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IELTS Listening Practice – archaeology passage

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IELTS Listening Practice – archaeology passage

 

One of the hardest questions my students have faced in the IELTS listening exam, is the final section where you have an academic monologue – one person speaking about a subject that could be on anything.

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In this blog, I have found a news piece on archaeology ( arr – kee – ol – o – gee). I hope you enjoy listening about this interesting topic and learn a few new words that may come up in this and other listening pieces you might be given in the exam or past tests.

 

Instructions

 

  1. First read the questions for 1 minute – note what kind of word, words or numbers might be used in each gap
  2. Then play the piece ONCE- try not to look at the pictures as you won’t have this in the exam
  3. Try to answer as many questions as you can.
  4. Check your answers below – pay attention to the spellings
  5. Try just listening to the clip again without looking at the film and see if you can hear the answers this time
  6. Replay the clip and listen for the harder / new vocabulary and how they are pronounced. Can you guess the meanings of the new words? Were you correct?

 

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Questions 1-10

Complete the notes below

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND / OR A NUMBER for each answer

Rare Discovery

An 1. ……………………………. mosaic floor found

Led to further 2. ………………………………… to reveal Britain’s biggest and most 3…………………… Roman houses

Found when owner wanted to let his kids play  4………………………………………… in old barn

 

Owner’s story

Builders put in electricity cable, dig trench, find floor

The mosaic style is ‘gioch’, which means it is like a 5………………………………………………….

 

Ancient Villa

Villa owned by 6. ………………………….. family

Find ‘unparalleled’ recently

Villa collapsed 7.………………………… years ago

 

Unheard of find

A million-to-one chance to find this, especially by public

Rare to find such a 8…………………………, wonderful 4th Century piece of workmanship

 

Other Artefacts

Other things found included coins, oyster shells and a child’s 9…………………………. , used as a plant pot

This find has huge 10……………………………… to show us how people lived 1800 years ago

 

 

 

http://https://youtu.be/-lWv3J_Ni1Q

 

 

Listening script of Wiltshire Roman Find

Building projects don’t always go according to plan, but they rarely result in a discovery like this. A 1. untouched mosaic, a find that led to further 2. excavations to reveal what could be one of the biggest and most 3. elaborate Roman villas in Britain. Only found because the owner of the farmhouse  was carrying out some work so that his children could play 4. table tennis in an old barn.

 

“While the builders where there I said would you put electric into this barn. So they dig a trench, they are going across, and then suddenly there is a cry ” Oh my god we’ve found something” and what has been revealed is this mosaic floor, which they call a gioch, so it is like a 5. basket weave.”

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This is what the villa might have looked like. I t would have been occupied by a 6. wealthy family, leading a luxurious life. The find is being described as  ‘unparalleled in recent years’. The villa has been untouched since its collapse 7. 1400 years ago.

 

“This is wonderful. An absolute million-to-one chance just finding a mosaic by chance. That a simply doesn’t happen any more. To just have a member of the public turn up and say I’ve found this mosaic and for it being such a 8.high quality, wonderful, top notch 4th Century piece of workmanship is really rare.”

 

Also discovered, a whole range of artefacts including coins, oyster shells and a child’s 9.coffin which had been used until now to hold flowers. Experts say this site has incredible 10.potential to shed light on how we used to live 1800 years ago.

Simon Jones BBC News

 

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