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.
Do you know “Auld Lang Syne”? It’s a Scottish folk song, which is traditionally sung in English-speaking countries at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, to welcome the New Year. It features in such classical films as It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) and When Harry Met Sally (Rob Reiner 1989), among others:
Despite its popularity, however, apparently only 3% of British people actually know the full lyrics to it, according to a recent survey. You can read more about this here, or listen to the news report below:
You can listen to a rendition of the song by Rod Stewart and other stars like Kylie Minogue (with lyrics) below:
Happy New Year 2018 to everyone!
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).
- 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?
Listen to this clip where an expert discusses the issue of fuel poverty, and gives advice on how to save money on energy bills.
Selfless good deeds don’t exist (from Friends):
BBC children in need– What’s that?
Ideas for children to raise money in their schools:
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.
London runners helping others and getting fit:
Infographic to promote the Good Gym charity in Zaragoza- use Piktochart
Mr.Bean’s Red Nose Day:
Extra listening comprehension practice:
Listen to the news item and choose the best answer for each of these questions. You should hear each clip twice.