2.2 Listening for Details

Listen to the recording and choose the best answer to each question. To make this practice more like the real test, cover the questions and answers during each conversation.

Transcript for 2.2 A

Transcript for 2.2 B

Transcript for 2.2 C

Transcript for 2.2 D


1 Listen again to the conversations in Exercise 2.2.A above. With your classmates, discuss the meaning of the underlined expressions in the script below. In what other situations might these expressions be used?

check out

You should check out the job board in the student center.

spare time

…I need the money but I don’t have a lot of spare time.


If you’re free in the afternoon…

help out

…why not volunteer to help us out?

I guess I could

I guess I could spare a few hours.

put (one’s) name down

I can put your name down then?

make someone do something

She really makes us think.

And she really makes you work in her class!

figure out

I’m starting to figure things out as a result of this class..

go through

These are all journal articles that I need to go through for my research..

deal with

Most are about primate behavior, but a few deal with other mammals or birds…..

2 Listen again to each lecture in Exercise 2.2.C above. Imagine that you are in class, listening to the professor speak. While you are listening, take notes about the important ideas and details. Do not try to write down every word or memorize the lecture. After each lecture, use your notes and your own words to (1) write a short summary, or (2) present an oral summary of the main ideas. Look in a newspaper, a magazine, or a textbook. Find a short passage of two or three paragraphs and bring it to class. In class, form groups of four students. Read your passage to the students in your group. When you are finished, your classmates must report the details that they heard. One student writes the details as a list. Then, working together, write questions about the details. Use these question words:

  • What _____?
  • Where _____?
  • Why _____?
  • Who _____?
  • When _____?
  • How _____?

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