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Homework #12 for the Cambridge FIRST course. This part is focused on Listening.

Dear students, you will hear Leonie Steiner talking to an interviewer about her work as a music teacher in a school. For questions 1 - 7, choose the best answer (A, B or C).


Creative English Teacher

Action Plan:

  1. Quickly read the instructions. What kind of recording is it? What’s the topic? Who will you hear?
  2. Before you listen, look at the first line of each item. What kind of information, e.g. somebody’s opinion, do you need for each?
  3. Note the key words in each item to help you focus on the information you need.
  4. Listen for expressions with similar or opposite meanings to the key words you noted.
  5. Think of an answer in your own words. Then choose the option most like your answer.
  6. Check all your answers on the second listening.


1. Listen carefully to the order in which she did things.

2. Don’t be misled by reasons other people have for teaching.

3. Listen for a comparative form which tells you which she likes most.

4. Take care with ideas she mentions but then rejects. Which of A – C does she reject?

5. Think of another way of saying ‘too embarrassed’.

6. What does the use of the past conditional tell you about something in the past?

7. Focusing on the world ‘that’ can help you decide about two of A – C.


After you hear the instructions, there’s a one-minute pause before the recording begins. Use this time to look through the questions, noting the key words.

1. Leonie first started learning the piano

  • with a relative.
  • at primary school.
  • with a private teacher.


2. Leonie started giving music lessons

  • for the pleasure of seeing other learn.
  • because she needed some extra money.
  • to see if she was suited to teaching.


3. Leonie most likes to teach students who

  • have great natural talent at an early age.
  • need good teaching to develop their talent.
  • have previously been taught badly.


4. Leonie thinks that schools should

  • employ far more music teachers.
  • buy good musical instruments.
  • ensure that all their pupils pass music exams.


5. Leonie thinks the problem with singing in schools is that

  • many students are too embarrassed to sing.
  • few students want to learn how to sing.
  • singing is not often taught in them nowadays.


6. Leonie believes her success as a music teacher is a result of

  • choosing a particular age group of children to teach.
  • the training she received as a student teacher.
  • a natural ability to communicate with young people.


7. What decision did Leonie find difficult to make?

  • to turn down the offer of a job abroad
  • to refuse promotion in the school
  • to continue teaching when she felt tired

Listening forces automatic learning and leads to general language acquisition.


Writing ideas down preserves them so that you can reflect upon them later.


Reading is the best way to learn and remember the proper spelling of words.


Speaking provides the ability to engage others in social circles

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