Task 3 Understanding passagesNow you will hear three passages. Each passage will be read twice. When the passage is read for the first time, you are advised to listen for general comprehension and try to finish the first two questions. When the passage is read for the second time, You should listen intensively for details and specific information, and then choose the best answer form the four possible choices the next five questions.
Passage TwoListening for general comprehension: We all love new inventions. They are exciting, amazing and can even change our lives. But have all these development really improve the quality of our lives? Pictures this: you’re rushing to finish your homework on the computer. Your mobile phone rings; a QQ message from your friend appears on the screen; the noise from the television is getting louder and louder. Suddenly the computer goes blank and you lose or your work. Now you have to stay up all night to get it done. How calm and happy do you feel? Inventions have speeded up our lives so much that they often leave us feeling stressed and tired. Why do you think people who live far away from noisy cities, who have no telephones, no cars, not even any electricity often seem to be happier? Perhaps because they lead simpler lives. One family in the UK went “back in time” to see what life was like without all the inventions we have today. The grandparents, with their daughter, and grandsons Benjamin, 10, and Thomas, 7, spent nine weeks in a 1940’s house. They had no washing machine, microwave, computer or mobile phone. The grandmother, Lyn, said, “it was hard physically, but not mentally.” she believed life was less materialistic. “The more things you have, the more difficult life becomes,” she said. The boys said they fought less to fight over, such as their computer. Benjamin also noticed that his grandmother had changed from being a “trendy, beer-drinking granny, to one who cooked things”.
Listening for specific information1. According to the passage, which is not mentioned as an interruption when you do your homework?2. Why do people living far away from noisy cities often seem to be happier?3. Why did the family choose to spend some time in a 1940’s house?4. How many people of the family lived in the 1940’s house?5. Which of the following statements is true according to the passages?Listening for general comprehension: While income worry is a rather common problem of the aged, loneliness is another problem that aged parents may face. Of all the reasons that explain their loneliness, a large geographical distance between parents and their children is the major one. This phenomenon is commonly known as “Empty Nest Syndrome” In order to seek better chances outside their countries, many young people have gone abroad, leaving their parents behind with no clear idea of when they will return home. Their parents spent countless lonely days and nights,taking care of themselves, in the hope that someday their children will come back to stay with them. The fact that most of these young people have gone to Europeanized or Americanized societies make it unlikely that will hold as tightly to the values of duty as they would if they had not left their countries. Whatever the case, it has been noted that the values they hold do not necessarily match what they actually do. This geographical and cultural distance also prevents the grown-up children from providing response in time their aged parents living by themselves. The situation in which grown-up children live far away from their aged parents has been described as “Distant Parent Phenomenon”, which is common both in developed countries and in developing countries. Our society has not yet been well prepared for “Empty Nest Syndrome”.
Listening for specific information1. According to the passage, what is the major cause of the loneliness of aged parents?2. Why have many young people gone abroad, leaving their aged parents behind?3. What will happen if young people go abroad?4. What prevents the grown-up children from providing response in time to their aged parents?5. Which of the following statements is true according to the passage?
I. Pre-listening Activities
Part 1 略 Part 2 ACD
II. Listening Tasks
Task 1 Understanding News Reports
News Item One
1. C 2. B
News Item Two
1. B 2. D
News Item Three
1. B 2.C 3. ATask 2 Understanding a Long Conversation
1. C 2. B 3. C 4. D 5. B
1. D 2.D 3. A 4. B
Task 3 Understanding PassagesListening for specific informationListening for general comprehensionListening for specific informationListening for specific information
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