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SKILLS

LISTENING G
A LECTURE

2.

1 . Read the notice below. What is


"personology"?
a. a way of showi n g people 's pe rsonal itie s
through a rt
b. a way of c ha n g i n g a n d i m proving one 's
pe rsonality
a way of a nalys in g pe rsonal i ty by looking at
a face

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PERSONOLOGY

Listen to the beginning of Eisa Fuller's lecture.


Which of the fol lowing can personology be
used for?

To

find out:
a . what job to look for

b. whe re to l i ve
c . if someone is a suitable gi rlfrie nd I boyfrie nd
d. if someone is a good worke r
e . i f you shou ld se ll a certa i n produc t

3. Listen to the rest o f the tal k. Decide which


of the photos below is Matthew.
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THE ART OF READING FACES


Have you met someone new

Would you like to know

what they are really like

YOU CAN

by looking at
their face!

4. Listen to the second part of the lecture again.

Lecture by popular
speaker and author

ELSA FULLER
St Giles'Community Hall
Stafford Road

Wednesday, 5th October


8.00 pm

STAY CALM - I f you don't u n derstand


one part of a l istening passage, don't pa nic! Kee p
listening a n d focus o n u n dersta n ding as much of
the passage as you can.

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WEB EXTRA

What do each of the fol lowing features show


about a person? Two answers are correct.
1. wide face
a . c onfide nt
b. a natural le ade r
c . thi n ks carefully before ta ki ng action
2. rou n de d nose
a. se lfish
b. he l pful
c. nosy
3. e yes far apart
a . ofte n late
b. c a l m
c . good at deta ils

Do you believe that personology is accurate?

What other ways are there of analysing a


person's personality without actually
knowing them?

F ind out how app earance can affect your l if e a t:

uilw.burlingtonbooks. es/l'iewpoints 1

SKILLS
LISTENING
A CONVERSATION

1.

The fol lowing jobs are considered to be some of the most dangerous in the world.
Why do you think each job is dangerous?

construction worker
police officer
taxi d river

secret agent I spy


war correspondent
m i ne r

firefighter
pilot
pizza delivere r

R E A D CAREFULLY - When you have t o answer mu lti ple-choice q u estions, a l ways

read a l l the options carefu l ly before you l isten . Some options may not use exactly the same
words as the passage, so l i sten carefu l ly for a l ternative expressions, synonyms and opposites.

2.

Two students, Ellie and Chris, are discussing


one of the jobs above. Listen to the first
part of the conversation and choose the
correct continuation for each sentence.

1 . E l l i e is doing media studies bec a use


a. it sounds l i ke fun
b . it's a n easy c o u rse
c . it will help her in her career
d. she a d m i res the teac her

. n.

n n

2. C h ris . . . .
a.
b.
c.
d.

3. Ellie and Chris see each other a few weeks


later. Listen to their conversation and
complete the sentences using 1 -4 words.
1 . The correspondent bel ieves
she is l uc ky
2. Sometimes the correspondent does
not
for a week.
3. Ellie enjoys mounta i n b i k i n g beca use
she l i kes living
4. C h ris believes
can't be compared
to mou nta i n biking.
5. Wa r correspondents want people to
know how

would l i ke to be a war c o rrespondent


t h i n ks E l l ie's idea is good
has read a bout war c orrespondents
th i n ks E l l ie is m a k i n g a m istake

3. Accordi n g to the prog ra m me, wa r

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_
_

correspondents . . . .
a . a re rarely shot at
b . a re i n c onsta nt danger
c. a re usually soldiers
d . stay behind the front l i n es
WEB EXTRA

If you had to choose a job from those listed i n


Exercise

1,

what would i t be? Why?

Find out about other dangerous jobs at: www.b urlingtonbooks.es/l'iewpoints I

SKILLS
LISTENING G
A RADIO INTERVIEW

1 . Look at some of the men's 1 00-metre sprint records since 1 960. Why do you think the
record times keep improving?
Time (seconds)
A. H a ry

West Germany

C. Lewis

U SA

D. B a i l ey

Canada

M. G reene

U SA

T. Montgomery

U SA

A. Powell

J a m aica

U. Bolt

J a m aica

,.,

2. Listen to the first part of a radio interview

J u ne, 1 960

1 0. 0

Septem ber, 1 988

9 . 92

July, 1 996

9. 84

Ju ne, 1 999

9.79

Septem ber, 2002

9.78

September, 2007

9 . 74

August, 2008

9 .69

Location

3. Listen to the second part of the i nterview.


Are the following statements true or false?
1 . At Beijing, fewer records were broken i n
swi m m i n g than i n other sports.
2. People today a re born faster and stronger than
they were i n the past.
3 . Michael Phelps wasn't the only swi m mer to
wear the LZR swi msuit.

