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Advanced Listening is just that. It is for the advanced person. It has many new vocabulary and exercises. On thing you must do or should do is download the scripts, because I could not put them on …

Advanced Listening is just that. It is for the advanced person. It has many new vocabulary and exercises. On thing you must do or should do is download the scripts, because I could not put them on here as they are really long.

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  • 1. Live Free / Speak Free
  • 2. This is really advanced listening with vocabulary, vocabulary exercises, long talks, and long conversations. If you want and need to read the long talks and conversations, you will have to down load them from my website. They are just too long to put on here as they would take-up many slides for each. http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/6430406/advanced-listening-scripts- docx-105k?da=y
  • 3. Vocabulary Long Talks Long Dialogues Long Dialogues
  • 4. Vocabulary 1 Vocabulary 2 Listen and read along with the vocabulary and then proceed to the exercise after each set of ten words.
  • 5. Advanced Vocabulary List 1 accommodation A room to stay in or other place to stay; the act of accommodation When I go on business trips, the accommodations my company pays for are usually quite bad. affluent Wealthy; having a large amount of money Only the most affluent individuals can afford a Lamborghini. ajar Slightly open or almost closed: said of a door. found the door ajar, and I stood a moment gazing at the hateful man who claimed a right to rule me, body and soul. - Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • 6. appropriate Suitable; befitting; proper. Board shorts are not appropriate attire for the office. arouse To excite into action; stir or put in motion or exertion; awaken: as, to arouse attention; to arouse one from sleep; to arouse dormant faculties. They would send agents and emissaries about the kingdom to arouse, and encourage, and assemble such Saxon forces as were yet to be found. - King Alfred of England augment To add to; increase I teach English in the evenings to augment my family's income.
  • 7. avarice Excessive desire for wealth; extreme greed Corruption is a product of avarice and thirst for power. barricade Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier The police set up a barricade to keep voters away from the polling stations. bewilder To confuse or befuddle I am absolutely bewildered by the new tax forms. I have no idea how to fill them out. bitter Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant. The coffee was too bitter for Max. He had to add a lot of sugar.
  • 8. Exercise 1. ajar: The bus driver left the door ajar so that returning passengers could reboard after the rest stop. Unlock Well marked Well lit Slightly open Old New 2. avarice: Avarice has been the downfall of American corporations. Ineptness Lack of foresight Stupidity Greed Old New Old = Listening from vocabulary section; New = Listening this section. Check Answers
  • 9. 3. Old New 4. Old New arouse: In negotiating a treaty, diplomats must be careful not to arouse suspicion. Heed Promulgate Incite Foresee augment: It is difficult for a foreign student to augment the income from his scholarship. Budget Increase Retain Predict Check Answers
  • 10. 5. Old New 6. Old New appropriate: Since you did not know them very well, it would be appropriate for you to send a card. Outrageous Hilarious Suitable Nice barricade: The police set up a barricade in front of the murder scene. Barrier Food stand Chalk line Bar Check Answers
  • 11. 7. Old New 8. Old New bewildered: She was bewildered by the new customs when she first arrived. Impressed Stunned Confused Intrigued accommodations: The accommodations were not only adequate but also expensive. Massage parlors Office furniture Restaurants and bars Room or place to stay Check Answers
  • 12. 9. Old New 10. Old New bitter: Some people think that coffee tastes bitter. Strong Sharp Good Hot Unimportant affluent: Lawyers are among the most affluent members of American society. Clever Wealthy Careful Educated Check Answers
  • 13. Advanced Vocabulary List 2 anecdote (noun) a short, interesting story At the party Charles told some humorous anecdotes about his days in the military. avert (verb) turn aside, or away; as, to avert the eyes from an object; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of We did everything we could to avert the disaster, but it was not enough. candid (adjective) straightforward, open and sincere, honest I had a very candid discussion with Max about his drinking problem.
