By Dr Koh Soo Ling
LISTENING SKILLS III
In order for you to answer questions 15 to 20, you are required to listen to three short texts, for example a complaint, a remark, a documentary or an advertisement. You are encouraged to listen carefully before filling in the blanks with appropriate words. Sometimes you will need to summarise what you have heard. You may also need to rephrase certain parts of the text so that your answers are accurate.
Voice 1: Part III
Listen to the following advertisement.
Voice 2: Have you always wanted to play the guitar, but never got around to getting started? Here is reason to begin… a free private 30-minute guitar lesson and you’ll learn parts of the guitar, and your first chord. Beginners, intermediate and advanced students of all ages are welcome. No talent required! Patient, encouraging approach. Fast results. I have been teaching all ages (from 5 to 65!) since 1999. I can conduct guitar lessons in your home or in mine. For more information, call Dave (03-7908-1089) or visit www.guitarlessons.com
Voice 1: You are now given one minute to answer Questions 15 and 16.
(Pause one minute)
For questions 15 to 16, write your answer in NOT MORE THAN FIVE WORDS.
15. According to the guitar teacher, during the free private lesson, the student will ___________________ and the first chord.
16. The teacher ____________________ in his own house or in the student’s house.
The following text is taken from the National Geographic magazine. Fill in the blanks with appropriate words.
Voice 1: Two new species of frog have been discovered in Papua New Guinea, a new study says.
“I’m always amazed by the size of these small frogs you find — it’s really pushing the limit of what’s possible,” said Robin Moore, an amphibian expert with Conservation International, who was not involved in the study.
Vertebrate zoologist Fred Kraus found the two new species during a 2011 expedition to an isolated mountain in southeastern Papua New Guinea. These mini frogs can eat diminutive prey such as mites, which wouldn’t sustain larger frogs, he said.
Voice 1: You are now given one minute to answer Questions 17 to 18.
For questions 17 to 18, write your answer in NOT MORE THAN FIVE WORDS.
17. A recent study records that scientists have discovered _____________________________ in Papua New Guinea.
18. Vertebrate zoologist Fred Kraus found the two new species during a 2011 ___________________in southeastern Papua New Guinea.
For questions 19 to 20, write your answer in NOT MORE THAN FIVE WORDS.
Voice 1: Listen to the conversation on the danger of eating street food.
Voice 1: Now that many pollutants are everywhere, eating street food is dangerous. Even in many progressive countries, street vendors are selling newly-cooked food that lure the palate or taste buds of bystanders. Authorities should issue health warnings and certificates to ensure people of the safeness of the food they are selling.
Voice 2: I totally agree. Food poisoning can have fatal effects on people who are at risk when eating street food. Street vendors serve their food hot but are we sure it’s safe?
19. Eating street food is dangerous because ________________________ .
20. Food poisoning can have ___________________ on people who are at risk when eating street food.
NEXT WEEK: Comprehension skills
15. learn parts of the guitar
16. can conduct all guitar lessons
17. two new species of frog
18. expedition to an isolated mountain
19. there are many pollutants everywhere.
20. fatal effects
Source: Learning Curve - New Straits Times
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