Script: Listening Exercise 56

Script: Listening Exercise 56

Content Creator
John Millen used to teach English and French in a secondary school in the UK. He believes telling others about a good book is a brilliant thing to do.
WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Polly and Joe are conducting a survey for their school newspaper. They are doing an article about what people read. Listen to the three interviews they conducted with three students from another school. When you’ve heard the interviews, answer the questions..

Interview one

Voice 1: Hello, my name’s Polly. I’m from Saint John’s Secondary School. I wonder if you have time to answer a few questions for a survey we’re conducting.

Voice 2: No problem.

Voice 1: Can you give me your name and age please?

Voice 2: I’m Kelly and I’m 15.

Voice 1: Do you enjoy reading?

Voice 2: Yes, I love to read. Reading’s my favourite pastime.

Voice 1: What sort of books do you read most?

Voice 2: I enjoy reading fiction. I don’t read factual books very much at all.

Voice 1: What sort of fiction do you like?

Voice 2: I read all sorts of novels but my favourite type of book is a detective novel. I must have read hundreds.

Voice 1: Do you have a favourite writer?

Voice 2: Yes. My favourite writer is Agatha Christie. Her books are brilliant.

Voice 1: Why is she your favourite author?

Voice 2: Because her stories are so clever. They always involve a murder, but you can never guess who the murderer is until the end of the book. When I read one of her novels I always think I know the identity of the killer, but I’m always wrong.

Voice 1: How many of her books have you read?

Voice 2: About fifteen. I have a complete list of all the novels she wrote and my ambition is to read them all.

Voice 1: How many hours a week do you spend reading?

Voice 2: That’s difficult to say. I always read for an hour in bed before I go to sleep. So I would say I read about a dozen hours a week. More during the school holidays.

Voice 1: How many books would you say you read in a year?

Voice 2: Oh... one every two weeks. About twenty, twenty-five.

Voice 1: Do you read magazines?

Voice 2: No, because I don’t have time. I would much rather spend my reading time a novel.

Voice 1: Thanks. That’s been very useful. Thanks for your time.

Interview two

Voice 1: Hello, my name’s Joe. I’m from Saint John’s Secondary School. Would you mind answering a few questions for a survey we’re doing at school, please?

Voice 2: Okay. But I’ve only got a few minutes. Make it quick, please.

Voice 1: Cool. Can I have your name and age?

Voice 2: I’m Peggy and I’m 14.

Voice 1: Do you enjoy reading?

Voice 2: Sometimes. I don’t read all the time like the rest of my friends seem to.

Voice 1: Do you read fiction or non-fiction?

Voice 2: Both. I’ll read anything if it interests me.

Voice 1: What sort of fiction do you like?

Voice 2: I don’t have a favourite type of book.

Voice 1: Do you have a favourite writer?

Voice 2: No. I can never remember the names of people who write books.

Voice 1: What book are you reading at the moment?

Voice 2: I’m reading TWILIGHT. All my friend have read it so I thought I’d give it a go.

Voice 1: How many hours a week do you spend reading?

Voice 2: I haven’t a clue.

Voice 1: How many books did you read last year?

Voice 2: Not many. I’m a slow reader. I’d say about three or four.

Voice 1: Do you read magazines?

Voice 2: Yes, I read style magazines.

Voice 1: Thanks. That’s great.

Interview three

Voice 1: Hello, my name’s Polly. I’m from Saint John’s Secondary time to answer a few questions for a survey we’re doing at school?

Voice 2: Cool. I hope they’re not too boring!

Voice 1: To start with, may I have your name and age??

Voice 2: I’m George and I’m 16.

Voice 1: Thanks. Do you like reading?

Voice 2: Yes, I enjoy a good book from time to time, but I’m not the world’s greatest reader.

Voice 1: What sort of books do you like best?

Voice 2: Books with a good story. If a book’s boring, I don’t get past the first couple of chapters.

Voice 1: Have you got a favourite type of book?

Voice 2: Yes, I love horror stories.

Voice 1: Have you a favourite writer?

Voice 2: Yes. it's an American guy called Stephen King. His books are long and it takes me ages to read one, but his stories are amazing.

Voice 1: Why is he your favourite author?

Voice 2: Because his books are so spooky.

Voice 1: How many of his novels have you read?

Voice 2: I’ve read THE SHINING and CARRIE. I’m about to start IT.

Voice 1: How many hours a week do you spend reading?

Voice 2: It varies. Not many at the moment because I have so much school work to do. About three or four hours on average.

Voice 1: Do you read magazines?

Voice 2: Very rarely. I never buy magazines. If a friends gives me one, I’ll look through it.

Voice 1: Thanks for helping me!

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