  • 14. dialogue (noun) conversation between 2 or more people. The action in the movie was very exciting, but the dialogue was incredibly bad. drastic (adjective) extreme, severe The doctor had to take drastic measures to save the patient's life erratic (adjective) irregular, unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes The man's erratic behavior made everybody on the flight nervous.
  • 15. fortify (verb)strengthen, reinforce The government intended to fortify the levees surrounding New Orleans. isolate (verb) set apart or cut off from others, separate The hospital isolated the patients with bird flu to help prevent an outbreak. illuminate (verb) shine light on something, light up something The new street lights were not powerful enough to illuminate the street sufficiently. urban (adjective) related to or located in the city People from urban areas have very different political views from people in rural areas.
  • 16. Advanced Vocabulary Practice 1 drastic: Something to write with Extreme A humorous form of acting Easy Unimportant erratic: Outrageous Hilarious Irregular Healthy Check Answers
  • 17. dialogue: Clever Conversation A tree trunk An open door isolate: To protect To be very late To separate To recognize To make smooth Check Answers
  • 18. candid: To have put in a container Honest Careful To have been able to do urban: Country City International National Check Answers
  • 19. avert: To prevent A straight board To make happen anecdote: An error An article A short, interesting story A funny mistake A paycheck Check Answers
  • 20. illuminate: To light up To clean To feel sick fortify: To become old To believe in ghosts To prove To strengthen To rain a lot Check Answers
  • 21. Advanced Vocabulary Practice 2 Fill in the blanks with the choice from the words in the box below by typing them into the blanks, then click check answers to see the correct answer. anecdote avert candid dialogue drastic erratic fortify illuminate isolate urban 1. The prison guards decide to the prisoners who were causing problems by placing them in solitary confinement. 2. Mary had a very discussion with her husband, they’ve decide to file for divorce. 3. Not only was that dog foaming from the mouth, but its behavior was also very . I think it might have had rabies. Check Answers isolate candid erratic
  • 22. anecdote avert candid dialogue drastic erratic fortify illuminate isolate urban 4. The lights on the tennis were not bright enough to the court completely. 5. Max bought Mary flowers to apologize for his behavior and to what could have been a dramatic scene. 6. I prefer an environment to a rural one. Check Answers illuminate avert urban
  • 23. 7. Max is an excellent public speaker. He seems to have a relevant and interesting to tell for every situation. 8. I know your having problems, but please don’t do anything . Everything will be OK if you just give it a chance. 9. They decide to the dam by piling bags of sand behind it. 10. The in that movie was very poorly written. The conversations between the characters were unrealistic, in addition to being boring. anecdote avert candid dialogue drastic erratic fortify illuminate isolate urban Check Answers anecdote drastic fortify dialogue
  • 24. Long Talks Here you will listen to 10 long talks and will have to answer some questions after. If you want to read along he will have to down load them from the website below. The reason for this is because they are just too long to put on here. And it also makes for more listening practice. When you are ready, press “Continue” button below. Continued http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/6430406/advanced-listening-scripts- docx-105k?da=y
  • 25. Sports Roundup Sports news on the radio. 1. Did Diego Garcia play well last year? 2. Does Diego Garcia know who he is playing in the final? 3. Was the weather in France nice today? 4. Was the weather in Tennessee nice today? 5. Are foreign players playing in the golf tournament? 6. Will the Jaguar driver start in first position in the race tomorrow? 7. You bet $10 on a victory for Pittsburgh. Are you happy today? 8. Did Chicago win today? Listen to the mp3 file and answer either Yes or No for each question. Then listen again to check. Ans. 1 - no 2 - no 3 - yes. 4 - no 5 - yes. 6 - no 7 - no 8 - yes. Check Answers
