E X A M I N AT I O N S , C E RT I F I C AT E S & D I P L O M A S




English as a Foreign Language

2 Part 1

You will hear people talking in eight different situations. For Questions 1-8, choose the best answer, A, B or C.


You hear part of an interview on the radio. Who is being interviewed? A B C a musician an actress a painter 1


A man speaks to you in the street. What does he want you to do? A B C try something out comment on something buy something 2


At the airport you hear this couple talking. How is the man feeling? A B C angry suspicious anxious 3


You are listening to a radio phone-in. Why has Annie phoned in? A B C to criticise teenagers to complain about school to discuss a family problem 4

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3 5 You hear this advertisement on the radio. What is emphasised about the product? A B C It is up to date. It is cheap. It is reliable. 5


A woman is making a phone call. Where is she phoning? A B C a tourist information office a college a doctor’s surgery 6


While visiting a college, you hear this man talking. What feature of the city is he talking about? A B C trade history financial institutions 7


A young woman is talking on the phone to a music teacher. What does the woman want to do? A B C arrange a lesson cancel a lesson complain about a lesson 8

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4 Part 2

You will hear an interview with Frank Duncan, a famous film director, who is talking about his early life and work. For Questions 9-18, complete the sentences.

An important part of Frank’s life is


There was a


close to his home.

David and he enjoyed going to


David and he tried to become


Frank’s family was involved in the



His grandfather invented a


His grandfather advised him to start a



At 17, he was rich enough to


He started to write stories for


At BBC television he trained as


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5 Part 3 You will hear five people giving their views on large and small shops. For Questions 19-23, choose which of the subjects in the list A-F they are talking about. Use the letters only once. There is one extra letter which you do not need to use.


the attitude of the staff Speaker 1 19


the general level of prices Speaker 2 20


the range of goods Speaker 3 21


the quality of the products Speaker 4 22


convenient shopping Speaker 5 23


an experiment that failed

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6 Part 4 You will hear an interview with a fisherman. For Questions 24-30, decide which of the choices A, B or C is the best answer.

24 Peter became a fisherman because A B C he was good at sea-fishing as a youngster. he wanted to do what his father did. he was keen to do any job at sea. 24

25 What does he say about his training? A B C The time spent in the classroom was boring. Most of it involved doing the job. He found it harder than he had expected. 25

26 What does he say has been a problem for him? A B C studying electronics finding reliable colleagues dealing with the boat breaking down 26

27 What does Peter particularly like about being a fisherman? A B C the physical activity it involves how unpredictable it is the freedom to choose when he works 27

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7 28 What does he say about the money that he earns? A B C He makes sure that he saves some of it. He dislikes the system of payment. He finds it difficult to live on. 28


What does he say about his social life? A B C He wishes he had more time for it. He can seldom afford to have one. It does not interfere with his work. 29


Which of the following best describes Peter’s attitude to his job? A B C He thinks he isn’t capable of doing another job. 30 He regards it as more than just a job. He feels that his income from it should be higher.

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Part 1 1 Interviewer: How did you start your career, er, how did you get noticed? Woman: After college, I entered as many competitions as possible. Obviously you get more work if you win prizes and people get to know your work. And it’s good discipline, learning pieces set for the competitions. Interviewer: That led to your lucky break, didn’t it? Woman: Yes, a performer I much admire was one of the judges in the competition. Interviewer: John Hill? Woman: Right, and he asked me to do an album with him, after hearing me play. It was a hit. I’m sorry to bother you but could I just have a moment of your time? I’m working for a well-known manufacturer and we’re trying to find out what people think of our products, how often they buy them and whether they like the changes that we’re thinking of making. First of all, I’d like to show you one or two new products that we are planning to introduce and ask you whether you will buy them when they are on the market. I won’t keep you for long, I assure you. 3 Man: I’m sure we’ve forgotten something. Every time we go away we forget something. Where are the tickets? Woman: They’re in my handbag. I also have our travellers cheques, our hotel reservations and our car hire documents. Man: Are you sure? What about our passports? Do you have our passports? Do check, you can’t be too careful! Woman: They’re in my bag too. 4 ... Annie, I just wanted to perhaps reassure you - to say that I think you’re getting what many people would recognise as being a quite common reaction from a teenager round about the age of fifteen, sixteen, when faced with the problem of changing schools mid-year. Your daughter - it’s quite natural that she should be going through, now, this mix of emotions - feeling lost, not able to cope with everything. But believe me, Annie, it will pass. Now what you could do to help is to ... 5 You can pay more if you like but you’ll never buy a better computer than the Phalanx 342. In the fast-moving world of computer Interviewer: Film Director: Interviewer: Film Director: Interviewer: Film Director:

