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IELTS Listening

Time: Approximately 09 minutes


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  • You can change your answers at any time during the test.


  • There are 10 questions in this test.
  • Each question carries one mark.
  • There are four parts to the test.
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IELTS Listening Part 3

Questions 21-26

Who agrees with each of the following statements in Professor Smith's article?

21 Old methods bring teaching problems
  • Peter only

  • Lynne only

  • both Peter and Lynne

22 Students should be cautious when applying for an online course
  • Peter only

  • Lynne only

  • both Peter and Lynne

23 Computers can be applied to certain courses
  • Peter only

  • Lynne only

  • both Peter and Lynne

24 Personal contact is not helpful
  • Peter only

  • Lynne only

  • both Peter and Lynne

25 Online courses improve technical skills
  • Peter only

  • Lynne only

  • both Peter and Lynne

26 Online courses should have more time flexibility
  • Peter only

  • Lynne only

  • both Peter and Lynne

Questions 27-30

Choose the correct answer.

27 What does John Smith think about the usage of Internet on campus?
  • The students depend heavily on the Internet.

  • Schools could make better use of computers.

  • Teachers should encourage students to use computer.

28 What's the meaning of John Smith's term “divided”?
  • Students tend to avoid using computers.

  • Students don't have access to computers.

  • Students are encouraged to use other useful resources.

29 What kind of help does John Smith think students should get?
  • classmates' help

  • online help

  • teachers' help

30 Why is Professor Smith introducing the computers to school classrooms?
  • Computer companies can sell computers more easily.

  • Students can save money.

  • Schools can make more profits.

The Benefit Of Online Courses - IELTS Listening Part 3 Answers

Question Your Answer Correct Answer
21 A. Peter only
22 B. Lynne only
23 A. Peter only
24 A. Peter only
25 C. both Peter and Lynne
26 C. both Peter and Lynne
27 A. The students depend heavily on the Internet.
28 B. Students don't have access to computers.
29 B. online help
30 C. Schools can make more profits.

The Benefit Of Online Courses - IELTS Listening Part 3 Transcript

Lynne, I just finished reading Professor Smith's article about the benefit of online courses. What are your thoughts on the article?

Hi, Peter. When I read that article, it was clear to me that Professor Smith does not favor the traditional methods of classroom teaching.

Although I can certainly acknowledge that there are some advantages to online course, I would say that internet courses are not always the best means for teaching and learning.

Well, I guess teaching and learning problems always exist no matter what method you are choosing.

But generally, problems are more likely to arise when teaching is done through a traditional way.

I think it's about time to revolutionize the old teaching style though.

But I would hope that students consider the negatives of online learning before enrolling in online courses.

This shouldn't be a big issue since online courses are so common these days. At least, I won't struggle so much.

And Professor Smith points out that computer learning is well-suited for some courses, especially the technical courses. I think it makes sense to some extent based on my own experience.

That's good, but unfortunately, that theory doesn't work for me.

What a shame, I got an A for that online computing course last year.

Anyway, the next part is ... personal interaction.

I think the mutual interaction offered by traditional teaching is overrated in the article and doesn't have much value.

I think it's a distraction and that time could be better spent on the subject matter of the course.

Oh, I disagree…strongly.

Peter, you're dismissing the benefits of face-to-face interaction between students and teachers in traditional classroom settings.

The article says that learning is a two-way street and it's much easier for students to learn if they can ask questions and have discussions with their teachers.

I'm still not sure about that. But online courses can foster students' technical skills.

In learning the subject matter online, students will gain the technical know-how they'll need in their future endeavors.

I didn't pay much attention to that, but I do agree that students can learn very limited technical skills in a typical classroom, whereas they can learn more in an online course.

What do you think Professor Smith means when he says online courses should be flexible in time?

That's essential. The point of learning online is to allow those who can't attend courses at fixed time to learn.

The patterns of traditional teaching are different from those of online teaching, the former features a steady curriculum schedule and that's where online teaching shows its edge.

I can't agree more.

The second part of the article shares some thoughts about the use of internet on campus. I'm kind of lost in that part.

Well, I think what he's trying to say is that students are already accustomed to doing their research on the internet since it can be a huge waste of time if they look for the information by reading so many books.

They always count on the internet. Although some people say computers could be better used for other purposes, he emphasizes that many teachers are already instructing students by using the computer as a research tool.

Thanks for clarifying that. What about the next part saying that students are "divided", do you know what that means?

Well, it's certainly not that some students are not willing to use computers. They're already well-accustomed to that.

You're right about that. Most students already use the internet as their primary source for news and information.

Professor Smith probably intends to say that computers are not easily accessible and available to all students.

Yes, not all students can afford computers.

Although many teachers encourage the use of other resources, many students prefer to use the internet, as they are most comfortable with computers and the internet.

They have the internet at their fingertips, whereas other resources might take more time and energy to access

Yes, and as Professor Smith notes, with online courses, the student support system is already in place.

Instead of asking fellow students or the professor for assistance, students would be able to get any information they need online. And this assistance would be available immediately.

So, why do you think Professor Smith is recommending the use of computers as the school's main means of educating students?

Do you think he is interested in reducing some of the fees associated with traditional classroom courses?

I think it's all about the money. He is promoting online courses simply because he thinks it will enable the school to make more money.

I never thought of it that way.

Many schools already have limited space for classrooms.

If the school board wants to enroll more students, they can do that through distance learning mode.

Instead of recruiting more teachers, the same course resources can be sold to both online and offline students.

Plus, some computer companies are willing to financially support the schools that promote this type of learning

I see, this is profitable in every sense. Alright, now we'll have something to write about in the research paper.