Paper 4 (Listening) - Part 1

Lesson 17 – Paper 4 (Listening) – Part 1

 

Overview of Paper 4 (Video 17.1)

A.     Listen to your teacher give an overview of the listening exam. 

Before you listen, how much do you know about the FCE listening paper? Look at the questions and see if you know the answers. 

1. How many parts are there in Paper 4?

2. How many questions are there?

3. How many times do you hear the recordings?

4. How long is the listening test?

5. How many marks is each questions worth?

6. Who marks the listening paper?

 

Now listen to your teacher and write the correct answers. 

 

Here’s an overview of what you can expect to find in each part of Paper 4. 

Part 1

In Part 1, there are 8 multiple-choice questions. You will hear 8 short, unrelated extracts. Following the extracts, you will hear a question with three possible choices. 

 

Part 2

In Part 2, there are 10 questions. You will hear either a monologue or speakers interacting. You are required to complete 10 sentences with information that you get from the recording.

 

Part 3

In Part 3, there are 5 questions. You will hear 5 short related monologues. You have to choose the correct answer from 6 possible choices.

 

Part 4

In Part 4, there are 7 multiple –choice questions. Each has three options. You will hear either a monologue or speakers interacting.

 

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Part 1

You will hear people talking in 8 different situations. For questions 1-8, choose the best answer A, B, or C. 

 

When you carry out Part 1, it is important to listen to the key words in the extracts. These will help you to answer the questions correctly. 

 

In this lesson, we are going to listen to 4 different situations and carry out two different exercises on each. You will get to practice the whole of Part 1 in Lesson 21 when you will complete the whole of Paper 4 (the listening exam).   

 

 

Extract 1 (Recording 17.1)

Read the questions.

You hear a young girl talking to her friend about a film. What is her opinion of the film?

 

B. Listen to the extract and decide which answer is correct A, B or C.

A.      There was too much violence

B.      The acting was terrible

C.      The ending was disappointing  

 

C. It’s important to listen out for key words in each of the short extract that you will listen to in Paper 4. Now, listen again and complete the missing word(s) in each gap.

Boy:     I thought the (1)___________ we saw on Friday was excellent.

Girl:     Did you really?

Boy:     Yeah, I loved it. I’ve told all my friends to go and see it.

Girl:     Well, I didn’t think that much of it.

Boy:     Really? You surprise me. I thought you had enjoyed the film?!

Girl:     No, I wasn’t that (2)___________. To start with, (3)___________  was so slow. I thought the film would never get started. 

Boy:     Yes, but it did and the (4)___________  that followed were brilliant.

Girl:     I agree and the (5)___________  were great, but the film ended (6)___________. I felt like it had just got started and then it ended.

Boy:     It wasn’t (7)___________ and I think the ending is definitely open to interpretation.

Girl:     I know and I’m sure there'lll be (8)___________. 

 

 

Extract 2 (Recording 17.2)

D.     You are going to listen to an extract from a railway station. Before you listen, put the vocabulary related to trains and railway stations into the correct categories.

 

Check the meaning of any new words.

 


Cheap

Clean

Delayed

Dirty

Expensive

Friendly

Helpful

Left luggage office

News stand

Oyster card (UK only)

Reliable

Return

Single

Ticket office

Travel card

Unreliable

Waiting room


 

Types of tickets

Places at a train station

Positive adjectives to describe service

Negative adjectives to describe service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E.      Now listen and answer the multiple-choice question. 

At the railway station, you hear two people talking. 

 

What do they agree on?

 

A.      The trains are more reliable than they used to be.

B.      The trains are cleaner than they used to be.

C.      The train staff are more helpful than they used to be. 

 

 

Extract 3 (Recording 17.3)

You hear a woman on the radio talking about zoos. 

F.       Answer the following questions before you answer the exam question.

 

1.      When do most parents take their children to the zoo?

2.      Where do the animals live in the zoo?

3.      What adjective(s) does the woman use to describe zoos in general?

 

Check your answers.

 

Now answer the exam question.

G.     What does the woman say about zoos?

A.      She enjoys visiting them.

B.      She thinks they are unnatural.

C.      She believes they are doing a good job. 

 

 

Extract 4 (Recording 17.4)

You overhear a woman talking in a café to her husband. 

She addresses her husband as ‘darling’. We are now going to look at different ways of addressing people.

 

H.     Match the words on the left to their meaning.

 

Ways of addressing people

 

A formal way of addressing a man.

A very formal way of addressing a man. 

An informal way of calling a ‘friend’. Most commonly used between men.

A very formal ways of addressing a woman

A formal way of addressing a woman.

