TOEFL Listening Conversation Practice Test 6

TOEFL Listening Conversation Practice Test 6

 

Directions: Now answer the questions.

1.  Why does the professor want to see the student?
A.  To discuss the student’s grade on a paper
B.  To invite the student to work on a committee
C.  To inform the student about a change in the class schedule
D.  To ask the student to become her research assistant

2. Why does the student say he is interested in doing what the professor asks?
A.  He thinks it may help him improve his research skills.
B.  He thinks it will enable him to get a better grade in the professor’s class.
C.  He thinks it may help him get into graduate school.
D.  He thinks it will be good teaching practice for him.

3. What will the applicants talk about?
A.  An academic interest they have
B.  Reasons why they deserve to be hired
C.  Their educational background
D.  The classes they hope to teach

4. Why does the professor mention that one of the applicants will give a talk on a topic the student is particularly interested in?
A.  To see if the student would enjoy joining the applicant’s research team
B.  To suggest that the student may not totally agree with what the applicant has to say
C.  To persuade the student to come to a talk on Friday
D.  To warn the student to focus on the applicant’s teaching ability

5.. Listen to Track 

A. He does not know of any job applicants.
B.  He is not interested in learning about the hiring process.
C.  He does not want to be responsible for any decisions that are made.
D.  He does not understand why the professor has asked him the question.

 

ANSWERS: 

1   B

2.  C

3.  A

4.  D

5.  D

 

TRANSCRIPT

Narrator
Listen to a conversation between a student and a professor.
Student
HI Professor Atkins, you wanted to see me?
Professor
Hi Bill, thanks for coming. I wanted to talk to you about…
Student
… Is there is there something wrong with my research paper?
Professor
No, not at all. In fact, it’s very good. That’s why I wanted to talk to you.
Student
Oh thanks.
Professor
think you know the department is looking to hire a new professor. Are you familiar with our hiring process?
Student
No … but … what’s that gotta do with me?

Professor
Well, Bill … we have several qualified applicants we’re serious about. And as part of the interview process, we have them meet with a committee of professors and students in our department. They also have to give a talk.
Student
Do you mean … like a lecture?
Professor
Yes. Like a sample lecture on one of their academic interests.
Student
Oh … so you can see their teaching style?
Professor
Exactly.
Student
Uh-huh, makes sense.
Professor
So I’d like to know if you’d be willing to Join as a student representative on the interview committee. It’d be a good experience for you. You could … uh … put it on your résumé.

Student
Oh! That’d look good for my grad school application, I guess. So what do I have to do?
Professor
The department secretary will give you a schedule of the applicants’ visits. If you’re free, we’d like you to attend their talks, and then later you can give us your opinion. Oh, and, we usually serve lunch or snacks, depending on what time the talk is.
Student
Cool! That’s another good reason to do this. Um … when is the next talk?
Professor
We actually haven’t had any yet. The first one is next Friday at 10:00 A.M. Then lunch and informal discussion with the applicant right after.
Student
Oh, well I’m free on Fridays. If all the talks are on Fridays, I’ll be able to make it to all of them.
Professor
That’s great! Now you should know that this job candidate is interested in the life cycles in the forest…
Student
That’s … that’s what my research is about!
Professor
Yes, I know. That’s why I feel it necessary to point out that even though this applicant’s research interests are similar to yours, we want you to tell us what you think about the teaching of all these applicants. Your perspective as a student—how the applicant teaches in the classroom—that’s what’s important to us.
Student
I understand. So, how many applicants are there?
Professor
Let’s see … we have … four—all very good candidates that we’ll be looking at over the next few weeks. It’s going to be a tough decision. But it’ll be a good experience for you—especially if you’re going to grad school.
Student
Thank you! It’ll be cool to do this. I’ll get a copy of the schedule from the secretary on my way out.
Professor
You’re welcome! See ya in class this afternoon.

Narrator
Listen again to part of the conversation. Then answer the question.
Professor
I think you know the department is looking to hire a new professor. Are you familiar with our hiring process?
Student
No … but … what’s that gotta do with me?
Narrator
Why does the student say this:
Student
what’s that gotta do with me?

One thought on “TOEFL Listening Conversation Practice Test 6

  1. Very easy test. I love conversation listening tests, maybe we can have on this website some easier lecture listening tests, so we can gradually sink into them. The one I went through, are kind of hard. Can you post lecture listening tests that give to a student a gradual development and understanding?

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