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Cambridge CAE 1 Listening Test 2

this is the Cambridge certificate in advanced English listening test test – I'm going to give you the instructions for this test I'll introduce each part of the test and give you time to look at the questions at the start of each piece you'll hear this sound you'll hear each piece twice remember while you're listening write your answers on the question paper you'll have five minutes at the end of the test to copy your answers onto the separate answer sheet there now be a pause please ask any questions now because you must not speak during the test now open your question paper and look at part 1 you'll hear three and extracts for questions one two six choose the answer a B or C which fits best according to what you hear there are two questions for each extract extract one you overhear two friends John and Diane discussing holiday plans now look at questions one and two so Diane have you finally decided to come to Hong Kong with us for holiday your flights reserved we need to confirm by Wednesday well John I've given it some thought and it's pretty tempting but it's not that long since I last had a break I don't know I still haven't come to any definite decision oh come on what's the problem I know it may seem extravagant but you told me you've just been given promotion and a rise so that can't be an issue surely well it's not so much that as my work situation taking another break so soon after my promotion might send out the wrong message to my team although I think my line manager would understand of course she knows you're a good worker hmm well I guess I could empty my in-tray in time my workloads not too heavy just now it's just that I haven't had much time to get the office organized and to be honest one of my colleagues would probably be only too glad to use my absence to further his own position hmm sounds pretty nasty to me are you sure you want to carry on work in there now you'll hear the recording again so Diane have you finally decided to come to Hong Kong with us for holiday your flights reserved we need to confirm by Wednesday well John I've given it some thought and it's pretty tempting but it's not that long since I last had a break I don't know I still haven't come to any definite decision oh come on what's the problem I know it may seem extravagant but you told me you've just been given promotion and a rise so that can't be an issue surely well it's not so much that as my work situation taking another break so soon after my promotion might send out the wrong message to my team although I think my line manager would understand of course she knows you're a good worker hmm well I guess I could empty my in-tray in time my workloads not too heavy just now it's just that I haven't had much time to get the office organized and to be honest one of my colleagues would probably be only too glad to use my absence to further his own position hmm sounds pretty nasty to me are you sure you want to carry on work in there extract to you over here two friends discussing a new film now look at questions three and four I hear Joe Schultz his new film the system isn't going to be given the 12 certificate he wanted so youngsters can't see it I'm not surprised the reviewers say that watching the first few minutes is pretty unpleasant there's a lot of aggression that didn't seem to worry the authorities nor did the strong language although there's quite a bit of that but they couldn't take the little bursts of rather tense music makes your hair stand on end apparently interesting anyway I don't think the storyline is really suitable for young children too much delving into people's thoughts and motives true you've read the book oh yeah a great page-turner I had no idea what the final outcome would be oh I guess I love the way the author uses dialect all the way through a bit out of the ordinary takes some getting used to but it's decidedly different you can't really believe the prince is based on a real person from the past though can you I thought he did come over well considering how little we know about people from that era we'll go and see the film won't we definitely now you'll hear the recording again I hear Joe Schultz his new film the system isn't going to be given the 12 certificate he wanted so youngsters can't see it I'm not surprised the reviewers say that watching the first few minutes is pretty unpleasant there's a lot of aggression that didn't seem to worry the authorities nor did the strong language although there's quite a bit of that but they couldn't take the little bursts of rather tense music makes your hair stand on end apparently interesting anyway I don't think the storylines really suitable for young children too much delving into people's thoughts and motives true you've read the book oh yeah a great page-turner I had no idea what the final outcome would be oh I guess I love the way the author uses dialect all the way through a bit out of the ordinary takes some getting used to but it's decidedly different you can't really believe the prince is based on a real person from the past though can you I thought he did come over well considering how little we know about people from that era we'll go and see the film won't we definitely extract three you hear an interview with the architect Ingrid Chapman who's talking about an office building she has recently designed now look at questions five and six Ingrid Chapman tell us