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University of VictoriaIntroduction to IT English
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Listening Comprehension

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Dialogue — Part 1

Anna and Ben are two international students who are going to be sharing a house during the first year of their computing degree. They have just finished their first session of their first computing class.

Listen to Part 1 of the dialogue and answer the questions that follow. You do not need to understand every word; just listen for the main points. You can also listen to the entire dialogue and answer all questions at one time.

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Audio Dialogue

Anna: This class is so crowded! When my parents were in university, computers were practically a secret club. Now everybody’s taking this course.

Ben: I wish there were more people who were taking it.

Anna: What? Why?

Ben: If more people understood computers, they wouldn’t always be asking us for help!

Listen to this part again. As you listen, read each statement and choose either True or False.

1. Computer courses are more popular now than when Anna’s parents were in university.

True
False

2. Ben says more people understand computers, so they don’t need to ask for help.

True
False

Continue with Part 2

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Dialogue — Part 2

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Audio Dialogue

Anna: Oh, you like it.

Ben: I do think more people should be learning about computers. It’s better to learn about computers than to watch television. There’s so much to learn about the Internet, games, and music.

Anna: And what about work? There are a lot of old tools that are being replaced by computers.

Ben: Tools? Do you mean tools such as typewriters?

Anna: More than that. Last week, my doctor showed me an X-ray with no film — the image existed only in the computer. That movie you and I saw last week, half of it would have been created in the computer. The architect who designed the new auditorium would have used a computer instead of a drafting table.

Listen to this part again. As you listen, read the statement and choose either True or False.

3. Anna disagrees with Ben about the importance of learning about computers.

True
False

Continue with Part 3

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Dialogue — Part 3

Listen to Part 3 of the dialogue and answer the questions that follow. You can read the dialogue by clicking on “Audio Dialogue”.


Audio Dialogue

Ben: Spreadsheet software instead of ledgers. Database software instead of filing cabinets.

Anna: All these people rely on the same tool.

Ben: I suppose that computers only seem like one tool. Really, software makes the same computer into thousands of different tools.

Anna: So in the morning it helps do your office payroll, and at night it makes an album for your band. Some tool!

Listen to this part again. As you listen, read each statement and choose either True or False.

4. Anna says that everyone relies on computers to do their work.

True
False

5. Ben says that, by using software, a computer can be used as a thousand different tools.

True
False

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Entire Dialogue

Anna and Ben are two international students who are going to be sharing a house during the first year of their computing degree. They have just finished their first session of their first computing class.

Listen to the dialogue and answer the questions that follow. You do not need to understand every word; just listen for the main points. You can also listen to the dialogue in parts.

You can read the dialogue by clicking on “Audio Dialogue”.


Audio Dialogue

Anna: This class is so crowded! When my parents were in university, computers were practically a secret club. Now everybody’s taking this course.

Ben: I wish there were more people who were taking it.

Anna: What? Why?

Ben: If more people understood computers, they wouldn’t always be asking us for help!

Anna: Oh, you like it.

Ben: I do think more people should be learning about computers. It’s better to learn about computers than to watch television. There’s so much to learn about the Internet, games, and music.

Anna: And what about work? There are a lot of old tools that are being replaced by computers.

Ben: Tools? Do you mean tools such as typewriters?

Anna: More than that. Last week, my doctor showed me an X-ray with no film — the image existed only in the computer. That movie you and I saw last week, half of it would have been created in the computer. The architect who designed the new auditorium would have used a computer instead of a drafting table.

Ben: Spreadsheet software instead of ledgers. Database software instead of filing cabinets.

Anna: All these people rely on the same tool.

Ben: I suppose that computers only seem like one tool. Really, software makes the same computer into thousands of different tools.

Anna: So in the morning it helps do your office payroll, and at night it makes an album for your band. Some tool!

Listen to the dialogue again. As you listen, read each statement and choose either True or False.

1. Computer courses are more popular now than when Anna’s parents were in university.

True
False

2. Ben says more people understand computers, so they don’t need to ask for help.

True
False

3. Anna disagrees with Ben about the importance of learning about computers.

True
False

4. Anna says that everyone relies on computers to do their work.

True
False

5. Ben says that, by using software, a computer can be used as a thousand different tools.

True
False

Use the navigation arrows to continue with the lesson.