Part III Listening Comprehension (35 minutes)
A) Find a shortcut to the park..
B) Buy some roses from the market.
C) Plant trees in the east end of town.
D) Go to the park to enjoy the flowers.
A) She has been invited to give a talk.
B) She is going to meet the man at 9:30.
C) She cannot attend the presentation.
D) She cannot work because of her toothache.
A) He is a very successful businessman.
B) He has changed his business strategy.
C) He is making plans to expand his operation.
D) He was twenty when he took over the company
A) She has every confidence in Susan.
B) She has not read the news on the Net.
C) She is a little bit surprised at the news
D) She is not as bright and diligent as Susan.
A) It is more comfortable and convenient to take a bus.
B) It is worth the money taking a train to Miami
C) It is not always cheaper going by bus.
D) It is faster to go to Miami by train.
A) Antiques can improve their image.
B) Preservation of antiques is important.
C) The old furniture should he replaced.
D) They should move into a new office.
A) All roads were closed because of the flood.
B) The man stayed at the lab the whole night.
C) The man got home late due to the storm
D) The storm continued until midnight.
A) Many children feel bored when left alone.
B) The woman’s sons might enjoy team sports.
C) The woman'5 kids can play soccer with his son.
D) Children should play sports at least once a week.
Long Conversation One
A) Make phone calls to promote sales.
B) Arrange business negotiations.
C) Handle complaints from customers.
D) Take orders over the phone.
A) They had different business strategies.
B) Customers often mistook one for the other.
C) Conflicts between them could not be properly solved.
D) Customers’ questions could not be answered on the same day.
A) They each take a week.
B) They like to spend it together.
C) They have to take it by turns.
D) They are given two weeks each·
Long Conversation Two
A) At a road crossing.
B) Outside a police station.
C) Near a school.
D) In front of a kindergarten.
A) He drove too fast to read it.
B) He did not notice it.
C) It says 45 miles an hour.
D) It 15 not clearly visible.
24.A) It should have been renewed two months ago.
B) It actually belongs to somebody else.
C) It is no longer valid.
D) It 15 not genuine.
A) He got a ticket.
B) He was fined$35.
C) He had his driver's license canceled·
D) He had to do two weeks, community service.
Questions 26 to 29 are based on the passage you have just heard.
A) They care more about an item’s price than its use.
B) They grab whatever they think is a good bargain.
C) They become excited as if they had never been there.
D) They behave as if their memories have failed today.
A) Those with a VIP card.
B) Those with 15 items or less.
C) Those needing assistance
D) Those paying in cash.
A) Go back and pick up more items.
B) Take out some unwanted purchases.
C) Change the items they have picked up.
D) Calculate the total cost of the groceries.
A) It calls for carefulness.
B) It requires tolerance.
C) It needs a good knowledge of math.
D) It involves communications skills.
Questions 30 to 32 are based on the passage you have just heard.
A) A package of ideas formally presented.
B) A short presentation clearly delivered.
C) A natural and spontaneous style of speech.
D) A clever use of visual aids in presentations.
A) The skillful use of gestures and facial expressions.
B) Differences in style between writing and speaking.
C) Different preferences of audiences.
D) The importance of preparation.
A) The differences between American and Asian culture.
B) The significance of cross-cultural communication.
C) The increasing importance of public speaking.
D) The key to becoming a good speaker.
A) By comparing his performance with others’.
B) By being repeatedly corrected by adults.
C) By observing what their teachers do.
D) By being given constant praise.
A) The best students are usually smart by nature.
B) It is only natural for children to make errors.
C) Children cannot detect their own mistakes.
D) All children should have equal opportunities.
A) It is favorable to knowledge accumulation.
B) It is beneficial to independent children.
C) It is unhealthy to students’ upbringing.
D) It is unhelpful to students’ learning.
Time is, for the average American, of utmost importance. To the (36)____ visitor, Americans seem to be more concerned with getting things (37)____ on time (according to a predetermined schedule) than they are with developing deep (38)____ relations. Schedules, for the American, are meant to be planned and then followed in the smallest (39)____ .
It may seem to you that most Americans are completely (40)____ by the little machines they wear on their wrists, cutting their discussions off (41)____ to make it to their next appointment on time.
Americans’ language is filled with (42)____ to time, giving a clear (43)____ of how much it is valued. Time is something to be “on,” to be “kept,” “filled,” “saved,” “wasted,” “gained,” “planned,” “given,” “made the most of,” even “killed.”
The international visitor soon learns that (44)____
Time is so valued in America, because by considering time to be important one can clearly achieve more than if one “wastes” time and doesn’t keep busy. This philosophy has proven its worth. (45)____. Many American proverbs stress the value of guarding time, using it wisely, and setting and working toward specific goals. (46) ____
W: I just heard about a really beautiful park in the east end of the town. There are a lot of roses in bloom.
M: Why don’t we walk over there and see for ourselves?
Q: What will the speakers probably do?
