Part I Active Listening
Directions: Karen is complaining to Hilary about the amount of extra work she does. As you listen,
fill in the table below with the specific information about the frequency of her office
Hilary: Karen, I’ve heard that you have been complaining a bit about the extra work you are
expected to do. So I thought we could perhaps discuss it and see if we can sort it out. Is that
Karen: Yes, it’s a good idea, Hilary.
Hilary: Karen, can you tell me what your problems are?
Karen: Well, it’s just that I can’t manage to get through all my marketing work. I just seem to have
too many other things to do.
Hilary: Go on.
Karen: Well, first I often have to type letters for the departmental managers. Hilary: You mean outside marketing?
Karen: Yes, for Mr. Ford.
Hilary: I see.
Karen: And then I sometimes have to type up minutes of meetings, which isn’t really my job at all.
Hilary: No, that’s not your job. Anything else?
Karen: Well, then there’s the post. Occasionally I’m asked to sort through it.
Hilary: Do you ever have to distribute it?
Karen: No, rarely. Helen does that normally.
Hilary: And how about dictation?
Karen: Well, that’s normally once a day, but that’s not too bad because it’s usually in marketing so
I don’t mind. It’s really all the other jobs that I get.
Hilary: I see, so the problems are mainly the letters – and typing the minutes.
Karen: Yes, I suppose so.
type letters often___
type up the minutes sometimes_
sort through the post occasionally_
distribute mail rarely
take dictation normally once a day
Directions: Listen again and decide whether the statements are true (T) or false (F).
( F ) 1. The purpose of the talk is to blame Karen for her work. ( F ) 2. Typing up the minutes of meetings is Karen’s job.
( T ) 3. Karen is the secretary of Marketing Department.
( T ) 4. The problems are mainly the letters – and typing the minutes.
( T ) 5. How to solve the problem is not mentioned.
Directions: Hans gives a few more details about his working week. Listen and tick (; ) Hans’
The Working Week
John: Can I ask you then, please, just what your week’s work is like?
Hans: First, Mondays, I start to check up all the balances in different currencies we have abroad,
different banks. Then we put them together on a list for a liquidity meeting. Then I meet
people from the Finance Department and discuss these figures. Then we talk a little bit
around the economic situation in the world...
John: Are there any large differences in the exchange rates over the weekend? Hans: Yeah. One thing happens every week, late on Fridays in the United States, when we are, we
are closed here in Europe, and that’s the money supply figures ... they present every Friday
Hans: And the Asian market starts on Monday, six hours before we start here in Europe, and they
look at these money-supply figures, and see if they’ll buy dollars or sell dollars. And then
we start up in Europe about nine o’clock on Mondays. First, we check on the Asian market,
and perhaps the movement of currency will keep on here in Europe. It’s not certain, but
mostly it’s the same tendency in Europe as in Asia. And when we close up here in Europe,
about five o’clock in the evening, Americans have come in ? about three o’clock our time ...
And it’s twenty-four hours’ work all over the world.
John: OK. Well, Hans, thanks very much indeed.
Hans: You’re welcome.
Check up all the balances. ;
Keep the record of the balance.
Meet people from the Finance Department. ;
Meet people from the Marketing Department.
Talk a little bit around the economic situations in the ;
Study the Asian, European markets. ;
Buy pounds or sell pounds.
Buy dollars or sell dollars. ;
24 hours’ work all over the world. ;
Directions: Listen to the following paragraph again and fill in the blanks with the words you hear on
And the Asian market starts on (1) Monday, six hours before we start here (2) in Europe, and they
look at these (3) money-supply figures, and see if they’ll (4) buy dollars or sell dollars. And then (5) we start up in Europe about nine (6) o’clock on Mondays. First, we check on the (7) Asian market,
and perhaps the movement of (8) currency will keep on here in Europe. (9) It’s not certain, but mostly it’s the (10) same tendency in Europe as in Asia. (11) And when we close up here in (12) Europe,
about five o’clock in the evening, (13)Americans have come in ? about three o’clock (14) our time ...
And it’s twenty-four hours’ work (15) all over the world.
Directions: Listen to a report about a tight schedule for Mr. Higgins, Chief Executive Officer from
Sunshine Company and choose the best answer.
Mr. Higgins’ Program
A tight schedule awaits Mr. Higgins, the Chief Executive Officer of American Sunshine Company, as he flies in here ― Sydney, Australia tomorrow at 9.30 a.m. on a two-day program. Nearly five programs are arranged for the CEO tomorrow alone and his programs for the next day before his departure after an overnight stay are not mentioned in his minute-to-minute program.
