2012年英语专业四级(专四)听力(真题+原文+MP3下载)
 

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Part I DICTATION (15MIN)
Listen to the floowing passage. Altogether the passage will be read to you four times. During the first reading, which will be done at normal speed, listen and try to understand the meaning. For the second and third reading, the passage will be read sentece by sentece, or phrase by phrase, with intervals of 15 sencond. The last reading will be read at normal speed again and during the time you should check your work. You will then be given 2 minutes to check through your work once more.Please write the whole passage on ANSWER SHEET ONE.
 
 

PART Ⅱ LISTENING COMPREHE (20 MIN)
In sections A, B and C you will hear everything ONCE ONLY. Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow. Mark the correct answer to each question on your answer sheet.
 
SECTION A CONVERSATIONS
In this section you will hear several conversations. Listen to the conversations carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
 
Questions l to 3 are based on the following conversation.At the end of the conversation, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the conversation.
 
l.The Ethical Consumer Research Association will provide information to shoppers on
A.product price.
B.product quality.
C.manufacturers.
D.production methods.
 
2.According to the conversation,an ethical shopper should
A.ask for others’advice before buying things.
B.consider the worth of something to be bought.
C.postpone buying things whenever possible.
D.search for things that are less costly.
 
3.According to the conversation,ethical shoppers can be best described as
A.shrewd.
B.thrifty.
C.extravagant.
D.cautious.
 
Questions 4 to 7 are based on the following conversation.At the end of the conversation,you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the conversation.
 
4.Which of the following statements is CORRECT about Mary?
A.She is enjoying her language study.
B.She is enjoying her management study.
C.She is not feeling very well at the moment.
D.She is not happy about her study pressure.
 
5.What does Mary think of the course initially?
A.It is useful.
B.It is difficult.
C.It is challenging.
D.It is interesting.
 
6.What is Mary’s problem of living in a family house?
A.She dislikes the food she eats.
B.She is unable to sleep well.
C.She has no chance to make friends.
D.She finds the rent high.
 
7.Which of the following is Mr.Davies’advice?
A.To tryto make more friends.
B.To try to change accommodation.
C.To spend more time on English.
D.To stop attending language classes.
 
Questions 8 to 10 are based on the following conversation.At the end of the conversation,you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the conversation.
 
8.According to the conversation,the day is special because
A.many people are surfing the net on that day.
B.it is an anniversary of the internet.
C.the net brought about no changes until that day.
D.big changes will take place on that day.
 
9.We learn from the conversation that people
A.cannot Jive without the internet.
B.cannot work without the internet.
C.all use the internet to keep in touch.
D.have varied opinions about internet use.
 
10.At the end of the conversation.the speakers talk about
A.the future of the internet.
B.the type of office furniture.
C.when changes will come.
D.how people will use the internet.
 
SECTION B PASSAGES
In this section ,you will hear several passages. Listen to the passages carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
 
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the following passage.At the end of the passage, you will be given 15 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the passage.
 
11.In order to open a bank account,you need to produce____in addition to your passport.
A.a library card
B.a registration form
C.a telephone bill
D.a receipt
 
12.Which of the following might NOT be included in the‘utility bill’?
A.Rent.
B.Gas.
C.Water.
D.Telephone.
 
13.According to the passage,what can one do in the post office?
A.Getting contact details.
B.Obtaining tax forms.
C.Paying housing rents.
D.Applying for loans.
 
Questions 14 to 17 are based on the following passage.At the end of the passage, you will be given 20 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the passage.
 
14.According to the passage,‘scheduling’means that you
A.need to be efficient in work.
B.plan your work properly.
C.try to finish work ahead of time.
D.know how to work in teams.
 
15.According to the passage, one of the activities to relax could be
A.protecting wild animals.
B.spending time with your family.
C.learning how to read efficiently.
D.learning how to do gardening.
 
16.One of the ways to reduce stress is to
A.do better than anyone else.
B.fulfill high ambitions in one's work.
C.work and have reasonable aims.
D.start with a relatively low aim.
 
17.According to the passage,to reduce stress has something to do with the following EXCEPT
A.one's position.
B.one's interest.
C.one's health.
D.one's mood.
 
