Copy of Meet the teachers

Listening Practice

Aimee: So Todd, where are you from?

Todd: I am from the U.S., I am from San Francisco. It’s on the west coast.

Aimee: And what do you do?

Todd: I’m an English teacher. Also, I create Elllo. I work on Elllo a lot.

Aimee: Okay. How old are you?

Todd: I am 47. Yeah. I am old.

Aimee: No. That’s not old. Who is your best friend?

Todd: My best friend is Don, he is a teacher too. He lives in America.

Aimee: And are you married?

Todd: No, I am not married. I am still single.

Aimee: Where is your mum from?

Todd: My mom is from California, she is from Los Angeles.

Aimee: And what does she do?

Todd: She is a manager, she works in a clothing store.

Aimee: Where is your dad from?

Todd: My dad is from San Francisco. He is not from Los Angeles, but he met my mother in Los Angeles.

Aimee: And what does he do?

Todd: He is also a manager, he works for a tree cutting company. They cut trees.

Aimee: Wow. That sounds exciting.

Todd: Yeah, cool job.

Aimee: Is it dangerous?

Todd: It is, a little dangerous. A little. And Aimee, what about you? Where are you from?

Aimee: I’m from Glasgow, on the west coast of Scotland in the United Kingdom.

Todd: Nice. And what do you do?

Aimee: I’m also a teacher.

Todd: Nice. What do you teach?

Aimee: I teach English.

Todd: Oh, me too.

Aimee: It’s fun, isn’t it?

Todd: It is. It is very fun. Excuse me, can I ask, how old are you?

Aimee: Of course, you can ask. I’m 34.

Todd: Okay. Very young. Very young. Where is your mom from?

Aimee: My mum is also from Glasgow.

Todd: Oh, nice. What does she do?

Aimee: Well, she’s retired now, but she was a nurse.

Todd: Oh nice. And is your dad from Glasgow?

Aimee: Yes, he is.

Todd: What does he do?

Aimee: He’s also retired, but he used to be a teacher.

Todd: Oh wow. Many teachers.

Aimee: Yes. Looks like it.

Todd: Well, thanks Aimee. Nice talking to you.

Aimee: You too, Todd.

Answer the following questions about the interview. Sometimes more than one option is possible.

Be Verbs (am, is, are) Simple Present

Point 1: The Be verb has three forms in the present tense – am, is, are.

I am a teacher.

You are a student.

He is a nice man.

She is very smart.


Point 2: Use am and am not for the pronoun I.

I am American.

I am not tired.

I’m happy. (am = ‘m)

I’m not sad. (am = ‘m)


Point 3: Use are and are not for the pronoun you.

You are a student.

You are not a teacher.

You‘re a nice person. (are = ‘re)

You‘re not late. (are not = ‘re not)

You aren’t late. (are not = aren’t)


Point 4: Use is and is not for the pronoun she.

She is my friend.

She is not my sister.

She‘s very smart. (is = ‘s)

She‘s not here. (is not = ‘s not)

She isn’t here. (is not = isn’t)


Point 5: Use is and is not for the pronoun he.

He is my friend.

He is not my brother.

He‘s very smart. (is = ‘s)

He‘s not here. (is not = ‘s not)

He isn’t here. (is not = isn’t)


Point 6: Use is and is not for the pronoun it.

It is cold today.

It is not warm.

It‘s easy. (is = ‘s)

It‘s not hard (is not = ‘s not)

It isn’t hard. (is not = isn’t)


Point 7: Use are and are not for the pronoun they.

They are my friends.

They are not from here.

They‘re nice people.(are = ‘re)

They‘re not my shoes. (are not = ‘re not)

They aren’t my shoes. (are not = aren’t)


Point 8: Use are and are not for the pronoun we.

We are here.

We are not late.

We‘re good friends. (are = ‘re)

We‘re not busy. (are not = ‘re not)

We aren’t busy. (are not = aren’t)