1. Section 1
You will hear a man telephoning a sports club to ask about membership and facilities.
First, you have some time to look at questions 1-4.
You will see that there is an example that has been done for you. On this occasion only, the conversation relating to this will be played first.
WOMAN: Good morning. Oh sorry, it's gone 12, I'll start again, good afternoon, Kingswell Sports Club, how can I help you?
MAN: Oh, good afternoon. I was wondering if you could give me some information about membership and facilities.
The name of the sport club is Kingswell. So Kingswell have been written in this state.
Now we shall begin. You should answer the questions as you listen, because you will not hear the recording a second time. Listen carefully and answer questions 1-4.
WOMAN: Good morning. Oh sorry, it’s gone 12, I’ll start again, good afternoon, Kingswell Sports Club, how can I help you?
MAN: Oh, good afternoon. I was wondering if you could give me some information about membership and facilities.
WOMAN: Of course. What would you like to know?
MAN: Do you have tennis courts, for example?
WOMAN: No, I’m afraid we don’t. We’re primarily a golf club.
MAN: What about football? I heard you had a team.
WOMAN: No, I’m sorry. Perhaps you’re thinking about Fresham Sports Centre.
MAN: Oh, right. I know it. I’ve played badminton there.
WOMAN: Have you? They’ve got a lot of facilities we don’t have and vice versa. We do have a keep-fit studio, which is very popular with members, and then as well as that there’s swimming, of course.
MAN: That’s good. I like to swim every day,
WOMAN: We have a range of classes too.
MAN: Do you have judo classes? I’m keen to learn.
WOMAN: Well, at the moment we offer kickboxing, but we’re planning to add judo and stretch classes soon. We’re currently running a range of yoga classes, too.
MAN: What about relaxing after exercise? I assume you have a restaurant or something.
WOMAN: At the moment, we’ve got a salad bar which is very popular. We’ll also have a fully licensed restaurant by the end of the year.
MAN: Sounds good!
Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 5 to 10. Now listen and answer questions 5 to 10.
WOMAN: What kind of membership are you interested in?
MAN: Um, I’m not really sure. What are the options?
WOMAN: Well, there are three different membership schemes.
MAN: I see. What’s the difference?
WOMAN: Well, the first one’s called gold, and you can use all the facilities at any time of the day or week. You can also join in as many classes as you like for free.
MAN: That sounds good. Is it very expensive?
WOMAN: Well, you pay a 250 pounds joining fee and then it’s 450 – oh no, I’m sorry, it’s just gone up by £50, sorry about that – it’s now £500 for the annual subscription fee.
MAN: Right, got that. And what’s the next type?
WOMAN: Well, that’s Silver – it’s the same as Gold except you have to pay a small fee of 1 pound per lesson for any you do and you can only use the centre at certain times.
MAN: I see. So when exactly?
WOMAN: You can only use the facilities between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm.
MAN: So I couldn’t use the pool at 8.00 in the morning or evening, then?
WOMAN: That’s right.
MAN: OK. And the price for that? Is the joining fee the same as for Gold?
WOMAN: Actually, it’s slightly less than the £250 – it’s £225, but the annual fee is only 300 pounds. Does that sound more like what you want?
MAN: Well, it’s still rather more expensive than I thought. I’m a student here in England and I’m only here for six months.
WOMAN: Ah, then the Bronze scheme would probably suit you best.
MAN: How is that different?
WOMAN: Well, some of the facilities have restricted use.
MAN: And do I have to pay for classes?
WOMAN: Yes, it’s £3 for each class you join.
MAN: I see. And what are the hours then?
WOMAN: Between 10.30 and 3.30 weekdays only and you pay a £50 joining fee. The annual fee is £180 – it works out at £15 a month, so that would be quite a lot cheaper.
MAN: Oh, that should be all right. I could come in my free periods. What do I have to do if I want to join?
WOMAN: Well, we book you in for an assessment with an instructor, who will show you how to use all the equipment. If you want to organise a trial session and look around the centre, you’ll need to speak to David Kynchley.
MAN: Hmm. Could you spell that please?
WOMAN: Yes, David K-Y-N-C-H-L-E-Y. I’ll give you his direct line number. It’s oh-four-five-eight-nine-five-three-double one.
WOMAN: Thank you for calling Kingswell Sports Club.
That is the end of Section 1. You now have half a minute to check your answers. Now turn to section 2.
