IELTS Listening Practice 44

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SECTION 1:

Questions 1-8

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Fairview Lake Camping Centre

The three functions of the centre are:

  • conference centre
  • Example: educational institution 
  • place for full-filled weekends

The customer wants to bring children who have 1_______________________

SPORTS: Sailing, windsurfing, volleyball, rowing, and a sport most children have never tried which is 2 ________

Accommodation Facilities

• The Birch Unit – sleeps 3___________________

• Greenback Row – sleeps the same number of people.

• Cabins 1 – 3: sleep 10 people

• Cabins 4______________ : sleep 12 people each

Mr Bryson’s booking arrangements

  • The customer would bring 5______________ students for the course.
  • He would like to book the course starting Sunday 6 _________________
  • The cost for one week would be 7 ___________________ per child.
  • The school’s telephone number is 8 ______________________

Questions 9 and 10

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

9. The receptionist suggests Mr Bryson’s group eat with the other groups because

A. it works out cheaper that way.

B. it’s more sociable.

C. you can do your own cooking.

10. Before he decides whether to accept the course or not, Mike Bryson will

A. check with a higher authority.

B. ask for lower prices.

C. see what the children have to say.

SECTION 2

Question 11-15

Label the map below. Write the correct letter, A – G, next to the question 11 – 15

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Question 16 – 20

Label the diagram below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

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SECTION 3:

Question 21-22

Which TWO courses does the summer school offer?

A. preparation courses for graduate studies
B. teacher trainning
C. future employment
D. graduate studies
E. management trainning course

Questions 23 – 27

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

25. Paddy is interested in the sports programme bccause

A. he needs a qualification to teach PE.

B. he wants to improve his general teaching skills.

C. he has been told to attend it.

24. The swimming course concentrates on

A. competitive swimming.

B. teaching beginners.

C. technical aspects of swimming.

25. Paddy is interested in the equestrian course because

A. he thinks it will help him get better employment.

B. there is great interest in this sport in his present school.

C. he has always been interested in riding.

26. The beginners on the equestrian course will be taught

A. basic horsemanship.

B. only dressage and show jumping.

C. only flat work and show jumping.

27. When is the deadline for enrollment?

A. mid-April

B. late April

C. early May

Questions 28 – 30

Complete the summary below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

Paddy is also interested in a course on 28_______________, but he knows nothing about it. Coveniently, it is a 29______________ so it doesn’t matter that he is back at school. Apart from that, he is advised to take a 30______________, which will teach him body awarness, and an appreciation of music.

SECTION 4

Questions 31 – 40

Complete the notes below.

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

Sending your child to University

• Someone with a higher education earns 31_______________ more than someone without.

• In 1997 maintenance grants abolished and 32_____________ introduced.

• University fees increasing – up to 33_____________________ a year.

• Average undergraduate needs 34__________________ for 3 years.

• Almost 80% of students’ cost are 35_______________________

PAYING FOR YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

• Students’ tuition can be paid for, in part, if they join the 36___________________

• The RAF will sponsor, but students must take up at least 37_______________ service commitment.

• Students good at sport might secure a 38_____________________

• The University of Kent gives a 39_______________ cricket bursary to promising players.

Student Loans:

• Maximum 40_________________ is 5,000 pounds.

• Needn’t be paid back until after graduation.

Answer Key:

  1. Failed exams
  2. Archery
  3. 8 people
  4. 5,6 (5 and 6)
  5. 22
  6. June 24th
  7. £ 425
  8. 1304 647864
  9. B
  10. A
  11. C
  12. B
  13. A
  14. G
  15. D
  16. Ride
  17. Pay station
  18. Performance
  19. Arena
  20. Man
  21. A
  22. D
  23. B
  24. C
  25. B
  26. A
  27. C
  28. rhythmic gymnastic
  29. weekend course
  30. dance course
  31. 50%
  32. tuition fees
  33. 6000
  34. 25000
  35. living expenses
  36. armed forces
  37. 4 years
  38. (sports) scholarship
  39. 1500
  40. yearly loan

BONUS EXERCISE: GAP-FILLING 

The texts below are transcript for your IELTS Listening Practice Test. To make the most out of this transcript, we removed some words from the texts and replaced with spaces. You has to fill each space with the missing word by listening to the audio for this IELTS listening practice test. 

SECTION 1

R= Receptionist C= Customer

R: Good morning, Fairview Lake Camping Centre. Can I help you?

C.: Oh yes. I’m interested in bringing a group of […………………………..] to your centre for a week’s stay this summer, and I’d like some information. Could you tell me something about your […………………………..]?