about this new office block it has enormous glass walls because transparency was paramount in the brief I received from my clients that gives it an airy spacious feel inside the three floors all open onto a cavernous central hall and this is what's crucial for me there are so many reasons for people to meet there have a coffee gossip discuss formal matters in an informal setting I forced them to do these things by locating most of the services they need in this area toilets photocopying cafe etc forgive me but there'll be company executives listening who are saying that's all very well if you're able to design a brand new building from scratch what would you say to them commissioned me to come up with a scheme for a replacement for example no seriously it doesn't require much a little creativity that's all underused areas can be refurbished art hung on the walls that sort of thing and a questionnaire can be sent to all personnel to get their reactions to any changes you've made good morale facilitates productivity now you'll hear the recording again Ingrid Chapman tell us about this new office block it has enormous glass walls because transparency was paramount in the brief I received from my clients that gives it an airy spacious feel inside the three floors all open onto a cavernous central hall and this is what's crucial for me there are so many reasons for people to meet there have a coffee gossip discuss formal matters in an informal setting I forced them to do these things by locating most of the services they need in this area toilets photocopying cafe etc forgive me but there'll be company executives listening who are saying that's all very well if you're able to design a brand new building from scratch what would you say to them in me to come up with a scheme for a replacement for example no seriously it doesn't require much a little creativity that's all underused areas can be refurbished art hung on the walls that sort of thing and a questionnaire can be sent to all personnel to get their reactions to any changes you've made good morale facilitates productivity that's the end of part one now turn to part two part two you'll hear a guide taking a group of visitors around a museum for questions 7 to 14 complete the sentences you now have 45 seconds to look at part 2 welcome to the City Museum and Art Gallery before we start our tour I'd like to give you a bit of background information about the place itself the museum was founded in 18-49 as a home for the collections built up over the years by the local cultural society and is one of several museums owned by the City Council its collections of dinosaurs and mummies are well known and it also has one of Britain's top five exhibitions of Natural Science unfortunately not all areas are open to the public at the moment in the cellar storerooms for example there are amongst other things display cases full of butterflies and many others full of birds upstairs there's a section designed especially for children for those of you who are interested where young people can dress up draw pictures and find out about the museum at their own pace it's called let's interact and there's more nor is there than silence as you might imagine but we find this to be a successful way of attracting children to museums let's face it museums in the past have been boring rather stuffy places for children and indeed adults to visit the picture galleries which will be visiting later boasts a fine collection of drawings prints and wood cuts by German artists and the art collection is arranged there matically rather than chronologically the themes we shall see are color light movement signs and symbols it's a bit cold here I'm afraid I do apologize for this but I'm sorry to say the central heating needs a million-pound refit which the city can't afford to undertake at the moment so if any of you are millionaires and feeling generous today please see me after the tour now if you will just follow me to the end of the grand colonnade we'll turn right into the first exhibit room on the ground floor now this room houses the Rutland dinosaur as you can see it's three and a half meters high and 14 metres long quite an intimidating sight this city asaurus as it's called was found in england smallest in 1968 the creature loped across the countryside a hundred and seventy-five million years ago and is the most complete example of the breed discovered to date most of the neck some of the spine and a bit of the tail were found in Rutland the rest of the tale is polystyrene for those of you who prefer your dinosaurs on a much more human scale there is a much smaller 200 million year old peeler saw over there now if you'd like to follow me up the stairs we'll make our way to the Arctic's of it now you'll hear the recording again welcome to the City Museum and Art Gallery before we start our tour I'd like to give you a bit of background information about the place itself the museum was founded in 18-49 as a home for the collections built up over the years by the local cultural society and is one of several museums owned by the City Council its collections of dinosaurs and mummies are well known and it also has one of Britain's top five exhibitions of Natural Science unfortunately not all areas are open to the public at the moment in the cellar storage for example there are amongst other things display cases full of butterflies and many others full of birds upstairs there's a section designed especially for children