How to improve your IELTS listening score with exercises 8

 IELTS Course Lesson 33 – IELTS listening score

IELTS Listening #8

You will now have 4 listening exercises: 4 videos each followed by 1 quiz for the ielts listening score.

Section 1                                                                                       

Listening practice test. Please turn to section 1 of listening practice test.  Section 1: listen to the conversation between a Japanese student and a housing officer and complete the form. First you have some time to look at questions 1 to 5. You will see that there is an example which has been done for you. The conversation relating to this will be played first.


Man: Yes? What can I do for you?

Girl: My friend is in a homestay and she really enjoys it, so I’d like to join a family as well.

Man: Okay let me get some details. What’s your name?

Girl: My name is Keiko Yuichini.

Man: Could you spell your family name for me, please?

Girl: Yes. It’s Yuichini. That’s Y U I C H I N I.

The student’s family name is Yuichini. So that has been written on the form. Now we shall begin. You should answer the questions as you listen because you will not hear the recording a second time. Now listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 5.

Man: Yes? What can I do for you?

Girl: My friend is in a homestay and she really enjoys it so I’d like to join a family as well. Man: Okay. Let me get some details. What’s your name?

Girl: My name is Keiko Yuichini.

Man: Could you spell your family name for me, please?

Girl: Yes. It’s Yuichini. That’s Y U I C H I N I.

Man: And your first name?

Girl: It’s Keiko, K E I K O.

Man: That’s Keiko Yuichini. Okay and you’re female and what is your nationality?

Girl: I’m Japanese.

Man: Right. And could I see your passport, please?

Girl: Here it is!

Man: Okay. Your passport number is J O  6 3 3 7. And you are how old?

Girl: I’m 28 years old.

Man: Now you are living in one of the colleges. Which one?

Girl: Willow college. Room 21 C

Man: Right, 21 C, Willow college. And how long do you plan to stay with homestay?

Girl: About 4 months longer if I like it.

Man: And what course are you enrolled in?

Girl: Well.. I’ve enrolled for 20 weeks in the advanced English Studies because I need help with my writing. And I’m nearly at the end of my first five-week course.

Man: Right so you’ve completed 5 weeks and you have enrolled for another 15 weeks. That’s about four months altogether.

Girl: That’s right, about 4 months.

Before they continue their conversation look at questions 6 to 10. You as you listen to the rest of the conversation complete the form by filling in the numbered spaces 6 to 10.

Man: Okay. Do you have a preference for a family? With children or without children?

Girl: I prefer… I mean, I like young children but I like to be with older people. You know I like someone of my own age.

Man: Okay and do you smoke or drink?

Girl: No and no.

Man: Would you mind being with a family of smoker?

Girl:  Yes, I would. I don’t like smoking. I’d rather be with a family of people who do not smoke or drink.

Man: Okay. Um… What about pets?

Girl: Oh I love animals! I’m a veterinarian so that’s fine. The more the better!

Man: All right. Now what about you? Are you a vegetarian? Or do you have any special food requirements?

Girl:  No, I’m not a vegetarian but I don’t eat a lot of meat. I really like seafood.

Man: And what about your hobbies?

Girl: I like reading and going to the movies.

Man: Do you play any sports?

Girl: Yes. I joined the handball team but I didn’t like that so I stopped playing. You know I played tennis on the weekend with my friends.

Man: All right. Let’s see name, age, transport… are you familiar with the public transport system?

Girl: No, I’m not really because I’ve been living on campus. I’ve been to the city a few times on the bus, that they’re always late.

Man: What about the trains?

Girl: I like catching trains they’re much faster.

Man: Well, let’s go and check on the computer to see what I’ve got. Um… listen would it be okay to leave this with me? Could he come back after class this afternoon?

Girl: Yes of course.

Man: I’ll check my records and I will give you details this afternoon.

Girl: Thank you for your help.

Man: It’s a pleasure I’ll see you this afternoon. Bye.

Girl: Bye.

That is the end of section one you. Now have half a minute to check your answers.

Comprehension Questions 1 to 10 (Section 1)

Section 2                                                                                       

Section two: you are going to hear a talk given by a tour guide about travel set as near. First look at questions 11 to 14. As you listen to the first parts of the talk answer questions 11 to 14.

