Listening Test Series

IELTS Lessons, written by Sam Morgan and Tom Speed

This is the last part of our Interactive Listening Test. If you haven’t completed the other sections, make sure you do so first:

Listening Test Section 1
Listening Test Section 2
Listening Test Section 3
Listening Test Section 4 Part 1

This part is a continuation of the monologue we heard in the first part of section 4. This test question will be a Matching Lists type.


Matching Lists

IELTSTutors Tips

  1. Before listening, study the task carefully. If there are more numbered questions than options, you will have to use one of the options more than once.
  2. You may not need to use one of the options at all.
  3. Decide what the keywords or phrases are and underline them in each option.
  4. When listening, listen out for words or phrases which have similar meanings to the keywords you underlined.
  5. The test may use the keywords from the options to trick you. Listen for meaning not for the specific words from the options.

Let’s practice these tips now so that we are ready for the test questions. 
This is what a Matching Lists question looks like. At the bottom you can see the list of items A, B and C.
Question 37-40
Write the correct letter A, B, or C next to questions 37-40.

Where are the following places located?

37. The Globe 
38. Henley Street 
39. Ann Hathaway’s cottage 
40. Holy Trinity Church 

A. is in the center of Stratford-upon-Avon
B. is close to Stratford-upon-Avon
C. is far from Stratford-upon-Avon

We want to identify the keywords in the list items A, B and C.


 Practice Task 1 | Identify the Keywords

Select the keywords or phrases in the following options and select the box to place them. The first option has been completed as an example. 
Click or touch a word above
a) keyword/phrase: [in the center]
b) keyword/phrase:
c) keyword/phrase:

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​The highlighted words are all concerned with location. Close and far are opposites.
What other words or phrases can be used to express the meaning of in the center, close and far? When you listen to the audio, listen carefully for synonyms (words with the same meaning) and be careful of tricks.

Now we can use these keywords and their synonyms to help us answer the questions. Ready? Start by pressing play below.


Questions 37 – 40

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Write the correct letter A, B, or C next to questions 37-40.

Where are the following places located?

37. The Globe
38. Henley Street
39. Ann Hathaway’s cottage
40. Holy Trinity Church
A. is in the center of Stratford-upon-Avon
B. is close to Stratford-upon-Avon
C. is far from Stratford-upon-Avon

Answer ExplanAtions

Are you unsure about these answers? Have a look at our explanations below.

37

We hear ‘In Shakespeare’s day, the public would have been able to see his plays at The Globe which was found a considerable distance away on the banks of the River Thames in London’. ‘A considerable distance’ means far away. To confuse the candidate, the recording mentions a number of other theaters which are all found in the center of Stratford.

38

We hear ‘The most popular place for tourists in Stratford is Henley Street located in the heart of the old town and home to the house Shakespeare was born in’. ‘The heart of town’ means the center of town.

39

We hear ‘Another extremely popular tourist destination is the house which belonged to the family of Anne Hathaway. A short way from the town, this is the cottage in which Shakespeare’s wife grew up’. ‘A short way from’ means close to.

40

We hear ‘Back in town and just a short walk from where he was born is the final resting place of William Shakespeare. When he died he was 1616 he was buried in the Holy Trinity Church. A ‘short walk’ implies that the church must be close to Shakespeare’s house in the center of Stratford-upon-Avon. To try and trick the candidate, the recording goes on to mention Westminster Abbey which is ‘far away’. 

Well done for completing the test! We can now go through the script to improve our English.  Listen again and read the script, identifying  new vocabulary and practicing pronunciation by copying the sounds and phrases of the speaker. Pay close attention to word and sentence stress (the loud and quiet sounds in the words and phrases). 

Listen, read and Repeat the script

Lecturer:
Stratford-upon-Avon welcomes in visitors from all over the world. The town is a particularly popular destination for tourists from the USA as well as for tourists from all around Europe. The town’s William Shakespeare heritage is what most people come for as many buildings that would have been familiar to the poet and playwright have been perfectly preserved from the sixteenth century to the present.
 
Many visitors like to take in a performance of a Shakespeare play while they are in Stratford and luckily for them, the town is home to the Royal Shakespeare Company. The company has three venues in Stratford: The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre, both of which share a building on Waterside; and The Other Place which is a short walk away on Southern Lane. In Shakespeare’s day, the public would have been able to see his plays at The Globe which was found a considerable distance away on the banks of the River Thames in London. In Shakespeare’s time Stratford would have been lacking in theaters or other places for entertainment as it was only a small market town.
 
The most popular place for tourists in Stratford is Henley Street located in the heart of the old town and home to the house Shakespeare was born in. The house remains little changed from Shakespeare’s time and is a fascinating glimpse into England’s past and the early life of the country’s most famous playwright. Visiting this house will see you following in the footsteps of not only Shakespeare, but other well-known writers such as Charles Dickens, John Keats, and Thomas Hardy.
 
Another extremely popular tourist destination is the house which belonged to the family of Anne Hathaway. A short way from the town, this is the cottage in which Shakespeare’s wife grew up and where he almost certainly spent time courting Hathaway before they were married when Shakespeare was only eighteen years old. Many say it is the most romantic cottage in England. The house remained in the possession of relatives of Hathaway until the late nineteenth century when it became a museum.
 
Just a short walk from where he was born is the final resting place of William Shakespeare. When he died he in 1616 he was buried in the Holy Trinity Church. It is a place of pilgrimage for most fans of Shakespeare, but if visiting it must be remembered that it still functions as a place of worship and so visitors must be respectful. The grave of William Shakespeare is in the church although some people have suggested that it should be moved far away to Westminster Abbey, where many of England’s most notable people are buried.

That’s it for our interactive Listening Test, good job! We also have an Audio Tour Guide of another complete test for you to do as well. 

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