R: Certainly, sir. We have three main […………………………..], really. We are a con¬ference centre, an educational […………………………..], and simply a place where you can come and have a fun-filled weekend. Whatever your goal is, our professional […………………………..]are on hand to help you.

C: I think we’d like to have an […………………………..]visit and some fun at the same time. I was thinking particularly of some of our children who have failed exams, and need to […………………………..]them next year. .

R: I see. Well, we offer coaching in […………………………..]subjects at most levels; you know, Maths, Sciences, Geography, languages. We […………………………..]the courses according to the needs of your […………………………..]. As for the […………………………..]side of the centre, we offer sailing, […………………………..], volleyball, rowing, […………………………..]and quite a few other sports. Most children have never tried […………………………..], so we offer courses in that, too. It’s very popular.

C: That sounds good. I’ll see if there is any interest. And where would the children stay?

R: Well, we have the Birch Unit that sleeps […………………………..], and Greenback Row which sleeps the same number. […………………………..]1-3 each sleep ten people. Cabins 5 and 6 sleep […………………………..]each. How many young people are you thinking of bringing?

C: 22. Twelve girls and ten boys.

R: Perfect then I suggest Cabin 3 for the boys, and Cabin 5 for the girls. How long would you want to stay? Ah, yes, I remember, you said a week, didn’t you, Mr_?

C: Bryson, Mike Bryson. Yes, that’s right, a week.

R: Good. Groups arrive on a […………………………..]evening, and leave the follow¬ing […………………………..]morning.

C: That would be fine. Now, when are your courses?

R: Tell me the dates that would suit you, and we’ll see what we can do.

C: The end of June would be perfect for us.

R: End of June. Let me see.- How about the week starting […………………………..]. The week starting Sunday 30th is pretty much booked up.

C: Yes, the 24th would suit us fine. Now, about prices?

R: For one week, including lessons, food, […………………………..]and all sporting activities, the cost would be […………………………..]per child, and […………………………..]per adult. Could I have your school’s telephone number, please, Mr Bryson?

C: Yes, certainly. It’s […………………………..].

R: 647864. And the code?

C: Em, 4304. Sorry, no. 1304. By the way, are you open in the win¬ter? And if so, what do you offer […………………………..]?

R: Yes, we certainly are, Mr Bryson, and we offer […………………………..], cross¬country skiing and animal tracking. It’s actually very popular in the winter.

C: Interesting. Perhaps I’ll bring a group then, too. Oh, I almost for¬got to ask. What are the eating […………………………..]?

R: We have an […………………………..]amount of space for dining. We can divide the dining area into several […………………………..]rooms, if necessary. If you really want your privacy we can give you a separate room, but actually we find that […………………………..]give you the opportunity to meet people from other groups. There’s no difference in price, whatever you […………………………..].

C: Right. What if we want to cook our own meals now and again?

R: Yes, that can be arranged All of the units have their own tiny […………………………..], but there are also many outdoor areas where you can cook over an open fire. We try and have several […………………………..]too, which are very popular.

C: That all sounds very […………………………..]. I know the kids will be enthusi¬astic, and the prices sound fair enough, so 111 speak to my […………………………..]and get back to you as soon as possible.

R: Good, Mr Bryson. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

SECTION 2

Staff member

I’m […………………………..]to welcome you all here to our […………………………..]little outdoor play centre. We feel very […………………………..]and excited today to have our first customers here to […………………………..]the official opening. But before we let you, and more importantly your kids, get down to the business of enjoying […………………………..], I just wanted to make everyone familiar with the centre’s main […………………………..].

If you look at the map I’ve given you, let’s start by following the […………………………..]road straight through the centre to the attraction on the right of the […………………………..]. That is the Petting Zoo: a lovely little area where children can spend time in the company of our very friendly farm animals. Continuing left past the bridge will take you to the Toddler’s Play Pool. Alternatively, taking a right at the Petting Zoo will bring you down to the […………………………..]and Fairy Palace. If I can draw your […………………………..]to the Waterfall and Frog Pond, you’ll notice that there are two […………………………..]close by. Following the road that leads to a dead end takes you to Winter Wonderland. Here, we use snow machines to create a […………………………..]world of winter […………………………..]. We think this will be a big favourite. On the other side of the map, just down from the Fairy Palace, there’s another kind of […………………………..]– Waterworld. Waterworld is for the older kids; a place where they can have fun on the […………………………..]and […………………………..]and play about in the water to their heart’s […………………………..]. Jumping back now to the other side of the map again, you’ll see not so much an attraction as a […………………………..]for you poor tired mums; this is the Babysitting Area. You can leave your little ones in the safe hands of our […………………………..]carers should you need a rest. The last attraction I’ve to show you then is the Craft Zone, which is on the […………………………..]side, down a little closer to the entrance than Waterworld. Here the […………………………..]can learn how to make all sorts of beautiful things like shiny […………………………..]and sparkly cards.