Hello everyone. As you know, this agency has specialized in tours and independent traveled as near for over 20 years. It’s a magnificent place to visit. But it’s not always as easier or as comfortable as it might be. So this tour is designed to help you handle the bureaucratic hassles. And give you time and energy to enjoy the beauty of this breathtaking country. The first hassle is visas. Nowadays as Nyan visas are needed by almost all nationalities. The normal visa lasts for just 90 days. But a renewal is possible. It is worth leaving yourself plenty of time. When applying, I suggest, from experience, two months. That should do it! The latest confirmed price is 30 pounds but it should be noted. And a lot of our regular travelers tell us that the price may change without notice and hold up visa processing. So ring up the Eze nyun embassy and check the price before sending out forms.  Now, for those of you who intended to take Eze nyun as part of a longer tour and want to wait till you get to another country, do remember that some Asian consulates in neighboring countries require you to provide a letter from your own embassy!  Just by confirming your nationality, you can find a list of major embassies throughout the world in the Student Handbook on page 13.  Oh and one more thing. Check whether you need a multiple entry visa if you’re leaving and re-entering Eze nyun your tour before the tour.

Continues you will have a chance to look at questions 15 to 20. As you listen complete the summary and answer questions 15 to 20.

Now, some miscellaneous general advice. Firstly, if you’re rich enough to bring in over $1,000 in cash or traveler’s checks to as near, you need to fill in the currency form. Don’t forget this! You could get into trouble if you do. You must declare all of your items and more expensive items, such as video cameras, on a tourist export form which you can arrange to carry in advance. Regarding health regulations, although Esna is becoming a generally healthier country with every passing year. Neighboring countries remain cautious with regards to health standards there. And therefore it is worth while carrying a health certificate. The one you need is the BM 276. Now, all of you here are students and there will be plenty of concessions for young people traveling in Eze. Eze naeun Transport Authority for example, issues a special youth fare card which you can get in any railway station. Just show your international student card. Information about getting this is in the handbook. And give to passport photos and by the way because there is so much bureaucracy in Eze Nia, we invite you to take at these twelve passport photos with you. They’re not always easy to get done there. Finally a bit more about currency. Pounds won’t get you very far in eze is these days so they’re no good we advise people to carry either yen or Australian dollars. US Dollars are starting to cause difficulties because of political disputes. Another surprise is that credit cards are virtually useless, because of fraud scandals. Do carry traveler’s checks! But we advise medium denominations. Large denominations increase the likelihood of theft and small ones increase commission charges. Now as I mentioned earlier this Student Handbook has a wealth of information.

That is the end of section 2 you will now have half a minutes to check your answers you.

Comprehension Questions 11 to 20 (Section 2)

Section 3                                                                                

Section three: in this section you will hear a discussion about shopping habits. First look at questions 21 to 24. As you listen to the first parts of the discussion answer questions 21 to 24.

Dale: Ah… Excuse me! I wonder if you’d mind answering a few questions. You see.. I’m doing a project.

Woman: Fine what’s this on?

Dale: Well.. I’m looking at the people’s shopping habits.

Woman: Okay.

Dale: Can I ask you first of all are you a student?

Woman: Well.. I was a student here last year but since then. I’ve left and I’m working in a bank now as a cashier. I just came to see a friend.

Dale: Oh, that’s okay. So how often do you go shopping?

Woman: Oh.. I buy a lot of books. Should I exclude books?

Dale: Uhm..  if you leave books aside what about shopping for all your personal items? study things and that sort of thing?

Woman: Okay. Because I go to the supermarket almost every day, it seems the other things I’d say I tend to do it every other week.

Dale: And do you spend the same amount each time?

Woman: I guess so. I only have about a hundred pounds a month spare, so I’d probably spend about fifty pounds each time.

Dale: What sort of shops do you like best? The department store or the small retail outlets?

Woman: Oh.. I like big department stores. So everything’s in one place. The weather’s so bad so it’s a bit miserable trudging from one little shop to another.

Dale: Great. What do you find most difficult to buy?

Woman: What do you mean?

Dale: Well.. what do you have to really search for? What takes you a long time to find?

Woman: Oh jeans definitely! You can get hold of a sweater or a CD in a moment. But with jeans I can spend all afternoon and still not find a pair that fits.

Dale: Okay. One last question. Who do you usually shop with?

Woman: Wow? I usually go shopping on my own but if I want to make it more of a social occasion with friends to have a coffee and things. I often go with colleagues from work you know in our lunch hour.

Dale: Well, thank you very much! You’ve been very helpful.

Woman: No problem.

Before the next part begins, you will have a chance to look at questions 25 to 30. As you listen answer questions 25 to 30.

Woman: Hello Dale! How did you get on with your shopping inquiries?

Dale: Well.. I got 50 people to answer questions and the results were quite interesting.

