IELTS® Listening Practice 31

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(Section 3: You will hear a conversation between a professor and a student who is having trouble with the assignment. First, you will have some time to look at questions 22 to 25 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 22 to 25.)

D=Dr. Harris

M=Miriam

M: Excuse me Dr. Harris. Ca I have a quick word with you?

D: Of course you can. Please come in.

M: Thanks. I'm Miriam and I'm taking your course in Psychology.

D: Ok. How can I help you, Miriam?

M: Well, I’m having trouble with the assignment that’s due in on Wednesday.

D: What sort of trouble are you having? Have you been able to get hold of the books on the reading list?

M: Yes, I’ve got most of the books but I'm having difficultly finding the journal articles. I don’t understand how to locate them in the library.

D: Right, well it sounds like you need to make an appointment with one of the librarians to learn to use the journals. It’s very important that you understand how to find the articles because they often contain the most up to date information, so they can be very helpful. You should also be able to find them online through the Library’s online catalogue. Do you know how to access that?

M: Mmm, I applied for an account but my password isn’t working …

D: Right, well you must go and make an appointment with a librarian as soon as you can to sort out all these problems.

M: Ok, I’ll do that this afternoon, then. I was also wondering if I could have an extension. I don’t think I’ll have time to finish the assignment before the deadline because of all the problems I’ve had with the journals.

D: Hmm, well, we don’t usually give extensions unless there is a medical reason and you’d have to bring a doctor’s note.

M: Oh, I see.

D: However, since this is your first semester and you have come to see me to get advice on how to solve your issues, I can make an exception.

M: Oh, thank you. I really appreciate it.

D: I can give you an extra two days.

(Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 26 to 31. [20 seconds] Now listen and answer questions 26 to 31.)

D: Now, two days is not a lot of extra time so I’ll give you a few tips about which articles on the reading list are the most important for this assignment.

M: Thanks, that would be helpful.

D: Ideally, you should read them all but a number of them deal with the same issues so you won’t miss any vital information if you don’t. So, let me give you some suggestions. The article by Al Ameri is really worth reading. In fact, that’s the most useful one so definitely read that.

M: Right, I'll prioritise that one.

D: You should also read the article by Johnston but just look at the final part, the research methodology section. That explains how they did the experiment.

M: OK, Johnston, just the research section.

D: If you have time, the one by Rowling is interesting but perhaps not essential for this assignment. Just read the introduction to get an overview.

M: And what about the one by May?

D: Hmm, you can leave that one out for the time being unless you have enough time.

M: OK, I forget that one for now. Someone told me the article by Cooper is important. Should I read that?

D:  Let’s see, it is important but since you’re short of time, just focus on the final section where she discusses her research results.

M: Ok, so just the conclusion.

D: Right. Umm, let’s see … lastly there's Foggo. I should probably remove that one from the reading list. It could be some help but not a lot.

M: Ok, so that one isn’t really necessary. Thank you for the useful advice. That was really helpful.

D: You’re welcome. Good luck with the library appointment.  

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