Culture In Content



Randall explains the purpose and development of this section of his Web site called Culture in Context.

What is the main learning objective of this section of your Web site?

The main objective is to give learners new opportunities to improve their listening skills with unscripted and natural samples of English in a video format. 

How did you select the topics for the interviews?

First, I selected topics, in part, to align with other listening activities on the Web site, so learners can recycle similar topics for additional language practice.

Second, I chose high-interest topics in everyday life that would interest teachers and learners

Who are the people in the interviews?

The voices are my adult children who have appeared in many of my listening activities for the past 20 years. Now, you get to meet them close up and personal. 

How long are the interviews?

Most of the interviews are between 2-5 minutes, a very digestible length for language learning. 

What levels of difficulty are these interviews?

These interviews are for intermediate to advanced learners, due in part the the unscripted nature of conversations. We wanted to make them as authentic as possible without digesting the language for the consumption of the learn. Enjoy.

How are the interviews and activities organized?

Each activity will have several key parts:

  1. A pre-listening question to stimulate thought around the topic.
  2. A list of vocabulary that appear in the interview with sample sentences to learn how the words are used in context.
  3. The video.
  4. A comprehension quiz that focuses on the main points of the interview.
  5. Post-listening questions that recycle the topic and vocabulary from the video. Some deal with general comprehension, and others deal with inferring meaning.
  6. A list of related listening activities on my site that can extend learning on similar themes.
What is the timeline for this project?

My initial plan is to release new videos throughout 2022, based on feedback from users. Feel free to contact me if you have suggestions.


A Healthy Lifestyle – With Emily (With Transcript)

Annoying Drivers – With Aubrey ( With Transcript)

Aubrey’s Favorite Things – With Aubrey ( With Transcript)

Birthday Celebrations – With Aubrey (With Transcript)

Budget Travel Accommodations – With Aubrey (With Transcript)

Camping Experiences – With Emily (With Transcript)

College Roommates – With Aubrey (With Transcript)

Christmas – With Aubrey (With Transcript)

Cooking Tips – With Aubrey and Emily (With Transcript)

Credit Cards – With Aubrey (With Transcript)

Daily Annoyances – With Emily (With Transcript)

Dogs or Cats? – With Aubrey (With Transcript)

Dream House – With Aubrey (With Transcript)

Driving Lessons – With Aubrey (NEW – With Transcript)

Eating Preferences – With Aubrey

Economic Woes – With Aubrey and Emily

Favorite Classes – With Aubrey

Favorite Ways to Travel – With Aubrey

Favorite Websites – With Aubrey and Emily

First Job Experiences – With Aubrey 

Gift Suggestions – With Aubrey

Grocery Stores – With Aubrey – NEW – With Transcript

Online Dating – With Aubrey

Home Safety – With Aubrey 

“I didn’t do my homework!” – With Aubrey

If you Had a Million Dollars – With Emily

Introverted or Extroverted? – With Aubrey and Emily 

Introductions – With Michael 

Is it Okay to Lie? – With Aubrey and Emily 

Island Survival – With Aubrey and Emily

Job Hunting Strategies – With Aubrey (NEW – With Transcript)

Learning a Foreign Language – Aubrey 

Meeting New People – With Aubrey

My Dream Car – With Aubrey

My Favorite Meal – With Emily 

My Favorite Vacation Memory – With Emily

My Neighborhood  – With Aubrey  (NEW – With Transcript)

Online Dating – With Aubrey

Online Learning – With Aubrey

Pet Ownership – With Emily 

Phones in the Classroom – With Aubrey

Popular Outdoor Activities – With Emily

Saving the Environment – With Aubrey

Secrets of College Success – With Aubrey

Spending Spree – With Aubrey

Student Excuses – With Emily

Superpowers – With Aubrey and Emily 

Thanksgiving Day – With Aubrey 

The Ideal Friend – With Emily

The Value of Money – With Aubrey and Emily

Travel Destinations – With Aubrey and Emily

What is Success? – With Aubrey and Emily

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