Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 71 – Listening – Globalization in History – Similarities & ……

Welcome back to another ESL podcast, everyone! Today I’m going to be coming some globalization history, which is a vast and quickly emerging topic that a lot of people need to get a grip on.

Let’s go over some of the target vocabulary. What do you think people in these places typically eat, drink and produce?

  1. China
  2. Italy
  3. Mexico
  4. Saudi Arabia
  5. The UK
  6. The USA

List of items

  • Chili peppers
  • Electronics
  • Potatoes
  • Sugar
  • Chocolate
  • Oil
  • Rubber
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Porcelain
  • Silk
  • Tomatoes

Listening for SImilarities and Differences

In your academic work, tests, or anything that requires you to listen closely, you will often need to compare and contrast two or more ideas, places, people, or experiences. As you listen to lectures and other sources of information, it is important to actively ask yourself, “How are these things similar? How are they different?”

You can also listen for expressions such as unlike X, Like X, Another similarity/difference is….and comparative forms (faster, a wider range of…..).

The Silk RoadThe Columbian ExchangeToday’s trade network
It is/was a
It is/was mostly
controlled by the Middle East
Most goods are/were
shipped by sea
China’s main export
is/was silk
It has/had an effect
cuisines and cultures

Second listening

Listen to the lecture again. Where did these good originally come from?

  1. tomatoes
  2. coffee
  3. silk
  4. black pepper
  5. potatoes
  6. corn
  7. chili peppers
  8. rubber
  • China
  • Ethiopia and Yemen
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • South America and Mexico
  • India
  • South America

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