  • 26. Haybridge Hall. This fine country house is found about 12 miles NW of Cambridge in the east of England. Easy rail connections from London and Birmingham. Open Monday-Saturday, 9a.m.- 5.30p.m. Entrance fee £9 for adults, £4 for children. Under-5's free. Automated tour guide recordings available in (1) languages. History. (2) was the original name after construction in 1482. Though the amount of land connected to the house has (3) , the structure itself has remained remarkably untouched. The last major addition was the (4) which the British Army added as a radio room in May, 1941. The original owners, the Hawken family, only owned the house for around a (5) before the aristocratic Yardley family from the (6) of England bought it and changed its name to Haybridge Hall. Haybridge Hall Listen to this guide speaking about the historical Haybridge Hall. Listen to the mp3 file and complete this guide book entry on Haybridge Hall. The answers are not given in the same order! Then listen again to check. Ans.: 1 - 7. ; 2 - Hawken Hall.; 3 - been reduced.; 4 - Dawson Conservatory.; 5 - decade.; 6 - north. Check Answers
  • 27. The Yardley family lived there for around two centuries but then the property lay (7) for about 60 years until a local author William Hoaten purchased the house. One (8) survives of a church that collapsed in the house's grounds during this period of abandonment. The Hoaten family left with the onset of World War Two having spent a considerable amount of money restoring the house to former glories. Local legend says that Churchill spent a few days in the house towards the end of the (9) . The Present Day. After spending a lot of money (10) the property in the 1970s, (11) now runs Haybridge Hall. Last year, over (12) people visited the fine property and Haybridge Hall is now a highly profitable property. Ans.: 7 - empty. also: abandoned.; 8 - drawing. also: sketch.; 9 - war. also: Second World War.; 10 - renovating.; 11 - English heritage.; 12 - 60,000. Check Answers
  • 28. The Answering Machine Complaint A customer leaves a message of complaint on an answering machine. Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. 1. The customer's name is Memzies Nenzies Menzies Minzies 2. His phone number is 349-28831 348-28841 348-26641 348-38841 3. His customer number is 45993 44993 34993 44994 4. The order number is GH12348 GA12338 GH12338 JH12338 A B C D A B C D A B C D A B C D Check Answers
  • 29. 5. What languages were in the instruction manual? Polish and English Spanish and Polish Spanish and English Spanish only 6. How long did he take to assemble the pool table? 2 hours 2 and a half hours 2 days Too long 7. What was the problem with the white ball? His friend took it It was too big It wasn't there It was too small 8. What did the defective table cause to happen? The balls rolled to the right The balls rolled to the left The balls fell of the pool table The balls didn't roll properly A B C D A B C D A B C D A B C D Check Answers
  • 30. Love Is In The Air 1. They first met four or five years ago. True False 2. They met for the second time about five years ago. True False 3. Enrico was sitting at a table chatting to some friends. True False 4. Enrico spoke first in the bar. True False 5. Carolina was surprised that Enrico recognised her after so many years. True False 6. They went for a pizza the following week. True False 7. Their daughter Sabelle is 6 months old. True False 8. Enrico chose their daughter's name. True False Carolina talks about the great love story in her life. Listen to the mp3 file and answer true/false for each question. Check Answers
  • 31. Here Is The News Bulletin of world news on the radio. Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. 1. Where was the announcement made about the host nation for the 2012 Olympics? Paris Singapore London 2. Which cities were in the race? London, Paris, Madrid, New York, Moscow London, Paris, Munich, New York, Moscow London, Paris, Madrid, Singapore, Moscow 3. What were the new Estonian President's election promises? Investment in Estonian industry. Privatise Estonian industry and schools. Spend more money on hospitals. A. B. C. A. B. C. A. B. C. Check Answers
  • 32. 4. What share of the vote did he win? 62% 82% 72% 5. What wind speeds did the hurricanes produce? 180 kilometers per hour 180 miles per hour 80 miles per hour 6. When did the government issue an evacuation order? It hasn't yet. Many days ago. Very recently. A. B. C. A. B. C. A. B. C. Check Answers