quickly to new innovations can hope to succeed. With the Phalanx 342, we’ve left the competition behind yet again. The cost? Well, the Phalanx 342 is great value for money. And quality? That comes with a firm guarantee. So if you want to be ahead of the rest, get the Phalanx 342 now! Phone 5463423 for a free information pack. 6 Woman ...right, so let me just check what you’ve told me - the next course in First Aid For All starts on September 7 and there’s no problem about short-stay foreign residents registering for the course, and details of fees are in the prospectus ... ... so our survey will look at all the important developments of the city. We’ll be starting with its foundation as a trading post some two thousand years ago, we’ll consider its decline in the Middle Ages, then we’ll be coming right up to date when we consider its role today as one of the world’s major tourist and financial centres. ...sorry about this, but I just can’t seem to make any headway with the piece - and having to miss last week’s lesson didn’t help. Anyway, is Thursday at 6.30 any good for you? That’ll give me a chance to do some practice and ...






Part 2 Interviewer: Was it always your ambition to be a director, Frank, or did you really want to write, at the beginning? I kept a journal at that time, when I was fifteen, sixteen and have done so, on and off, ever since. And I find that a very important part of my life really, which is writing, composing my thoughts and putting things down on paper. But didn’t you live near one of the top film studios as a boy? Yes, but I didn’t go to work there when I left school. Why not? Wouldn’t they have you? Well, my best friend, David, and I both wanted to, because going to the cinema was what we both liked doing and there were people living around there who were working at the studios. So, we both applied to be messenger boys. Anyway, he got the job, but they turned me down. What did you lack, I wonder? I don’t know, probably I didn’t look bright enough but, I never dreamed then of being

Film Director:

a director, for me at fifteen, being a messenger boy was the highest thing I thought I could aspire to. Interviewer: So you had to think again. Film Director: Yes. I set up a laundry business instead. Interviewer: Why laundry? Film Director: Well, it was in the family, you might say. My grandfather inherited a laundry in London and he went on to invent a washing machine for it. So when I left school and wanted to make some money, I went to my grandfather and he said, ‘The big thing, you know, is dry cleaning’, and he showed David, who’d soon given up being a messenger boy, and myself how to do it. So we started up a dry cleaning business and made a bit of money at it, enough, in fact, for me to be able to, sort of, give up work at the age of seventeen. Interviewer: To do what? To write? Film Director: That’s right. To write stories for women’s magazines, and eventually this led to plays and film scripts and all that. And then as a result of these, BBC television invited me to come and take part in some youth programmes they were doing, and that’s how it all started really. Interviewer: So it was at the BBC that you learnt your craft? Film Director: Yes, I began as a sort of trainee film editor and I learnt editing. Interviewer: And was it good training for someone going on to become a film director? Film Director: Excellent. The laundry didn’t do any harm either though. Part 3 Male: I’ve been everywhere, you know, like all the major superstores around and I just can’t get these double press hinges anywhere, you know, and I’ve come here, just a small shop and he’s got ‘em on the shelf. I mean, they do have to squeeze a lot into a small place, but they do have a tremendous amount of different lines in this small space.

unpleasant, the shop was crowded and they didn’t have enough staff. Half the time the things you were looking for were not on the shelf, they’d sold out. In the end, everyone got fed up with it and thought, ‘Well, if they can reduce the prices at weekends, perhaps we’re being overcharged during the week’. Female: I come here because it’s well laid out, you can pick and choose as you want, and it’s got a nice big car park. I come in and wander round to get ideas about interior design or things I might do that I wouldn’t otherwise have thought of. There’s no hassle here, if you want something in particular, there’s a map and all the aisles are labelled and there’s never a queue at the checkout.


