IELTS® Listening Practice 101

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(Section 3: You will hear a conversation between two students who are chatting about the courses they are taking. First, you will have some time to look at questions 22 to 30 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 22 to 30.)



J: Hi Toby! It's nice to see you at last! How are you? I was hoping I'd bump into you. When did you arrive back on campus?

T: Hi Jemima. I'm fine, thanks. I just got back this morning. I'm exhausted after my journey. I'm just on my way to get some coffee. How about you?

J: Oh, well I've been here for a few days now. I arrived on Friday. My first lecture is on 11th October and I wanted to reserve some books on the reading list at the library, so I can do some reading in preparation.

T: You're keen! My first lecture is not until the 15th.

J: Lucky you! You have plenty of time. Which course did you decide on in the end? Was it Multimedia?

T: No, I went for Graphic Design. I was planning to do Multimedia but there are more places available on Graphic Design. What are you doing? Arabic, wasn't it? 

J: Yes. I'm not sure if I've made the right choice, though. Perhaps I should have taken Chinese. I wonder if that would be more useful. Or German – that would be easier.

T: I'm sure you've made the right decision. Arabic is very useful. Have you got lots of reading to do this term? I looked on the student portal for my reading list this morning and it's really long. I don't know how I will manage to read all those texts.

J: Oh dear. How many are there?

T: More than 50. I didn't count them. What's your list like? 

J: Oh, not as bad as yours. We've only got 15 this term. Some of them are in Arabic though, so it will take me ages to read them. I don't know how I'm going to manage.

T: We'll manage. Try not to worry yet. Have you got your tutorial timetable yet?

J: Yep. I downloaded it this morning. My first one is on Friday. When's yours?

T: Monday. I'm really happy I got the same tutor as last term. She's really helpful. She gave us some study tips last term and they've really helped me manage all the reading I have to do. 

J: Oh really? Can you share them with me? I could do with some tips.

T: Of course. So, she said you don't always have to read the whole article, especially if you have lots on your reading list. You just have to read the abstract.

J: Oh really? The abstract is the summary at the start, right?

T: That's right.

J: But won't you miss lots of important information?

T: Well no, because it's a summary of the whole article so you read it to find out if it's relevant and whether it's worthwhile you reading the whole thing

J: Right. I suppose that makes sense. You can just read the summary to decide if it's relevant. If it is, then it's worth spending time reading the whole article.

T: Exactly. She also advised us to take notes while reading an article so that you never have to read it again. You just re-read your notes

J: Well, that makes a lot of sense. That's a good tip!

T: Yes. But if you make notes, remember to always write down the author's details and the title of the article too, because you'll need that information for the bibliography.

J: Ah, yes. That's true. Thanks so much for sharing those tips. I hope they'll help get me through all my reading.

T: No problem. Shall we go to the library to reserve those books? We can stop for coffee on the way.

J: Good idea.

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