Practice Listening English Exercises for B1 – Plans

Getting Ready

What kinds of things do you like to do with your friends? Check (✓) your answers and compare them with a partner.

Like it a lot

Like it a little

Don’t like it

go to a movie

go out to dinner

play video games

take a trip out of town

go to the beach

go to the mall

hang out at home

play sports

go to a party

go to a café

go to a concert

other: ________

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your own answers

Listening 1

Friends are making plans for the future. What are they going to do? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1)  a go to the beach

b go to England

     c go to a cruise

2)  a go to Maine

b learn to sail

     c play golf

3)  a drive to California

b drive to Mexico

     c drive across Canada

4)  a play golf

b go to the beach

     c go on a cruise

5)  a learn to fly

b work in a camp

     c stay home and relax

6)  a learn to ski

b learn to swim

     c learn to water ski

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1) c   2) b   3) c   4) a   5) b   6) a



A: You’re excited about next December, aren’t you?

B: Yes, I really am. I can hardly wait!

A: What exactly are you planning to do?

B: friend and I are going on a cruise in the Caribbean.


A: Your family’s going to Florida next summer, aren’t they?

B: I’m not really sure where they’re planning to do.

A: You’re going with them, aren’t you?

B: Of course. I wouldn’t miss learning to sail for anything!


A: I heard you and two friends are going on a long drive next May.

B: Yeah, I’m getting a newer car to drive across Canada.

A: You’ll be visiting Vancouver, won’t you?

B: Oh, yeah, we’re excited about visiting there. It’s supposed to be beautiful!


A: Do you have any idea what you’re doing next August?

B: Well, we’ve been talking about going to the beach.

A: You really love the ocean, don’t you?

B: Yeah, but I think this year I’m going to play golf instead.


A: What can we do next summer?

B: Well, we could take a course at the university.

A: You wouldn’t want to do that, would you? You work so hard all year long.

B: You’re right. How about if we both work in a camp?


A: You’re not going to learn to ski next winter, are you?

B: Why not? It sounds very exciting to me!

A: It sounds rather dangerous to me.

B: I’ll be careful. Besides, the instructor will be right there to help me if I fall down.

Listening 2

Task 1

People are making plans. Listen and number the pictures.


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a 4   b 2   c 6   d 1   e 3   f 5

Task 2

Listen again. Are these statements true or false? Check (✓) the correct answer.



1) He is going alone.

2) She’s going to visit her parents.

3) They’re not planning to go to the same beach.

4) He usually plays soccer on Saturdays.

5) She has to work on Friday night.

6) She’s going downtown.

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1) False   2) False   3) True   4) False   5) False   6) True



A: Hey, Mark. How’s it going?

B: Pretty good, how about you?

A: I’m good, thanks. So, what are you up to this weekend?

B: Sam and I are going to a baseball game at the new stadium.

A: Wow! Really? Have a great time!


A: Hey, Jennifer. You’re planning to go to Steven’s party this weekend, aren’t you?

B: No. I really want to go, but I can’t.

A: Oh no! Why not?

B: I have to go out of town with parents. We’re going to visit aunt in Chicago. And we’re driving the whole way!


A: So, what are your plans this weekend, Angela?

B: Well, on Saturday, I’m going to the beach with some friends. How about you?

A: I’m going to the beach, too! Maybe I’ll see you there. Are you going to Baker Beach?

B: No, we’re going to Stinson Beach.

A: Oh. Well, maybe friend won’t mind changing plans.


A: So, I’ll see you later, John.

B: Yeah, I’ll probably see you at the library tomorrow.

A: Really? But you usually play basketball on Saturdays, don’t you?

B: Yeah, but we’re not playing this Saturday.

A: Why not?

B: We always take a week off for final exams. I’m planning on studying all weekend.


A:  Got any fun plans for the weekend?

B:  I have to work most of the weekend, but I’m going out on Friday night.

A:  Where are you going?

