Listening Task: Always a Family

This is a listening exercises about Families.

The listening exercises are suited for students with a B2 Level

Always a Family – Introduction

On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy—the family they built together.


This is a list of important vocabulary that you should check out before completing the task

get marriedto  confide
get divorcedseparate  ways
secretphone call
doctor’s appointment,building
hystericalput  somebody on
to  break somebody’s heart,to joke,
to drive somebody crazy

Ponder about and answer these  questions before watching the  video

  • What do you know about the events  that happened  in 9/11?
  • How old  were you when the events  happened?
  • How much  do you love  your family?

During Listening

Watch the video Always a Family and think  of these  questions while watching it

  • What is the name  of the couple that  the video talks about?
  • How old  was  she  when they  met?
  • How  old  was  she when  they   get  married?
  • How  many kids  did  they have?
  • What  secret  did  the kids  reveal  to  their mom?
  • What  was the last Michael’s phone call about?

Post – Listening

Write a  short  paragraph stating why it is important to say to your loved ones how much you love them

Manuel Campos, English Professor

José Manuel

I am José Manuel and I am an English Teacher in Costa Rica who loves English. I have been teaching English for more than 8 years and I like sharing what I know with others