LISTENING – PART #1
Unit 1 Gold
M: Gold has been a part of many cultures for hundreds of years. People made coins and jewelry with gold. Gold is a soft metal. It is easy to shape into sheets, long wires, or rings. People sometimes mix gold with other metals. This makes the gold harder. Then it can be made into beautiful jewelry. Why do we value gold so much? It has a special color. No other metal is a bright yellow.
We also value gold because it is rare. A rare thing is hard to find. Even after hundreds of years, gold is still a precious metal now. It is still valued for its beauty. It is still rare. Today, banks store gold in the form of bars. Its value is more than $600 per ounce. Gold is more useful now than ever before.
Unit 2 The Summer Music Festival
W: Have you heard about the music festival next summer? I read that it is going to have about 20 different bands playing in it.
M: I think I did hear someone talking about it. Are you planning on going?
W: I’ll go if I can get tickets. I heard that people are going to line up overnight to get tickets. I might line up overnight, too.
M: I don’t think I want to line up all night long!
W: Well, I’m going to do it. I think it is going to be a great music festival that I won’t want to miss.
M: Maybe. Do you know how much the tickets are going to cost?
W: I’m not sure, but I think each ticket will be about $75.
M: That’s a lot of money! I don’t think I want to spend that much on a ticket. Good luck, anyway!
Unit 3 The School Play
B : Are you going to the school play on Saturday night?
G : The school play? I didn’t know there was going to be a play on Saturday night.
B : Yes, I heard about it in English class yesterday. I think it will be really good.
G : Who told you about it?
B : Ms. Martin, our English teacher, told us all about it. This is the drama club’s first play of the year.
G : What is the play about? I hope it’s nothing boring.
B : Can you guess what it is?
G : Oh, come on, tell me please!
B : It’s The Sound of Music.
G : Really? I watched The Sound of Music on TV last month! It’s very good! Are you sure?
B : Of course I’m sure, that’s what Ms. Martin said. Would you like to watch the play with me on Saturday night?
G : That would be great! Let’s go early so we get good seats!
Unit 4 Ballet Class
W: Hi Cindy, where are you going?
G : Good afternoon, Mrs. White, I’m going to ballet class.
W: Ballet class? I didn’t know you were studying ballet. How long have you been studying ballet?
G : Today is my first day, and I don’t want to go. My mom and dad want me to learn ballet. I’m not sure I want to learn how to dance.
W: I used to learn ballet too, when I was your age. Now I teach ballet in a dance school.
G : Oh, I didn’t know that! Where do you teach your classes?
W: Down the street at Easy Steps Dance Academy. Ballet is fun to learn, and it’s a very graceful dance. You’ll need to learn the steps and practice a lot of course, but I think you’ll enjoy it.
G : I hope so!
W: Well, go and have some fun dancing!
Unit 5 Monet’s Garden
W: Claude Monet was a great artist. He was the first of a group of artists called the Impressionists. This group of artists thought about how things in the world made them feel. They tried to show this in their work. This way
of painting shows how light can change shapes and colors.
Monet did a lot of his work outdoors. He wanted to show how daylight made things look. Many of his paintings are of gardens. He liked to paint flowers and trees. He loved to paint in his own garden. His garden was in a village. He lived there for many years.
Today, many visitors come each year to this
garden. They come from all over the world. Most of them are art lovers or artists. They come to see the place that Monet loved so much.
Unit 6 A Haunted House
G : Oh no, it’s raining! I wanted to go to the beach today.
B : Well, I’m visiting a haunted house this afternoon. You can come with me if you like.
G : A haunted house? What is it like?
B : It’s really dark, with lots of old furniture and pictures on the walls. It’s called a haunted house because it’s full of ghosts!
G : You’re joking, right? I don’t believe in ghosts! Where is the haunted house?
B : The house is in the old forest.
G : Oh! Are you really sure you want to go?
B : What’s wrong? I thought you didn’t believe in ghosts!
G : Well, I don’t really believe in ghosts, but . . .
B : That’s OK, I don’t believe in ghosts, either! I was only joking. The old house isn’t really haunted; it’s just a very old, empty house.
G : Whew, I’m glad to hear that! Sure, I’ll come with you!
Unit 7 A Big Screen TV
M: I’m thinking about buying a big screen TV.
W: Wow! I’ve seen those in the store. They cost a lot of money. Can you afford to buy one?
M: They do cost a lot of money. But I really enjoy watching TV. I think it’s much more fun to watch TV shows on a big screen.
W: I’ve never watched TV on a big screen. Do you think the quality of the picture is good?
M: Yes, the quality is great. When you watch soccer games, you feel like you are right there on the field!
W: When you buy the TV, can I come over to your house? Then, I can enjoy watching TV on the big screen with you!
M: I have to save some money to buy the TV first. It will be a few months before I can afford to buy it!
Unit 8 He’s Famous!
B : Are you going to the new Tim Cross movie tonight?
G : I don’t know. It looks kind of boring.
B : Really? I think it looks quite interesting. Besides, Tim Cross is a famous actor.
