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LEVEL C1 OPERATIONAL PROFICIENCY

Test 1
Reading & Writing
Part A

Candidate Number:

Time: 60 minutes
Answer all the questions
Write all your answers on this question paper
You must not speak to the other candidates
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Task One: Headings (10 minutes) Question 1-6

On this page and the next page is an article about the early life of Professor J.
C. Wells.
Choose the best paragraph heading for each paragraph. The first one has
been done for you.

A SUBSIDISED EDUCATION
B GIVING UP AN ACADEMIC
APPROACH
C EXAMPLE FAMILIAL ROOTS
D A BRIDGE TO WORLD LITERATURE
E EXPANDING ACADEMIC
KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGE
F PARENTS IN FINANCIAL
DIFFICULTIES
G IMMERSION LANGUAGE LEARNING
H PARENTAL OCCUPATIONS
I NOTING EVERYTHING

Professor J. C. Wells
Example My father was born in South Africa in 1909. His own father had died
shortly after his birth, and my grandmother then brought the family
The to England. My fathers mother and brothers later returned to South
best Africa, but my father remained in England until his death in 1974.
answer My mother, Winifred, born 1910, was from Yorkshire. Her father
is was a schoolteacher, and her mother was from the small village of
Dent in the Yorkshire Dales.
heading
1C My parents met as undergraduates at the University of Leeds. After
graduating, my father entered theological college. Upon ordination
he served as curate in Liverpool. Meanwhile my mother had
qualified as a teacher and found her first job. They were married in
1937. In that year my father was appointed to be a vicar.

2 Between the ages of five and nine I attended Notre Dame Roman
Catholic primary school in Wigan. From 1948 onwards I attended
boarding schools, first Broadwater Manor House preparatory school
in Worthing, Sussex, and then, from 1951, the (minor) public school
St John's Leatherhead, Surrey. My parents could not have afforded
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from their own resources to educate me at independent schools, but


I was supported from the age of nine onwards by scholarships.
3 At sixteen I decided to teach myself Esperanto. I quickly attained
fluency and read widely: not only original works of literature but
also translations which gave me a nodding acquaintance at least, via
Esperanto, with some of the masterpieces of the literatures of
Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Finnish and Japanese. By the time I went
up to Cambridge I had read Mickiewicz and Madch.
4 I also taught myself shorthand: not the Pitman shorthand commonly
used in Britain, but Gregg shorthand. I achieved a respectable
speed in writing it. The snag was that in class I tended to write down
indiscriminately what the teacher said, instead of producing a
prcis as the longhand user has to. This made my notes too prolix.
Once I realised the problem I decided to use shorthand only when a
verbatim note was required.
5 Leaving school in 1957, I had a few months to spare before going up
to university. Given that I was interested in languages my parents
arranged an exchange with a German family. I spent six weeks in
Kiel with the von Briskorns. This was my first trip abroad, and I was
determined to put it to good use. Both Klaus and I took the task of
my learning German very seriously.
6 It was at Cambridge that I first came seriously into contact with
phonetics and linguistics. For the third year we had to choose
between philosophy, archaeology, history, literature and language.
I chose language. This mainly meant comparative philology under
the guidance of Sidney Allen who introduced us to linguistics. Latin
and Greek had hitherto been purely written languages for me and it
was a revelation to be taught that they had phonemic systems and
allophones.

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Task Two: One long text (30 minutes)

Read the following text and then write one - three paragraphs of continuous
prose (about 150-200 words) that includes answers to the following
questions:

1 What did Roger do in his life apart from singing, touring and
song writing?
2 What musical successes did Roger have in non-English
speaking countries?

Note: not all the information in the text is relevant for the tasks; it may
not be necessary to read the whole text.
Please feel free to mark the text if you wish.
Do not include information that does not specifically answer these
questions.
Do not include any direct or indirect spoken quotations within your
answer.
Do not include any directly copied-out pieces of original text within your
answer.

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Roger Whittaker: a life of song


