29 Feb 2020

How is A2 Flyers Listening Part 3 different from A1 Movers Listening Part 3?

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In my previous post, I shared some tips for doing well in A1 Movers Listening Part 3.
In this post, I’m going to consider how the same task, used in A2 Flyers Listening Part 3, is different from A1 Movers Listening Part 3.

Let’s look at an example of this task at A1 Movers and A2 Flyers.

A1 Movers Sample Paper 1 Listening Part 3
A1 Movers Sample Paper 1 Listening Part 3 Options

A2 Flyers Listening Part 3 Questions
A2 Flyers Listening Part 3 Options

On the face of it, the tasks look pretty identical.

But there are some things which make the task more challenging at A2 Flyers level.

1  Answers will usually come from the main speaker, but one or more will probably be mentioned by the second speaker.

In this example, from Sample Papers Volume 1, in A2 Flyers the girl asks about the gloves and the fan and the box of chocolates – three of the things.  In the example from A1 Movers, only one of the people is mentioned first by the girl in that conversation.

2  Fewer turns

In the A2 Flyers conversation, there will be fewer ‘turns’ (changes in the person who speaks).  For example, when they talk about the glass swan, there are only two turns.  The man talks for quite some length before the girl answers.  In the A1 Movers conversation in Part 3, there are usually three or four shorter turns.

A2 Flyers Listening Part 3 audio

3  Superfluous information

At A2 Flyers, we hear information about the person, thing or place that is not needed for us to match the answer (although it may well provide more clues about the person, thing or place).

For example, in the dialogue about the box of chocolates, the man tells the girls that the chocolates are a present for her.  But what students need to understand is that they are talking about the box of chocolates and that the man bought the chocolates at a hotel.

Other than that, the task is pretty much the same as the one in A1 Movers Listening Part 3, so the same tips apply:

Tip 1:  At the end of the audio for the example, students will hear: “Can you see the letter (E)?”  Put a cross through the letter used in the example because this picture will not be mentioned or used again.

Next, the speaker will refer to one of the five other people, things or places on the left-hand page.  But not in the same order as they appear on the page!

Tip 2:  Put your finger or pencil on the picture for the person/thing/place on the left page.  This will help you remember who or what they are talking about! Then, listen to the information to make the match to the picture on the right-hand page!

Tip 3:  As you match the pictures from the right-hand page to the different people/things/places on the left-hand page, use your pencil to put a cross through the letter under the picture.  You will not use that letter again.  (Don’t cross out the letter with a pen as you may find you made a mistake and want to change your answer!)

Tip 4:  Remember that two of the pictures on the right are distractors and do not match any of the pictures (people/things/places) on the left-hand page!  But they will be mentioned in the conversation!

Tip 5:  The second time you listen, you can answer any questions you missed the first time and very importantly, check that your answers are correct!

Tip 6:  Look at the letters you wrote in the boxes.  Are they clear?  If not, erase them and rewrite!

Other things to remember:

At both A1 Movers and A2 Flyers, there is a 3 second pause between each question, so students should have plenty of time to write their answers. 

Note: there are no numbers used at either level!

The end of the pause is when the next match will be heard.

I’ll be back soon with some more analyses and tips!

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