2. Section 2
You will hear a local radio broadcast about the Rivenden City Theatre.
First, you have some time to look at questions 11 to 16. Now listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 16.
RJ: And here on radio Rivenden, we have Lynn Raleigh the public relations officer of our own Rivenden City Theatre. Hello Lynn.
RJ: Now the theater is reopening soon after its three-year Redevelopment program, isn't it?
Lynn: That's right. And there are a lot of improvements. The first thing people will see when they go in is that the foyer has been repainted in the original green and gold. Then the box office has been reoriented with its own access from the side of the building instead of through the foyer which means it can be open longer hours and has more space too. The shop that used to be in the foyer which used to sell books and CDs is the one part of the redevelopment which isn't yet complete. The plan is to find new premises for it near the theatre, and we've had difficulty finding somewhere suitable. We hope to reopen the shop in the next few months.
RJ: Will audiences find any difference in the auditorium?
Lynn: Yes. We've increased the legroom between the rows which means that there are now fewer seats, but we're sure audiences will be much happier and we've installed air conditioning, so it won't get so hot and stuffy. We already had a few seats which was suitable for wheelchair users and now there are twice as many which we hope will meet demand. Something else that will benefit audiences is the new lifts the two we used to have a very small and slow they now gone and we've got much more efficient ones.
RJ: Anything for the performers?
Lynn: Yes. We've made a number of improvements backstage. The small dark dressing rooms we used to have, have been converted into two large area rooms. So, they're much more comfortable now and the state-of-the-art electronic Sound and Lighting systems have been installed.
Before you hear the rest of the talk, you have some time to look at questions 17 to 20. Now listen and answer questions 17 to 20.
RJ: Okay. So, what's the first play that audiences can see when the theatre reopens?
Lynn: We've got a very exciting production 'Peter Shaffer's Royal Hunt of the Sun' which is currently touring the country that starts on October the 13th and runs to the 19th. We're experimenting a bit with the time the curtain goes up. We used to start all our performances at 7.30, but that made it difficult for people to go home by public transport. So, instead we're beginning at 7:00 because at 9:45 when it finishes, there are still buses running. Tickets are already selling fast, the Friday and Saturday performances sold out almost immediately. And in fact, now there are only tickets for Monday and Thursday.
RJ: How much are they?
Lynn: We've introduced a simpler price structure. Ticket prices used to range from 6 pounds to 30 pounds, but now they're all 18 pounds. They are available from the box office in person by phone fax or post or online.
RJ: Okay Lynn, now, if you'd like to give the contact details for the theatre ...
That is the end of section 2 you now have half a minute to check your answers. Now turn to section 3.
3. Section 3
You will hear a man inquiring about college courses.
First, you have some time to look at questions 21 to 25. Now listen carefully and answer questions 21 to 25.
Tutor: Hi, can I help you?
Brian: I was told to come here because I'd like to talk to someone about taking a management course.
Tutor: Right! I'm one of the tutors, so I should be able to help you.
Brian: Oh good. My name's Brian Ardley. I've decided to enrol on a part-time management course. A friend of mine took one last year and recommended it to me.
Brian: Is there anything I should do before the course like reading or anything?
Tutor: We prefer to integrate reading with the course, so we don't give out a reading list in advance. But we like people to write a case study describing an organization they know.
Brian: I've already done that as my friend told me you wanted one, but would it be possible to sit in on a teaching session to see what it's like. I haven't been a student for quite a while.
Tutor: Fine. Just let me know which date and I'll arrange it with the tutor.
Brian: Now, could I ask you about the college facilities, please?
Tutor: Anything in particular?
Brian: Well, the course is one day a week all day, isn't it? So presumably it's possible to buy food.
Tutor: Yes, the refectory is open all day.
Brian: Does it serve in case of special diets? I have some food allergies.
Tutor: Provided you wrote to the refectory in advance. It won't be a problem.
Brian: Good. What about facilities for young children? I'd like to bring my daughter here while I'm studying.
Tutor: How old is she?
Tutor: Then she's eligible to join the nursery which is supervised by a qualified Nursery nurse. The waiting list for place is quite long though. So, you ought to apply now.
Tutor: I don't know if the reuse advice service would be of any interest to you?
Brian: Yes, it might help me decide how to develop my career after the course.
Tutor: The centre has a lot of reference materials and staff qualified to give guidance on a one-to-one basis.