  • 33. 7. How old is Manchester United's new player? 17 18 19 8. Which team did he use to play for? Flamengo Sao Paolo Santos 9. What will he miss about Brazil? Sun and food. Food and beaches. Sun and beaches. 10. How long has Chi Chi lived in captivity? A couple of years. Nearly ten years. More than ten years. A. B. C. A. B. C. A. B. C. A. B. C. Check Answers
  • 34. Vacation Stress Spoken postcard from Leroy, on vacation in Europe. Listen to the mp3 file and complete the spaces in this table. Place? Sat Next To? Food? Souvenir? Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday (1) Paris Rome (6) Helsinki William (3) (5) Elisabeth (8) (2) Hot dog Steak Asparagus (9) Photograph (4) Book (7) Computer Answers... 1 - Edinburgh. 2 - hamburger. 3 - Marcus. 4 - postcards. 5 - John. 6 - Bavaria. 7 - harmonica. 8 - Maria. 9 - spaghetti. Check Answers
  • 35. World Of Movies A cinema's recorded message giving information about movies and times of screening. Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. Then, listen again to check. 1. What type of film is on Screen 1 horror/thriller romance sci-fi 2. Which screen has an animated film 1 2 3 4 3. What time does the first film start 2.00 3.00 4.00 4. If you arrive at the cinema at 7.10, when is the next film 7.25 7.45 7.55 Check Answers
  • 36. 5. Which screen is showing a love story 2 3 4 6. Where is the director of 'Streetmatch' from England France Spain USA 7. What time does the last film start 11.45 11.55 12.45 8. How much does it cost for a mother and father with 3 children (aged 16, 14 and 9) to see a film 21.50 22.50 23.50 24.50 Check Answers
  • 37. Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. Then, listen again to check. Newborn baby alive after 40 hours in sewer 1) Firefighters rescued the baby from under ______ a. a manhole covers b. a manhole covered c. a manhole cover d. a manhole covering 2) The child was wrapped in a plastic bag with a hole in it ______ a. so he could breath b. so he could breathing c. so he could breeze d. so he could breathe Check Answers
  • 38. 3) I thought it was a cat that was trapped and that the baby's crying ______ a. was its meowing b. was its barking c. was its purring d. was its growling 4) One of the firefighters saw one ______ a. of his tie knee feet b. of his tiny foot c. of his tinny feet d. of his tiny feat 5) He has a broken arm and a ______ a. few other injuries b. few other injures c. few other in juries d. few other injure he's Check Answers
  • 39. 6) police arrested the 26-year-old mother of the baby soon ______ a. after he was fund b. after he was found c. after he was bound d. after he was founded 7) She then told the police that she pushed her baby ______ a. downer drain b. down the drain c. down a drain d. down as drain 8) find out if she acted alone or if ______ a. someone helped her b. someone helper her c. someone helping her d. someone helps her Check Answers
  • 40. 9) rescue a newborn baby after it became ______ a. stuck in a pipe sewer b. stuck in a sewer pipe c. stuck in a sower pipe d. stuck in a sewer pipes 10) Its mother tried to give ______ a. birth on secret b. birth by secret c. birth at secret d. birth in secret 11. In which city did this story happen? a. Alicante b. Los Angeles c. Barcelona d. London Check Answers
  • 41. 12. Who rescued the baby boy? a. neighbours b. nurses c. firefighters d. the police 13. What was the baby wrapped in? a. a towel b. a plastic bag c. his mother's T-shirt d. a piece of carpet 14. What sound did a neighbour think he heard? a. a cow mooing b. a bird tweeting c. a dog barking d. a cat meowing Check Answers
  • 42. 15. What was the baby's biggest injury? a. a broken arm b. broken ribs c. a fractured skull d. cuts and bruises 16. How old is the baby's mother? a. 36 b. 46 c. 16 d. 26 17. What did the police charge the mother with? a. murder b. attempted murder c. manslaughter d. kidnapping Check Answers
  • 43. 18. Where did the woman go after having the baby? a. a local park b. her friend's house c. the police station d. a nearby hospital 19. What are police now investigating? a. another case of a baby disappearing b. the safety of the sewer pipes c. whether or not the woman acted alone d. how poor the woman was 20. What did a mother in China try to do? a. rescue her newborn baby b. give birth in secret c. slip down a toilet d. sell her baby Check Answers