In this shop, they have a policy of everyday low pricing which is a strategy of reducing the prices on the core range of goods all the time and they stick to that. So it’s not true that small shops are more expensive. Most of them these days belong to a federation which is able to buy good makes in large quantities and pass on the saving to its members, who pass it on to us, the customers. Part 4 Presenter:


In a small shop like this it’s very friendly and I’ve had things from here, like a doormat, that I’ve hesitated whether it would fit or not, and I take it home, I don’t have to pay for it, and they say, ‘Try it, if it doesn’t fit bring it back’ and that’s what I do. You know, you don’t have to spend a lot of time looking for things, you can just ask, or point in my case, and they get it for you. Male: Two years ago, one of the large stores launched discount weekends, offering 20% off everything. These weekends were very

In today’s programme in our series about people’s jobs, we discover what it’s like to be a fisherman in Britain. Peter Dodds has been a fisherman for four years and he’s with me now. Peter, welcome. Tell me, what led you to a career in fishing? Peter: Well, I started sea-fishing, angling, when I was quite young, and with my Dad being a boat builder, I’ve always had a connection with the sea and wanted to make a living which involved the sea as well ... and there’s really only one thing you can do and that’s fishing. It’s worlds apart from anything else I know. Presenter: Did you have to take any kind of course? Peter: Yes, first of all I did my three weeks’ initial training where I did fire fighting, sea survival, first aid and then emergency aid. Then twenty five weeks in a classroom and the next two years was on a sea-going basis, where I went out and worked at sea and was assessed on the work I did. Presenter: What would you say it takes to be a fisherman? Peter: The first requirement for someone to go fishing, they’ve got to want to go fishing, it’s a way of life, it isn’t just a job. There are so many facets to it, um, you have to find out

where and when to find your fish, you have to have some engineering experience if you have breakdowns, er, knowledge of electronics, I really had a struggle with that one, ropes and knots, there’s an awful lot to cover. And you also have to get on with your companions, you have to rely on your mates - if you’ve got to be worried about them not doing what they should do, you could be in serious trouble. Presenter: Do you enjoy the work? Peter: Well, every day’s different, you never stop learning. You know, you get an awful lot of respect for the sea. There’s not another job like it at all. I mean, you could be sitting in an office, tapping away on a computer, doing the same thing day in day out. With fishing, you go... I mean... every day the weather’s different, the catch is different, the fishing’s different, you earn different money. You’ve got more of an incentive to go because you can say, well, ‘if I don’t go, I don’t earn any money. Presenter: So does fishing give you a good living? Peter: One week you might not earn a great deal and then a couple of weeks later you might earn four times as much, so what you’ve got to do is set yourself a certain amount of money to live on and, if you can, put some aside in the bank for when the weather’s going to be bad. Then, when the fishing does die, you can say ‘I can have three months off’ and you can afford to do it. You get paid a share rather than a basic weekly wage, so if the boat doesn’t go to sea, that will mean you don’t earn much at all, but you have to find money to pay the bills anyway. Presenter: Does your job allow you to have much of a social life? I mean, I imagine you have to get up very early most days. Peter: I have to fit my social life in around the sea really, because I have to go to sea when the weather’s right. When the weather’s bad, then if I’ve got money I can go out and enjoy myself and I can wake up in the morning and if there’s a storm I’ll be quite happy about it. It can be difficult to motivate yourself in the wintertime to get out there, but in the end, it’s money in the pocket, and you’ve got bills to pay. Presenter: So, any regrets about making fishing your career? Peter: You know, fishing is my life. I can’t really see myself doing anything else. Driving a bus or working in an office, it would drive me mad. Presenter: Thanks, Peter, for giving us an insight into what it’s like to be a fisherman.


Part 3 19 C 20 A

Part 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A B

Part 2 9 writing/composing (my) thoughts/putting things (down) on paper

Part 4 24 25 26 27 28 29 C B A B A C B

10 (top/famous) film studio C 11 (the) cinema C 12 messenger boys A 13 laundry B 14 washing machine B 15 (dry(-)) cleaning A 16 give up work/stop work(ing) 17 women(‘s) magazines 18 (a/an) (film) editor 30 23 B 22 E 21 F

Each question is given one mark. The total score is adjusted to give a mark out of 40.



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