IELTS Listening - Section 3
TUTOR: Ah, Frances and Steve, Hi. Now, before we start the tutorial ... am I right in thinking that you haven't heard about Lorraine?
FRANCES: No. What about her?
TUTOR: Mmm, she's already left.
FRANCES: Well, she hasn't told anyone!
TUTOR: You sound surprised. Weren't you half expecting it?
FRANCES: Yes, but she could at least have told us, though. We've been on the course together for the past three years and it would have been nice to know. She always was the sort to keep herself to herself.
STEVE: Yes. I know what you mean. Did she give any reason?
TUTOR: Well, she got that job.
TUTOR: Yes, and she's been given permission to leave as there's only a week to go before the end of the course. But she'll be back for the exam week.
FRANCES: Oh, well. We'll just have to catch her on the mobile after the class.
TUTOR: She's gone back to Wales first.
FRANCES: Oh, dear.
STEVE: We'll get hold of her on the mobile.
TUTOR: She did say that it might not be possible to contact her for a couple of weeks.
FRANCES: Oh, okay. If that is what she wants.
TUTOR: Right. To work! We're here to look at your assessment marks for your course work. I take it you haven t seen them yet.
FRANCES/STEVE: No, not yet.
TUTOR: Well, you'll both be pleased. In fact, very pleased.
TUTOR: Frances. You have come out with the top mark in the year.
TUTOR: You have, in fact, got a starred First.
TUTOR: Aren't you pleased, Frances?
FRANCES: Yes. I'm just speechless.
STEVE: And what about me?
TUTOR: Well, Steve, you got a First as well.
STEVE: I don't believe it!
TUTOR: You might have done even better, but there were a few faults with the 5,000 word project you did on traffic management.
STEVE: And what about the book review we had to do?
TUTOR: Yours was, I can safely say, the best we have ever had.
STEVE: You're kidding!
TUTOR: I'm not. In fact, you have won the departmental prize for the piece. It is a pity really that your project wasn't of the same calibre.
STEVE: It's still not bad at all, though. Is it?
TUTOR: It certainly isn't. What do you think were the faults with your project?
STEVE: I just wasn't very happy with the conclusion and I got myself in a bit of a twist with the argument about road pricing.
TUTOR: By and large, your overall conclusions were okay and I would say that your thoughts on road pricing were quite original. The problem was more with the actual end. It was a bit disappointing. You started off well, but then it ended rather suddenly as if you got fed up with it.
STEVE: Yes. I did kind of stop fairly abruptly. I couldn't think of much to say, even though I knew it was important.
TUTOR: Yes. That section needed a bit more work on it. But as I said, by and large it was very good. And Frances. Your project was excellent, so much so that we think you should take it further and perhaps do a PhD or at least an MPhil. What do you think?
FRANCES: I hadn't really thought about it. I've just been concerned with getting through this final year and getting all the course work and exams out of the way.
TUTOR: I can understand that, but I do think that you ought to consider it seriously. If you perform as well in your exams as in your project work you are on course for a first.
FRANCES: Do you think that I'd get funding for it?
TUTOR: Well, any grant will be discretionary, but you have as good a chance as anyone else - I'd even say a much better one.
TUTOR: If you do get a first, it will be the only one we've had in this department for three years. And I'd be happy to be your supervisor.
FRANCES: Thanks! I'd like that. Do you think I should start applying for it now or wait until after the exams?
TUTOR: I think you must really start thinking about it as soon as you can. And Steve, what about you? Have you thought about going on to do research?
STEVE: I have thought about it, but I have a job lined up if I get a good degree and, quite honestly, I am fed up with not having enough money to do the things I would like to do.
TUTOR: I can understand that. Is there anything that either of you would like to talk about?
STEVE: Yeah. I have a couple of things I'd like to ask, if you don't mind.
TUTOR: Okay. We have roughly twenty minutes left. So Steve, would you like to go first?
STEVE: Right , ammm ...
IELTS Listening Tip
1) Predict what type of information is missing
from each gap. Also predict what the missing word or phrase could actually
2) Your first guess might be right or wrong. It doesnt matter. Just thinking about it in that way will help you.
3) Write the missing words exactly as you hear them.
4) Read the sentences/summary again to check that the words you have added make sense and fit grammatically.
Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.
You are going to listen to a conversation between a tutor and two students.
First you have some time to look at Questions 21-23.
Now Listen carefully and answer Questions 21 to 23:
has been with them on the course for (21) .....................
has left because she has got a (22) .....................
has returned to (23) .....................
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Choose the correct letter, A, B, C or D.
Now Listen carefully and answer Questions 24 to 30:
|24)||Steve's mark could have been better if he had|
|A not made mistakes in his project.|
|B done a better book review.|
|C written more words.|
|D chosen a different topic for his project.|
|25)||Steve's book review was|
|A too long.|
|B not as good as his project.|
|D fairly good.|
|26)||Steve's tutor criticizes which aspect of his project?|
|A the beginning|
|B the argument about road pricing|
|C the end|
|D the length|
|27)||The tutor recommends that Frances should do|
|A a PhD but not an MPhil.|
|B an MPhil or a PhD.|
|C another project.|
|D her work more carefully.|
|28)||As regards getting funding, the tutor thinks Frances's|
|A chances are slim.|
|B chances are greater than many other students'.|
|C exam results will be decisive.|
|D chances are better now than in the past.|
|29||The last time a student in the department achieved a first in their exams was|
|A three years ago.|
|B thirty years ago.|
|C last year.|
|D in the first three years the college was open.|
|30)||Steve does not plan to go on to do research because he wants to|
|A stop studying.|
|B do lots of really exciting things.|
|C earn some money to do the things he would like to do.|
|D return to his job.|