  • 44. Haze at record levels in Singapore Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. Then, listen again to check. 1) Pollution levels in Singapore caused by forest fires in Indonesia are continuing to reach ______ a. new recording highs b. new records highs c. new record highs d. new recorded highs 2) The previous high was in 1997 when the ______ a. PSI reached 226 b. BCI reached 226 c. PXI reached 226 d. BSI reached 226 Check Answers
  • 45. 3) anything above 300 is ______ a. defined as "hazards us" b. defined "as hazard as" c. defined as "has a dose" d. defined as "hazardous" 4) a reading above 400 sustained for 24 hours may ______ a. be life-threaten in b. be life-threatening c. be life-threat an inn d. be life-treating an 5) Authorities will distribute one million masks free to the poorest ______ a. 200,000 houses hold b. 200,000 how solders c. 200,000 householders d. 200,000 households Check Answers
  • 46. 6) The haze has ______ between Singapore and Indonesia a. stained relations b. stringed relations c. strayed relations d. strained relations 7) Singapore has accused Indonesia of ______ a. recklessness and responsibility b. reckless and irresponsibility c. recklessness and irresponsible d. recklessness and irresponsibility 8) Indonesia responded by calling ______ a. Singapore hippo-critical b. Singapore hypocritical c. Singapore hip or critical d. Singapore hype or critic all Check Answers
  • 47. 9) plantations where fires are being set to clear ______ a. forests for cultivation b. forests for cultivating c. forests for cult aviation d. forests for colt ovation 10) all the country's resources would be mobilised to ______ a. distinguish the fires b. ex-anguish the fires c. exiting wish the fires d. extinguish the fires Check Answers
  • 48. Long Dialogues Here you will listen to 10 long dialogues and will have to answer some questions after. If you want to read along he will have to down load them from the website below. The reason for this is because they are just too long to put on here. And it also makes for more listening practice. When you are ready, press “Continue” button below. Continued http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/6430406/advanced-listening-scripts- docx-105k?da=y
  • 49. You've Changed! Listen to the mp3 file and put the correct question in the spaces below. Then listen again to check. 1. Q: A: At Cathy's graduation party. 2. Q: A: He's had it cut shorter. 3. Q: A: Because he didn't like brushing and washing it so often. 1. Where did Peter and Anna last see each other? 2. Where did Anna meet her husband? 3. How has Peter's beard changed? 4. How has Peter's hairstyle changed? 5. Why did Peter get his hair cut short? 6. Why did Peter get his beard cut short? 7. What color is Anna's new car? 8. What color were Peter's glasses? 9. Where is Peter going now? 10. Where did Peter use to work? 11. Why did Anna move into a new apartment? 12. Why did Anna sell her old car? 13. When are they meeting tonight? 14. When can Peter call Anna? q1. q4. q5. Check Answers
  • 50. 4.Q: A: Red. 5.Q: A: In a bookstore. 6.Q: A: Because it was too small for her. 7.Q: A: After 7 p.m. 1. Where did Peter and Anna last see each other? 2. Where did Anna meet her husband? 3. How has Peter's beard changed? 4. How has Peter's hairstyle changed? 5. Why did Peter get his hair cut short? 6. Why did Peter get his beard cut short? 7. What color is Anna's new car? 8. What color were Peter's glasses? 9. Where is Peter going now? 10. Where did Peter use to work? 11. Why did Anna move into a new apartment? 12. Why did Anna sell her old car? 13. When are they meeting tonight? 14. When can Peter call Anna? q8. q10. q11. q14. Check Answers
  • 51. Interview with an Actress A famous actress is interviewed about her recent work. Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. Then listen again to check. 1. What does Jenny say about the last six months of her life? She's been incredibly busy. She feels she doesn't belong in this showbiz world. She's had too much to learn. 2. Why does Jenny use the football metaphor when talking about the cast of her new movie? to show how hard they have all been working on the film. to give an idea of teamwork. to say something about the plot of the film. 3. And how does she view her role in the football team when asked? a minor, supporting role. the mother of the group. the serious one. Check Answers
