IELTS LISTENING SECTION 2- TEST 1

Questions 11–20

Questions 11–15

Choose the correct letter A, B or C.

11. The guided bushwalk is suitable for

A adults only

B children over 12 and adults

C children over 8 accompanied by a parent

12. On the bird observation outing, it is recommended that you have

A waterproof footwear

B a bird identification book

C binoculars

13. For the trip to the sand dunes, a company will donate

A water

B tools

C gloves

14. The bush tucker excursion will cost (per person)

A $15

B $12

C $7

15. The deadline to register for the bush tucker outing is

A 25 November

B 15 November

C 10 November

Questions 16–20

Complete the table below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer.

IELTS LISTENING SECTION 2- TEST 1

Answers

11. Answer: B. children over 12 and adults

  • Here’s what the speaker says: “First of all, the guided bushwalk – this is always a favourite – starting out on the Springvale plateau and continuing down into a section of the state conservation area.Last year, we invited children aged 8 and over if they came with a parent, but the track has been washed out in a few places since then and it can be quite rough, so this year we considered restricting it to adults only … however, on reconsideration, the committee has now decided to recommend it for all bushwalkers who are over theage of 12.”
  • Explanation: Children over 8 who came with a parent were able to join the guided bushwalk last year, but not this year, so C is incorrect.
  • The speaker says that they “considered restricting it to adults only”, so that’s A, but you need to keep listening as they later on changed their mind and finally decided to invite those over the age of 12.
  • Hence, B is the correct answer.

12. Answer: A. waterproof footwear

  • Here’s what the speaker says: “Another very popular option is the bird observation walk. We’ll be searching for both migratory and native birds as we walk through tidal marshlands and mangroves  and you can expect to get your feet uncomfortably wet and muddy if you don’t wear rubber boots – these are a must. The leader will have a strong pair of binoculars, so we’ll rely on her to name the species for us … and we’ve ordered some bird identification books that you may wish to purchase at a later date.”
    • footwear = boots
  • Explanation: The speaker says that rubber boots are a must if you don’t want to get your feet wet and muddy, which means that rubber boots are recommended. These can be considered a type of “waterproof footwear”, as rubber is a waterproof material, so A is correct.
  • On a side note C is wrong because the walkers will rely on the leader, who has binoculars, to name the birds, indicating they won’t need to bring a pair themselves; B is also wrong because it is said that there are “bird identification books that you may wish to purchase later”, meaning those books are optional.
  • The answer is A.

13. Answer: A. water

  • Here’s what the speaker says: “…and now to the sand dunes……We’ll be asking for volunteers to help pull out the weeds where possible, so a pair of sturdy gardening gloves is essential. Spades and other tools will be provided. It could get very hot and you’ll need water – plenty of it – but a local business owner is willing to provide bottled water free of charge.”
    • company = business
    • donate = provide free of charge
  • Explanation: It is said that tools will be provided, without mentioning who will provide them, so we can understand that the organisers will do this. Thus, B is incorrect.
  • So C is also incorrect because volunteers will need to prepare bring the gloves themselves. What will be provided – free of charge – by a local business, or company, is bottled water, so the answer must be A.

14. Answer: B. $12

  • Here’s what the speaker says: “Because lunch is included in this trip, there will be a small charge per person.We had originally thought 7 dollars would cover the basics – sausages and bread followed by tea and coffee, but then we thought a few different cuts of meat and salad would be nice and that brought the price up to 12 dollars a head. At one stage we even contemplated including seafood, but that would have been a bit too expensive – around 15 dollars – so meat and salad it is.”
    • excursion = trip
    • per person = a head
  • Explanation: According to the speaker, $7 was the original price for the lunch. However, they changed the menu to meat and salad instead, bringing the price up to $12 a head (per person). So the correct answer is B.
  • You should be careful because after that, the speaker adds that they even considered a $15 meal, but in the end they decided to go with the $12 one: “so meat and salad it is”.
  • => The answer is B.

15. Answer: C. 10th November

  • Here’s what the speaker says: “We expect this to be a popular event, so we’ll needadvance bookings to organise the catering. Please let us know your intentions by the 10th of November, and be aware that we’ll require pre-payment by the 15th of November. You can still change your mind and get a refund up to the 25th of November but after that date, if you pull out, you’ll forfeit the money paid.”
    • register = bookings
  • Explanation: The speaker says “Please let us know your intentions by the 10th of November”, with “intentions” referring to people’s decision to join the bush tucker outing or not. Thus, 10 November is the deadline to make a booking, or in other words, register for the trip. The correct answer is C.
  • The other two dates, 15th November and 25th November, are the deadline for pre-payment and to get a refund, respectively.
  • The answer is C.

