Listening B1/B2↓: ‘Tourism” (gap fill)

1. Listen to understand the general meaning of the audio and chill out. Just that. DON’T READ THE TEXT.

2. Now, listen as you read the following text and complete the gaps:

Tourism has 1_____________________ the past few decades. It is actually quite a new thing. It 2_____________________ fifty years ago. The only people who travelled then were rich, and they 3_____________________. I guess tourism started in the late 60s and early 70s when airplane travel became cheap. The 4_____________________ suddenly became very 5_____________________. Everyone wanted their two weeks of sun in the summer. Tourism today is a multi-billion-dollar industry. There 6_____________________ the Earth untouched by tourism. The number of tourists 7_____________________. Millions of people from Russia, India and China are now taking vacations. Tourism really is making the world a global village. I’m not sure 8_____________________ or a bad thing.

3. Correct the spelling of the crazy words in the text:

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4. Unjumble the chaotic sentences (put them in the correct order).

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Script:

Tourism has changed a lot over the past few decades. It is actually quite a new thing. It probably didn’t exist fifty years ago. The only people who travelled then were rich, and they were called travelers. I guess tourism started in the late 60s and early 70s when airplane travel became cheap. The idea of foreign travel suddenly became very popular with millions. Everyone wanted their two weeks of sun in the summer. Tourism today is a multi-billion-dollar industry. There is hardly a corner of the Earth untouched by tourism. The number of tourists is also rocketing. Millions of people from Russia, India and China are now taking vacations. Tourism really is making the world a global village. I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing.

Answers:
1: change a lot over
2: probably didn’t exist
3: were called travellers
4: idea of foreign travel
5: popular with millions
6: is hardly a corner of
7: is also rocketing
8: if this is a good

Listening B1/B2↓: ‘Airports” (gap fill)

1. Listen to understand the general meaning of the audio and chill out. Just that. DON’T READ THE TEXT.

2. Now, listen as you read the following text and complete the gaps:

Aren’t airports 1. ____________________ ? There’s so much happening in them. People coming, 2. ____________________ ; people crying with sadness because they’re going away, people 3. ___________________ because they’ve arrived. Big airports are almost 4. ___________________ . It seems like you walk across a town by the time you check in and 5. ____________________ departure gate. The thing I like most about airports is people watching. There are people 6. ___________________ the world. I also like how everything fits and 7. ______________________ . You check your luggage in and then it disappears, 8. ______________________ it again at the next airport. I still think airports need improving. There’s 9. ___________________ to do there. Airports really need to have an entertainment area so 10. _______________ time.

3. Correct the spelling of the crazy words in the text:

Aren’t airports aenrtsg places? There’s so much happening in them. People coming, people going; people gyinrc with sadness because they’re going away, people crying with joy because they’ve ridreva. Big airports are almost like small towns. It seems like you walk soarsc a town by the time you check in and get to your etdrepaur gate. The thing I like most about airports is people aigchtwn. There are people from all over the world. I also like how everything fits and works trgohete. You check your gluageg in and then it disappears, before you see it again at the next airport. I still think airports need gmiirnovp. There’s not a lot to do there. Airports really need to have an anitnetrtneem area so people can kill time.

4. Unjumble the chaotic sentences (put them in the correct order).

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Script:

Aren’t airports aenrtsg places? There’s so much happening in them. People coming, people going; people gyinrc with sadness because they’re going away, people crying with joy because they’ve ridreva. Big airports are almost like small towns. It seems like you walk soarsc a town by the time you check in and get to your etdrepaur gate. The thing I like most about airports is people aigchtwn. There are people from all over the world. I also like how everything fits and works trgohete. You check your gluageg in and then it disappears, before you see it again at the next airport. I still think airports need gmiirnovp. There’s not a lot to do there. Airports really need to have an anitnetrtneem area so people can kill time.

Answers:
1: strange places
2: people going
3: crying with joy
4: small towns
5: get to your
6: from all over
7: works together
8: beforee you see
9: not a lot
10: poeple can kill

Listening B1: ‘How to be on time’ (multiple choice)

Listen and watch twice. First listen to get a general idea of what the video is about, then read the questions and watch the video again to listen for the answers.

Now lok at the questions, and choose the answer you think is correct for each one. There may be MORE THAN ONE RIGHT ANSWER for some questions.

1) Which of these things does the video suggest doing to avoid being late?

a) setting a reminder 15 minutes before an event
b) setting a reminder one hour before an event
c) giving yourself a reminder the day before an event

2) How much time does the video suggest adding to the time you think you’ll need?

a) 25%
b) twenty five minutes
c) twenty minutes

3) Which of these things does the video suggest you do to avoid being late? 

a) always have some money to spare to pay for unplanned expenses
b) ask a friend to call you and remind you about appointments
c) keep your gas (or petrol) tank one-quarter full at all times

4) How many meetings take place in America on average day?

a) 17 million
b) 70 million
c) 7 million

5) The time of day that you schedule events for doesn’t really matter.

a) False
b) True
c) the video doesn’t say

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Answers:
1: A&B
2: A
3: A&C
4: A
5: A

Listening A2↑/B1↓: Lifestyle options

Adam talks about some of his different lifestyle choices and how we prefers to live his life.