  • 52. 4. How did she find working with a famous actor on the film set? she was determined not to let it affect her work. she didn't find him very professional. she felt relaxed around him. 5. Why is Jenny happy that she will be New York in a month's time? she doesn't like working in Chicago. family commitments make things difficult for her. her husband and daughter don't like living in Chicago. 6. Why was Jenny criticized for her comments about Broadway? she shouldn't have criticized something she profits off herself. she was only repeating something she had previously stated. she was too aggressive in her comments about Broadway. 7. What was, and is, at the heart of Jenny's criticism of Broadway? she wants equal pay for women. there aren't enough women working on Broadway. women should be given as many top roles as men are. Check Answers
  • 53. S.E.T.I. An interview on the radio about SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence). Listen to the mp3 file and put one phrase from the table into each empty box. There are 4 extra phrases that you don't need. Then listen again to check. to survive understands exactly what 1960s and 1970s listening for signals last few years environmental damage destroyed gazing up at valuable mineral resources intelligent life arguments over money silence from space the distances life on other 1. Both Hilary and Mike comment that not everybody what SETI is. 2. Hilary says that SETI researchers all believe in planets. understands exactly what. life on other. Check Answers
  • 54. 3. She uses the snail example to illustrate involved. 4. NASA sent messages on spacecraft during the . 5. Current SETI techniques involve rather than sending signals. 6. In an ideal world, NASA would like to find and not just simple plant life. to survive understands exactly what 1960s and 1970s listening for signals last few years environmental damage destroyed gazing up at valuable mineral resources intelligent life arguments over money silence from space the distances life on other the distances. 1960s and 1970s. listening for signals. intelligent life. Check Answers
  • 55. 7. It's possible to get depressed by the continued but Hilary remains optimistic. 8. One reason an advanced form of life cannot be detected is that they may have themselves. 9. Hilary mentions nuclear proliferation, overpopulation and as examples of how our civilization puts itself in danger. 10. If Hilary met any aliens, she would ask them how it was possible for them . to survive understands exactly what 1960s and 1970s listening for signals last few years environmental damage destroyed gazing up at valuable mineral resources intelligent life arguments over money silence from space the distances life on other silence from space. destroyed. environmental damage. to survive. Check Answers
  • 56. A Survival Story Listen to the exciting story of survival at sea, against all the odds. Listen to the mp3 file and choose true/false for each question. Then listen again to check. 1. Jane was sailing from Panama and had completed about a thousand miles. True False 2. Jane's boat hit a surface obstruction. True False 3. Jane could have used the GPS to call for help. True False Check Answers
  • 57. 4. Jane wasn't concerned about her food rations. True False 5. Jane didn't panic because she didn't consider herself in danger. True False 6. Jane's first intention was to head further north. True False 7. Jane had more water than food. True False Check Answers
  • 58. 8. She saw a Panamanian tanker in the first couple of days but it never stopped. True False 9. It took more than a week before Jane began to really panic about her situation. True False 10. If Angelo hadn't seen Jane when he did, she would probably have died. True False 11. Angelo landed his plane near her life raft and took her on board. True False 12. Jane and Angelo Ortega are still in touch. True False Check Answers
  • 59. Online Perils A radio program about the perils of the online world. Listen to the mp3 file, then answer the true/false questions below 1. Jenny's guest works for an e-mail company. True False 2. David suggests not writing your e-mail address on a piece of paper. True False 3. David says it's better not to mix work and personal e-mail accounts. True False 4. There are little software programs that travel the internet looking for e- mail addresses. True False Check Answers
  • 60. 5. Jenny claims not everyone can simply open a new e-mail account. True False 6. David advises people not to write e-mails in blue. True False 7. It's impossible to get a computer virus from an e-mail off a friend. True False 8. The recent phenomenon David speaks about is spelt "fhishing". True False 9. David suggests never giving away information such as account numbers and passwords via an e-mail. True False Check Answers
