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About 10 minutesStrengthening listening comprehensionCambridge English B2 First Exam

B2 First Listening Part 2 (Extreme Snowboarding)

Exercise 1TranscriptWord List

You will hear an expert snowboarder called Jack Daniels talking about the sport of extreme snowboarding. Complete the sentences.

You will hear an expert snowboarder called Jack Daniels talking about the sport of extreme snowboarding four questions 1 to 10 complete the sentences with a word or short phrase you will hear the recording twice you now have 45 seconds to look at the text

When you go extreme snowboarding, you head for the highest peaks, and the steepest slopes, taking little more than a map, and some basic survival equipment with you. 

Unlike in ski resorts, you won’t see any signs telling you there are rocks, or trees around, so it’s up to you, and your guide to make sure your route is as safe as possible. 

Of course, you should never attempt to go down a slope alone. It’s essential to be accompanied by a guide, who must go first every time, as there may be no clear route down the rocks, or other dangers.

They’ll also show you the way up to your starting point, which may involve a long, difficult climb, and you may wear a backpack containing supplies. I know some snowboarders like to take a helicopter up to the top, and that’s quick and easy though expensive.

But I always prefer to go on foot with a helmet on. Of course, when you finally get up there the view is always completely different from the way, it looked from below. 

People say to me, it must take a lot of courage to start going down such a steep slope, but if you’ve reached that point, then you must be a pretty experienced snowboarder, and what’s really required is a tremendous amount of confidence.

You never know exactly which way you’re gonna go or what you’re going to encounter on your way down, and you often find yourself having to make split-second decisions, but that’s part of the fun. 

There’s nothing quite as exciting as suddenly having to perform a series of jumps, as you descend and then managing to stay on your feet afterwards. 

The ability to do that is obviously something that takes those new to extreme snowboarding quite some time to learn, and whereas doing a reasonably good takeoff seems to come fairly naturally to most of us, landing is a more complex skill to acquire. 

As I found in my early days out on the mountainside, falling correctly is also something you need to practice, initially at lower and on gentle slopes, and later in conditions more similar to those you’ll encounter on the mountain.

Rule 1, when you lose your balance, is not to panic, or else you’ll get tense and be far more likely to injure yourself. And if you’re relaxed and just let yourself go with the fall, often the best thing to do is roll out of the fall. 

But it’s natural to try to use your arms to try to slow yourself down. And if you do so, remember that elbows, if you fall on them, are much stronger and less likely to be injured than wrists following a high-speed fall. 

You might find yourself covered by some of the white stuff that has fallen with you there. Maybe just a few feet of it, and you can usually pull yourself up to the surface, but if you can’t, you’re in big trouble, and that’s why I’d never go down a slope without a small device fastened to my body that sends out a signal to the rescue services if I get buried. 

I know some safety experts recommend also taking a medical kit, but somehow, if I were buried under ice, my priority would be to get out or get rescued. I’m always looking for new challenges. 

Competition snowboarding was something I looked at, but there were just too many guys showing off. Teaching snowboarding is certainly something I might do one day. 

But what I really dream about is parachute snowboarding, going straight down a mountain, flying off a cliff, and then floating down to the valley below. Now, that’s what I call extreme.

Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this activity

  • accompanied
  • competition
  • complex skill
  • descend
  • encounter
  • expert snowboarder
  • extreme snowboarding
  • high-speed fall
  • mountainside
  • pretty experienced
  • priority
  • ski resorts
  • steepest slopes
  • survival equipment
Extra Free Exercises for B2 First Listening Part 2.

B2 First Listening and Speaking Section

Requires being able to follow and understand a range of familiar spoken materials, such as news programmes, public announcements and other sources, but targeted at the interests of the learners.

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.

This will be available soon.

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

This will be available soon.

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.

B2 First Use of English and Reading Section

You need to be able to understand a range of texts, including how they are organised and the opinions and attitudes expressed in them. The texts will be from sources familiar to you such as magazines, articles, fiction and advertisements, but targeted at the interests of students. Students’ use of English will be tested by tasks which show how well they can control their grammar and vocabulary.

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.

B2 First Writing Section

You are required to produce two pieces of writing. The first piece is compulsory and will be an essay of 140-190 words. For the second, you can choose from an article, email/letter, essay, review or report (B2 First for schools the report is replaced with a story) of 140-190 words.

Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practise so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully. We have many activities to get your English up to speed in no time.

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Entertainment and Leisure explores how we spent our free time.

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Exploring how different societies create roles for people to develop their skills and knowledge.

Exploring how we learn and adjust to the world around us. .

Exploring how we experience the world through our life journeys

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles such as our films word search are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
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This free material is for the B2 First Listening Part 2 for students at an Upper Intermediate Level of English. This will probably be suitable for students in their third or fourth year of English studies. We add exercises on grammar and vocabulary as well as whole text activities on a regular basis. In addition, we provide test practice activity for students who are preparing for the C1 Advanced which is part of the Cambridge Assessment English Main Suite as well as the English Language B for the IB Diploma. The material will also support students studying for the Cambridge Advanced courses and IELTS examinations.

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