2007年6月大学英语四级听力原文

听力原文

Short Conversations
11.
W: Did you watch the 7 o’clock program on Channel 2 yesterday evening? I was about to watch it when someone came to see me.
M: Yeah. It reported some major breakthroughs in cancer research. People over 40 would find the program worth watching.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation about the TV program?
12.
W: I won the first prize in the national writing contest and I got this camera as an award.
M: It’s a good camera. You can take it when you travel. I had no idea you were a marvelous writer.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
13.
M: I wish I hadn’t thrown away that waiting list.
W: I thought you might regret it. That’s why I picked it up from the waste paper basket and left it on the desk.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
14.
W: Are you still teaching at the junior high school?
M: Not since June. My brother and I opened a restaurant as soon as he got out of the army.
Q: What do we learn about the man from the conversation?
15.
M: Hi, Susan. Have you finished reading the book Prof. Johnson recommended?
W: Oh, I haven’t read it through the way I’d read a novel. I just read a few chapters which interested me.
Q: What does the woman mean?
16.
M: Jane missed class again, didn’t she? I wonder why.
W: Well, I knew she had been absent all week, so I called her this morning to see if she was sick. It turned out that her husband was badly injured in a car accident.
Q: What does the woman say about Jane?
17.
W: I’m sure that Smith’s new house is somewhere on this street, but I don’t know exactly where it is.
M: But I’m told it’s two blocks from their old home.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?
18.
W: I’ve been waiting here almost half an hour. How come it took it so long?
M: Sorry, honey. I had to drive two blocks before I spotted a place to park the car.
Q: What do we learn from the conversation?

Long Conversation 1:
-Hello, I have a reservation for tonight.
-Your name, please?
-Nelson, Charles Nelson.
-Ok, Mr. Nelson, that’s a room for 5 and …
-Excuse me? You mean a room for 5 pounds? I didn’t know the special was so good.
-No, no, no, according to our records, a room for 5 guests was booked under your name.
-No, no, hold on. You must have two guests under the name.
-OK, let me check this again. Oh, here we are.
-Yes?
-Charles Nelson, a room for one for the nineteen…
-Wait, wait, it was for tonight, not tomorrow night.
-Ehm, hmm, I don’t think we have any rooms for tonight. There is a conference going on in town and, er, let’s see, yeah, no rooms.
-Oh, come on, you must have something, anything!
-Well, let, let me check my computer here. Ah!
-What?
-There has been a cancelation for this evening. A honeymoon suite is now available.
-Great, I’ll take it.
-But I’ll have to charge you a hundred and fifty pounds for the night.
-What? I should get a discount for the inconvenience!
-Well, the best I can give you is a 10% discount, plus a ticket for a free continental breakfast.
-Hey, isn’t the breakfast free anyway?
-Well, only on weekends.
-I want to talk to the manager.
-Wait, wait, wait, Mr. Nelson, I think I can give you an additional 15% discount!
Questions 19 to 22 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
19. What is the man’s problem?
20. Why did the hotel clerk say they didn’t have any rooms for that night?
21. What did the clerk say about the breakfast in the hotel?
22. What did the man imply he would do at the end of the conversation?

Long Conversation 2:
-Sarah, you work in the admission’s office, don’t you?
-Yes, I’m, I’ve been here 10 years as an assistance director.
-Really? What does that involve?
-Well, I’m in charge of all the admissions of post graduate students in the university.
-Only post graduates?
-Yes, post graduates only. I have nothing at all to do with undergraduates.
-Do you find that you get a particular...sort of different national groups? I mean you get larger numbers from Latin America or…
-Yes, well, of all the students enrolled last year, nearly half were from overseas. They were from the Afican countries, the far east, the middle east and Latin America.
-Ehm, but have you been doing just that for the last 10 years or have you done other things?
-Well, I’ve been doing the same job, ehm, before that I was a secretary of the medical school at Birmingham, and further back I worked in the local government.
-Oh, I see.
-So I’ve done different types of things.
-Yes, indeed. How do you imagine your job might develop in the future? Can you imagine shifting into a different kind of responsibility or doing something…?
-Oh, yeah, from October 1st I’ll be doing an entirely different job. There is going to be more committee work. I mean, more policy work, and less dealing with students unfortunately. I’ll miss my contact with students.
Questions 23 to 25 are based on the conversation you have just heard.
23. What is the woman’s present position?
24. What do we learn about the post graduates enrolled last year in the woman’s university?
25. What will the woman’s new job be like?

Section A Compound Dictation

Students’ pressure sometimes comes from their parents. Most parents are well-meaning, but some of them aren’t very helpful with the problems their sons and daughters have in adjusting to college. And a few of them seem to go out of their way to add to their children’s difficulties. For one thing, parents are often not aware of the kinds of problems their children face. They don’t realize that the competition is keener, that the required standards of work are higher, and that their children may not be prepared for the change. Accustomed to seeing As and Bs on high school report cards, they may be upset when their children’s first semester college grades are below that level. At their kindest, they may gently enquire why John or Mary isn’t doing better, whether he or she is trying as hard as he or she should, and so on. At their worst, they may threaten to take their children out of college or cut off funds. Sometimes parents regard their children as extensions of themselves and think it only right and natural that they determine what their children do with their lives. In their involvement and identification with their children, they forget that everyone is different and that each person must develop in his or her own way. They forget that their children, who are now young adults, must be the ones responsible for what they do and what they are.

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