IELTS® Listening Practice 112

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Questions 21-25
What does Jack tell his tutor about each of the following course options?
  1. He'll definitely do it.
  2. He may or may not do it.
  3. He won't do it.

Write the correct letter A-C next to questions 21-25.

21. Media Studies

22. Women and Power

23. Culture and Society

24. Identity and Popular Culture

25. Introduction to Cultural Theory

 

 
This listening practice simulates the third section of the IELTS Listening test. Listen to the audio and answer questions 21-25.
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    You will hear a Communication Studies student talking to his tutor about optional courses for the next semester. 

    Dr Ray: Come in. Oh hello, Jack. Have a seat. Right, you said you wanted to see me to talk about your options next semester?

    Jack: That's right. We have to decide by the end of next week. Really, I'd like to do all five options but we have to choose two, don't we?

    Dr Ray: Yes, but the choice depends on your major to some extent. You're majoring in Communication Studies, aren't you?

    Jack:  That's right.

    Dr Ray: So, for example, the Media Studies Option will cover quite a lot of the same area you did in the core module on mass communications this semester - the development of the media through the last two centuries, in relation to political and social issues.

    Jack: Mmm. Well, that was interesting, but I've decided I'd rather do something completely new. (#21) There's a Women's Studies option, isn't there?

    Dr Ray: Yes, 'Women and Power' – again, it has a historical focus, it aims to contextualise women's studies by looking at the legal and social situation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    Jack:  So it would be useful if I intended to specialise in women's studies...but I'm not sure I do, actually.

    Dr Ray: Well, it might still be useful to give you an idea of the issues involved. It's taught by Dr. Steed.

    Jack: Oh, really? I'll sign up for that, then. (#22) What about the option on Culture and Society?

    Dr Ray: That addresses the historical debate on the place of culture since the Industrial Revolution in Britain.

    Jack:  So, a historical focus again...

    Dr Ray: Do I get the message you're not so keen on history?

    Jack: Well, it's just we seem to have done quite a lot this semester …anyway, I'll think about that one. (#23)

    Dr Ray: If you're interested in a course focusing on current issues, there's the option on Identity and Popular Culture – that approaches the subject through things like contemporary film, adverts, soap operas, and so on.

    Jack:  Oh? That sounds interesting. Can you tell me who runs it?

    Dr Ray: Well, it's normally Dr. Stevens, but he's on sabbatical next semester, so I'm not sure who'll be running it. It should be decided by next week though.

    Jack:  Right, well I might wait until then to decide. (#24) And the last option is Introduction to Cultural Theory, isn't it. I'm quite interested in that too – I was talking to one of the second year students, and she said it was really useful, it made a lot of things fall into place.

    Dr Ray: Yes, but in fact in your major, you'll have covered a lot of that already in Communications 102, so that might be less useful than some of the others.

    Jack:  Oh, I'll forget about that one, then. (#25)

    Dr Ray: Now, while you're here, we could also discuss how you're getting on with your Core Module assignment...

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Listening Script Vocabulary


You will hear a Communication Studies student talking to his tutor about optional courses for the next semester. 

Dr Ray: Come in. Oh hello, Jack. Have a seat. Right, you said you wanted to see me to talk about your options next semester?

Jack: That's right. We have to decide by the end of next week. Really, I'd like to do all five options but we have to choose two, don't we?

Dr Ray: Yes, but the choice depends on your major to some extent. You're majoring in Communication Studies, aren't you?

Jack:  That's right.

Dr Ray: So, for example, the Media Studies Option will cover quite a lot of the same area you did in the core module on mass communications this semester - the development of the media through the last two centuries, in relation to political and social issues.

Jack: Mmm. Well, that was interesting, but I've decided I'd rather do something completely new. (#21) There's a Women's Studies option, isn't there?

Dr Ray: Yes, 'Women and Power' – again, it has a historical focus, it aims to contextualise women's studies by looking at the legal and social situation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Jack:  So it would be useful if I intended to specialise in women's studies...but I'm not sure I do, actually.

Dr Ray: Well, it might still be useful to give you an idea of the issues involved. It's taught by Dr. Steed.

Jack: Oh, really? I'll sign up for that, then. (#22) What about the option on Culture and Society?

Dr Ray: That addresses the historical debate on the place of culture since the Industrial Revolution in Britain.

Jack:  So, a historical focus again...

Dr Ray: Do I get the message you're not so keen on history?

Jack: Well, it's just we seem to have done quite a lot this semester …anyway, I'll think about that one. (#23)

Dr Ray: If you're interested in a course focusing on current issues, there's the option on Identity and Popular Culture – that approaches the subject through things like contemporary film, adverts, soap operas, and so on.

Jack:  Oh? That sounds interesting. Can you tell me who runs it?

Dr Ray: Well, it's normally Dr. Stevens, but he's on sabbatical next semester, so I'm not sure who'll be running it. It should be decided by next week though.

Jack:  Right, well I might wait until then to decide. (#24) And the last option is Introduction to Cultural Theory, isn't it. I'm quite interested in that too – I was talking to one of the second year students, and she said it was really useful, it made a lot of things fall into place.

Dr Ray: Yes, but in fact in your major, you'll have covered a lot of that already in Communications 102, so that might be less useful than some of the others.

Jack:  Oh, I'll forget about that one, then. (#25)

Dr Ray: Now, while you're here, we could also discuss how you're getting on with your Core Module assignment...

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