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Welcome to our free resource to practise for the IGCSE ESL listening test about writing a blog. This is just one of many exercises to reinforce your learning so you feel confident when the IGCSE ESL exam day arrives.

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Writing a Blog

Listening TestAudio Script

You will hear six people talking about how writing a blog can be beneficial For each of speakers 1 to 6, choose from the list, A to G, which opinion each speaker expresses.

Speaker 1

Speaker 2

Speaker 3

Speaker 4

Speaker 5

Speaker 6


Speaker 1 – I can’t tell you how much you can get out of blogging. It requires time, commitment and discipline – and all that helps you get the most out of your days. I get up earlier, go running, I’ve cut out the junk food … all because I’ve got a purpose – blogging will do that for you, too. I wouldn’t say you necessarily think differently or more deeply about things because you blog, but it’s good to decide in advance what you’re going to say and what angle you’re going to take.

Speaker 2 – I started blogging because I wanted to know what other people thought of this film I’d seen. It was one my friends thought was amazing, but I didn’t agree. I didn’t get a lot back from readers after my first few blogs, but it’s been a fascinating experience. Blogging not only changes your life but those of your readers. When you’ve got something to say, something that makes people see issues in a different way, which encourages them to contribute their own thoughts to the discussion, well, how great is that?

Speaker 3 – When someone comments about something you’ve written, even if they don’t agree with you that’s okay. Blogging’s all about communication, and like any other skill, it takes a while to learn how to get your message across clearly, find the appropriate way to express something, but if you practise, it helps and that’s useful for work or study, too. I write about everyday things – my progress at the gym, favourite recipes … Nothing I say is going to change the world but people seem to relate to what I say.

Speaker 4 – I suppose blogging’s something like a written record of what you’ve thought and achieved, isn’t it? Something you can look back on, see how far you’ve come. When I started writing, I felt I had a lot to learn. I think that’s the way most bloggers feel at the beginning. I’d like to say that the more you write, the better you get at it. I can’t say I’ve noticed much difference in the way I say stuff, but I suppose every blogger’s got their own unique style, so why change it?

Speaker 5 – I’ll never forget my first blog – what a disaster! I had no idea how to write – I wouldn’t say I’ve got any better at it either – but I had so much to say that I persevered. I remember the first time someone commented on my blog. It was exciting. Now I’ve got thousands of followers and there’s nothing like it when people say they can’t wait for your next update. I like sharing my thoughts about life with others. I think it helps people realise everyone feels the same about things.

Speaker 6 – Bloggers aren’t just writers putting down their thoughts to get them off their mind. It’s an exercise in give and take. One of the biggest differences between blogging and writing books is that readers get to have their say – they might even make you re-think your ideas about stuff. I write when I feel like it – that works best, rather than creating a strict routine. I don’t write in the middle of the night or anything, though. I’d be too tired, and I want my writing to be the best it can be.

Here you will find exercise to practice for the reading and writing section of IGCSE ESL examination for either the core or extended papers.

Exercise 1 (Questions 1 -4) - Short answer exercises

Exercise 2 - (Question 5) Gap-filled exercises

Exercise 3 - Matching

Exercise 4 - Multiple Choice

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