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PET Listening Part 1 – Teacher’s Notes
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Explain that the skill being tested is listening for specific information. To make it moredifficult, the key words in all of the images may be in the listening text as distractors.Explain that a distractor is something in the test which might lead you to choose thewrong answer and that they are used to make sure you listen carefully. In Part 1 youhave to listen carefully right until the end to be able to choose the right answer.
Read or play question 1 again and elicit the correct answer and why it is the correctanswer (the woman says the letters and postcard are ‘
all for you’
. The man replieswith ‘
Is that all?
’, which implies he is hoping for more, and says ‘
I’m waiting for a parcel’
, which shows that the parcel hasn’t arrived yet).
Explain that the students are now going to answer the rest of Part 1. Tell them toindicate the correct answer by ticking the box beneath the image on the questionpaper while they listen. The first time they listen, they should aim for a generalunderstanding of the text and an idea of the answer. The second time they listen,they should check their answer. Remind students that they answer on the questionpaper during the test and at the end they fill in the right box on the answer sheet.
Play the recording through once. Students check in pairs. Play the recording again.Whole class check.
Hand out the
. Ask students to read through and underline the sections ofthe text which gives the answer in one colour and the sections of the text which referto the distractors in another colour. Remind students of the first dialogue together asan example (answer in bold; distraction in italics):
Here we are John, lots of post for you today.
These letters are allfor you
there's a postcard, too.
is that all
I'm waiting for a parcel
from Canada.Point out that the distractors are not all indicated with a negative statement, e.g.using “not” or “no”. There is a range of language which candidates have tounderstand to identify whether something that’s mentioned it the answer or not.
When students have finished, ask them to compare their answers in pairs. Then giveout
Student’s worksheet 1
. The pairs should find at least one example in thetapescript of the different language used to rule out the distractors.
Check answers with the whole class (see key below).
Suggested follow-up activities1.
Hand out the
. You could help the class to write an exampledialogue on the board for the first question or roleplay the example dialogue given onthe worksheet to demonstrate the activity.
Students complete both parts of the follow-up activity.
Students compare their dialogues from the follow-up activity with the tapescript tosee if any of the ideas are the same.