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Одной из любимых технологий в London English School по улучшению аудирования является использование подкастов с тестовой системой и ключевым вокабуляром.

Подкасты разбиты на категории от начального уровня до продвинутого с использованием современного живого языка в различных жизненных ситуациях.
На базовом уровне вам предлагается лишь вписать пропущенные слова и выбрать подходящий по смыслу ответ.

В среднем и сложном уровне вам необходимо уловить смысл диалога и ответить на предложенные вопросы. В отличие от начального уровня варианты ответа никогда дословно не совпадают с тем, что прозвучало в диалоге, а перефразированы с сохранением общего смысла.

Такой подход предполагает, что вы абсолютно поняли смысл сказанного, а не просто четко расслышали то или иное слово. Такой принцип применят при составлении международных экзаменов таких как TOEFL и IELTS.

Принцип итогового результата в процентах создан для объективной оценки вашего понимания и для возможности отслеживания вашего прогресса.

Предлагаем вам примеры подобных упражнений:

EASY

 Conversation 1 - Conversation Starters

Listen by pressing the "Play Audio" button. Then, select the correct answer for each sentence or question, which may be missing one or more words.

 

1. Hi. Haven't we _______ before?

A. Yes. I believe we have.
B. Nice to meet you too.
C. Nothing special.

2. Long time, ________________.
A. I see you too.
B. It has been a long time.
C. How about you?

3. Hi, how's _________________________?
A. Five people.
B. Oh really?
C. They're fine.

4. So, _________________________?
A. Pretty good.
B. That's too bad.
C. Nothing much.

5. Did you hear __________________________?
A. Oh, what a shame.
B. Hey, that's fantastic.
C. I like my job too.

6. Have you ____________ from Bill ___________________?
A. Yes. He's still working downtown.
B. No. Bill is not here now.
C. Yes. Bill is twenty-three.

7. _____________________________________________________?
A. I'm going skiing.
B. Same to you.
C. I like weekends a lot.

8. _____________________________________________________?
A. And you?
B. I'll tell him.
C. You too.

9. _____________________________________________________?
A. I will.
B. Hello brother.
C. Same to you.

10. _____________________________________________________?
A. You too.
B. I'll get home soon.
C. I know the way home.

Правильные ответы:

1. Yes. I believe we have.
2. It has been a long time.
3. They're fine.
4. Nothing much.
5. Hey, that's fantastic.
6. Yes. He's still working downtown.
7. Same to you.
8. You too.
9. I will.
10. You too.

 Conversation 2 - hobbies

You will hear a sentence about a hobby or sport. Then, choose the word that best describes the activity.  

1. I like to ____________ in the _________ with my ________.

A. hiking
B. running
C. driving

2. My dad _______________ twice a week.

A. weight lifting
B. swimming
C. basketball

3. He ____________________________________ to get exercise.
A. bicycling
B. soccer
C. volleyball

4. She usually uses ___________________________________.
A. pottery
B. knitting
C. painting

5. They went to the lake ______________________________.
A. sailing
B. bird watching
C. fishing

6. How about getting out the board _____________________?
A. snowboarding
B. skating
C. chess

7. ____________________________________________.
A. baseball
B. racketball
C. golf

8. ____________________________________________.
A. gardening
B. art
C. cooking

9. ____________________________________________.
A. writing
B. music
C. reading

10. ____________________________________________.
A. drawing
B. photography
C. computer games

Правильные ответы:

1. hiking
2. swimming
3. bicycling
4. painting
5. bird watching
6. chess
7. golf
8. gardening
9. reading
10. photography

 Conversation 3 - Shopping

Listen by pressing the "Play Audio" button. Then, choose the place or store that is being referred to in the sentence or question. 

1. I think you can buy some ___________ at that store.
A. hardware store
B. bakery
C. pharmacy
2. He's going to drop by and buy __________________.
A. flower shop
B. auto shop
C. candy store

3. She's _____________________________ for the week.
A. car wash
B. coffee shop
C. laundromat

4. Hey. Tell me where you _________________________.
A. shoe shop
B. computer store
C. hairdresser

5. We should pick up some ___________, _____________, and ___________ for the new ____________________.
A. office supply store
B. library
bike shop

6. ______________________________. Where did you buy it?
A. clothing store
B. eyeglasses store
C. carpet store

7. ________________________________________.
A. electronics store
B. fruit stand
C. restaurant

8. ________________________________________.
A. pizza parlor
B. bread store
C. supermarket

9. ________________________________________.
A. sporting goods store
B. furniture store
C. health food store

10. ________________________________________.
A. jewelry store
B. movie theater
C. cookie store

Правильные ответы:

1. pharmacy
2. flower shop
3. laundromat
4. hairdresser
5. office supply store
6. clothing store
7. restaurant
8. supermarket
9. furniture store
10. jewelry store

 MEDIUM

Conversation 4 - Airline safety

Listen to the telephone message by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions

 

1. What is the first item that the man has in his carry-on bag?
A. water
B. medication
C. a large bottle of shampoo


2. The man is carrying a lighter because he _______.
A. enjoys smoking cigarettes
B. is worried about his safety
C. he forgot to take it out of his bag


3. The next illegal item the man has with him is __________.
A. a live snake
B. firecrackers
C. a huge knife

4. The man received this item from ________.
A. a close friend
B. a relative
C. a stranger

5. The man doesn't know the airline's rules because ________.
A. the sign was written in Chinese
B. he didn't see the sign
C. he wasn't paying careful attention

Правильные ответы:

1. water
2. is worried about his safety
3. a huge knife
4. a relative
5. he wasn't paying careful attention

 Conversation 5 - A student credit card

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions.

