Listening Practice 6 – 9

LISTENING 9

Listen to Faith Jegede as she talks about her two autistic brothers.

The questions are IELTS-like. Read through them before you begin listening. Use the questions and the structure to help you keep your place in the listening and to help you answer.

WHAT I’VE LEARNT FROM MY AUTISTIC BROTHERS

Listen to the text and complete the notes.
Use NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER.

Remy:

  • is (1) _______________ years old
  • is tall and handsome
  • communicates joy
  • knows love and shares it unconditionally
  • is not greedy
  • doesn’t see (2) _______________
  • has never told a lie

Samuel:

  • is (3) _______________  old
  • is tall and handsome
  • has the best (4) _______________, but it is selective

Different Views:

  • society doesn’t think they are normal
  • society often bypasses them and they are (5) _______________
  • but they are both autistic and (6) _______________

Autism:

  • is a complex brain disorder
  • affects social communication, (7) _______________ and sometimes physical skills
  • is different in each individual
  • is diagnosed in a new person every (8) _______________ minutes
  • has no known cause or cure

As Remy grew older,

  • he grew more (9) _______________
  • but he was pure and innocent, without prejudice and he never lied

Finally:

Potential is killed the moment we try to be like (10) _______________

ANSWERS

  1. 22 / twenty-two (if you wrote ’22 years old,‘ your answer is wrong)
  2. skin colour
  3. 16 / sixteen (if you wrote ’16 years old,‘ your answer is wrong)
  4. memory
  5. misunderstood (Did you get the tense right? If not, your answer is wrong)
  6. extraordinary (Did you get the spelling right? Any answers that have the wrong spelling, are wrong.)
  7. learning
  8. 20 (If you wrote ’20 minutes,’ your answer is wrong)
  9. different
  10. someone else

LISTENING 8 – advanced

Listen to this ted talk by Raymond Wang, a 17 year old student and inventor. As you listen, answer the IELTS-style questions.

(This is an advanced listening exercise and is actually more difficult than IELTS because the speaker speaks quickly. If you catch 50% of the answers, you are doing well! The answers are below.
Note that when you have finished the exercise you can view it on Youtube  and if you scroll down a little on the Youtube page and click ‘interactive script,’  you can read while you listen again. )

Fill each space with NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND / OR A NUMBER.

HOW GERMS TRAVEL ON PLANES & HOW WE CAN STOP THEM

CURRENT SITUATION

  • Three billion people travel by plane each year.
  • Raymond became interested during the Ebola outbreak.
  • One person with H1N1 spread disease to 17 people.
  • One person with SARS spread disease to 22 people.
  • Air is circulated via inlets and outlets in the main cabin.
  • (1) ……………………………… percent of pathogens are eliminated near outlets.
  • One person sneezes and the sneeze is swirled around multiple times

COMPUTER SIMULATIONS

  • 2D drawings were put into 3D modelling software
  • computer told where the air goes in and out of the cabin
  • a bunch of (2) ……………………………… is thrown in
  • calculations made

SOLUTION

  • Raymond conducted more than 32 different simulations and created a (3) ……………………………….
  • The new device reduces pathogen transmission by (4) ……………………………… times and increase fresh air inhalation.
  • The device is easy to install with just a couple of (5) ……………………………….
  • The system works effectively regardless of whether the middle, window or
    (6) ……………………………… seat passenger sneezes.

COSTS OF DISEASE 

  • SARS cost the world (7) $……………………………….
  • A future disease could cost the world more than $3 trillion.

FUTURE OF THE INVENTION

  • Could be installed overnight, but first it needs to go through certification,
  • (8)……………………………… and various regulatory processes.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

  • Sometimes the best solutions are the (9)……………………………….
  • This solution couldn’t have occurred two years ago because it wouldn’t have been supported by available technology.
  • Now is the golden era for (10) ……………………………… .

ANSWERS

  1. 99.7 (if you included the % sign or the word ‘percent,’ your answer is wrong because that information has already been provided.)
  2. physics
  3. solutions / global inlet director (both answers are correct, but if you wrote them both, your answer is wrong, because you have too many words)
  4. 55 (this one was hard to catch because you were probably still thinking about the previous one)
  5. screws
  6. aisle (if you wrote ‘aisle seat,’ it is wrong because the word ‘seat’ has already been provided.
  7. 40 billion (if you wrote’dollars’ it is wrong because the $ symbol has already been provided
  8. flight testing
  9. simplest
  10. innovation

NOTE:
If you have an incorrect spelling, your answer is wrong.
If you have a different word with the same meaning, the answer is wrong. You must write the words you hear.


LISTENING 7

There are 40 questions in the real test and there are several different kinds of questions. In this short listening exercise you need to COMPLETE the TABLE.

THINGS TO NOTE:
  1. Your answer must be the exact word you hear – NOT a synonym.
  2. Each question is worth one mark.
  3. Your spelling must be correct. If it is incorrect, you will lose the mark.
  4. The questions will be in the same order as the listening text. So first you will hear the answer to question one. The answer for question two will come after that. The answer for question three will come next and so on.
  5. One work means exactly that. If you use more than one word, you will lose the mark.

Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer. 

table listening

Complete the table

ANSWERS

When you check your answers make sure that the spelling is correct and make sure that you have the correct word. If you have a synonym, your answer is wrong. So to get 5/5 you must have the answers exactly right. 1. chicken, 2. garlic, 3. Italian / Tuscan, 4. green, 5. Hawaiian. So, did you get the right word with the right spelling? If not, listen again.


 LISTENING 6

Things to note:
  1. Your answers should be the exact word/words from the text (not synonyms).
  2. In the real test, you will only hear the information one time.
ready?

Listen to this video where Oprah talks about life for women in Dubai.

Fill each gap with NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS OR A NUMBER from the text you hear. 

Dubai is the Pearl of the Persian Gulf, but it wasn’t always like this. It rose from the desert over the past (1) ……………………………… years. Dubai is an exciting city with beautiful mosques, stone streets, the best shopping, luxurious hotels and also one of the (2) ………………………………. buildings in the world. It is one of the world’s most multicultural cities; only (3) ………………………………  percent of the population are locals.

Dr Lamees Hamdan’s house has a foyer (4) ……………………………… bedrooms and is typical of the region. She lives across the street from her (5) ……………………………… who sends meals three times a day. She is also close by her aunty’s house. Her husband is wearing a kandora and he says it is like a t-shirt, a (6) ……………………………… and a tuxedo all in one.

The twenty-three year driver is an unusual woman because she has a Formula One licence and is the only girl on the UAE (7) ………………………………

ANSWERS
Check your answers (in the wrong order below). If you missed an answer, listen again. See if you can hear it.
3. 10    5. mother-in-law (mother in law)   1. 30    7. race team    6. business suit     2. tallest    4. 5