Listening Exercise: Ecotourism in the Seychelles English •

In this exercise, we will practise listening for gist, detail and specific information in the context of ecotourism.

Correct Answer

Incorrect Answer

Listening for Gist

Q1:

Did Safia enjoy visiting the Seychelles?

  • AYes, she liked just relaxing and sunbathing.
  • BNo, she didn’t like caring for the sea turtles.
  • CYes, she liked the volunteers.
  • DYes, she did enjoy it.
  • ENo, it was a lot of work.

Q2:

Please listen to the extract below and fill in the blanks with the specific words used in the audio:

Safia to be an .

  • Awanted, ecotourism
  • Bwants, ecotourism
  • Cwanted, ecotourist
  • Dwented, ecotourist
  • Ewanting, ecotourism

Q3:

What group of words would you expect to find in a text about someone’s holiday abroad?

  • Aorangutan, mosquito, lemur, dragon, turtle, spider.
  • Bgardening, vegetables, wildlife, grow, farmer, trees.
  • Cstressful, teacher, educate, classes, lessons, classroom.
  • Drelaxing, tourist, pool, destination, exotic, sunshine.
  • Epollution, victim, worry, rebuild, avoid, law.

Q4:

What didn’t Safia do on her holiday?

  • AWork with conservationists
  • BRelax on the beach.
  • CSee female turtles laying eggs
  • DGo trekking into the jungle.
  • EGo diving in the sea.

Q5:

What did Safia collect from the beach?

  • AA wetsuit
  • BCrabs
  • CBaby turtles
  • DTurtle eggs
  • ESand

Q6:

What type of interaction is this?

  • Aa conversation.
  • Ban interview.
  • Can announcement at the airport.
  • Dan oral telling of a story.
  • Ea prepared talk, lecture or presentation.

Q7:

What does “endangered” mean?

  • AIt is an adjective, meaning “something that is disappearing forever”.
  • BIt is a verb, meaning “to disappear forever”.
  • CIt is an adjective meaning “able to cause harm or damage”.
  • DIt is a verb, meaning “to put someone in danger”.
  • EIt is an adjective meaning “something that is already gone”.

Q8:

What are the main activities mentioned in this text?

  • ADiving and taking pictures underwater.
  • BRelaxing and sunbathing on the beach.
  • CVolunteering and caring for baby turtles, sharks and palm trees.
  • DHiking into the jungle.
  • EVolunteering and caring for baby turtles.

Q9:

What is Omar mainly doing throughout this interaction?

  • Aanswering questions
  • Barguing with Safia
  • Cstating his opinion
  • Dgiving an example
  • Easking questions

Q10:

What does “measure” mean?

  • AIt means “working out the size of something”.
  • BIt means “a small insect that bites”.
  • CIt means “counting numbers”.
  • DIt means “something new”.
  • EIt means “the things used for building something”.

Q11:

What does Omar say are the usual activities that make up a beach holiday?

  • ATaking pictures and swimming
  • BGetting bitten by a snake
  • CVolunteering, diving, and hiking
  • DSunbathing, eating, drinking and relaxing
  • EHelping baby animals

Q12:

Which tense is the verb dive in this audio?

  • APast simple tense
  • BFuture simple tense
  • CPast continuous tense
  • DPresent continuous tense
  • EPresent simple tense

Q13:

Does this text describe a usual beach break?

  • AYes, it was a usual beach break, with lots of sunbathing.
  • BYes, it was an unusual beach break.
  • CNo, it was an unusual beach break, because there was a lot of voluntary work.
  • DYes, it was a usual beach break.
  • ENo, it was an unusual beach break, because Safia went diving with sharks.

Q14:

What is the antonym for ugly used in this audio?

  • Abeautiful
  • Bclean
  • Crelaxing
  • Dblue
  • Ecrowded

Q15:

Please listen to the extract below and fill in the blanks with the specific words used in the audio:

When Safia , she lots of protection from the sun.