An informal affectionate term typically used within couples.

 

Darling

 

1.     

Mate

 

2.     

Mr ______

 

3.     

Mrs ______

 

4.     

Madam

 

5.     

Sir

 

6.     

 

Now, listen to the woman talking to her husband and answer the questions.

I.        Why has she decided to change her job?

A.      To earn more money

B.      To meet more people

C.      To have more free time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Answers

A.

Audio script (Video 17.1)

Paper 4 contains 4 parts with 30 questions in total. You may be tested on the following aspects:

Understanding gist

Main points

Detail or specific information

Deduce meaning from a text

You may listen to monologues or speakers interacting in a variety of scenarios. You will listen to each part two times.   

In Paper 4, there are always 30 questions and 4 separate parts. The test lasts approximately 40 minutes. Each questions carries 1 mark. Parts 1, 3 & 4 are marked by computer. Part 2 is marked by experienced markers. 

 

1.      4

2.      30

3.      Twice

4.      Approximately 40 minutes

5.      One

6.      Part 1, 3, 4 are marked by a computer. Part 2 is marked by experienced markers. 

 

B

C

 

C

1.      Film

2.      Impressed

3.      The beginning

4.      Action scenes

5.      Special effects

6.      Really abruptly

7.      A long film

8.      A sequel

 

Audio script (Recording 17.1)

Boy:     I thought the film we saw on Friday was excellent.

Girl:     Did you really?

Boy:     Yeah, I loved it. I’ve told all my friends to go and see it.

Girl:     Well, I didn’t think that much of it.

Boy:     Really? You surprise me. I thought you had enjoyed the film?!

Girl:     No, I wasn’t that impressed. To start with, the beginning was so slow. I thought the film would never get started. 

Boy:     Yes, but it did and the action scenes that followed were brilliant.

Girl:     I agree and the special effects were great, but the film ended really abruptly. I felt like it had just got started and then it ended.

Boy:     It wasn’t a long film and I think the ending is definitely open to interpretation.

Girl:     I know and I’m sure there'll be a sequel. 

 

D.

Types of tickets

Places at a train station

Positive adjectives to describe service

Negative adjectives to describe service

 

Single

Return

Travel card

Oyster card (UK only)

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting room

Ticket office

News stand

Left luggage office

 

Reliable

Cheap

Clean

Friendly

Helpful

 

Unreliable

Expensive

Dirty

Delayed

 

 

E.

Audio script (Recording 17.2)

Woman:        Do you think the train will arrive soon? It’s 30 minutes late as it is. 

Man:             I’ve no idea. All I know is that I’m really late for work. It’s unusual though as I don’t usually have a problem with this train. 

Woman:       Yes, I tend to agree. I think the trains are more reliable nowadays. I still don’t think the staff here are any good. I just asked two of them what the problem was today and they looked at me blankly. 

Man:             True. But what gets me is that the trains at this time of day are often really dirty. I thought it will a better service, the trains would be cleaner but it’s not the case.

Woman:       Really? I’ve never noticed the trains being that dirty. They always seem clean to me. 

 

Answer = A

 

F.

Audio script (Recording 17.3)

I don’t understand it. Every school holiday, parents end up taking their kids to zoos. It doesn’t matter which country or city they are, parents always take their children there. And yes, of course the kids have a great time. It doesn’t seem to upset them that they creatures they are admiring are thousands of miles away from their natural habitat. And that they are being locked each day in a tiny cage unable to wonder around freely. I hope one day they will see how cruel it is and they will turn around to their parents and tell them they no longer want to go. Until then, I guess the zoos will continue to make healthy profits. 

1.      During the school holidays. 

2.      In cages

3.      Cruel

 

G.

B

 

H.

Audio script (Recording 17.4)

Husband:     Ok, so you’re definitely changing your job?

Wife:            Yes, darling, we’ve been through this a hundred times. I am changing my job and yes I’m sure. In fact, I’ve seen a new job advertised online and although it’s a lower salary, I’m going to apply. I think it’s the perfect job for me. I’ve also heard from some colleagues that the people at the company are friendly – it’s probably because it’s a smaller company. 

Husband:      Well, that sounds great. What about the hours?

Wife:            That’s the best bit. I’ll be working from 9 until 2 so not until 5, like in my current job. So this way I’ll be able to spend more time with the kids. 

 

1.      An informal affectionate term typically used within couples.

2.      An informal way of calling a ‘friend’. Most commonly used between men.

3.      A formal way of addressing a man.

4.      A formal way of addressing a woman.

5.      A very formal ways of addressing a woman

6.      A very formal way of addressing a man. 

 

I.

C


 

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