Directions: In this section, you will hear three news reports. At the end of each news report, you will hear two or three questions. Both the news report and the questions will be spoken only once. After you hear a question, you must choose the best answer from the four choices marked A), B), C) and D). Then mark the corresponding letter on Answer Sheet 1 with a single line through the centre.
Questions 1 and 2 are based on the news report you have just heard.
NEWS Report 1
And finally in tonight’s news, a nine-year-old boy named Joe told not to draw in class wins a job decorating a restaurant with his drawings rather than shutting down the habit of drawing in his school’s workbook.
Joe’s parents decided to encourage his creativity by sending their son to an after-school art class. His teacher recognized Joe’s talent and posted all his work online, which led to something pretty wonderful. A restaurant named Number 4 in Newcastle contacted Joe’s teachers to ask if the nine-year-old could come and decorated the dining room with his drawings. Every day after school, Joe's dad drives him to the restaurant, so he can put his ideas straight on the wall.
Once he's all done, the work will remain there permanently. Joe’s dad says, Joe is a really talented little boy. He’s excellent at school. He's great at football, but drawing is definitely what he is most passionate about.
Q1. What did Joe’s parents decide to do?
1. B) Send him to an after-school art class.
Q2. What did the restaurant, Number 4, do?
2. A) Contacted Joe to decorate its dining-room.
Questions 3 and 4 are based on the news report you have just heard.
NEWS Report 2
Christine Marshall, a 34-year-old mum of one posted a tearful video on social media, Wednesday, begging for the safe return of her beloved pet dog. After combing through the security video outside a global’s shop, Christine has now posted an image of a man suspected of stealing the dog. The image appears to show a man carrying the dog in his arms.
Christine also believes the video obtained from the shop shows the dog being stolen by a man before driving off in a car, which had been waiting nearby. The family is now offering a 5,000 pound reward for the safe return of the dog after launching a social media campaign to find the thief. The dog is six and a half years old and was last seen wearing a red collar.
Christine said “We will pay that to anyone who brings him home, as long as they are not responsible for his disappearance. Please on investigating the incident”.
Q3. What is Christine Marshall trying to do?
3. A) Get her pet dog back.
Q4. What does the news report say about Christine Marshall’s family?
4. D) It is offering a big reward to anyone who helps.
Questions 5 to 7 are based on the news report you have just heard.
NEWS Report 3
London’s eggs and bread cafe offers boiled eggs, toast, jam, and bacon, as well as tea, coffee, and orange juice. But at the end of the meal, customers don’t have to worry about the bill. Hungry customers can pay whatever amount they can afford to eat at the cafe or nothing at all. Owner Guy Wilson says his cafe aims to build community rather than profits. He wants to provide a bridge for people to connect in an area that has been divided by class and wealth, by providing affordable breakfast. The cafe is open in the mornings every day of the year, and has two members of staff or supervisors on shift every day. The cafe doesn’t use volunteers, but pays its staff to ensure consistency in its service. It doesn't take donations and doesn’t want to be seen as a charity. Mr. Wilson says when people start to know other people around them, they realize they’re not that different and whatever their financial background or their educational background, most people will have something in common with each other. He says it’s important that his cafe can offer his customers security and permanence.
Q5. What does Guy Wilson say his cafe aims to do?
5. B) Help people connect with each other.
Q6. What does the news report say about eggs and bread cafe?
6. C) It does not use volunteers.
Q7. What happens when people start to know each other according to Guy Wilson?
7. D) They will find they have something in common.
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