Answer the following questions about the interview, there is just one correct answer per question, then read the key words and do the exercise and check your answers to the listening:

1) He wants a house because he ____ . 
a) has car
b) has a dog
c) plays loud music

2) He would like to live ____ the city.  
a) far from
b) less than an hour from
c) in the heart of

3) He says he _____ a pet .  
a) has never wanted
b) would like to have
c) already has

4) He would like to live near _____ .  
a) Seattle
b) Portland
c) San Diego

5) He likes apartments _____ .  
a) more than houses
b) for having no upkeep
c) near colleges

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Key words
Yard
I like to have a yard or a small garden.

A yard is the outdoor area that surrounds a house. Notice the following:

  1. We have a big back yard and a small front yard.
  2. We have a dog, so we need a yard.

Tied down
 I am not a person that likes to be tied down so much.

When you are tied down, you are not free to do other things. Notice the following:

  1. Married people are more tied down than single people.
  2. I can’t leave yet. I am still tied down with work.

Upkeep
You don’t have the upkeep and the responsibility.

Upkeep is the work that is needed to maintain something, usually for a house. Notice the following:

  1. This house has little upkeep, except for the yard.
  2. An older car will need more upkeep than a newer one.

Peace and quiet
I like peace and quiet and nature.

If you like peace and quiet, you like a calm setting. Notice the following:

  1. After a long day, I just want peace and quiet.
  2. I moved here for the peace and quiet of the countryside.

Hustle and bustle
I like the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Hustle and bustle refers to the fast-paced life of living in a big city. Notice the following:

  1. I hate the hustle and bustle of the city.
  2. It takes awhile to get used to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Settle down
I will settle down somewhere.

Here, settling down refers to staying in one place for a long time and starting a family. Notice the following:

  1. It is hard for some young people to settle down.
  2. I hope to settle down in a few years.

Exercise: complete the following sentences with one of the previous words.

  1. This house needs a lot of __________  .
  2. I want to  __________  and start a family.
  3. I love the  __________  of the library.
  4. I hate the __________   of downtown.
  5. He is   __________ so he can’t travel.
  6. I need a big  __________  for my dog.

Answers:
1: C
2: B
3: B
4: A
5: B

C1 – Multiple Choice Cloze Exercise

1. Singers take care of their voice to guarantee ________ performance. 

high
summit
optimum
prime

2. Even if you can’t quit smoking, you should do your best to at least ________ down a bit.

cut
break
push
make

3. The charity dance raised $5000 and the hospital was able to buy a new heart _______.

scanner
scope
sight
viewer

4. It is often only through long experiments of trial and ________ that scientific progress is made.

failure
error
mistake
fault

5. The working day in the factory is divided into day and night ________.

 works
duties
shifts
labours

6. The job is tough, lonely and yes, on ________, even depressing.

time
moment
times
occasion

7. The shopping centre was built surrounded by a vast ________ of concrete for parking.

scope
field
extent
range

8. Every person in this room has ________ an important part in the success of the company.

played
added
made
put

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Answers:
1. optimum
2. cut
3. scanner
4. error
5. shift
6. occasion
7. extent
8. played

Listening C1: Organic food

You’ll hear a commentator talking about the importance of organic food. Complete the notes using one word or a short phrase:

Audio here

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Answers:
1. tastes (so) good
2. intensively produced
3. antibiotics
4. cramped/crowded conditions
5. 2.5 million
6. agro-chemicals
7. Wholesalers and retailers
8. Buy more
9. Health problems
10. Organically

Listening B1: Going Paleo

John talks about how he changed his diet to improve his health after he was feeling sick and unhealthy.

Paleo Diet

Answer the following questions about the interview, there is just one correct answer per question, then read the key words and do the exercise and check your answers to the listening:

1) He changed his diet so he _____ . 
a) could lose weight
b) feel healthier
c) gain weight

2) He tries to avoid _____ food.  
a) processed
b) paleo
c) chopped

3) He says you can eat _____ .  
a) hot dogs
b) saugage
c) steak

4) He says the diet made him feel _____ .  
a) hungry
b) better
c) worse

5) He says carbohydrates makes him feel _____ .  
a) energetic
b) tired
c) hungry

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Key words
On Purpose
We didn’t grow plants on purpose.
When you do something ‘on purpose’, you intend or plan to do it. Notice the following:

  1. She is made at me, so she hit me on purpose.
  2. I failed the test on purpose. I want to take the class again

Refined
These foods are refined foods.
When we refine something, we change it to make it a certain way. Notice the following:

  1. His English is very refined.
  2. Refined foods are usually very tasty.

Processed
I like raw vegetables and fresh fruit and meat that isn’t processed.
Processed food is food that has been changed and is not natural. Notice the following:

  1. Most food in a box is processed.
  2. Processed food is cheap but unhealthy.

It turns out
It turns out fresh vegetables and fresh fruits can be cheaper.
We use the phrase ‘it turns out’ to express something that is not expected. Notice the following:

  1. It turns out the movie is free. We don’t have to pay.
  2. I thought I have school tomorrow but it turns out it is a national holiday.

Chop
You have to wash it and chop it.
When you chop something, you cut it into small pieces. Notice the following:

  1. You need to chop up the vegetables.
  2. Can you chop the carrots?

Crust
Pizza has a crust.
The crust is the hard part of the bread on the outer edge. Notice the following:

  1. I often do not eat the crust of my bread.
  2. The crust of the pizza is not very tasty.

Exercise: complete the following sentences with one of the previous words

  1. I love to eat the _________  of a pizza.
  2. I avoid processed food and _________   sugar.
  3. You did that  _________  !
  4. I don’t eat _________  food like salami or cheese.
  5. It _________  he is married.
  6. I need to  _________  up this fruit for the salad.

Answers:
1: B
2: A
3: C
4: B
5: B