Newly Published Book

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B2 First Listening

Newly published book is our third exercise for the B2 First Listening Test Part 2 set at an Upper Intermediate Level of English where you listen to a person being interviewed.

Newly Published Book

You will hear part of a radio programme onwhich a reviewer talks about a newly published book about a woman called Natalie Hardcaster. For questions 1-10, complete the sentences.

Natalie Hardcastle and her sons lived in a house which had no running water or (1). Natalie's childhood dreams of Olympic fame were ended by a (2) .

When she met Tony Hardcastle, he was rich (3) and a racing driver.

Tony's risky business deals led to financial (4) leaving Natalie and her family penniless.

He went to (5) to try to become a racing driver again.

Natalie then decided to start a travelling (6) and beauty parlour in the back of a van.

At weekends, Natalie travelled to small outback towns in the van, taking (7) with her.

When Tony returned and make her give up her business, she soon ran out of (8) .

Tony died suddenly in a (9) and left huge debts.

The book made the reviewer think more positively of her own (10) .


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We add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the B2 First Exam.

In this part you talk to the examiner about yourself and your life, e.g. your name, school, interests and future plans.

In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.

In this part you express ideas with your partner by looking at a discussion point that the examiner gives you.

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In this part, you focus on general aspects of a topic with the examiner or you may involve your partner.

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In this part, you will hear people talking in eight different situations.

In this part, you will hear someone being interviewed.

In this part, you will hear five people talking about different things.

In this part, you will hear an interview.

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For this part, you practice vocabulary word-building by changing different words using a base word.

For this part, you practice how to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.

For this part, you practice how to understand the structure and follow the development of a text.

For this part, you practice how to find specific information in a text or texts.

Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

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