Complete the table below.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.
|What she thinks of the city||Example busy|
|Type of accommodation|
|How she finds the accommodation|
|What she thinks of her classmates|
|Title of her course||Business Studies|
|Problems on the course|
|Suggestions for improving the course|
|First type of accommodation|
|Problem with first accommodation|
|Second type of accommodation|
|Title of course|
|Problems on the course||Computer room busy|
|Suggestions for improving the course|
The official IELTS exam gives you 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answer sheet.
Listening Script Vocabulary
(Section 1: You will hear a conversation between a student counsellor and two international students. First, you will have some time to look at questions 1 to 5. [20 seconds]. Now, listen carefully and answer questions 1 to 5.)
C = Counsellor
A = Archie
J = Jack
C: Hello, Archie. Please come in. How are you doing?
A: I’m fine thanks.
C: Hi Jack. How are you today?
J: Not bad.
C: So, as I said in the invitation letter I sent you, I’m a Student Counsellor here at the university and I’m working on a welcome booklet for international students arriving in the UK. It would be really helpful if you could answer a few questions about how you’ve been getting on since you arrived here in Edinburgh.
J: Yes, I’m happy to help.
C: Great. So, Archie, let’s start with you if you don’t mind. You’ve been here for 2 semesters now. Can you tell me about your impression of Edinburgh when you first arrived?
A: Hmm, well the first thing I noticed was how busy it is here at the weekends.
C: Yes, Edinburgh is a busy city, isn’t it? Where did you live when you first arrived?
A: In student accommodation. It was like a hostel in the centre of the city.
C: So you had meals provided? You didn’t have to do your own cooking?
A: No, I didn’t but sometimes I wished I could cook for myself! The hostel food wasn’t very good.
C: That’s a shame. And what were the other students like?
A: They’re OK. I mean I haven’t really made that many friends from the hostel. People tend to keep to themselves and they’re not very sociable.
C: Ah, that’s a pity. But what about the course? What are you studying?
A: It’s a Masters in Business Studies.
C: Oh yes, I remember now. And are you enjoying it?
A: On the whole yes. It’s mostly been really good although I feel there isn’t much contact with the lecturers. They’re usually too busy to meet with students and it’s hard to get an appointment to see them during office hours.
C: Mmm, I see. And is there anything that could be done to improve the course?
A: Umm, well, it would be good to have regular meetings with the lecturers. I think that would be useful. Not necessarily every week - once a month would be enough.
C: Ok, so meetings with lecturers. I can see that would be helpful. Thanks, Archie. I have a few more questions for you but first I’d like to talk to Jack.
(Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you will have some time to look at questions 6 to 10 [20 seconds]. Now, listen and answer questions 6 to 10.)
C: Jack, Where are you from?
J: China, Beijing.
C: And what did you think of Edinburgh when you first got here?
J: Umm, I really liked it from the start. It’s such a beautiful city.
C: And was your accommodation ok?
J: Yeah, it was ok. I had to change after 3 months though because I lived in a home stay at first and the family had 4 kids. They were really kind to me but it was so noisy in the evenings and weekend when I needed to study and I just couldn’t concentrate.
C: Right, I see.
J: So then after three months I moved into a student flat with 2 other overseas students. It’s much quieter and it’s also cheap.
C: Great. What about your course? What subject are you studying?
J: It’s a Bachelor in Computer Studies.
C: Ok. And, other than language difficulties, how are you finding the course?
L: It’s fine, but …
C: Yes, go on.
J: Well, my main problem is getting a computer to work on in the lab. It’s always so busy and there are a limited number of computers available that have the software I need for my coursework. It makes things really hard.
C: Hmm, yes, I can understand that. Is it possible to reserve a computer?
J: No, unfortunately not … it would really help me if I could reserve time in the lab.
C: Right. Well, I’ll check to see if there’s something we can do reserve computer time and improve the situation. Now, back to you, Archie…