This book offers two kinds of listening material - cross-cultural anecdotes that illustrate North American cultural "rules" and beliefs and brief conversations that present notions and functions in practical situations.
Part One of each chapter presents a "cross-cultural anecdote" or conversation, along with activities that develop students' abilities to summarize and retell stories, make observations, and discuss ideas.
Part Two provides comprehension exercises that develop students' abilities to recognize the effective use of language and to make inferences. Part Three presents choices of language in notional/functional categories, followed by opportunities to use them to accomplish practical tasks in role-plays and classroom activities. Part Four offers situations that stimulate discussion on cultural and practical points of everyday life, along with "cross-cultural notes."