The main purpose of his visit tomorrow is to lay the foundation stone for resort hotel at 10:00 am. He would later declare construction of the 600-room five-star hotel, at a cost of 300 million dollars for the benefit of the visitors in the next five years.
Mr. Higgins would later unveil the statue of a running horse, the symbol of sunshine company at Higgins Research Institution in the east area at 11:00 a.m. One hour later, he would proceed to the Sunshine School and deliver a speech on the campus in front of the faculty and students.
He will have a buffet lunch and brief rest at Shangri-la Hotel here at 1.30 p.m. From 2.30 p.m., he would resume his itinerary with a visit to the local hospital, for the launching of the Sunshine Charity and participate in the program of 1000-free surgeries under the Sunshine scheme.
He would return to his suite of Shangri-la Hotel at 5.20 p.m. There is no program for him later….
1. What means of transportation will Mr. Higgins take?
A B C
2. Which country will Mr. Higgins visit?
A B C
What’s the symbol of Sunshine Company?
A B C
Where will he have his lunch?
A B C
1. Laying the foundation stone and unveiling (奠基和揭幕) — Two common activities to start or
open a business, company or construction as propaganda. One more activity widely spread is
cutting the ribbons.
Directions: Listen to the passage again and complete the following timetable.
Two-day Visit Program
Time Venue Activities
9:30 Airport Arriving at the airport
10:00 resort hotel Laying the foundation
construction field stone and declaring the
11:00 Higgins Research Unveiling the statue
1:30 Shangri-la hotel Buffet lunch
2:30 Local hospital Launching of
5:20 Shangri-la hotel No program
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Part II Fun Break
Directions: Listen to the poem and answer the following questions.
Busy Day at School
Busy day at school today Maths in the morning
But not for me
I was called away
Captain of a schooner me A pirate in scarlet and black A deep scar running down The side of me face
A kiss from a shark!
Busy day at school today Science after maths
But not for me
I was the new number 9 for Liverpool Making my debut playing up front with Owen
And with only seconds to go I SCORE! Houllier’s Golden Boy but what’s best
The Kop sing my name, local boy hero…
Busy day at school today History all afternoon
But not for me
I was called away
Gangster robbin’ banks
In me Italian suit well smart And no one messes with me Or they sleep with the dishes! Or is it fishes?
1. What does the boy in the poem want to become?
He wants to become a pirate, a football player and Gangster leader.
2. What is inferred in the last two sentences ―Or they sleep with the dishes! Or is it fishes?‖
If one does not study hard, he cannot become anyone but make stupid mistakes.
Part III Additional Listening
Directions: The sentences are not arranged in the same order as presented in the passage. Listen to
the passage once and rearrange them.
A Typical Day of a Foreign Businessman in China
It starts early in the morning at my home office with connection to the US as it’s their early
evening. I take my three children to school, then I sit in the car for an hour, hour-and-a-half,
commuting with my driver, then it’s into the office for mostly either video conferences with other
parts of Asia, or face-to-face with the working team here. I’m pretty hands-on at the moment because
we’re building from the start, so I’d say between 9:30 and six it’s very focused on what we need to do
to support the team in China, whether that be setting up the IT systems, whether that be dealer
relationships, whether that be product offer – it’s pretty widespread at the moment.
What I’m trying to do now (1) is share my knowledge and get momentum (2) round subject areas
across the business. It’s (3) very, very diverse, and it’s a lot (4) of time spent with thinking about our
(5) offer, thinking about our promotion, think about (6) our relationship with the architecture and design (7) community. It’s about sharing and learning in (8) equal measure. I attempt to get home (9) before my children go to bed and (10) then the evening shift starts with (11) Europe and then the US
connection. The (12) importance of a home office is huge. The (13) important thing is to know when
to put (14) them down and shut them off. I (15) have a rule that at 9 pm it goes off, regardless.
1. Get back before my children come home.
2. At my home office I connect to Europe and the US.
3. I have video conferences with other parts of Asia.
4. I take my three children to school.
5. Think about what we need to do to support the team in China.
Answer: ( 4 ) (3 ) (5 ) (1 ) (2 )
Exercise 2 Spot Dictation
Directions: Listen to the passage again and fill in the blanks with the words you hear. (See the typescript in Exercise 1)
Part IV Oral Practice
Activity 1 Role Play
You are a sales manager in your company and you report your work of last week to the general manager.
Activity 2 Story-telling
Look at the following pictures and make a story of a typical day of John Smith. Share your story with your partner.
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