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LISTENING

1. Summarize the general content of the text you have just heard. (2 p.)

2. You have just heard the recording from the BBC news bulletin “News for Kids”. Considering the form of the text, would you say the programme correctly addresses its target audience? (2 p.)

3. In their experiments, the American scientists (1 p.)

a. Severely damaged the brains of the lab mice.

b. Have helped people recover from traumatic experiences.

c. Were careful not to harm the animals they used.

d. Have discovered the purpose of traumatic memories.


4. Why is it news that Chelsea’s captain scored a goal? (1 p.)

a. It helped his team draw the match. b. It was not enough to give them victory.

c. It was his first goal for a long time. d. He had never scored in a Champions match.
5. “The car would have to put up with extreme physical strength”. Use two different words with the meaning of ‘to put up with’ in two different sentences. (2 p.)

6. ‘At least 8 students died in the blast’. Which of the following words expresses the same meaning as “blast”? (1 p.)

a. Slaughter. b. Defeat. c. Skirmish. d. Tiff.
7. Why does one of the scientists disagree with the convenience of the ‘wiping out bad memories’ technique? (1 p.)

a. Because s/he admits they still ignore the consequences of the technique.

b. Because s/he thinks traumatic events do not cause bad memories.

c. Because in his/her opinion every memory exists for a reason.

d. Because s/he has some moral prejudices against the technique.
8. The dinosaur found in China (1 p.)

a. Is contemporary with other prehistoric birds

b. Is an ancestor or predecessor of prehistoric birds

c. Appeared on Earth after the first birds evolved

d. Evolved at the same time other prehistoric birds did
9. From the notes that you have taken during the listening, identify and relate the main ideas of the text. As procedure to establish this relation you can use a scheme, a conceptual map, etc. (2 p.)

10. Imagine you are the programme’s director. Consider the news and your audience and justify whether you would broadcast all of them or suppress any of them. (3 p.)


LISTENING KEY (16 p.) (Nivel Avanzado – junio 2008-09)


(Transcript) (CD Track 9)


Hi I’m Marcy with the BBC World News for Children. It’s Tuesday 23rd of October.
Coming up a strange dinosaur fossil found in China.
But first a car that could go 1000 miles an hour is going to be built by a British team. It’s called the Bloodhound and it’s powered by a rocket bolted to a Eurofighter jet engine. It’ll be able to cover the length of 4 football pitches every second. Project leader Richard Noble told the BBC the car would have to put up with extreme physical stress. “We’re dealing with a car which has got some 40,000 pounds of thrust, the bodywork will have to stand loads of 12 tons per square meter, the wheels are going to go round at over 10,000 rpm. This is the ultimate, absolute ultimate engineering project.”
Next to Zimbawe, in Southern Africa. Food shortages there are getting much worse. Farmers are suffering because of political and financial problems in the country. Villages in the Mashonaland West area say they are starving and unable to feed their children, they’re trying to survive by eating wild fruit and roots now. Many don’t have their own seeds, fertilizer or fuel.
Scientists in America say they found out how to wipe out specific bad memories. In experiments with mice, researchers were able to cut out memories without damaging the rodents brains. The experts think the technique could be used to help people get over traumatic events like bad accidents. But one of the scientists told the BBC that even horrid memories do have a purpose: “We learn quick lessons from these memories to avoid making the same type of mistakes, and also help us to adapt to the future situations. And that is why nature wants to ensure bad memories are not easily forgot”
In Pakistan two suspected American missiles have hit a Muslim religious school, called a madrasah. At least 8 students died in the blast in the North West of the country. The US hasn’t said if they fired the missiles. Some madrasahs in Pakistan have been accused of promoting violence against the American people.
Football now, and in the European Champions league John Terry must be pleased after he did this:” John Terry rises and scores! John Terry scores for Chelsea. The deadlock is broken” The Chelsea captain scored his first goal for his team since March to help them beat Italy’s Roma one‐nil. Meanwhile Liverpool threw away a victory in Madrid.Robbie Keane put them one up against Atlético but the Portuguese winger Simao equalized later on.
Today’s question is one for all you footie fans. We want to know: how many minutes are in a football match? We’ll have the answer for you tomorrow. Yesterday we asked: “What is the capital of Japan? And the answer is Tokyo.
And finally experts in China have found a fossil of a bizarre dinosaur, which had feathers! The animal seems to be about the size of a pigeon and it dates back before the time when birds first evolved. It seems like the 4 ribbon-like tail feathers weren’t actually used for flying though, but just for showing off!
Well, I’ve got to fly now, that’s it from me and the BBC World News for Children team.

Join us tomorrow for more top stories.

(551 palabras).

1. Summarize the general content of the text you have just heard. (2 p.)

Se valora:

a) Noticias de actualidad.

b) Dirigidas a niños.

2 puntos: a) y b)

1 puntos: a) o b)

0 puntos: ninguna de las anteriores o ausencia de respuesta.


2. You have just heard the recording from the BBC news bulletin “News for Kids”. Considering the form of the text, would you say the programme correctly addresses its target audience? (2 p.)

Se valora:

a) Los temas tratados interesan a los niños

b) El lenguaje utilizado esta adaptado y es fácil de entender

2 puntos: a) y b).

1 punto: a).