That’s pretty much everything you need to know, but before I finish, let me just tell you a little more […………………………..]about the wonderful animals of the Petting Zoo. The Petting Zoo is […………………………..]into three areas. The area on the left-hand side is where children can go on rides: […………………………..]the name Ride Zone. We have a friendly donkey called Dan, and a […………………………..]little pony called Polly. Dan the Donkey and Polly the Pony are joined for this week only by a very special […………………………..]; Larry the Lama. Queue for rides at the entrance to the […………………………..]circle and pay at the Pay Station located in front of the parents’ sit-and-watch stand.

The centre area is known as the Mini-farm Zone. Here the children can see lots of different farm animals living just as they would on a real farm. Join Farmer Tom as he gives […………………………..]tours of the farm and shows the little ones how to milk the […………………………..]and […………………………..]and how to feed the […………………………..]old pigs.

Zone three is an area we are very excited about. We call it the Performance Zone. Inside the Arena, some of our bright¬est animals will […………………………..]a series of tricks for the children, who’ll also be […………………………..]by Cluxy the Clown and his show band, the Racketeers. The Racketeers will perform on the Main Stage at the centre of the Arena on the hour, every hour. That […………………………..]my little introduction. I hope you have a […………………………..]day.

SECTION 3

P = Paddy K = Kate

P: Excuse me, I’ve come to enquire about your summer school […………………………..]. My name’s Paddy Deans. Please call me Paddy.

K: OK, Paddy, I’m at your […………………………..]. Are you talking about […………………………..]on one subject or do you want to study a number of dif¬ferent subjects? And are we talking about […………………………..]studies or preparation for graduate studies? We can also give you […………………………..]on a new career, but we’re not in the field of Business Management or anything like that.

P: No, nothing like that I was more interested in your sports pro¬grammes. You see, I’m a PE teacher, and I’ve just got a new […………………………..]. There’s no […………………………..]to do this, but I really want to improve on my teaching and coaching […………………………..], if you see what I mean. I believe you have an […………………………..]swimming programme, for example.

K: That’s right. Most of our […………………………..]reached international level. Our course is designed to […………………………..]the technical […………………………..]of stroke, training and the […………………………..]for each participant Technical instruction, stretching and dry land training, training […………………………..]and stroke development are […………………………..]parts of the programme, so it’s for someone who has reached a good standard of swimming. Each […………………………..]will be […………………………..]and receive a DVD with stroke analysis.

P: That sounds like just what I’m looking for. What will I need for the course?

K: Swimming […………………………..], towel, swim cap, […………………………..], goggles and a pillow and bed linen for the week.

P: Right, I understand. Now, would there be any chance of tak¬ing part in […………………………..]events? Mv new school is horse-riding mad, and to be honest I’ve never sat on a horse in my life, although I like […………………………..].

K: Well, you’ve come to the right place, Paddy, and naturally we can provide a horse for you. We have a very […………………………..]equestrian camp, and dont worry if you’re a complete beginner – there are no end of other people in your shoes this year for some reasoa

P: What sort of things would I do?

K: Well, the beginners would start off with basic […………………………..]. how to sit on a horse, how to make it obey simple instructions. you know. But don’t worry. One of our instructors will have a long chat with you and define […………………………..]goals. Are you interested in […………………………..], flat work or show jumping?

P: To be honest I haven’t the faintest idea.

K: That’s fine. You can watch the experienced […………………………..]and try a bit of everything. I’m sure something will grab your […………………………..].

P: Great. By the way, what’s the […………………………..]deadline for all this?

K: Well, we’ve just extended it by a week, so it’s now […………………………..].

P: Fine.

K: You arrive on Sunday and leave after lunch on Thursday. The cost is […………………………..]. This covers room and board from dinner on the first day to lunch on the last, […………………………..], programme […………………………..], evening recre¬ational activities and use of one of our horses.

P: So could I do the swimming course, followed immediately by the equestrian course?

K: Oh, yes. They fit in quite nicely, one […………………………..]after the other. Now, was there anything else, Paddy?

P: Well, actually yes, now that I’m here. In my new school I’m having to teach girls for the first time in my life, and they’re also big on […………………………..]gymnastics. Now, although I’ve got […………………………..]of experience with Olympic gymnastics, I don’t feel at all […………………………..]to teach rhythmic.