  • Asunbathed, wore
  • Bwas sunbathing, wore
  • Csunbathing, wear
  • Dis sunbathing, wear
  • Esunbathing, wore

Q16:

Who would you expect to have an interaction like this?

  • AA teacher and a student.
  • BClose friends.
  • CA resident of the Seychelles and a tourist.
  • DA hotel receptionist and a guest staying at the hotel.
  • EA volunteer and an animal they are looking after.

Listening for Detail and Specific Information

Q17:

What does “ecotourism” mean?

  • AIt means “spending time on holiday”.
  • BIt means “a type of holiday that doesn’t harm the natural world”.
  • CIt means “a natural system in which animals and plants are all connected.”
  • DIt means “a type of holiday that harms the environment”.
  • EIt means “someone who goes on holiday”.

Q18:

What tone best describes this interaction?

  • Afriendly and positive.
  • Bserious and formal.
  • Csad and regretful.
  • Dangry and resentful.
  • Enegative and threatening.

Q19:

What is Safia’s purpose in this interaction?

  • Ato entertain Omar and make him laugh.
  • Bto give Omar information about the Seychelles.
  • Cto tell Omar what she did on holiday.
  • Dto give Omar instructions about how to get to the Seychelles.
  • Eto persuade Omar to go to the Seychelles.

Q20:

Who does the pronoun them refer to in this audio?

  • ABaby sea turtles
  • BBaby lemon sharks
  • CBirds and crabs
  • DSea snakes
  • ESea turtles

Q21:

Who went on holiday?

  • AOmar did.
  • BIt doesn’t say.
  • CBoth Safia and Omar did.
  • DNeither Safia nor Omar did.
  • ESafia did.

Q22:

What does Safia mention buying in the audio?

  • AA plane ticket to the Seychelles.
  • BMany drinks.
  • CHotel accommodation.
  • DA wetsuit.
  • EAn underwater camera.

Q23:

What is the antonym for empty used in this audio?

  • Ablue
  • Babsolute
  • Cclean
  • Dcrowded
  • Erelaxing

Extended Listening

Q24:

What does “conservation” mean?

  • AIt means “a person whose job is to protect animals and natural things, like forests”.
  • BIt means “jam or marmalade”.
  • CIt means “talking to someone”.
  • DIt means “harming animals and natural things, like forests”.
  • EIt means “protecting animals and natural things, like forests, from being destroyed”.

Q25:

Please listen to the extract below and fill in the blanks with the specific words used in the audio:

Keeping the eggs and is called incubation.

  • Asafety, warming
  • Bspicy, worn
  • Csafe, worried
  • Dsafe, warm
  • Esafety, warm

Q26:

What is the synonym for hike used in this audio?

  • Arelease
  • Btrek
  • Ctake
  • Dwent
  • Eare

Q27:

What is the holiday destination mentioned in the text?

  • AThe coast of East Africa.
  • BSome islands.
  • CThe Seychelles.
  • DSpain.
  • EA beach holiday.

Q28:

What is the antonym for usual used in this audio?

  • Areally
  • Bunusual
  • Crelax
  • Dnot normal
  • Eactive

Q29:

What did Safia need to be careful of when she was diving?

  • AAdult sea turtles
  • BSea snakes and sharks
  • CBirds and crabs
  • DBaby turtles and baby lemon sharks
  • EVarious wild animals

Q30:

Why did Safia find the Seychelles relaxing?

  • ABecause they were very isolated.
  • BBecause they weren’t too crowded.
  • CBecause it was very sunny there.
  • DBecause she was helping out with sea turtles.
  • EBecause she was volunteering.

Q31:

Who does the pronoun they refer to in this audio?

  • Athe conservationists
  • Bsea turtles
  • CSafia and the conservationists
  • Dthe Seychelle Islands
  • Ea conservation team

Q32:

Please listen to the extract below and fill in the blanks with the specific words used in the audio:

Ecotourism is when you and wildlife and other natural things.

  • Aprotection, harm
  • Bprotect, not harm
  • Cprotecting, not harming
  • Dprotection, not harm
  • Eprotect, harm

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