This lesson contains a multiple choice IELTS practice listening. What I suggest you do is listen first and then read the tutorial, if you make any mistakes. This form of listening is really part 2 – it’s a tour guide explaining about a trip – and in part 2 you should be aiming for 100%. The listening tasks get harder as you go on.
Be careful because I’ve set you several exam style traps.
How did you do? The answers
Here are some notes multiple choice questions and some tips on avoiding any traps:
The problems with multiple choice question
A little as in the reading, multiple choice can be surprisingly tricky. Here are a few pointers:
- You are likely to hear language from all 3 variations: don’t stop listening just because you’ve heard language from one variation. There may be a better answer soon
- Very frequently the answers come through listening for synonyms: so don’t just listen for words, listen for the meanings of words
- Before you listen focus on the stem of the question, not the variations. If you look at the variations too much, you can get confused.
- Pay attention to discourse language like “Well” “However” etc. Words like this can show you there’s a change in meaning coming up.
- Pay very close attention to the exact wording of the question. It’s a not just a listening task, but a listening AND reading task.
variant A: You hear the word attractions, but what does it refer to? Does it make Chatsworth special in comparison with Longleat? Did you hear “beside” or “besides”?
variant B: you need to be able to listen for synonyms and contextual meaning. You may not hear the word countryside. What words do you hear that mean much the same. Also, listen for “What sets it apart”. What is the meaning there?
variant C: focus on the question. You will hear about the garden, but is that what makes it special in comparison with other stately homes? And the word “features”, how is it used in the listening?
variant A: Which house is the Elizabethan masterpiece?
variant B: How much of Chatsworth belongs to the late 17th century?
variant C: What possible different styles to you hear discussed? Does the guide use the words “different” and “styles”?
variant A: Do you know what the word “facade” means? If not, you can always eliminate the wrong answers first and then come back to this one. Does this word look like any other word you know?
variant B: Who does the guide recommend this for? Did you hear any other words or phrases meaning “recommend”?
variant C: Who voted it the best water feature? Is the best water feature in Britain necessarily the highlight of the tour?
variant A: Someone in her family was notorious, but was it the Duchess or one of her sisters?
variant B:Everyone has heard of her, so does that make her famous or notorious? Did she own Chatsworth?
variant C:”You probably haven’t heard her name”: does this mean she can’t be notorious? What did she do in her life?
variant D: 4 marriages may be shocking to some but do we that it was shocking for her contemporaries?