K: We do run a course in rhythmic […………………………..], but it’s in September. Would you be able to come back?

P: But I’ll be back at school then.

K: We’ve thought of that, and that’s why it’s a weekend course. Three weekends to be exact – first three in […………………………..].

P: Put me down for that one then. Any idea what the course […………………………..]?

K: Well, I know you study the different events like hoop, […………………………..], ball, Indian clubs and so on, and you take a dance course.

P: A dance course! But I’m the world’s worst dancer. You should see me do the […………………………..].

K: No, Paddy, it’s not that type of dancing. It’s called educational dance, and teaches you to be […………………………..]of your body, and to […………………………..]music. Very important if you want to teach rhythmic gymnastics.

P: Well, I suppose I’d better try that too. All right, give me the […………………………..].

SECTION 4

Tonight, I’d like to […………………………..]myself to parents who are planning to send their children to university, but who might be […………………………..]about the cost There’s no doubt that university education is a great […………………………..]. Not only will your children learn and grow but, according to the Department of Skills […………………………..], on average someone with higher education earns . […………………………..] more in a […………………………..]than someone without. But in the last […………………………..]or so, the cost of getting a degree has more than […………………………..]– and it looks as if things are going to get […………………………..]. Maintenance grants were abolished in […………………………..] and tuition fees introduced for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. University fees are rising […………………………..], some of them more than […………………………..]a year. If you thought funding a university education was […………………………..]your reach, think agaia. With sound planning, you can […………………………..]your children with this opportunity of a lifetime. If you’re a new parent, remember that the earlier you start saving, the less you have to pay every month and the […………………………..]your return. Money will give you […………………………..]over where your children study and the course they choose. But how should you […………………………..]? There’s no simple answer, but there are a number of options.

The National Union of Students estimates that the […………………………..]under-graduate needs about […………………………..]to finance three years at university. Based on these figures, it is […………………………..]that when someone is at university in 20 years’ time, the cost will be approaching […………………………..], but this is […………………………..]the university fees will only increase with the rate of […………………………..]. It could, of course, be more.

Parents can save money by […………………………..]their children to study locally and live at home. Almost […………………………..] of the costs students incur are living […………………………..](rent, food bills, travel, […………………………..], etc). If your child is already 13 years old, and you haven’t started to save yet, there’s no time to waste.

If the young person is interested in joining the armed […………………………..], for example the Royal Air Force, he can get the RAF to […………………………..]him throughout university; then he’ll fly fighter […………………………..]and after that work in the public […………………………..]as a commercial pilot. […………………………..]from the armed forces is an option hundreds of students take every year. The RAF, for example, will sponsor students for at least […………………………..]a year. But this involves a […………………………..]service commitment for the RAF, it’s at least 4 years.

If your child likes the idea of […………………………..]or law, he could consider a ‘sandwich’ course. These normally […………………………..]a paid, year long placement in the industry that he’s studying, […………………………..]the normal time at university. You get […………………………..]in your chosen field – plus a year’s salary.

When your child is 16, you should start putting […………………………..]what you can, but there’s no way you’ll be able to fund a degree on savings alone. If your child is a gifted […………………………..], you may be able to […………………………..]a sports scholarship.

Scholarships and […………………………..]come in all sizes, are awarded for a variety of reasons and may be a one-off or annual […………………………..]You may be eligible to apply simply because of where you come from or for a specific course you are […………………………..]. They are seldom advertised and many go […………………………..]every year.

The Internet is a great way to start looking. There is a […………………………..]database at […………………………..]and while you’re at the computer, go to […………………………..]and type in some key words. If you’re a keen cricketer, for example, put in ‘university bursary sport cricket’, for instance. Top of the […………………………..]page is the University of Kent, which gives a […………………………..]cricket bursary to talented players.

If you haven’t put any money aside, your […………………………..]will almost certainly need to get a student loan – by far the best way for him or her to borrow. The maximum yearly […………………………..]is about […………………………..]. There are two reasons why the loan is so […………………………..]; firstly, the index-linked interest rate is very low, far lower than you’d get from the bank. Secondly, you dont have to start paying it back until you’ve left university and you start earning a […………………………..]salary. Now, a few more things to look at…

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  • Dear Mr. Huy.
    I can find the audio for this listening 44 test. Can you tell me where to download it, please. Thank you very much!

    • Oh, I’m sorry for my mistake. I’ve just updated the audio for this test. Thank you for reminding me 🙂 Hope you have great studying day 🙂

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