M: My presentation is scheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning at the lecture hall. I hope to see you there.
W: Oh, sorry. I was about to tell you that I have an appointment with my dentist at 9:00 o’clock tomorrow.
Q: What do we learn about the woman?
W: How long have you been running this company?
M: Twenty years if you can believe that. I brought it from a small operation to what it is today.
Q: What do we learn about the man?
M: Have you read the news on the campus net? Susan has won the scholarship for next year.
W: I knew she would from the very beginning. Such a brilliant and diligent girl! She certainly deserves it.
Q: What does the woman mean?
W: Taking a bus to Miami, it’s cheaper than going by train.
M: That’s true. But I’d rather pay a little more for the added comfort and convenience.
Q: What does the man mean?
M: I think it’s time we got rid of all this old furniture.
W: You’re right. We need to promote our image besides it’s not a real antique.
Q: What do the speakers mean?
M: That was some storm yesterday. How was I afraid I couldn’t make it home.
W: Yeah, most of the roads to my house were flooded. I didn’t get home from the lab until midnight.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
W: My boys are always complaining that they’re bored.
M: Why don’t you get them into some team sports? My son and daughter play soccer every Saturday. And they both look forward to it all week.
Q: What does the man mean?
W: So John, I hear you and Arthur share a job, don’t you?
M: Yes. We’ve shared a sales job at Sonatech for about two years now.
W: Well, how do you divide up your schedule?
M: You know we are both sales representatives, and we take orders over the phone. When we started job sharing it was difficult, because we both worked all day Monday. I worked Tuesday and Thursday and Arthur worked Wednesday and Friday. The problem was that when I was in the office on Tuesday. I would talk to people, then they would call back on Wednesday with a question. But Arthur couldn’t answer the question and he couldn’t ask me about it because I wasn’t in the office. So he had to ask the people to call me back the next day, Thursday. Of course, they didn’t like to wait until the next day to have their questions answered.
W: Yes, that sounds like a problem.
M: So, finally we decided that Arthur would work in the mornings and I would work in the afternoons. Now if someone calls with the question for me in the morning, Arthur tells them to call me in the afternoon. This way, people get their questions answered the same day.
W: What do you do about vacations?
M: Well, Sonatech gives the usual two weeks of vacation to full-time employees, I take a week and Arthur takes a week.
W: It sounds like job sharing has worked out well for you.
M: Yes, it has. We are both happy with it.
Q19. What do John and author do at Sonatech?
Q20. What problem did John and Arthur have when they started job sharing?
Q21. What does John say about their annual vacation?
W: May I see your license, please?
M: But officer, did I do something wrong?
W: Do you mean to say you didn’t see the speed limit sign back there?
M: Um, no, madam, I guess I didn’t.
W: In other words, you drove by too fast to read it. The sign says 35m/h. A school is just nearby, you know?
M: Don’t get me wrong, but my speedometer didn’t read much faster than that.
W: Then, why is it that my radar showed you are going 45? Let me put it another way. I’m going to give you a ticket. Again, may I see your license, please?
M: Here it is, officer. But let me explain. I was late for an important appointment and I was worried that I wouldn’t make it on time. So...
W: Uha, just a minute, here. Your license is no longer valid. You should have renewed it two weeks ago. I’m going to have to write you up for that, too.
M: What? Really?
W: Your license becomes invalid on your birthday and that was two weeks ago according to the date here. You are in violation of the law—driving without a valid license.
M: I’m sorry, madam. I hadn’t realized that.
W: Here’s the ticket for not having a valid license. But I’m only going to give you a warning about exceeding the speed limit. Be careful next time.
M: Yes, madam, officer, I will. Thank you.
Q22. Where was the man stopped by the police officer?
Q23. What did the man claim about the speed limit sign?
Q24. What did the woman say about the man’s driving license?
Q25. What was the man’s penalty?
Since I started working part-time at a grocery store, I have learned that a customer is more than someone who buy something. To me, a customer is a person whose memory fails entirely once he or she starts to push a shopping card. One of the first things customers forget is how to count. There is no other way to explain how so many people get in their express line, which is clearly marked 15 items or less, with 20, 25 or even a cart load of items. Customers also forget why they came to the store in the first place. Just as I finish ringing up an order, a customer will say, “Oops, I forgot to pick up a fresh loaf of bread. I hope you don’t mind waiting while I go get it.” Five minutes later, he’s back with the bread, a bottle of milk, and three rolls of paper towels. Strange is that seems customers also seem to forget that they have to pay for their groceries. Instead of writing a check or looking for a credit card while I am ringing up the groceries, my customers will wait until I announce the total. Then, in surprise, she says, “Oh no, what did I do with my check book?” After 5 minutes of digging through her purse, she borrows my pen because she’s forgotten hers. But I have to be tolerant of customers because they pay my salary, and that’s something I can’t afford to forget.
Q26. What does the speaker say about customers’ entering the grocery store?
