together.


  • get  married, get  divorced,  to  confide, secret, separate  ways, doctor’s appointment, phone call, floor, building, hit , hysterical, put  somebody on,   to  break somebody’s  heart, to joke,  to drive somebody crazy

Ponder about and answer these  questions before  watching the  video

  • What  do  you know   about the events  that happened  in 9/11?
  • How  old  were  you    when the events  happened?
  • How much  do you love  your family?

Watch the video Always a Family  and think  of these  questions while  watching it

  • What is the name  of the couple that  the video talks about?
  • How old  was  she  when they  met?
  • How  old  was  she when  they   get  married?
  • How  many kids  did  they have?
  • What  secret  did  the kids  reveal  to  their mom?
  • What  was the last Michael’s phone call about?

After watching the video and answering the questions

  • Write a  short  paragraph stating  why  it is important to say to  your loved ones how much you love them

Sundays at Rocco


Nicholas Petron’s grandfather, Rocco Galasso, moved to New York City from Italy with the hopes of making a better life. For eighteen years Rocco served as owner and superintendent of an apartment building where much of his family resided–until the day they were given notice that their building faced demolition to make way for new apartments. As Nick remembers, that’s when everything changed.


  • go for  a walk , apartment building ,grew  up ,  show  up for dinnermake  something  clear , brand  new ,relocate ,Sunday meal ,shovel,coal,broken

Ponder  about these  questions before  watching the  video

  • Do  you   have  a big  family?
  • Do  you   usually have  family  reunions?
  • How  strong is your  relationship  with   your family members and relatives?
  • Do you  usually  go   for  a walk   with family  or  relatives? What  do  you  guys  usually  do together?
  • what  ‘s  a   tradition  that you  used  have  that you  have never  done  anymore?

Watch the video  Sundays at Rocco’s and think  of these  questions while  watching it

  • What was  Rocco’s  profession?
  • Who  lived  in the  building?
  • What was the family tradition?
  • What  did  all Rocco’s  family  have to relocate?
  • What did   Rocco do to the windows  of  the building?
  • Why  was  Rocco  sad?
  • What  happened  with the  family  reunions  after  Rocco left the building?

After watching the video

  • No  success  in life  can  compensate   for  failure  at home , write a  short  paragraph  explaining  why  family is  the most  important thing in your life
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