Tapescripts for IELTS Listening Sample 7

Tapescripts for IELTS Listening Sample 7

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R = Receptionist;  W = Woman;  P = Police Officer.

R: Good evening, City Police Station. Can I help you?
W: Oh hello, I’d like to report a stolen briefcase, please.
R: Just a minute and I’ll put you through.

P: Lost property. Can I help you?
W: Oh, yes. I’ve had my briefcase stolen.
P: OK… I’ll take some details… Tell me what it looks like, first of all.
W: Well… it’s a soft leather one, you know, not a heavy box-type like a man’s.
P: Mmm… and how does it close?
W: It’s got buckles at the front... two of them They’re gold-plated ones.
P: Fine… Was it locked?
W: No, I’m afraid not.
P: Never mind. Any distinguishing features?
W: Pardon?
P: Any marks or badges on it that make it stand out?
W: Only the brand name.
P: And where’s that?
W: It’s on the back… at the bottom in the left-hand corner. It’s Sagi. Oh and there’s a scratch… it’s quite bad but small… directly above the brand name. I did it recently putting it on my bike.
P: Right, got that. So, what did you have inside the briefcase?
W: Well all my papers from college. It’s so frustrating but, thank goodness for computers, I haven’t lost them completely!
P: Yes, you’re lucky.
W: I had my wallet in my pocket so I didn’t lose that but there were also my pens which I got for my birthday and a novel I was planning to read on the train.
P: Right. Where exactly did you lose the briefcase?
W: Well… I couldn’t believe it. I was standing on the platform… it was right next to me.
P: You were holding it?
W: I’d just put it down on the floor but I could almost feel it beside me. I was watching for my tram because sometimes it comes early and then next time I looked, my briefcase wasn’t there.
P: And what time was this?
W: Ah… it was… it must have been about 5.20… not a bit later. I’d say 5.30. ... because it was just getting crowded and the train normally comes at about twenty-five to six.

P: Right, if you’ll just give me some personal details...
W: Yes.
P: What name is it?
W: I’m Mary Prescott.
P: Can you spell that?
W: Yes, it’s P-R-E-S-C-O-T-T.
P: And your address?
W: Flat 2, 41, Fountain Road, Canterbury.
P: Fountain Road.
W: Yes, number 41.
P: And have you got a contact telephone number?
W: Yes, it’s 7-5 double 2-3-9.
P: 7-5-double 2-3-9. Fine. One last question — what would you say the value of your briefcase is?
W: Including the contents?
P: Yes, Just a rough estimate is fine.
W: I’m not sure. Well, the briefcase itself is quite new; I bought it last month for £40. I suppose about £65. The contents are worth about 20 or 25 pounds at least.
P: That’s fine. Well, if you could come down to the station tomorrow, you can sign this form and have a look at what we’ve got here.
W: OK, thanks. Bye.
P: Goodbye.


Newsreader: This is the 6 o’clock news for Tuesday 25 November. And first the headlines:

The Prime Minister has promised to help the drought-stricken farmers in the northern part of the country who haven’t seen rain for nearly two years. And in Sydney, a group of school children are successfully rescued from a plane which landed in the sea shortly after take-off. Transport workers are on strike in Melbourne over a pay claim and the strike looks set to spread to other states. And on a fashionable note, there's to be a new look for the staff of QANTAS, Australia’s national airline.

The Prime Minister has pledged today that he will make two hundred and fifty million dollars available to help the drought-stricken farmers who have not seen rain for years, get through the next five years. Money that was to have been spent on the restructuring of Sydney’s road system has been re-allocated to what the Prime Minister described as 'a more worthy cause'. Farmers are to receive financial assistance to help see them through the worst drought in over 50 years. Many farmers feel that while the money is welcome, it has come too late to save them and their farms from financial ruin, and are angry that the government did not act sooner.

A group of school children who were travelling in a privately chartered aeroplane from Sydney to Queensland to take part in a musical concert found themselves swimming for the shore when their aeroplane had to land in the sea just three minutes after taking off from Sydney airport. The pilot managed to bring the aircraft and its 50 passengers down safely in the calm waters of Botany Bay where boats and pleasure craft were able to come to the rescue of the boys. The fact that it was a weekend meant that there were hundreds of boats in the bay enjoying the good weather and this undoubtedly helped the rescue operation. "We owe our lives to the skill of the pilot," said one of the boys, but the pilot replied modestly that it was 'all part of a day’s work'. However, all their musical instruments were lost and they never got to play at their concert.



M = Male student.
F = Female lecturer.

M: Hello, can I come in?
F: Oh yes, come in. How can I help you?
M: I was looking for the Economics office. I’ve been all over the Arts Faculty building looking for it, but I could only find the School of Accounting and Economic History. Is this the right place?
F: Yes, this is the School of Economics.
M: Oh good. Um, I’m a new student and I was wondering if someone could give me some information.
F: Well, I might be able to help. I lecture on that program. What do you need to Know?
M: Quite a few things, actually. Firstly, how many lectures a week do I have to attend?
F: Ah, well, the Economics | course is a double unit so there are two lectures a week and one tutorial. The lectures are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday.
M: What time?
F: Let me see… You know this information is all in the handout which you should have received yesterday at the orientation meeting.
M: Oh, was there a meeting yesterday? I didn’t know about that… no one mentioned!
F: Yes, there was, but never mind. Now lectures are at four in the afternoon.
M: Four’s a bit late. I’ve got a part-time job that starts at four thirty.
F: Well, you can’t be in two places at once, can you? And attendance at lectures is necessary. We expect at least 90% attendance at this university you know.
M: 90%! That’s high. Do they enforce that rule?
F: Yes, we do. We’re pretty strict about it actually.
M: And what times have been set down for the tutorials — do you have that Information?
F: That’s a very well attended course, so there’s a number of tutorial times. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all at 9 o’clock. Yours will be allocated at the first lecture.
M: Can’t I choose the time?
F: Maybe, maybe not... You’ll have to talk to the lecturer on the course. Dr. Roberts is his name.
M: Oh! OK.

