Guess before you act

How to guess the answers?

by | Aug 2, 2019 | Listening, Reading, Tips

Although many English learners do not take it seriously, listening/reading comprehension is largely about guessing; I mean making intelligent guesses about the information you need to listen or read for. This is particularly essential when it comes to taking an English exam like IELTS.

Here’s a quick quiz to see how good you are at guessing. Try to predict what information is required for each gap:

Questions 33-40

Complete the notes below.
Write ONE WORD AND/OR A NUMBER for each answer

The Underground House

Design

  • Built in the earth, with two floors
  • The south-facing side was constructed of two layers of 33 …………..
  • Photovoltaic files were attached
  • A layer of foam was used to improve the 34 ………….. of the building

Special features

  • To increase the light, the building has many internal mirrors and 35 ……………
  • In future, the house may produce more 36 …………. than it needs
  • Recycled wood was used for the 37 ………… of the house
  • The system for processing domestic 38 ……….. is organic

Environmental issues

  • The use of large quantities of 39 ………… in construction was environmentally harmful
  • But the house will have paid its ‘environmental debt’ within 40 …………….

Prediction Answers: 33. [a material] 34. [a quality] 35. [sth like mirrors that can increase the light] 36. [some form of energy] 37. [a part of the house] 38. [waste or garbage] 39. [a construction material] 40. [a period of time]

 

About the Author

About the Author

CEO and Co-founder of Juice Academy

Mehdi Safavi is a Cambridge certified English teacher (CELTA Grade A), IDP-trained IELTS expert, Sussex Downs College TESOL and British Council staff member with 17+ years of teaching & teacher training experience. More about him →

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