Year

4.

about sport and technology and complete the


chart below.

Swimmer

N u m ber of
gold medals

Michael
Phel ps

M a rk
Spitz

Listen to the third part of the interview and


answer the questions.
1 . What does La rry H ayes compare the latest sports
equipment to?
2. What new technology was used at the Montrea l
Olymp i cs and what effect d i d it have?
3 . Does Dr Caseman believe that athletes today
need technology to perform wel l ?
Why or why n ot?

In your opinion, is using technology in sport

legitimate? What do you think the limits are?

SKILLS
LISTENING G
GUIDED TOURS

1 . Look at the pictures of landmarks in various countries. Which words below can be
used to describe each picture?
skyscra per

g l ass

ston e

a nc ient

u nusual

steel

ta l l

modern

Empire State Building,

Towers of San

Eiffel Tower,

CN Tower, Toronto,

New York City, USA

Gimignano, Italy

Paris, France

Canada

2. Listen to three g uided tours. Which of the

landmarks above do the tours visit?

4. Use your notes to answer the questions


below.

Which landmark ?
1 . was considered very ugly when it was b u i lt
. . .

-Yo

TAKE NOTES - When you a re l iste n i ng

to a pa ssage, ta k ing n otes can be h e l pfu l . Don't


try to w rite down everyt h i n g you h e a r. Write
down keywords or i m porta nt p h rases, but not fu l l
sentences. i t i s m o re i m porta nt to keep l i sten i n g !

2 . has 1 02 storeys

3 . was built as the resu lt of a com petition among


4.

5.
6.
7.

3. Listen to the guided tours again. As you listen,


take notes of the most important facts about
each place.

fam i l ies
has a race up its sta i rs every yea r
has 7 3 elevators
was the worl d's ta l l est structu re for 40 years
was designed to show its i nternal structure

8. was once part of a group of 72 towers

What famous landmarks are there in your area


or country? Describe one. What do you know
about it?

WEB EXTRA

Read about some unusual building trivia at:

uuu. burlingtonbooks.es/rieupoints I

SKILLS
LISTENING G
A CONVERSATION
1 . Many young people choose to become

vegetarians. Look at some of their reasons


below. Which do you agree with?
1 . Eat in g meat is cruel
2 . Meat is u n healthy
3. C attle farms da mage the environment
2. Listen to the first part of the conversation

between two friends. What is the difference


between a vegetarian and a vegan?

3. Listen to the second part of the conversation


and complete the sentences. Use 1 -2 words
for each blank.
1 . Accord i n g to Rya n , it's wrong for h u mans
to
or
a n i mals.
2. Ryan doesn't wear
made from a n imals.
3. Amy says that getting wool
the sheep.
4. Many farm a n i mals a re kept in
where they
ca n not
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HHHHH.

H H

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LISTEN CAR E FU LLY - Listen i n g to the


spea ker's to ne of voice w i l l h e l p you deduce t h e i r
o p i n i o ns a n d fee l i ngs. Are they h a p py, a n g ry, sad
o r neutra l ? This w i l l a l so h e l p you p red i ct t h e i r
responses a n d u n de rsta n d w hat t h e y m e a n .

4 . Listen t o the third part o f the conversation.

1.
2.

3.
4.
5.

Who says the following?


Animals a re n 't ours to exploit.
Animal circuses a re terrible.
Zoos help protect endangered a n i mals.
C ruelty-free cosmetics have a special symbol.
We have the right to use a n i mals for the good
of h u mans.

Are your opinions closer to Ryan's or to

Amy's? Think about the various issues they


discussed (zoos, circuses, farm a n i mals, testing
medicines and cosmetics) and give reasons.

App roxim a tely three m illion people


i n th e UK a re v egeta rians.

SKILLS
LISTENING
NEWS REPORTS

1 . Look at the pictures below and describe what you think is happening i n each one.

..._
____.
__

MAKE P r: CTIO S

Read the
q uesti o n s ca refu l ly before you l iste n , a s the
keywords w i l l g ive you some c l u es a bo u t the
content of the passa ge. Pay attention to the type
of information you need to listen for to answer the
q u estions. (place, reason, year, number, e tc.}
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2. You a re going to hear four authentic news


reports about the pictures above. Listen to
reports 1 and 2 and decide if the statements
are true or false.
R e p o rt 1
1 . Matt was i n his own home when the tornado

struck.
2 . The house was destroyed by the tornado.