Woman: Okay. Let’s have a look.

Dale: Well.. Those were handouts and here you can see that the majority people I interviewed said they went shopping once a week. Most often that was the weekend.

Woman: Right.

Dale: For those people who spend enormous amounts of money, if you see this chart you can see that half the people spend 45 pounds a month. And while 15 % of people spent more than that an average of 75 pounds. The rest spend relatively small amounts even the regular shoppers spend no more than 20 pounds a month.

Woman: Window shoppers?

Dale: Yes. I asked him what kind of shops they prefer and the response was unanimous. Everyone went for department stores. I think that’s what young people today want.

Woman: That’s understandable and that’s a useful statistic I think.

Dale: I also talked to them about the things they found most difficult to buy. I thought the answer was going to be something like books or study materials but he’s always closed. They have problems with things related to hobbies. As far as sportswear is concerned they complain about the lack of shops that sell it. Not many had trouble buying sweaters and things like that but shoes and trousers were really problematic.

Woman: Was that again because there just isn’t enough variety?

Dale: Yes. They say everywhere they just come across the same styles. So they just give up after a while.

Woman: I know what they mean.

Dale: Lastly, I asked them whom they want to shop with.

That is the end of section 3. You will now have half a minute to check your answers.

Comprehension Questions 21 to 30 (Section 3)

Section 4                                                                      

Section four: in section you will hear a lecture about study. And answer questions 31 to 40. First look at questions 31 to 40. As you listen to the lecture answer questions 31 to 40.

Can anybody hear me? Is this microphone working? Good! Now welcome everybody to the second of these lectures on successful study at college. Yesterday we looked at housekeeping issues, where to find information how to use the library, computer system and so on. Today we’re going to cover an issue that will be vitally important to you all throughout your time here at college and that is time management. Hundreds of books have been written about time management and those of you who are interested in doing some extra reading on the subject are very welcome to see me after the lecture. As I have a book list here and some other useful materials. Now time management.

In the past this used to mean making a list to plan for every hour of the week and then try to stick to this plan. These days however the whole idea of managing time has changed. In fact if you think about it, you’ll find that it’s impossible to manage time it just goes. So what you really need to manage is yourself. To manage yourself effectively you need to have a clear idea both of what you want to achieve and how to achieve it. In other words you need to set goals and you need to move towards achieving these goals, in an efficient and systematic way. Most coursework at the college is set by mid semester and at the end of the semester usually involves two written assignments of between 1,500 and 3,000 words in length. If you look around you at college you will see that during the first weeks of the term, everyone looks cheerful and focused. Followed by a change around week six, assignment time when people start to look a bit stressed. The library reports that an increasing number of students become angry when books are not available. so what’s happened? Has everybody becomes suddenly irritable and angry for no reason? Not quite. The reason is that people have not managed their resources well. They have not set priorities for reaching their goals and, as a result, some of them realize they’re going to do badly with their assignments ,this will not be because they lack intelligence or love of the subject. They will fail because they did not have a clear eye dear of what they have to do and how long it should take them. Let’s step back a minute.

What do we mean by establishing goals? Well basically it means deciding what you want to achieve. In other words deciding on the results that you want to achieve. The students that I’ve mentioned found themselves very stressed. Mainly because they have an assignment to do. But they did not fully think through the effect that this would have on their day-to-day life. There’s an awful lot of spare time in a day, for example,  if you manage to spend some of that time, even just one hour on an activity that helps you with your study, that one hour could have a major impact in your course. Particularly if you make it a regular habit. I’d like to ask you now to have a look at the planners in your information kits. You will see that there are 3-1 term planner, one weekly planner and one daily planner the term planner. Is to help you get an overview of everything that you will need to do for the term. The weekly planner is to help you week by week and the daily planner will help you with the really detailed planning. Before we go any further I would like you to make a note in your daily planner right now. I want you to picture how you could make a major difference in your life, by spending just one hour a day on some activities for the next term.

Background reading for example or preparing a bibliography. Now imagine the benefit at the end of the term. The term diary and the weekly diary are the most important ones. However a week is really the shortest time you have to establish an overview of your time for planning purposes. Now you need to set priorities for the term. Work out how you could achieve those priorities and the results that you desire. If you can get into the habit of planning like this, you’ll soon find that you’ve actually had more time than before to spend on relaxation and other activities that you enjoy. Now let’s share some of the ideas that you’ve come up with. I’ll divide you up into groups to share your ideas. Okay.

That is the end of section 4. You will now have half a minute to check your answers.

Comprehension Questions 31 to 40 (Section 4)



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