Saul Denman reviews the life of singer and loved it! However, this was just
and songwriter, Roger Whittaker. an apprenticeship. He could go no
further because he had no
Since 1962 Roger Whittaker has qualifications. He applied and
become an outstanding star all over obtained a place at the University of
the world, enjoying a series of highly Bangor in Wales.
acclaimed albums and a string of hit Roger arrived in Britain in
singles that includes such classics as 1959. For the next three years, he
Durham Town, New World in the studied zoology, biochemistry and
Morning and The Last Farewell. He has marine biology. However, during his
amassed worldwide record sales early days of teaching in Africa,
nearing 50 million. His success has Roger had continued to sing and he
embraced the United States and had by now started to write his own
Canada as well as Australia, New songs. He made a demo track that
Zealand, Scandinavia, Holland, found its way to a major music
Belgium, France and Austria. In publisher. Before he knew it, Roger
Germany alone, more than 10 million was back in the studio recording his
albums have been sold in the last six first single, The Charge of the Light
years. Brigade.
Roger was born in Kenya in Faced with the dilemma of
1936. His parents came from which career to choose, Roger chose
Staffordshire in England: his father music. Finding himself an agent and
originated from a family of grocers; manager, Roger set out to establish
his mother was a teacher. The music his name and almost immediately was
of East Africa left a mark on Roger's booked for a summer season in
childhood. "In over 30 years of Northern Ireland. He then spent the
singing and playing musical sounds - next five years learning his trade. In
the wonderful drumming and those the spring of 1964, Roger met his
marvellous, infectious rhythms - have future wife, Natalie. By 1967, Roger
played a great part in everything I was slowly beginning to make his
have ever written and sung." In name. He had enjoyed several record
school he was a member of the school releases, though a big hit single still
choir and gained top grades. He escaped his clutches. Still, he was
wanted to become a teacher or a earning a healthy living and
doctor appearing occasionally on radio and
However, after leaving school television.
Roger was conscripted into the Roger was asked to join a British team
military and spent the next two years for the annual music festival at
in the army. In 1956 Roger was Knokke, Belgium. Singing If I Were a
demobilised and decided that it was Rich Man and his own composition
time to concentrate on a career in Mexican Whistler he helped Britain to
medicine. He enrolled at the win the competition. He also
University of Cape Town in South emerged as the hit of the entire
Africa, but he wasn't ready for study. contest and picked up the coveted
After 18 months he left the university and highly prestigious Press Prize.
and joined the civil service education Mexican Whistler soon reached
department to try teaching. "It was a number one in three different
very exciting time. I was teaching - European countries. Suddenly, Roger

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was inundated with offers to tour In conjunction with his first


Europe and star on the major American tour in 1980, Roger
television programmes. launched a major international song
In Britain, however, he was still writing competition, Children
virtually unknown. In 1969, his British Helping Children, from the United
record company issued a new single; Nations in New York through
another of his own compositions with UNESCO. Children from all over the
the unusual title of Durham Town. "I world were asked to submit lyrics
just didn't have any faith in that song and poems on the subject of
at all," Roger admits. "Far from promoting peace and understanding,
promoting the single in Britain, I went the best of which Roger would put to
off to Finland for a cabaret season music and record.
and television appearances." By the In 1997 Roger released A
time he returned in November, Perfect Day, His Greatest Hits and
Durham Town was rapidly climbing More. The title track to this album
the British charts. features Roger singing a sentimental
One of Whittaker's best-loved duet with his daughter Jessica. Now
songs is The Last Farewell. The lyrics established at the very pinnacle of
to the song were written by a international stardom the sheer
Birmingham silversmith, who had magnitude of the demand to see
entered a competition in which the Roger Whittaker performing in
winning lyrics would be sent to concert or on tour or on television has
Whittaker and recorded. Although resulted in an extensive almost non-
The Last Farewell was not the winner, stop round of engagements all over
the song was nonetheless included on the world, making him one of the
an album along with the winner. The most travelled entertainers in show
Last Farewell went on to become a business history.
massive hit all over the world, In 1982 Roger was persuaded
reaching the coveted Number One to make a movie in his native Kenya.
slot in 11 different countries. It was an ambitious project, and for
Germany, particularly, has been a six weeks the film cameras followed
highly successful market for Roger him throughout the East African
over the years. It all started back in country as Roger related the story of
1976 when he undertook his first Kenya's history - the British colonial
major concert tour of the country, development and the rediscovery of
following the success of The Last his homeland - through his own
Farewell. Record success, however, unique words and music.
has established Whittaker's name in In 2001, after an extensive German
the country and hoisted him to tour Roger decided on retirement.
superstardom. His sings and records However, having moved to Ireland
in the German language. Indeed, in and settling down by the River
1985 he was acclaimed as the Shannon, he was soon inspired to
country's most successful recording start writing again, and needless to
artist, singing in the German say, like all artists missed the roar of
language, a distinction no other the crowds. So, in 2003 he again
major international record star could toured Germany to great acclaim and
claim. has recorded a new German
Christmas album .

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Task Three: Writing (20 minutes)

You have seen the following notice in the local paper.

Request for Planning Permission


Brighton Leisure plc have requested permission to turn 148b Churchill Road into a
bar and restaurant. Further information about this planning application can be found
at the City Council office.
Any comments in support of or in opposition to the request for planning permission
must be presented by 30th April.

Youve also received this letter from the local residents committee:
Dear Neighbour,

Have you seen this?!

What a disgrace. Im trying to get as many people as possible to write to the council and
complain.
Please join our campaign; we must stop this. Ive added some of my notes to the leaflet to
give you some ideas.

Thank you for your help in fighting this terrible plan.


Marge Watkins
Head of local residents association

Enclosed with the letter is a copy of this leaflet with some of Marges notes
on a Post-it.

Great news! We are planning to open a fantastic


new restaurant in your area.
This will mean:

an atmospheric place to spend your evenings Fun? for who exactly?


more customers for local shops What about our local pub - loss of
business?
a great continental atmosphere
More customers? Or more
vandalism?
Please support our plan to inject a new burst Chairs on streets? Litter?
of life into the neighbourhood. Noise? How late open? Crime?
We dont need any more life!

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Using the information above:

Write a letter to the local council opposing the application, including some of
this information and anything else you wish to add. Write 120-150 words.