3. Now listen to two more reports and choose


the correct answer.
R e p o rt 3
Western m eteorologists . . . .
a. use cloud seeding in many places
b. a re sceptica l about cloud seeding
c . claim that cloud seed ing i ncreases ra in
d . a re helping C h ina i n i ts fi ght agai nst drought
R e p o rt 4
The ice blocks . . . .
a . were not as bi g as hail
b. need clouds i n order to form
c. have never ca used actual da mage
d . a re not u nderstood by scientists

3. No other person has l ived after being


th rown so far by a tornado.
R e p o rt 2

1 . Extreme weather wi l l be the resu lt

of g lobal wa r m i n g .
2 . Flood ing a n d d roughts will h a p pen i n
t h e sa m e places.
3. The scientists' wa r n i n g is a bout the
near future.

Do you thi n k global warming is a serious

problem? What do you think we should be


doing to stop it?

SKILLS
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LISTENING G
RECORDED MESSAGES

1 . Read the advert below. What is meant by a different perspective?

Book a fl i g ht on the

Lo n d o n Eye
See Lo n d o n from a d ifferent perspective.

For m o re i nformation:
Customer Services

870-990-8883 or http ://www.londoneye.com

LISTEN

FOR DETAIL - M a ny l iste n i n g


tasks focu s o n specific i nfo rmation. Read t h e
q u estions ca refu l ly a n d d e c i d e w h e t h e r y o u h ave t o
l isten fo r a person's na me, a time, a price, etc.

3. Listen to the second part of the recording and


answer the questions.
1 . How much is a single ticket if you don't want to
2.
3.

2. Claudia calls to find out when the London Eye


is open. Listen to the recorded i nformation
and answer the questions.
1 . How many days of the year is the London

2.

3.
4.
5.

6.

84

Eye open?
b. 3 64
a. 363
c. 3 6 5
What are the opening hours i n the winter?
a. 1 0 .00 am - 9 . 00 pm
b. 9 . 30 am - 8 . 00 pm
c. 1 0 . 00 am - 8 . 00 pm
When does the ticket office open?
c. 1 0 . 00
b. 9 . 3 0
a. 9 . 00
How long is a " flight " ?
a. 3 0 minutes
b. 40 minutes c. 50 minutes
Which of the following items is not prohibited
on the London Eye?
a. skateboards
b. suitcases
c. baby buggies
When are there long queues at the London Eye?
a. early morning b. midday
c. late afternoon

wait in the queue?


How much is a ticket for children under five years
old?
How much will a senior citizen need to pay if
he I she wants to "fly" at the weekend?

4 . Claudia is on the Tube to the London Eye. She

hears the fol lowing announcements. Listen to


the third part of the recording and fill in the
m issing information.

1.
2.

Shepherd's B ush station is closed because


of
If your luggage is found unattended, workers
will ........... and may
it.
There is nowhere where you can . on the
Underground.
Service on the
line is delayed. The next train
will come in
H

3.
4.

..

H.

..

Why do you think many tourist sites use pre

recorded messages? Do you prefer getting this


type of information from a recorded message
or would you rather speak to a person?

c
"-...::

SKILLS
LISTENING
A RADIO INTERVIEW

1 . Read the home page of the website below. What experiment was conducted?
www.foundawallet.com

Paul Kinsella of I l l i nois, USA,


was wondering how honest people
are , so he conducted an experi ment:
he left 1 OD wallets i n different
places around town and waited
to see if people would return the m .

S e e P a u l ' s website at w w w . wallett e s t . c o m

2. Listen to the first part of a radio interview


about the experiment and answer the
questions.
1.

2.
3.
4.

Why did Paul conduct this experiment?


Where in Belleville d id he drop
the wallets?
What did he videotape?
How long did he wait for people to
return the wallets?

3. What do you think? Were most of the people


in the experiment honest or dishonest?
4. Listen to the second part of the i nterview

to see whether your prediction was correct.


As you listen, decide whether the fol lowing
statements are true or false.
1.

2.
3.

Paul is optimistic about most people's honesty.


Men were more honest than women.
Paul was not surprised by the differences
be ween men and women.
oer people were the most honest.
. ::::: e-aged people were the least honest.

5.

Listen to the second part again. Which of the


two pie charts accurately shows the results for
young people?
Honest
D ishonest

1 90fo

rJ

440fo l

81 Ofo

rJ

560fo

From your own experience, do you think age


and gender affect honesty?

SKILLS
LISTENING

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FILM REVIEWS
1.

When you decide on a film to see, which of the following


influences your decision?

1 . friends' recom mendations

3. viewers' comments on the I nternet

2 . film reviews

4. posters, adverts a n d tra i lers

2. You are going to hear three film reviews on the radio. Listen and tick the

points mentioned in each review. What has been omitted from each review?
Review A

Review B

Review C

The D a rk

1 . The Acti ng

4. Aud ience Appea l


5 . Recommendation

3. Listen to the reviews again. As you listen, take notes of the positive and negative points
in each film. Compare your notes with a partner's.

Do you think that film critics have an effect on whether a film is successful? Why or why not?

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