Brexit and linguistic politeness- listening comprehension

Listen to this report related to British linguistic politeness and the effects it is having on international politics at the moment. Read through questions 1 to 7. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with up to three words. You can listen to the whole recording twice.

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions- listening comprehension exercise

Listen to this extract and make notes of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions the radio hosts mention:

Then, listen again and pay attention to the way the female host reacts to each of the resolutions. Some of these expressions may be useful in an interaction, because they show interest in what the speaker is saying.

Key to answers

 

child left on school bus

Listen to this news item about a four-year-old boy who was left on a school bus. Without writing anything down, summarise the main event being described (1-2 sentences).

Then, listen again. You may take notes to answer these questions:
  • How far did the child walk on his own?
  • How does the boy usually go to school?
  • Where /when did the child get off the bus?
  • Who found the child?
  • How does the father feel about his son’s reaction?
  • What proposal does the child’s father make?
  • Have there been any consequences to the bus driver?
You can check your answers against the transcript.
More on the story:

Fuel poverty- Tips on how to save money on energy

Listen to this clip where an expert discusses the issue of fuel poverty, and gives advice on how to save money on energy bills.

Then, try this vocabulary exercise, which includes some of the useful expressions mentioned by the host and guest. Once you have checked your answers, you can listen to the clip again, to find those expressions in their context.

 

 

Supermoon

Listen to this clip from a news bulletin describing yesterday’s supermoon:

  • What is different about the way we see the moon when it is a “supermoon”?
  • From when will it be seen?
  • When will it be brightest?
  • Is there another term for “supermoon”?
  • How far away from Earth is the moon on this occasion? How far away is it on a normal day?
  • What’s the reason for this optical effect?
  • Do you need any protection to look at it?
  • When will we see the next supermoon?

Download the transcript

More on the supermoon:

 

C1_Charities and people in need

Selfless good deeds don’t exist (from Friends):

BBC children in needWhat’s that?

Ideas for children to raise money in their schools:

source: Newsround

Kids say what they’ve been doing for children in need (2017)

Listening: The Listening Project- Children in Need- Bullying

Listen to the extract from this conversation between a 14 year old who’s been bullied, and his mum. With the help of the charity Kidscape, supported by Children in Need, they’ve come up with strategies to deal with it.

Transcript

London runners helping others and getting fit: 

https://www.goodgym.org/areas/tower-hamlets

Infographic to promote the Good Gym charity in Zaragoza- use Piktochart

Mr.Bean’s Red Nose Day: 

Extra listening comprehension practice:

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Gunpowder (2017)- BBC show about the Gunpowder Plot

Bonfire Night (November 5th) is coming. So, the BBC has been showing a three-part drama about the Catholic conspirators that tried to blow up Parliament in 1605. It stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Liv Tyler (Armageddon, Lord of the Rings) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock).

If you’re interested in it, you can watch it on streaming services such as ororo.tv.

*The show has received widespread criticism for being too explicit and “gory”, with graphic depictions of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.