0 puntos: ninguna de las anteriores o ausencia de respuesta.
3. In their experiments, the American scientists (1 p.)

a. Severely damaged the brains of the lab mice.

b. Have helped people recover from traumatic experiences.

c. Were careful not to harm the animals they used.

d. Have discovered the purpose of traumatic memories.


4. Why is it news that Chelsea’s captain scored a goal? (1 p.)

a. It helped his team draw the match. b. It was not enough to give them victory.



c. It was his first goal for a long time. d. He had never scored in a Champions match.
5. “The car would have to put up with extreme physical strength”. Use two different words with the meaning of ‘to put up with’ in two different sentences. (2 p.)

Se valora:

La construcción de dos frases usando palabras con el mismo significado que frasal (tolerate, bear, stand, support, resist…) y que sean semánticamente apropiadas.

a) This product will not tolerate extreme atmospheric conditions

b) The bridge was designed to withstand strong winds

2 puntos: a) y b).

1 puntos: a) o b).

0 puntos: ninguna de las anteriores o ausencia de respuesta.


6. ‘At least 8 students died in the blast’. Which of the following words expresses the same meaning as “blast”? (1 p.)

a. Slaughter. b. Defeat. c. Skirmish. d. Tiff.
7. Why does one of the scientists disagree with the convenience of the ‘wiping out bad memories’ technique? (1 p.)

a. Because s/he admits they still ignore the consequences of the technique.

b. Because s/he thinks traumatic events do not cause bad memories.

c. Because in his/her opinion every memory exists for a reason.

d. Because s/he has some moral prejudices against the technique.


8. The dinosaur found in China (1 p.)

a. Is contemporary with other prehistoric birds



b. Is an ancestor or predecessor of prehistoric birds

c. Appeared on Earth after the first birds evolved

d. Evolved at the same time other prehistoric birds did
9. From the notes that you have taken during the listening, identify and relate the main ideas of the text. As procedure to establish this relation you can use a scheme, a conceptual map, etc. (2 p.)

Se valora:

a) Identifica las ideas principales (Incluye, al menos, tres de los cuatro criterios y una idea secundaria de cada uno de ellos):

a.1. Fósil de dinosaurio en China: pájaro pequeño, antepasado de los primeros pájaros

a.2. Coche experimental a 1000 millas x hora de un equipo británico

a.3. Experimento en América con ratas para borrar los recuerdos negativos.

a.4.Escasez de alimentos en África meridional cerca de Zimbabwe

a.5. Masacre en una escuela religiosa de Pakistán. Sospecha de los EEUU.

a.6. Gol del capitán del Chelsea.

b) Establece una jerarquía de relaciones de forma gráfica.


Ej: modelo mapa conceptual.

Noticias BBC…



Fósil de


dinosaurio


Coche

experimental

Escasez de

alimentos

Experimentos:

borrar los recuerdos negativos


Masacre

Gol del Chelsea

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China

Pájaro


pequeño

Antepasado

de los primeros

pájaros


4 plumas en la cola

1000 millas x hora

Nombre:Bloodhound

Motor de un jet

Eurofighter

4 campos de fútbol

en 1 segundo

Presiones extremas

Equipo británico.

40.000libras de

empuje


Carrocería 12.000

toneladas/m2

Ruedas a 10000rpm


África meridional

(Mashonaland

cerca de

Zimbabwe)

Hambre

Alimentación



frutos silvestres y raíces

Agricultores

sin semillas,

fertilizantes y

combustibles


América

Experimentos

con ratas

Falta de


acuerdo

NW de Pakistán

8 muertos en una

Madrasah

Sospecha de EEUU

Violencia contra los americanos


El capitán Terry

marca 1-0 a la

Roma.

Liverpool



empata con el At.

Madrid



Ej. Modelo de esquema.
Tema principal: Noticias BBC.

1. Fósil de dinosaurio:

China.


Pájaro pequeño.

Antepasado de los primeros pájaros.

4 plumas en la cola.
2. Coche experimental

1000 millas x hora.

4 campos de fútbol en 1 segundo.

Presiones extremas.

Equipo británico.

40.000libras de empuje.

Carrocería 12.000 toneladas/m2.

Ruedas a 10000rpm.


3. Escasez de alimentos

África meridional (Mashonaland cerca de Zimbabwe).

Hambre.

Alimentación frutos silvestres y raíces.



Agricultores sin semillas, fertilizantes y combustibles.
4. Experimentos: borrar los recuerdos negativos.

América.


Experimentos con ratas.

Falta de acuerdo.


5. Masacre.

NW de Pakistán.

8 muertos en una Madrasah.

Sospecha de EEUU.

Violencia contra los americanos.
6. Gol del Chelsea

El capitán Terry marca

1‐0 a la Roma.

Liverpool empata con el At. Madrid


2 puntos: a) –cuatro de seis- y b).

1 punto: cuando se dé una de las siguientes respuestas:

Dos a). y b).

Tres rasgos de a) aunque no recoja b).

0 puntos: ninguna de las anteriores o ausencia de respuesta.


10. Imagine you are the programme’s director. Consider the news and your audience and justify whether you would broadcast all of them or suppress any of them. (3 p.)

Se valora:

a) Resume las ideas del texto (no se valora la copia literal de fragmentos del texto).

b) Interpreta las ideas del texto y diferencia hechos y opiniones.

c) Expone su opinión.

3 puntos: a), b) y c)

2 puntos: a) y b)

1 punto: a)



0 puntos: ninguna de las anteriores o ausencia de respuesta.


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