Listening texts of Unit 1, Book7
Page 6 AN AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT Barry Minto (B) has just made a successful climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Listen to him being interviewed on the rad
io by Joan (J). JOAN: Barry, welcome to our 1. and congratulations on that great climb! BARRY: Thank you. It’s good to be here. JOAN: Now, Barry, it was a very special climb, wasn’t it? BARRY: Yes, that’s right. Half of the group had very bad eyesight or were2.________ like me, and the other half were sighted people who came along to help us. JOAN: How old were the climbers? BARRY: Well, the 3 .________ and blind group were between 16 and 19 years old. JOAN: And the sighted climbers? BARRY: Between 25 and 45. JOAN: I see. Now, why did you make such a difficult climb? BARRY: For two main reasons: one is to prove that we can 4 .________ whatever we decide to do; the other is to 5.________ money for other people with weak sight. JOAN: Mmm. Well done! I know Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. But how high is it? BARRY: About 6.________ metres. JOAN: That’s very high! So how many of you reach the top? BARRY: Of the 12 poor-sighted and blind climbers, 9 made it to the top. Of the 15 sighted 7 .________, 7 did. JOAN: Well done! BARRY: Yes, it just shows you how determined the poor-sighted and blind climbers were. JOAN: How long did it take you? BARRY: Five days to go up and two to come down. JOAN: Well, Barry, I’m full of 8.________for you and your 9 .________ .What do you plan to do next? BARRY: Oh, I’m going to university next year, but my next climbing 10.________ is to go up Mount Qomolangma one day. JOAN: Amazing. I wish you every success in the future, Barry.
BARRY: (fade out) Thanks, Joan… Page 46 LUCY LEARNS THE WAY Sara, who is blind, has just returned home from a guide dog school where she learned how to work with her new guide dog, Lucy. A teacher from the school has come to Sara’s house to teach her and Lucy how to find their way around their own town. Part 1 SARA: Mum, this is Phil. Phil, this is my mother. PHIL:1. ________ to meet you, Mrs Robinson. MOTHER: Please, call me Jane. PHIL: Umm, right, Jane. Sara’s told me a lot about you. MOTHER: Only good things, I hope. PHIL: Definitely. She told me how much you’ve helped her since her accident. MOTHER: Well, I’ve done my best, but I know Sara wants to be more 2. ________. PHIL: Well, with Lucy’s help she will be. How’s Lucy 3. ________ in, by the way? MOTHER: Oh, it’s like she’s always been here, isn’t it, Sara? SARA: Yes. She’s been smelling everything in the house and she knew which was my bedroom right away. PHIL: That’s good. So, Sara, what shall we teach Lucy first? SARA: How to take me to work. Mum’s been driving me but I want so much to be able to get there by train on my own, like I used to before the accident. PHIL: Well, let’s get 4. ________. First we’ll show Lucy the way to the train station…(fade out) Part 2 An hour and a half later, Sara, Lucy and Phil return home.(Pause, then sound of door opening and closing and two sets of footsteps) SARA: (very excitedly) Mum, where are you? MOTHER: In here, dear. SARA: Lucy did it! She found her own way to the station and onto the train. MOTHER: Wonderful! Clever girl, Lucy. How did she go
crossing the street? PHIL: She was 5. ________. She sat down at the crossing and waited till the cars stopped… SARA: Then she stood up and took me straight 6. ________ the road. I wish you could have seen her. MOTHER: Me too, but I’ll get the 7. ________ once you’ve finished her training. So what’s next? PHIL: We’ll give Lucy 8. ________ rest and then we’ll ask her to take Sara to the station again. SARA: Then Phil’s going to show Lucy how to 9. ________ the train and take me to my office. In a few days, Lucy and I’ll be going to work 10. ________. MOTHER: That’s fantastic. I’m so pleased for you. Now, would you like some lunch, Phil, while Lucy is having a break? (fade out) Page50 MY HERO: LOUIS BRAILLE Good afternoon, everyone. Today I’d like to tell you about Louis Braille. He made it possible for blind people to read and write. Louis was born in 1. ________ in 1809. Sadly when he was a little boy, he had an accident. By the time he was four years old, he was 2. ________ blind. However, at the age of ten Louis was lucky enough to go to Paris to one of the first schools for blind children in Pairs. At this particular school they had special books. They were written in ordinary French but the letters were raised up off the page, so that the students could feel the shape of the words and read them. But there were two problems with this system. First, the letters were huge and difficult to read. Second, the books were very expensive so the school library only had fourteen altogether. Louis, who was very clever and 3. ________, thought of a better way to 4. ________ books for blind people to read. In 1982, when Louis was twelve years old, a soldier came to his school. This man had 5. ________ a system for soldiers to send and 6. ________ messages in the dark. Although this idea had not worked very well, Louis became very excited and began experimenting with it. By the time he was fifteen, he had invented a system which used only six dots. And by 1827 the first book using his system was 7. ________. It still took a long time before people 8. ________ what a
wonderful invention Braille’s system was. In fact Louis died in 1852 and did not live to see the 9. ________ of his system, which has been 10. ________ to almost every language in the world. Thanks to him, blind or weak-sighted people are able to read or write as well as any sighted person.
Answers to listening texts of Unit 1, Book7 1. programme 2. blind 3.weak-sighted 4.achieve 5.raise 6. 5,900 7.climbers 8 admiration 9.companions 10.ambition 1. Pleased 2.independent 3. settling 4.started 5. perfect 6.across 7.chance 8.a bit of 9.get off 10.on our own 1.France 2. completely 3.creative 4. improve 5.invented 6. receive 7. published 8.realized 9. success 10.adapted