B:  friends and I are going to go out to dinner. We’re going to try that new Mexican restaurant on Branch Street. I hear it’s great.


A: What are you doing this weekend, Ji-hyun?

B: I don’t have any plans for Saturday, but I’m going shopping on Sunday.

A: You’re going to the mall, aren’t you?

B: No, I’m going to go downtown. I like the stores better there.

Listening 3

Task 1

People are talking about their plans. What are they going to do on Saturday? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1)  a write a paper

b go to a party

     c go to a movie

2)  a go to dinner

b play soccer

     c go shopping

3)  a play soccer

b go bike riding

     c stay home

4)  a go to the beach

b drive to Los Angeles

     c drive home

5)  a go to a party

b study

     c buy a birthday present

6)  a play guitar in a cafe

b play guitar in a club

     c go to a concert

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1) b   2) a   3) c   4) a   5) b   6) b

Task 2

Listen again. What plan is each person excited about? Write the correct letter.

1) __

2) __

3) __

4) __

5) __

6) __

a seeing a friend

b staying home

c playing soccer

d going to a party

e playing in a big club

f singing songs

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1) d   2) c   3) b   4) f   5) a   6) e



I have a really busy weekend ahead of me. I have to work about ten hours on Saturday. I’m really excited about Saturday night, though. I’m going to friend Alex’s party. He always has great parties. I don’t have to go to work on Sunday, but I do have to spend all morning and afternoon writing a paper for history class. Then on Sunday night, I’m going to the movies with some friends.


This is going to be a great weekend. I can’t wait for Sunday afternoon! soccer team is playing in the finals! I hope we win! On Saturday, I’m going to the beach with friends. And on Saturday night, we’re going to have dinner at favorite restaurant.


I don’t really have a lot going on this weekend. I was so busy last weekend that I didn’t want to make any big plans for this weekend. I played soccer and went hiking last Saturday, then went for a long bike ride on Sunday. This weekend, I’m just going to stay home and read a book. I’m excited about being home by self and relaxing all weekend.


friends and I are taking a road trip to Los Angeles this weekend. We’re planning on leaving on Friday after class. We’ll get to LA at around 7:00 in the evening – just in time for dinner. On Saturday, we’ll probably hang out at the beach during the day. We’re going to have a fire and sing songs all night. It’s going to be fantastic.


I plan to study most of this weekend, but on Saturday evening. I’m going over to friend’s house. It’s her birthday, so she’s having a few friends over for dinner. I’m really looking forward to seeing her! We haven’t seen each other in two months! I knew I wouldn’t have time to go shopping on Saturday, so I bought her a birthday gift on Friday. I got her a sweater. I hope she likes it!


I play the guitar in a band, and band has two shows this weekend. We’re playing in a little cafe on Sunday night. We play there a lot and have a lot of fans there, so it’ll be fun. I’m really excited about Saturday night, though. We’re playing at a club downtown. We’ve never played in a big club before, so I’m kind of nervous.

Conversation Corner: Making weekend plans

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A: Do you want to play soccer this Saturday?

B: It’s supposed to rain this weekend, ______. ______.?

A: Oh, I didn’t know that. Well, then what do you want to do?

B: We could go to a movie? We ______. ______. ______. the new action movie.

A: You saw that movie last weekend, didn’t you?

B: Yeah, but I’d like to see it again. But you don’t like action movies, ______. ______.?

A: Not really.

B: ____ __. ______. ______. see that new comedy at Star Cinema!

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to use the correct intonation.

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A: Do you want to play soccer this Saturday?

B: It’s supposed to rain this weekend, isn’t it ?

A: Oh, I didn’t know that. Well, then what do you want to do?

B: We could go to a movie? We could go see the new action movie.

A: You saw that movie last weekend, didn’t you?

B: Yeah, but I’d like to see it again. But you don’t like action movies, do you ?

A: Not really.

B: We could go see that new comedy at Star Cinema!