Brian: I noticed the fitness centre next to the college is that for students?
Tutor: It's open to everyone but students pay an annual fee that's much less than the general public pay.
Brian: And presumably the College library stocks newspapers and journals as well as books.
Tutor: Yes, and there's also an audiovisual room for viewing and listening to videos, cassettes and so on. Brian: Is there also access to computers?
Tutor: Yes, your tutor will need to arrange with the technical support team for you to get a password. So, ask him or her about it when you start the course.
Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 26 to 30. Now listen and answer questions 26 to 30.
Tutor: By the way, do you know about our business centre.
Brian: No, what's that?
Tutor: It's a training resource. A collection of materials for people to study on their own or using their own organizations.
Brian: You mean books and videos?
Tutor: Yes, and manuals for self-study plus a lot of computer-based materials. So, people can work through them at their own speed and repeat anything they aren't sure about and you can hire laptops to use in your own home or workplace as well as printers that you can take away.
Brian: Does it have anything that I can use to improve my study skills? I don't have much idea about report writing and I'm sure I'll need it on the course.
Tutor: Oh, yes plenty of useful material. Just ask one of the staff.
Brian: Does the centre cover all the main areas of business?
Tutor: Yes, topics like finance and of course marketing, that's a popular one. Local managers seemed to queue up to borrow the videos.
Brian: So, it isn't just for students then.
Tutor: No. It's for members only, but anyone can join.
Brian: How much does it cost?
Tutor: A hundred pounds a year for a company and fifty pounds for an individual with no discount for students I'm afraid.
Brian: That's very helpful. Well, I think that's all I'd better go home and fill in the enrollment form. Thanks for all your help.
Tutor: You're welcome.
That is the end of Section 3, you now have half a minute to check your answers.
4. Section 4
You will hear a talk on a social history of the East End of London.
First, you have some time to look at questions 31 to 40. Now listen carefully and answer questions 31 to 40.
In the last few weeks, we've been looking at various aspects of the social history of London and this morning we're continuing with a look at life in the area called the East End. I'll start with a brief history of the district and then focus on life in the first half of the 20th century. Back in the 1st to the 4th centuries AD when the Romans controlled England, London grew into a town of 45,000 people and what's now the East End the area by the River Thames and along the road heading Northeast from London to the coast consisted of Farmland with crops and livestock which helped to feed that population.
The Romans left in 410 at the beginning of the fifth century and from then onwards the country suffered a series of invasions by tribes from present-day Germany and Denmark the angles, Saxons and jutes many of whom settled in the East End. The technology they introduced when that metal and leather goods were produced there for the first time and is the East End was by the river, ships could transport goods between there and foreign markets. In the 11th century in 1066 to be precise, the Normans conquered England and during the next few centuries, London became one of the most powerful and prosperous cities in Europe.
The East End benefited from this and because there were fewer restrictions there than in the city itself, plenty of newcomers settled there from abroad bringing their skills as workers, merchants or moneylenders during the next few hundred years. In the 16th century, the first dock was dug, where ships were constructed eventually making the East End the focus of massive international trade and in the late 16th century, when much of the rest of England was suffering economically, a lot of agricultural workers came to the East End to look for alternative work. In the 17th century, the East End was still a series of separate semi-rural settlements. There was a shortage of accommodation. So, Marsh land was drained and built on to house the large numbers of people now living there. By the 19th century, London was the busiest port in the world. And this became the main source of employment in the East End. Those who could afford to live in more pleasant surroundings moved out and the area became one where the vast majority of people live in extreme poverty and suffer from appalling sanitary conditions.
That brief outline takes us to the beginning of the 20th century and now we'll turn to housing. At the beginning of the century, living conditions for the majority of working people in East London were very basic indeed. Houses were crowded closely together and usually very badly built because there was no regulation, but the poor and needy were attracted by the possibility of work and they had to be housed. It was the availability rather than the condition of the housing that was a major concern for tenants and landlords alike.
Few houses had electricity at this time. So, other sources of power were used like coal for the fires, which heated perhaps just one room. Of course, the smoke from these contributed a great deal to the air pollution for which London used to be famous. A tiny damp unhealthy house like this might be well occupied by two full families, possibly including several children, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Now before I go on to health implications of this way of life, I'll say something about food and nutrition.
This is the end of section 4. You now have half a minute to check your answers. That is the end of the listening test. In the IELTS test, you have 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.