5 Minute Listening: What are you reading?

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  • Two students are conducting a survey to write an article for their school newspaper about novels that students read
  • Listen to the audio and answer the questions
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What’s your favourite?

Interview one

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Polly: Hello, my name’s Polly. I’m from Saint John’s Secondary School. I wonder if you have time to answer a few questions for a survey we’re conducting.

Kelly: No problem.

Polly: Can you give me your name and age please?

Kelly: I’m Kelly and I’m 15.

Polly: Do you enjoy reading?

Kelly: Yes, I love to read. Reading’s my favourite pastime.

Polly: What sort of books do you read most?

Kelly: I enjoy reading fiction. I don’t read factual books very much at all.

Polly: What sort of fiction do you like?

Kelly: I read all sorts of novels but my favourite type of book is a detective novel. I must have read hundreds.

Polly: Do you have a favourite writer?

Kelly: Yes. My favourite writer is Agatha Christie. Her books are brilliant.

Polly: Why is she your favourite author?

Kelly: Because her stories are so clever. They always involve a murder, but you can never guess who the murderer is until the end of the book. When I read one of her novels I always think I know the identity of the killer, but I’m always wrong.

Polly: How many of her books have you read?

Kelly: About fifteen. I have a complete list of all the novels she wrote and my ambition is to read them all.

Polly: How many hours a week do you spend reading?

Kelly: That’s difficult to say. I always read for an hour in bed before I go to sleep. So I would say I read about a dozen hours a week. More during the school holidays.

Polly: How many books would you say you read in a year?

Kelly: Oh ... one every two weeks. About twenty, twenty-five.

Polly: Do you read magazines?

Kelly: No, because I don’t have time. I would much rather spend my reading time a novel.

Polly: Thanks. That’s been very useful. Thanks for your time.

Interview two

Joe: Hello, my name’s Joe. I’m from Saint John’s Secondary School. Would you mind answering a few questions for a survey we’re doing at school, please?

Prisha: Okay. But I’ve only got a few minutes. Make it quick, please.

Joe: Cool. Can I have your name and age?

Prisha: I’m Prisha and I’m 14.

Joe: Do you enjoy reading?

Prisha: Sometimes. I don’t read all the time like the rest of my friends seem to.

Joe: Do you read fiction or non-fiction?

Prisha: Both. I’ll read anything if it interests me.

Joe: What sort of fiction do you like?

Prisha: I don’t have a favourite type of book.

Joe: Do you have a favourite writer?

Prisha: No. I can never remember the names of people who write books.

Joe: What book are you reading at the moment?

Prisha: I’m reading Twilight. All my friend have read it so I thought I’d give it a go.

Joe: How many hours a week do you spend reading?

Prisha: I haven’t a clue.

Joe: How many books did you read last year?

Prisha: Not many. I’m a slow reader. I’d say about three or four.

Joe: Do you read magazines?

Prisha: Yes, I read style magazines.

Joe: Thanks. That’s great.

Interview three

Polly: Hello, my name’s Polly. I’m from Saint John’s Secondary time to answer a few questions for a survey we’re doing at school?

Kai-chung: Cool. I hope they’re not too boring!

Polly: To start with, may I have your name and age??

Kai-chung: I’m Kai-chung and I’m 16.

Polly: Thanks. Do you like reading?

Kai-chung: Yes, I enjoy a good book from time to time, but I’m not the world’s greatest reader.

Polly: What sort of books do you like best?

Kai-chung: Books with a good story. If a book’s boring, I don’t get past the first couple of chapters.

Polly: Have you got a favourite type of book?

Kai-chung: Yes, I love horror stories.

Polly: Have you a favourite writer?

Kai-chung: Yes. it's an American guy called Stephen King. His books are long and it takes me ages to read one, but his stories are amazing.

Polly: Why is he your favourite author?

Kai-chung: Because his books are so spooky.

Polly: How many of his novels have you read?

Kai-chung: I’ve read The Shining and Carrie. I’m about to start IT.

Polly: How many hours a week do you spend reading?

Kai-chung: It varies. Not many at the moment because I have so much school work to do. About three or four hours on average.

Polly: Do you read magazines?

Kai-chung: Very rarely. I never buy magazines. If a friend gives me one, I’ll look through it.

Polly: Thanks for helping me!

Answers:

1. C

2. B

3. B

4. D

5. A

6. C

7. B

8. D

9. D

10. C

11. A

12. B

13. D

14. B

15. D

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