A: Context listening
- Excuse me, I’m conducting a survey on how people spend their free time. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?
- Oh, ah, OK. I’m just waiting for my friends. They’re always late so I should have a few minutes.
- Right, now, Can I have your name?
- It’s Peter, Peter Harley. H-A-R-L-E-Y.
- And do you work or are you student, Peter?
- Well, both actually. I’m studying
veryreally hard for my exams this month. I’m doing maths at university. But I also havehelp my parents out . They own a restaurant and I work there as a waiter in the evening. So I don’t get a lot of free time during the week.
- It sounds as if you’re very busy.
- Yes, I am. And my mom is always saying I don’t help enough in the restaurant. But I do manage to find some free time most days.
- Great, Now Can you have a look at this list and tell me
what dowhether you do any of these things and if so how often?
- Sure, OK, Well, I love music and I’m learning to play the piano. I get up really early and practice for an hour or so just about every day. I also play guitar
on thein a band with some other friends. We used to practice together at least three times a week but these days we only manage to meet about once every two weeks.
- Um hum. What about the next thing
inon the list? Computer game I seemassume you’re too busy to play them.
- Well, I used to play them
most ofall the time but now I’m too busy studying I don’t miss them at all.
- Do you use computer for the other things?
- I use the internet just about every day for my
studystudies. And I also use it to keep in touch with my friends and family. My cousin is living in Thailand at the moment and he sends me regular emails to let me know how fun he’s having. He’s always visiting exciting places.
- Yes, the internet
makeis making it much easier for people to stay in touch with each other. Now how about team sport?
- Actually, I joined the local football team when I was
inat school and I still play once a month, provided I can get to training. I much prefer playing footer to watching it on TV though I do occasionally watch a match ofif there’s a big final or some things
- What about going to watch live matches?
- I‘d love to be able to afford to go every week Because I
pushsupport my local team, But students don’t generally have much money you know. I can’t remember the last time I came for thewent to a live match. Oh, Sorry, I can see my friends, I have to go now
- Thank you for your time.
D: Test practice:
Water Field SportWestfield Sports Centre, Can I help you?
- Yes, I hope so, I’ve recently moved to the area and I want to do some sports activities.
- Well, we have excellent facilities, including a new gymnasium, and several tennis
coursecourts, andOur tennis team are always looking for new people.
- Oh I was never any good at gymnastics and I don’t think I’ve got the time
pushput into learning tennis. NowNo, I’m more interested in swimming and I‘d also like to take a few yoga classes if I can
- OK, well, we have three swimming pools: an Olympic size 50 meter pool and a 25 meter pool, which
aboutare both outdoors. And It’sa heated indoor pool, It’swhich is just 15 meters long, But is very popular when we arewith our members in the winter
- I bet it is. Do members have to pay to use the pools?
- Well, members don’t pay for the pools if they just want to swim
lanes at alllaps on their own. We even offer complement classiccomplimentary classes for beginningbeginners, But we do charge a small fee if you want to take part in the advanced training sessions, and there’s also a fee for water playour water-based keep-fit class.
- Right, and would I need to book any of facilities or can I just come whenever I want?
- We don’t
justactually allow anyone to book swimming lanes or the gym equipment, but for safety reasons, we can only have a maximum of 7 people in the sauna at theany one time, so you do need pushput your name on the list for that.
- Fine, Now I‘d also really like to take a yoga class, do you have any?
- Yes, they
‘re consisted ofare classes on Monday, Tuesday and Friday in the morning from ten totill eleven. And then every Saturday and Sunday in the evening, those classes are a bit longer, starting at 6 and finishing at 7.30
- Right, I’ll just make a note of that. So, does
notthat mean that if I enroll I can come on each of those days?
- No, Each day is a different level so you only come once a week.
- Oh, I see. Well, I’ve been doing yoga for a little while now, I am still finding it quite difficult. which level do you think I should choose?
- Most people start at the lowest level, and then you can talk to the instructor about changing if you think it’s too easy.
- OK, How much are the classes?
- There’s 1 pound 50 an hour for members
- Great, Now I’d like to come in and look at the facilities, Would someone be able to show me around?
- Yes, no problem
- Who should I ask for?
- Ask for me. My name is John Doherty, that’s D-O-H-E-R-T-Y
- So Should I just ask for you at the reception?
- Actually, my office is on a different level, take the lift up to level 1 and you‘ll see my name on the door right in front of you
- Great, I’d like to come tomorrow if that’s OK. What time suits you?
- Well, I have an appointments from 9 to 10.30, So could
weyou make it 11?
- I’m sure that will be fine, but can I just take your direct number in case something else
cross upcrops up.
- That’s a good idea. My number’s 0117965478
- great, I think that’s everything, so I‘ll see you tomorrow, oh my name’s Alison Martin by the way
- Thank Alison, see you tomorrow.
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