G : He may be famous, but I don’t think he’s a very good actor. He always acts in the same sort of movie. He never does anything different.
B : Well, at least you think he’s good looking, right?
G : No, not really. He always looks so sleepy.
B : But most girls think he’s handsome. Maybe that’s why he is so famous.
G : None of my friends think he is good looking at all. I used to like him a few years ago, but now I think he’s not handsome at all.
B : Hey! I just got a haircut to try to look more like him!
G : Well, that explains why I don’t like your new haircut!
Unit 9 A Housewarming Party
W: Hi, Steve! Thanks for coming to my housewarming party.
M: Hello, Sue! Thanks for inviting me to see your lovely new home. It’s beautiful!
W: Thank you. I’m glad you like it.
M: Did you decorate your house all by yourself?
W: Yes, I did. I travelled around Europe last year. I got some beautiful furniture for my house there.
M: Do you plan to go on a new trip this summer?
W: Yes, I am planning to visit China.
M: That’s great! How long will you be there?
W: I will be there for a month.
M: You can find some beautiful things in China for your new house. You should go shopping while you are there.
W: Of course! It will be fun to go shopping there. By the way, please help yourself to the refreshments.
M: Thanks. The food looks delicious!
Unit 10 A Problem at the Office
M: I had a big problem at the office today!
W: What happened?
M: I could not use my computer all day!
W: Was it because of a virus?
M: Yes. I opened a file that had a virus.
W: Oh no! You must be careful when you open files in your email. A virus can make your whole computer crash.
M: It was an accident! I didn’t know the file had a virus. I’ll be more careful next time.
W: What did you do next?
M: I asked a computer repairman to come to the office. He worked all day to repair my computer. But the real problem is that I may have lost some of my work.
W: Don’t worry. Your work is probably still on your computer. I can help you get it back. Next time, make sure you have back-up files. Just in case it happens again!
Unit 11 A Part-time Job
B : I want to find a part-time job. Do you have any ideas about where I should look for work?
W: Have you looked in the newspaper? There are lots of job advertisements in the newspaper.
B : Yes, I have. But there were no jobs I was interested in.
W: Did you search on the Internet? Many companies put job advertisements on the Internet.
B : No, I haven’t looked on the Internet. I don’t know what I should search for.
W: There are many websites that have job postings that you could look at. You could also search for the type of job you are interested in.
B : OK. Thanks for telling me what I need to do. I’ll start my Internet search right now.
W: I have a list of some websites. You could start looking at those first. That might save you some time.
B : That would be very useful. Thanks!
Unit 12 Teamwork
G : When people work together as a team, they can achieve a lot. You can easily get things done when you share the work. We practice teamwork in my family. Both my parents have jobs. My father is a doctor. My mother is a teacher. Both of them work long hours all week. My brother is a student at college. I am a student in school. We all have very busy lives. So, when it comes to household chores, we all work together to get them done.
Each of us has different chores. My parents take turns to cook. My father takes out the trash. My mother does the laundry. My brother washes the dishes. I sweep the floor. We share the chores and work together. Everything gets done fast. People should practice working as a team. Teamwork works!
Unit 13 Driving Down South
B : Isn’t it great that there aren’t any classes on Monday? We have a three-day weekend!
G : That’s right! Do you have any special plans?
B : My family is taking a trip to Las Cruces. I’m really looking forward to it. Have you ever been there?
G : No, but I’ve heard about it. Is it nice?
B : Yes, there are so many things to see. The city is famous for its nuts.
G : What kind of nuts?
B : Pecans. There are many pecan trees growing in and around the city.
G : I like pecans. How far away is Las Cruces from here?
B : It only takes about four hours by car if you use the freeway and drive directly south.
G : That certainly makes for an easy trip. When are you leaving?
B : We’re going on Saturday morning. We’ll be back on Monday evening.
G : Have a nice time! Bring me some pecans!
Unit 14 The Travel Agent
W: I want to go on a trip to China.
M: How long do you want to stay?
W: Four or five days.
M: We have a very good package tour that is for four days and three nights.
W: OK. What can you tell me about it?
M: Well, you’ll fly directly to Beijing. Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Over the four days, you will do a lot of sightseeing. You will see many famous landmarks, like the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China.
W: That sounds great! What sort of transport will we use to get from one place to another?
M: You will take a bus with your tour group.
W: OK. Can I book this package tour now? There will be five of us going on this trip.
Unit 15 Taking the Train
M: You’re so lucky, Marian. You’re leaving for Hawaii in five hours! I never travel because I hate flying in airplanes. I don’t like buses, either.
W: That doesn’t matter, Dean. There are other ways to get around. You should take the train somewhere.
M: That’s true. It’s been a long time since I last travelled. I’ve always wanted to take a long train trip.
W: What’s stopping you? Go to the travel agent now and ask about train trips!
M: What do you think the fares are like?
W: I’m not sure what train fares are like now. I think it depends on your destination. That’s a question you’ll have to ask a travel agent.
M: Can you suggest a good person to talk to?
W: My travel agent is always very helpful. Here is his phone number.
M: Thanks! I’ll call him right now. Where’s the phone?
LISTENING – PART #2