for those of you who are interested where young people can dress up draw pictures and find out about the museum at their own pace it's called let's interact and there's more lawyers there than silence as you might imagine but we find this to be a successful way of attracting children to museums let's face it museums in the past have been boring rather stuffy places for children and indeed adults to visit the picture galleries which will be visiting later boast a fine collection of drawings prints and wood cuts by German artists and the art collection is arranged the matically rather than chronologically the themes we shall see are color light movement signs and symbols it's a bit cold here unafraid I do apologize for this but I'm sorry to say the central heating needs a million-pound refit which the city can't afford to undertake at the moment so if any of you are millionaires and feeling generous today please see me after the tour now if you will just follow me to the end of the grand colonnade we'll turn right into the first exhibit room on the ground floor now this room houses the Rutland dinosaur as you can see it's three and a half meters high and 40 meters long quite an intimidating sight this City asaurus as it's called was found in England smallest County in 1968 the creature eloped across the countryside a hundred and seventy five million years ago and is the most complete example of the breed discovered to date most of the neck some of the spine and a bit of the tail were found in Rutland the rest of the tale is polystyrene for those of you who prefer your dinosaurs on a much more human scale there is a much smaller 200 million year old peeler saw over there now if you'd like to follow me up the stairs we'll make our way to the Arctic's of it that's the end of part 2 now turn to part three part three you'll hear part of a radio interview in which Harry and Jennifer two members of an after-work adult drama class are asked about their reasons for attending the class four questions fifteen to twenty choose the answer a B C or D which fits best according to what you hear you now have one minute to look at part three I gather these drama courses which are attending have really given you a new lease of life a Jennifer can you try to explain the fascination you derive from a hard three-hour session of the college after a full day's work above all each session is fun it energizes me I actually go home with more energy on a Tuesday than any other day of the week the reason is simple I feel alive after the drama classes at first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the course you have to relate to the others in the group in fact most of the work is in small groups or at least in pairs and obviously the natural barriers between strangers exist I can honestly say that from the first evening this did not bother me and I'm not an extrovert by nature in fact if anything I'm rather shy and reserved yeah what about you Harry well as far as I'm concerned drama classes have freed me they've allowed me to be creative and successful in so many ways that I'm not usually I particularly enjoy the sessions when we just create something out of nothing we improvise there's usually some time in the evening when we make up either a character or a conversation or a situation and act that out with the others the spontaneous nature of improvisation is what's so appealing to me hmm you can't get it wrong you're having a go that's all I mean you just stand up and become another person for five minutes perhaps you like yourself or totally different that doesn't matter what counts is that you take on a new personality and you actually become that person and since you invent the part you can't be out of character and it's impossible to make mistakes I expect this will change when we move on to text won't it Harry yes yes I'm really looking forward to using text in the classes and even to learning lines I just find some text fascinating and can't wait to really work on it of course it'll be different from improvisation where we make up the parts we play but I know you can lose yourself in a part and playing it your way is going to be the challenge obviously a specific part will be open to interpretation and a director may want you to do it in a certain way imagine playing a Shakespearean hero or heroine why bound to be different ways of saying those famous lines and the actor or actress may not agree with the director but this is a stage we haven't reached yet for the moment it's about overcoming self-consciousness and learning to be sensitive last week we had a new person in the group and it became really clear that he hadn't tuned into the way in which the classes work you know it was embarrassing really he overdid it and tried to dominate the group he didn't wait and watch and listen this was when it struck me that we've been learning to listen to each other and to respond accordingly and of course you bring yourself into it but not too much and not too inappropriate I couldn't agree more he actually asked me personal questions which were intrusive and could have been safe for the tea break I found it off the point and distracting why suppose he felt awkward too but if I've learned anything this term it's not to jump in but to take my time and allow the others time by being patient when they are struggling with for example creating an unfamiliar character the group has to develop together and the newcomer was an outsider I I guess