F: Anything else I can help you with while you’re here?
M: Well, yes, actually. Do you know what the course requirements are? I mean, how much work is expected for this course?
F: Well, you have to complete a tutorial paper.
M: What does that involve?
F: Well, it’s a piece of work on a given topic based on some set reading texts. You’ll have to give a small talk to your tutorial group.
M: How long does that have to be?
F: Oh, about 25 minutes usually.
M: I have to talk for 25 minutes?
F: Yes, that’s right. And then you have to write up your piece of work and give it to the lecturer to be marked.
M: Right. And is that all?
F: No. You also have to complete a 3,000 word essay on a topic.
M: Can I choose the topic?
F: Yes, usually you can.
M: Right. That shouldn’t be too bad.
F: And in addition to that there is an exam.
M: An exam! What sort of exam?
F: Well, it’s an open book exam.
M: Does that mean I can have the textbook with me during the exam?
F: Yes, that’s right.
M: And can you give me any idea about the content of the first year of Economics so that I can get into some reading?
F: Well, you’ll be getting the reading list next week when lectures start. All the books are in the library.
M: Yes, but won’t everyone else take them out as soon as they get the reading list too?
F: Well, yes, they might. But most of the important ones are held in Closed Reserve... that’s a part of the library where you can go to read books but you can’t take them out of the building.
M: What did you call that section of the library?
F: Closed Reserve. However, we do recommend that you buy the core books. You’ll find them useful and you’ll need them for the exam.
M: Yes, I suppose I will. But what is the focus of the course?
F: Well, the course at this university has a vocational focus, that is a focus on preparing its graduates for work, so we’re orientated very much towards employment.
M: So my chances of getting a job are good?
F: Well, provided you get good results.
M: Well, look thanks for your time. You’ve been really helpful.
F: That’s fine. See you next week then.


Good morning and welcome to the University of Westlands. My name is Marcia Mayhew and I’m the coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Science degree. This morning I’d like to tell you about the structure of the university and about some of the requirements of the degree that you’re about to enter. The Bachelor of Social Science is in one faculty within the university, that is the faculty where I work, known as Arts and Social Sciences. Here on this campus we also have the faculties of Architecture, Law and Science and Technology among others. It’s important to know something about the structure of the faculty because, as you go through your course, you may need to call on members of the staff to help you.

At the top of the faculty, we have a dean and below the dean, we have three divisions; each division has a divisional head and your degree is located in the Division of Social Sciences. Within each of the divisions, there are the departments and each of these offers the different degrees. For instance two of the departments which offer the major subjects for your award are Sociology and Psychology. Each has a departmental head but for practical purposes the people you are going to see the most of are myself as coordinator of the social sciences degree and the actual lecturers who are teaching the subjects that you are taking. For instance, in the first semester, you’ll be doing four subjects - psychology, sociology, history and economics.

If you have any problems or difficulties, not that I’m anticipating you will, but you never know, then you should go and see your lecturers. For instance, you may find that you can’t meet a deadline for an essay or perhaps you are having problems with attendance. These seem to be the two most common problems that students face.

If your lecturers are unavailable, you can always come and see me in my office. I’m available on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and on Friday afternoons. Outside these hours, perhaps you could ring the secretary and make an appointment. Now you’ll note that all of the subjects which you undertake in the first year are composed of 'lectures' and 'tutorials'. A lecture is about an hour long and a tutorial usually runs for about two hours. A lecture is rather like what I am doing now where one person will talk to all of you together on a subject. We do ask you to try to attend the lectures.

A tutorial is perhaps where most of the learning occurs at a university. You will be divided into groups of between 12 and 15 students and each week one of you will have to present a piece of work to the group as a whole and then the group will discuss what you’ve said. It’s this discussion, this exchange of ideas, which really constitutes the basis of university learning, in my view. Listening to lectures in many ways is just giving you information that you could access for yourself in the library but the discussion at the tutorial is very important. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go to the lectures though!

Other factors to be particularly concerned about are the structure of essays and delivery of written material and in particular, I would like to mention the question of plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking other people’s work without acknowledging it, that is, without saying where it comes from. Of course, all essays are based on research done by other people but you must remember to attribute the work to the original writer. And while it’s a good idea to work with other people don’t hand in work which is exactly the same as your friend’s work because we will notice! If you don’t acknowledge the source of your information then you run the risk of failing the subject or in very serious cases you might be denied entry to the university. Last but not least, stay in touch with us. If things are getting you down, don’t go and hide. Come and talk to us about it. That’s what we are here for. Right, thank you very much for coming along today.

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