You hear a woman talking about a new book.
What does she particularly like about the book?
You hear someone talking about women's football.
What is she doing when she speaks?
You hear part of a radio program.
What is the presenter talking about?
You hear a writer of children's stories talking about books and compact discs.
What advantage does he think books have over compact discs?
You hear someone talking on the phone.
Who is she talking to?
You turn on the radio and hear a scientist being interviewed about violins.
What is the scientist doing?
You overhear a man and a woman who used to study at the same school talking together.
In the man's opinion, what was the woman like at school?
You hear part of a radio interview with a rock musician who is performing in his hometown.
What do the two speakers agree about?
You will hear a radio interview with Mike Reynolds, whose hobby is exploring underground places such as caves. Complete the sentences with a word or short phrase.
Cavers explore underground places such as mines and as well as caves.
When cavers camp underground, they choose places which have available.
In the UK, the place Mike likes best for caving is .
As a physical activity, Mike compares caving to .
Cavers can pay as much as £20 for a suitable .
Cavers can pay as much as £50 for the right kind of , which is worn on the head.
Mike recommends buying expensive to avoid having accidents.
Caving is a sport for people of and backgrounds.
Some caves in Britain are called 'places of '.
The need for safety explains why people don't organize caving .
You will hear five different students who are studying away from home. They are talking about their accommodation.
For each gap, choose from the list (A - F) what each speaker says about their accommodation. Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use.
A. I made a mistake there at first.
B. I was able to settle into a new area.
C. I had no choice in the matter.
D. I have recommended it to others.
E. There are more benefits than disadvantages.
F. I would prefer to have more freedom.
You will hear a radio interview with a woman called Ivana Thomas, whose father wrote natural history articles for newspapers and magazines.
For each question, choose the correct answer.
Why was Ivana's father pleased to be asked to write a weekly newspaper column?
Why did Ivana's father find his job in a museum frustrating?
Why did Ivana's father take the family on long bus trips?
What did Ivana's father encourage his children to do on visits to the countryside?
Why did Ivana and her brothers choose to do similar jobs to their father's?
What was different about the articles Ivana's father wrote in his later years?
What does Ivana particularly remember about her father?