it wasn't his fault but he didn't seem interested in learning from the situation that's probably what annoyed me I'd be surprised if he came again it didn't look comfortable would you say this receptiveness to each other is the key lesson so far Jennifer what is certainly an important area you work on but there are so many aspects it will be now you'll hear the recording again I gather these drama courses which are attending have really given you a new lease of life a Jennifer can you try to explain the fascination you derive from a hard three hour session of the college after a full day's work above all each session is fun it energizes me I actually go home with more energy on a Tuesday than any other day of the week the reason is simple I feel alive after the drama classes at first I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the course you have to relate to the others in the group in fact most of the work is in small groups or at least in pairs and obviously the natural barriers between strangers exist I can honestly say that from the first evening this did not bother me and I'm not an extrovert by nature in fact if anything hammer either shy and reserved yeah what about you Harry well as far as I'm concerned drama classes have freed me and they've allowed me to be creative and successful in so many ways that I'm not usually I particularly enjoy the sessions when we just create something out of nothing we improvise there's usually some time in the evening when we make up either a character or a conversation or a situation and act that out with the others the spontaneous nature of improvisation is what's so appealing to me mmm you can't get it wrong you're having a go that's all I mean you just stand up and become another person for five minutes perhaps you like yourself or totally different that doesn't matter what counts is that you take on a new personality and you actually become that person and since you invent the part you can't be out of character and it's impossible to make mistakes I expect this will change when we move on to text won't it Harry yes yes I'm really looking forward to using text in the classes and even to learning lines I just find some text fascinating and can't wait to really work on it of course it'll be different from improvisation where we make up the parts we play but I know you can lose yourself in a part and playing it your way is going to be the challenge obviously a specific part will be open to interpretation and a director may want you to do it in a certain way imagine playing a Shakespearean hero or heroine well there are bound to be different ways of saying those famous lines and the actor or actress may not agree with the director but this is a stage we haven't reached yet for the moment it's about overcoming self-consciousness and learning to be sensitive last week we had a new person in the group and it became really clear that he hadn't tuned into the way in which the classes work you know it was embarrassing really he overdid it and tried to dominate the group he didn't wait and watch and listen this was when it struck me that we've been learning to listen to each other and to respond accordingly and of course you bring yourself into it but not too much and not too inappropriate I couldn't agree more he actually asked me personal questions which were intrusive and could have been safe for the tea break I found it off the point and distracting why suppose he felt awkward too but if I've learned anything this term it's not to jump in but to take my time and allow the others time by being patient when they are struggling with for example creating an unfamiliar character the group has to develop together and the newcomer was an outsider I I guess it wasn't his fault but he didn't seem interested in learning from the situation that's probably what annoyed me I'd be surprised if he came again it didn't look comfortable would you say this receptiveness to each other is the key lesson so far Jennifer what is certainly an important area you work on but there are so many aspects it will be that's the end of part 3 now turn to part 4 part 4 odd for consists of two tasks you'll hear five short extracts in which British people are talking about living abroad look at task one four questions 21 to 25 choose from the list a to H each speakers present occupation now look at task 2 for questions 26 to 30 choose from the list a to H the main advantage each speaker mentions about living where they do while you listen you must complete both tasks you now have 45 seconds to look at part 4 speaker 1 I'd often thought about living here but my husband's work as head of personnel for an engineering firm tied him to the UK and I worked in a hospital of course we came here on holiday and got to know the place now we've retired here we don't have to go home at the end of the summer and face the harsh English winter and that's the greatest bonus with added doubt we're getting used to the local people they try to help us though we're not proficient in the language yet it's not hard picking it up in shops and cafes and of course there's TV – speaker 2 I was posted here three years ago at first I wasn't very keen on the idea of coming it's hardly a very cultural place is it but frankly it's grown on me I'm quite an outdoor person – and what I really appreciate are the many leisure opportunities and people with time on their hands to share them with obviously the weather helps although it's unbearably