1. According to the conversation, which item did the woman NOT purchase with her credit card?
A. a digital camera
B. a TV
C. a stereo
2. What is one reason to explain why the woman obtained a student credit card?
A. She wants to buy things at a discount using the card.
B. She hopes to establish a good credit rating.
C. She doesn't want to borrow from her parents.

3. What is one problem NOT mentioned in the conversation?
A. People generally have a difficult time getting out of debt.
B. Students often apply for more credit cards than they need.
C. The interest rates on student cards are very high.

4. What does the woman imply about how she plans on resolving her credit card problems?
A. She hopes that someone will give her the money.
B. She plans on getting rid of her student credit cards.
C. She is going to return the items she purchased on the card.

5. What is the man going to do for the woman to help her manage her money?
A. help her find a better paying job to cover her expenses
B. teach her how to prepare a financial management plan
C. show her how she can apply for low-interest student credit cards

Правильные ответы:

1. a digital camera
2. She hopes to establish a good credit rating.
3. Students often apply for more credit cards than they need.
4. She hopes that someone will give her the money.
5. teach her how to prepare a financial management plan

 Conversation 6 - College Roommates

Watch the video and answer the questions. 

  

 

1. What time does the man really get up in the morning?

A. at 6:00 a.m.
B. at 10:00 a.m.
C. at 12:00 p.m.

2. What does the man usually eat?
A. nutritious meals
B. fastfood
C. his mother's cooking

3. What does the man's bedroom look like?
A. It is messy.
B. It is very tidy.
C. It is clean.

4. What does the man have under his bed?
A. his school books
B. some clothing
C. a few old shoes

5. What time does the man go to bed?
A. at 11:00 p.m.
B. at 12:00 a.m.
C. at 1:00 a.m.

Правильные ответы:

1. at 12:00 p.m.
2. fastfood
3. It is messy.
4. some clothing
5. at 12:00 a.m.

DIFFICULT

Conversation 7 - Friendly dental care

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions.

 

1. What is the man's initial reason for visiting the dentist?
A. He wanted to have a filling replaced.
B. He needed to have a tooth pulled.
C. He came in for a dental check up.
2. What problem does the dentist discover when he takes a look in the patient's mouth?
A. The man has discolored teeth.
B. The man has a chipped front tooth.
C. The man has a decayed back tooth.

3. When does the man feel discomfort?
A. when he chews on hard foods
B. when he eats hot foods
C. when he drinks something cold

4. What is one method of treatment the dentist does NOT mention?
A. doing a root canal
B. putting a filling in
C. pulling the tooth

5. What does the dentist use to minimize the patient's pain during the procedure?
A. a local anesthetic
B. nitrous oxide
C. no medication is needed in this case

Правильные ответы:

1. He came in for a dental check up.
2. The man has a decayed back tooth.
3. when he drinks something cold
4. doing a root canal
5. nitrous oxide

Conversation 8 - Job Hunting

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions based on the information you hear.

1. In which field is the man looking for a job?
A. education
B. medicine
C. technology

2. Which statement best describes the pay for the job?
A. Employees can receive periodic pay increases based on their work.
B. The salary for the position is above the industry average.
C. Workers are paid on a commission basis depending their sales.

3. What are some of the benefits that the company provides?
A. insurance, paid vacation, and a company vehicle
B. paid vacation, opportunities for promotion, and insurance
C. opportunities for advancement, insurance, and a free bus pass

4. What does the future hold for the industry that he is considering?
A. growing, yet uncertain
B. expanding and secure
C. contracting, yet stable

5. From the conversation, what do we know about the man's educational background?
A. He dropped out of high school.
B. He has some post-secondary education.
C. He has a college degree.

Правильные ответы:

1. technology
2. Employees can receive periodic pay increases based on their work.
3. paid vacation, opportunities for promotion, and insurance
4. growing, yet uncertain
5. He has some post-secondary education.

Conversation 9 - Store returns

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions.

 

1. What is the man trying to return to the store?
A. a dress shirt
B. a sweatshirt
C. a sweater
2. What is one reason why the man wants to return the item?
A. It is the wrong size.
B. The fabric is coming apart.
C. It is stained.

3. What does the store clerk NOT offer to do for the man?
A. return his money
B. exchange the item
C. give him store credit

4. What reason is NOT mentioned why the sales clerk can't help the customer with his request?
A. The customer didn't follow the instructions for using the item.
B. The item was on clearance.
C. The man no longer has the store receipt.

5. How does the conversation end?
A. The store clerk eventually gives the customer a refund.
B. The customer is able to exchange the item.
C. The customer leaves the store without the item.

Правильные ответы:

1. a sweater
2. The fabric is coming apart.
3. return his money
4. The man no longer has the store receipt.
5. The customer leaves the store without the item.

 

Автор статьи:
Мария Словоходова (преподаватель London English School)

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