Listening Exercises: Sunday’s at Rocco

Sundays at Rocco – Introduction

Nicholas Petron’s grandfather, Rocco Galasso, moved to New York City from Italy with the hopes of making a better life. For eighteen years Rocco served as owner and superintendent of an apartment building where much of his family resided–until the day they were given notice that their building faced demolition to make way for new apartments. As Nick remembers, that’s when everything changed.


Check these before watching the Video

go for  a walkshow  up for dinner
apartment buildingmake  something  clear
grew  upbrand  new
relocateSunday meal

Ponder  about these  questions before  watching the  video

  • Do  you   have  a big  family?
  • Do  you   usually have  family  reunions?
  • How  strong is your  relationship  with   your family members and relatives?
  • Do you  usually  go   for  a walk   with family  or  relatives? What  do  you  guys  usually  do together?
  • what  ‘s  a   tradition  that you  used  have  that you  have never  done  anymore?

During – Listening

Watch the video  Sundays at Rocco’s and think  of these  questions while  watching it

  • What was  Rocco’s  profession?
  • Who  lived  in the  building?
  • What was the family tradition?
  • What  did  all Rocco’s  family  have to relocate?
  • What did   Rocco do to the windows  of  the building?
  • Why  was  Rocco  sad?
  • What  happened  with the  family  reunions  after  Rocco left the building?


After watching the video

  • Write a  short  paragraph  explaining  why  family is  the most  important thing in your life
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