Students learn about copyright issues in tractor repair and practice their listening, reading and writing skills for the BTS end of program exam.
This set of exercises is essentially a listening activity, followed by a reading exercise based on transcript, in which students answer questions in writing. So it is a good practice for the BTS end of program exam.
1. Listen and report
For instance if they understood the word tractor and John Deere, they should write: Il est question d'un tracteur et la personne parle de John Deere.
When this stage is over, I give them a gapfill exercise. This allows a final detailed listening, during which students simultaneously hear and read the transcript. This is usually the moment when they realize the audio was not that difficult to understand, they just need to train their ear more.
2. Read and write
Finally, in order to get into the details of the text and make sure they have fully understood the situations and the issues at stake expressed in the report, I give a set of questions to answer in English.
Needless to say they are expected to write full sentences, although they'll probably need to be reminded!
Worksheets and audio:
This is the three minute version report that I edited myself with Audacity:
The full NPR report by Laura Sydell can be found at this address:
JPEG versions of the worksheets are also available for download below :