  • 61. Two friends talk about the newspapers in their local area. Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. Then listen again to check. Read All About It 1. Why does Gemma mention the horoscopes in The Times? To say it was a serious paper. To say something she was going to miss. As a way of criticising the newspaper. 2. What is Gemma's attitude towards the children's hospital campaign carried out by The Times? They were being hypocritical. It was always doomed to failure. It was very popular. 3. How does Ben justify the heavy baseball coverage in The Times? There is little else to write about. There's no shame in celebrating success. The Times gives a lots of space to baseball because the other newspapers don't. Check Answers
  • 62. 4. What does Ben think about those who work for The Journal? They write awful, boring articles. They write articles which are of little relevance to him. They would like to write for bigger and better newspapers. 5. What does Gemma think will happen to the jobs that are currently advertised in The Times? The local economy will be affected but not destroyed. People will find in the ads in other newspapers. One of the other newspapers will open a local jobs newspaper. 6. What two purposes does Gemma think local people use a local newspaper for in the age of TV and Internet? Jobs and obituaries. Jobs and TV listings. To find out what's on locally and who's died. 7. What do Gemma and Ben agree about? They will both stop buying local newspapers. Prices are likely to rise in the near future. There are too many local newspapers. Check Answers
  • 63. Anger Behind The Wheel A radio program about road rage. Listen to the mp3 file and choose the best answer for each question. Then listen again to check. 1. What does Neil say about the American Road accident figures? They have improved recently. A minority of accidents are caused by aggressive driving. Some form of Road rage causes about one third of these casualties. 2. Why does Neil believe cars are being used more often as weapons? People preferred this to one-to-one physical confrontation. Cars are getting faster and more powerful. People are afraid of carjacking. 3. Why does Beth mention her father and how driving was in his day? To demonstrate that Road rage existed in the past but on a smaller scale. To demonstrate that people drove very well in the past. To demonstrate that people's reactions to bad driving have changed remarkably. Check Answers
  • 64. 4. Which of these does Neil not mention as a contributing factor towards an increase in road rage? New Road construction has not kept up with increase in traffic quantity. A lack of proper education of young drivers to prepare them for modern driving. High traffic periods being concentrated in the mornings and evenings. People being increasingly in a rush and not leaving enough time for journeys. 5. What does the expression "unforeseen circumstances" mean in the context of this radio program? People are surprised at the destructive force of a car. People are surprised by the aggressiveness of other drivers. People don't expect such heavy sentences for traffic offences. 6. What basic advice does Neil give at the end of his talk with Beth? Drive slower. Get to work earlier. Leave home earlier. Check Answers
  • 65. Film Fanatics Two movie critics appear on a radio program called Film Fanatics. As you listen to the radio program, identify which of the three people (the two critics and the presenter) says the following. Write: J (Jonathan) S (Sally) or P (presenter) 1. The UK has had a lot of recent success with one certain type of film. 2. The humour in Helter Skelter comes from the absurdity of what the main character is asked to do. 3. I started to feel uncomfortable during the film. 4. I think the cast selection creates an unrealistic situation. Check Answers 1 - P. 2 - S. 3 - J. 4 - J.
  • 66. 5. It was easy to empathize with one of the characters. 6. People have said the camera work in the film is wonderful. 7. I was still thinking about aspects of the Time Out plot after it had finished. 8. I was surprised by the quality of this film. 9. I hope the director keeps producing this quality of film. 10. The film didn't need any star names to be a success. 11. The child star of the film was seen by the director on local TV. Check Answers 5 - S. 6 - P. 7 - J. 8 - J. 9 - S. 10 - S. 11 - S