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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Listening Part 2

Teachers notes
Aims of the lesson

to practise a Part 2 task


to develop students ability to predict the answer
or type of language required in sentencecompletion tasks
to familiarise students with the Part 2 sentencecompletion task

Time needed
Materials required

30 minutes
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Handbook
and audio clip for Sample Test 1 Part 2
Students worksheet

Procedure
1. First, you may want to elicit what students know about Part 2 see Additional
information below. You may wish to give some of this information, if its unknown.
2. Arrange the students into pairs and give out copies of the Part 2 task taken from
the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Handbook (Sample Paper 1).
3. Give students the worksheet and ask them to read the instructions carefully as
this tells them what the text is about and what they have to do.
(The text is about a trip to South Africa and they have to complete the
sentences.)
4. Ask the students to read the rubric of the text. This gives a lot of information
about what the students will listen to and it is very important that they read it
carefully and use it to predict what they are likely to hear. Elicit what botany is
and what Josh is likely to encounter on his trip (botany is the study of plants so
Josh is likely to come across different types of flowers and plants and take

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samples/draw pictures/make notes on the trip). Ask students if they would like to
do something like this or if they have ever been on a field trip.
5. Then ask students to read the first question in the sample task and predict what
the answer is Josh planned to write a ______ for a website while he was in
Africa. Do this with the whole class as an example. Encourage students to look
at the words before and after the gap and to focus on grammar and collocation
when predicting the answers (students may guess the following article, piece,
diary. Note that article could not be the answer because a appears before the
gap.
6. Ask students to work together in pairs to predict the answers to the remaining
questions. You may decide just to focus on part of the task, or all of it.
7. Go through the suggested answers together. As long as a student can justify
their answer, accept it. Encourage students to explain why they have chosen
their answers. (You may want to point out that it doesnt actually matter whether
they have got the answers right or not. What is important is that they have started
to think about possible answers and this is what will make listening for the correct
answer easier when they do the exam task.)
8. Play the recording (or selected part of the recording) twice and ask students to
complete the task (or part of the task).
9. Go through the answers with the class and discuss whether they felt that the
prediction activity helped them. Ask students how close their predicted answers
were to the actual answers. Encourage them to practise predicting answers
whenever they do a Part 2 task.
10. Stress the importance of checking the completed sentence to make sure it
makes sense in terms of grammar and meaning.

Additional information
Part 2 features an informational monologue of approximately 3 minutes in length. Texts
typically take the form of talks, lectures or broadcasts, aimed at a non-specialist
audience, and are delivered in a neutral or semi-formal style.
A series of eight independent sentences reports the main ideas from the text and
candidates show their understanding of what they have heard by completing gaps in
these sentences. There is one gap per sentence, which is completed by a single word
or short phrase from the listening text. The task focuses on the retrieval of specific
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information and stated opinions from the text and the questions follow the order of
information presented in the text.
Correct spelling is expected at this level, although some minor variations are allowed,
for example, in proper names. Both US and British English spellings are accepted.
Each correct answer in Part 2 receives 1 mark.
There is some very good advice about preparing students for Part 2 tasks in the section
on listening in the Cambridge English: Advanced Handbook.
Suggested follow-up questions
1

Does spelling have to be correct?


It is expected, but minor variations may be accepted.

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Cambridge English: Advanced Listening Part 2 answer keys


Key to sample task
7 report
8 fire
9 (red) tea
10 safari truck
11 needle(s)
12 (deep) orange
13 paradise
14 roof

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Cambridge English: Advanced Listening Part 2 students worksheet


1

Look at the Cambridge English: Advanced Handbook. Read the instructions


for Part 2 in Sample Paper 1 very carefully. What is the text about? What do
you have to do?

What is someone who studies botany interested in? What are they likely to do
on a trip to South Africa?

Work in pairs and discuss possible answers for question 1 of the Sample
task.

Work in pairs and predict what the answers could be to the rest of the
questions.

Listen to the recording and do the sentence completion task. You will hear the
recording twice.

Work in pairs to discuss the following:


How close were your predictions to the actual answers?
How did predicting the answers help you when you listened and did the task?

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Cambridge English: Advanced Listening Part 2 sample task

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