M: Who will join us for dinner tonight?
W: Bob and Candy. I also invited Mary, but she is out of town.
M: What a pity! I was hoping she would come.
1. What will the speakers do tonight?
M: If I were you, I’d just walk to work. It would take you about 20 minutes. Riding a bike is a good choice, too.
W: I agree. But this week my husband is away on business, so I have to drive my kids to school before I go to work. I’m pressed for time, you know.
2. How does the woman go to work this week?
W: It’s 8:30, Dave, and you’re going to be late for the meeting.
M: Oh, my! I just have half an hour left. I can’t believe I slept for 10 hours!
3. What time does Dave’s meeting start?
M: Hi, Helen. Where are you off to?
W: To the library. I’ve got a history paper due next week, and need to do some reading.
4. What is Helen going to do?
W: Thank goodness! You are still here.
M: What’s up?
W: I need your signature for this document. It’s urgent.
5. What is the woman’s feeling now?
W: Are you all alone, Tom? Why not ask Mike to help you collect money for the Children’s Centre?
M: Well, he’s working on his lab report. Could you come?
W: I’d love to, but I won’t be available until next week. I think Cathy will have some free time this week. Do you want me to pass on a message?
M: That’d be nice. Thanks, Jane.
6. What is Tom busy doing?
7. Who might be able to help Tom this week?
W: Are you leaving for the railway station now, Jack? It’s so early.
M: Just avoiding the rush hour traffic. I don’t want to be late.
W: So you have to wait for about two hours? I don’t think there’s scenery to look at.
M: Don’t worry! I’ll take a book with me.
W: It’s too noisy to read in the railway station. I would usually look around the shops while waiting for the train.
M: But I’ve already got all the gifts for my parents and sisters. I don’t need to buy anything. If I really can’t focus on the book, I may phone up some friends I haven’t talked to in a while.
W: That’s a nice idea. Betty told me last time that she often spent the waiting time writing a to-do list so that she’d not miss anything in the days to come.
M: That’s an awesome idea. I’ll surely do that. Thank you, Judy. See you next year.
8. Why is Jack leaving early?
9. What does Judy often do at the railway station?
10. What are the speakers mainly talking about?
W: Hi, Bill. You look troubled. What’s the matter?
M: Hi, Grace. I have a big decision to make. My uncle offered me a job as the lead engineer at his service station, and with good pay.
W: That’s wonderful, but are you going to quit college?
M: That’s exactly the problem. One side of me says, “Oh, go ahead! You can go back to college anytime. What job could you get after college that would pay you $15 an hour? That’s $30,000 a year!”
W: And then?
M: And then, the other side says, “Hold it, not so fast! For all those years you were in the army, you planned to go to college so that you would have many job possibilities to choose from. You’ve planned your whole life around going to college. And now…”
W: I can see it. It’s true that with your experience in the army, you could do excellent work repairing cars if you accept the job. But you are doing very well now. Just think of the future. You will get better jobs.
11. Why does Bill look troubled?
12. What is Bill now?
13. What does the woman seem to suggest Bill do?
W: Hey, John. Can I talk to you for a minute?
M: Sure, what’s up?
W: I wanted to let you know about a book club I joined a few months ago. I know you do a lot of reading, so I thought you might want to come with me next month.
M: Oh, that sounds like fun. When does the group meet?
W: Usually the last Saturday of the month at 7:30 in the evening. Is that too late for you?
M: No, I think that’s okay. What do you talk about in the group?
W: Well, every month we choose a new book. And then during the next meeting, we discuss it.
M: What books have you read?
W: Quite a lot. Recently we have read The Beautiful Mind and The Great Gatsby. Now we are reading The Kite Runner.
M: The Kite Runner ? I’ve heard that’s a good book. What’s it about?
W: It’s about a boy who grows up in Afghanistan during the 1980s.
M: That sounds interesting. I’d love to come.
W: Great! The next meeting will be held in two weeks, so you still have time to read the book.
14. What is the woman recommending to the man?
15. What is the woman reading now?
16. How much time does the man have to read the book?
W: Today, let’s begin with note-taking techniques. Note-taking is an important skill not only for taking classes, but also for doing your job in the future. I’d like to draw your attention to certain points about taking notes. First, remember that note-taking should be 75% listening and only 25% writing, so don’t try to write down every single word the teacher says. Ignore what is unimportant and write in phrases, not complete sentences. Second, leave spaces and lines between main ideas. You may want to add some information later. I find that some of you are very good at making use of color, mapping web, and symbols such as arrows, circles and boxes. I highly recommend these tools to all of you, because the use of them makes the outline more easily readable and interesting than the blocks of text. It also makes sure that important words stand out. Here are some examples.
17. What is the speaker doing?
18. What should you pay most attention to when taking notes?
19. What is an advantage of using symbols in note-taking?
20. What will the speaker do next?