hot in July the embassy pool and squash court are quite reasonable and we have access to other facilities locally there are a few tournaments during the year not very high standard the quite fun I've also taken up a new interest old buildings hmm the local architecture is fascinating speaker 3 I'd always intended to travel do a few short contracts in faraway places and then go home to study to be a specialist so I came here 20 years ago and sort of stayed initially the work was quite different from what I dealt with in my surgery in London although it's routine now it's certainly a good lifestyle I have to admit very reasonable remuneration for the hours I have to put in and that's the key it allows me to put something by for my retirement and indulge my hobbies it's a good place to grow old sports great golf courses for example if you're interested which I'm not really speaker for near London doing a very routine job maintaining equipment in a water purification plant then I was asked to come out here I wasn't keen at first as it involved working in the mountains on a new dam I decided to try it for a year because the salary was acceptable and I thought the experience would be useful but I stayed on because the job provides so much variety I had a team of workers now on a new project things I wouldn't normally get to do at my age I live in a basic bungalow with amazing views over the plantations in rice fields it's great speaker 5 it all started when I came here on holiday I was wandering around the market looking for souvenirs and the craftsmanship impressed me the great at carving wood or weaving fabrics I've been thinking of taking early retirement then it struck me why not set up something of my own here so I began in a small way sending local handicrafts and produce back to small specialist shops it took off and now I supply large department stores it's hard working for yourself but I love being here because the locals are so easy to get on with they'll always give you a helping hand and I feel part of things which is great now you'll hear the recording again speaker 1 I'd often thought about living here but my husband's work as head of personnel for an engineering firm tied him to the UK and I worked in a hospital of course we came here on holiday and got to know the place now we've retired here we don't have to go home at the end of the summer and face the harsh English winter and that's the greatest bonus without a doubt we're getting used to the local people they try to help us though we're not proficient in the language yet it's not hard picking it up in shops and cafes and of course there's TV – speaker 2 I was posted here three years ago at first I wasn't very keen on the idea of coming it's hardly a very cultural place is it but frankly it's grown on me I'm quite an outdoor person – and what I really appreciate are the many leisure opportunities and people with time on their hands to share them with obviously the weather helps although it's unbearably hot in July the embassy pool and squash court are quite reasonable and we have access to other facilities locally there are a few tournaments during the year not very high standard but quite fun I've also taken up a new interest old buildings hmm the local architecture is fascinating speaker 3 I'd always intended to travel do a few short contracts in faraway places and then go home to study to be a specialist so I came here 20 years ago and sort of stayed initially the work was quite different from what I dealt with in my surgery in London although it's routine now it's certainly a good lifestyle I have to admit very reasonable remuneration for the hours I have to put in and that's the key it allows me to put something by for my retirement and indulge my hobbies it's a good place to grow old sports great golf courses for example if you're interested which I'm not really speaker for I start near London doing a very routine job maintaining equipment in a water purification plant then I was asked to come out here I wasn't keen at first as it involved working in the mountains on a new dam I decided to try it for a year because the salary was acceptable and I thought the experience would be useful but I stayed on because the job provides so much variety I had a team of workers now on a new project things I wouldn't normally get to do at my age I live in a basic bungalow with amazing views over the plantations in rice fields it's great speaker 5 it all started when I came here on holiday I was wandering around the market looking for souvenirs and the craftsmanship impressed me the great at carving wood or weaving fabrics I've been thinking of taking early retirement then it struck me why not set up something of my own here so I began in a small way sending local handicrafts and produce back to small specialist shops it took off and now I supply large department stores it's hard working for yourself but I love being here because the locals are so easy to get on with they'll always give you a helping hand and I feel part of things which is great that's the end of part 4 there now be a pause of five minutes for you to copy your answers onto the separate answer sheet be sure to follow the numbering of all the questions I'll remind you when there is one minute left so that you're sure to finish in time that's the end of the test please stop now your supervisor will now collect all the question papers and answer sheets you

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