Q27. Which customers are supposed to be in the express line?
Q28. What does the speaker say some customers do when they arrive at the check-out counter?
Q29. What does the speaker say about his job at the end of the talk?
The speech delivery style of Europeans and Asians tends to be very formal. Speakers of these cultures often read oral presentations from carefully retain manual scripts. On the other hand, American speakers are generally more informal relative to speakers and other cultures. American audiences prefer natural, spontaneous delivery that conveys a lively sense of communication. They don’t relay well to speakers who read from a manual script. If you use an outline of your ideas instead of a prepare text, your speech will not only sound more natural, but you will also be able to establish better relationship with your listeners and keep their attention. The language and style you use when making an oral presentation should not be the same as the language in style you use when writing. Well retain information, that is meant to be read, does not work as well when it is heard. It is, therefore, important for you to adapt retain texts or outlines for presentations. Good speakers are much more informal when speaking than when writing. They also use their own words and develop their own speaking styles. Whenever possible, they use short words. Listeners are appreciated when speakers use simple, everyday words in a presentation. One advantage is that it is much easier for speakers to pronounce short words correctly. Another is that long and sophisticated vocabulary choices make listening more difficult.
Question 30 to 32
30. What does the speaker say American audiences prefer?
31. What should one pay attention to when making an oral presentation?
32. What does the speaker focus on in the talk?
Let children learn to judge their own work
A child learning to talk does not learn by being corrected all the time. If corrected too much, he will stop talking. He compares a thousand times a day the difference between language as he uses it and language as those around him use it. Bit by bit, he makes the necessary changes to make his language like other people’s. In the same way, kids learning to do all the other things they learn without adult teachers, to walk, run, climb, ride a bike, play games, compare their own performance with what more skilled people do, and slowly make the needed changes. But in school we never give a child a chance to detect his mistakes. We do it all for him. We act as if we thought he would never notice a mistake unless it was pointed out to him. Soon he becomes dependent on the expert. We should let him do it himself. Let him figure out, with the help of other children if he wants it, what this word says, what is the answer to that problem, whether this is a good way of saying or doing this or that.
If right answers need to be given, as in mathematics or science, give him the answer book. Let him correct his own papers. Why should we teachers waste time on such tedious work? Our job should be to help the children when they tell us that they can’t find the way to get the right answer.
Question 33 to 35 are based on the passage you have just heard.
Q33 How does a child learn to do something according to the speaker?
Q34 What belief do teachers commonly hold according to the speaker?
Q35 What does the speaker imply about the current way of teaching?
Time is, for the average American, of utmost importance. To the foreign visitor, Americans seem to be more concerned with getting things accomplished on time (according to a predetermined schedule) than they are with developing deep interpersonal relations. Schedules, for the American, are meant to be planned and then followed in the smallest detail.
It may seem to you that most Americans are completely controlled by the little machines they wear on their wrists, cutting their discussions off abruptly to make it to their next appointment on time.
Americans’ language is filled with references to time, giving a clear indication of how much it is valued. Time is something to be “on,” to be “kept,” “filled,” “saved,” “wasted,” “gained,” “planned,” “given,” “made the most of,” even “killed.”
The international visitor soon learns that it is considered very rude to be late -- even by 10 minutes -- for an appointment in America.
Time is so valued in America, because by considering time to be important one can clearly achieve more than if one “wastes” time and doesn’t keep busy. This philosophy has proven its worth. It has enabled Americans to be extremely productive, and productivity itself is highly valued in America. Many American proverbs stress the value of guarding time, using it wisely, and setting and working toward specific goals. Americans believe in spending their time and energy today so that the fruits of their labor may be enjoyed at a later time.
11.D). Go to the park to enjoy the flowers.
12.C). She cannot attend the presentation.
13.A). He is a very successful businessman.
14.A). She has every confidence in Susan.
15.B). It is worth the money taking a train to Miami
16.C). The old furniture should he replaced.
17.C). The man got home late due to the storm
18.B). The woman’s sons might enjoy team sports.
19.D). Take orders over the phone.
20.D). Customers’ questions could not be answered on the same day.
21.A). They each take a week.
22.C). Near a school.
23.B). He did not notice it.
24.C). It is no longer valid.
25.A). He got a ticket.
26.D). They behave as if their memories have failed today.
27.B). Those with 15 items or less.
28.A). Go back and pick up more items.
29.B). It requires tolerance.
30.C). A natural and spontaneous style of speech.
31.B). Differences in style between writing and speaking.
32.D). The key to becoming a good speaker.
33.A). By comparing his performance with others’.
34.C). Children cannot detect their own mistakes.
35.D). It is unhelpful to students’ learning.
44.it is considered very rude to be late -- even by 10 minutes -- for an appointment in America.
45.It has enabled Americans to be extremely productive, and productivity itself is highly valued in America.
46.Americans believe in spending their time and energy today so that the fruits of their labor may be enjoyed at a later time.