16. Answer: 2 July / 2nd July

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • “The bush walk, led by Glenn Ford, is first up in July – on the second of the month.”
  • The answer is 2 July/2nd July

17. Answer: 9.15 am / nine fifteen am

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • “It’ll start from Springvale as usual but this year we’ll be setting off in the morning, atnine fifteen, and we’ll get back at one in the afternoon.”
    • To “set off” = “to start on a journey/trip”.
  • The answer is 9.15 am/nine fifteen am

18. Answer: president

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • “The bird watching expedition is on the tenth of September at Camford and the leaderis the president of the Nature Club, our very own Joy Black.”
  • The answer is president

19. Answer: observation hut

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • “Next up is the trip to the sand dunes on 26 November with Rex Rose.  A bit of an early start – especially for those of you with a fair way to travel – but we’ll meet at theobservation hut at half past eight.  That’s the observation hut, 8.30 till 10.30.”
  • Explanation:  a venue is the location where something takes place, so people will meet at the observation hut, where the activity of volunteer work will be organised.
  • The answer is observation hut

20. Answer: 2pm / two pm

  • Here’s what the speaker says:
    • “The last trip on the programme is the bush tucker excursion on the third of December with ranger Jim Kerr.  This will be at Carson Hills and the presentation and demonstration will take place from 10 am till 11.30 but be prepared to stay on for the barbecue and bush tucker lunch at 12 o’clock.  I expect we’ll wind up at two and you can head for home at that time.”
  • Explanation:  So, “we’ll wind up” = “we will finish”, and at 2 pm people can “head for home” = “go home”.  Therefore, this activity will start at 10 am and finish at 2pm.
  • The answer is 2 pm/two pm

TRANSCRIPT

You will hear a committee member giving a talk to a Nature Club about coming events. First you have some time to look at questions 11 to 15. [20 seconds] Listen carefully and answer questions 11 to 15.

Hi everyone. It’s good to see such a big turnout at our Nature Club session for June. Just before we start this evening’s workshop, I’d like to draw your attention to what we have in store for you in the second half of the year.

First of all, the guided bushwalk – this is always a favourite – starting out on the Springvale plateau and continuing down into a section of the state conservation area. Last year, we invited children aged 8 and over if they came with a parent, but the track has been washed out in a few places since then and it can be quite rough, so this year we considered restricting it to adults only … however, on reconsideration, the committee has now decided to recommend it for all bushwalkers who are over the age of 12.

Another very popular option is the bird observation walk. We’ll be searching for both migratory and native birds as we walk through tidal marshlands and mangroves and you can expect to get your feet uncomfortably wet and muddy if you don’t wear rubber boots – these are a must. The leader will have a strong pair of binoculars, so we’ll rely on her to name the species for us … and we’ve ordered some bird identification books that you may wish to purchase at a later date.

From the bush to the swamp, and now to the sand dunes … Our leader will help us identify plants native to the local area as well as some invasive weed species. We’ll be asking for volunteers to help pull out the weeds where possible, so a pair of sturdy gardening gloves is essential. Spades and other tools will be provided. It could get very hot and you’ll need water – plenty of it – but a local business owner is willing to provide bottled water free of charge.

The next outing, bush tucker, is a new one – have you ever wondered what life in this country would have been like two hundred to two thousand years ago? Well, come on this trip and you’ll find out how the indigenous inhabitants used local plants as food and medicine.

Because lunch is included in this trip, there will be a small charge per person. We had originally thought 7 dollars would cover the basics – sausages and bread followed by tea and coffee, but then we thought a few different cuts of meat and salad would be nice and that brought the price up to 12 dollars a head. At one stage we even contemplated including seafood, but that would have been a bit too expensive – around 15 dollars – so meat and salad it is. We expect this to be a popular event, so we’ll need advance bookings to organise the catering. Please let us know your intentions by the 10th of November, and be aware that we’ll require pre-payment by the 15th of November. You can still change your mind and get a refund up to the 25th of November but after that date, if you pull out, you’ll forfeit the money paid.

Before you hear the rest of the talk, you have some time to look at questions 16 to 20. [20 seconds] Now listen and answer questions 16 to 20.

Well, now … if you can give me a few more minutes of your time, I’ll fill in a few details for you. The bush walk, led by Glenn Ford, is first up in July – on the second of the month. It’ll start from Springvale as usual but this year we’ll be setting off in the morning, at nine fifteen, and we’ll get back at one in the afternoon.

The bird watching expedition is on the tenth of September at Camford and the leader is the president of the Nature Club, our very own Joy Black. If you have any questions at all about bird life, Joy is the person to ask. This is a twilight outing from 4.30 to 6.30.

Next up is the trip to the sand dunes on 26 November with Rex Rose. A bit of an early start – especially for those of you with a fair way to travel – but we’ll meet at the observation hut at half past eight. That’s the observation hut, 8.30 till 10.30, and even at that time of the morning it’ll be very hot, so come prepared!

The last trip on the programme is the bush tucker excursion on the third of December with ranger Jim Kerr. This will be at Carson Hills and the presentation and demonstration will take place from 10 am till 11.30 but be prepared to stay on for the barbecue and bush tucker lunch at 12 o’clock. I expect we’ll wind up at two and you can head for home at that time.

Well, that’s all I have to tell you. A booklet will be mailed out to you later with those events, dates and times – but don’t wait, put them on your calendar now.

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