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the following passage.At the end of the passage, you will be
given 15 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the passage.
18.According to the passage,new words tend to come from
A.world politics.
B.advances in science.
C.areas of life.
D.all the above.
 
19.The passage explains the larger and richer vocabulary of English mainly from a viewpoint.
A.historical
B.cultural
C.commercial
D.colonial
 
20.According to the passage,which of the following statements best describes the English
language?
A.It is outdated in grammar.
B.It accepts new words from science.
C.It has begun taking in new words.
D.It tends to embrace new words.

 
SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
In this section ,you will hear several news items. Listen to them carefully and then answer the questions that follow.
Questions 21 and 22 are based OH the following news.At the end of the news item,you will be
given 10 seconds to answer the questions.Now listen to the news.
 
21.Where was the marble statue found?
A.Out in the sea.
B.Inside a bath house.
C.On a cliff along the coast.
D.On the coast outside Jerusalem.
 
22.Which of the following best describes the condition of the statue?
A.It was incomplete.
B.It was recent artwork.
C.It was fairly tall.
D.It was in pieces.
 
Questions 23 and 24 are based on the following news.At the end of the news item.you will be given 10 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the news.
 
23.The rescue efforts concentrated mainly on
A.the U.S.-Canada border
B.snow-stricken regions.
C.highways.
D.city streets.
 
24.According to the news,the last group of people might have been stranded in their vehicles
for more than ____ hours before being rescued.
A.24
B.25
C.40
D.48
 
Questions 25 and 26 are based on the following news.At the end of the news item, you will be
given 10 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the news.
25.According to the 2006 anti-smoking restrictions,smoking was NOT allowed in
A.offices.
B.restaurants.
C.bars.
D.school playgrounds.
 
26.According to the news,which of the following groups reacts negatively to the new law?
A.Television producers.
B.Hotel owners.
C.Medical workers.
D.Hospital management.
 
Questions 27 and 28 are based on the following news.At the end of the news item,you will be
given 10 seconds to answer the questions.Now, listen to the news.
 
27.According to the news,who first discovered the fraud?
A.A client.
B.A bank manager.
C.The police.
D.Bank headquarters.
 
28.When did the bank employee hand himself in?
A.A month before the fraud was discovered.
B.A day before the fraud was discovered.
C.A day after the police launched investigation.
D.A month after he transferred the money.
 
Question 29 is based on the following news.At the end of the news item, you will be given 5 seconds to answer the question.Now, listen to the news.
 
29.What is this news item mainly about?
A.How to open Hotmail accounts.
B.How to retrieve missing e-mails.
C.New e-mail service by Microsoft.
D.Problems and complaints about e-mails.
 
Question30 is based on the following news.At the end of the news item, you will be given 5 seconds to answer the question.Now, listen to the news.
 
30.Compared with 2009,which of the following figures remained about the same in 2010?
A.Number of tickets sold.
B.Box office revenues.
C.Attendance rate.
D Number of cinemas.
 

三、2012年英语专业四级(专四)听力原文

 
Part I DICTATION (15MIN)
 
Eco-tourism
Nowadays many of us try to live in a way that will damage the environment as little as possible. We recycle our newspapers and bottles; we take public transport to get to work; and we try to buy locally produced fruit and vegetables. And we want to take these attitudes on holiday with us. This is why alternative forms of tourism are becoming popular in the world. There are lots of names for these new forms of tourism: responsible tourism, nature tourism, adventure tourism, educational tourism and more.
Although everyone may have a different definition, most people agree that these new forms of tourism should do the following: first, they should conserve the wildlife and culture of the area; second, they should benefit the local people; third, they should make a profit without destroying natural resources; and finally they should provide an experience that tourists want to pay for.
 
PART Ⅱ LISTENING COMPREHE (20 MIN)
 
SECTION A CONVERSATIONS
 
Questions 1 to 3 are based on the following conversation.
 
M: Ruth, do you know something about the Ethical Consumer Research Association?
W: Yes, so far as I know, it's an organization that provides information for shoppers.
M: Oh, what kind of information?
W: [1]Well, like letting shoppers know what the companies are doing behind the products that they see on the store shelves. And... and these shoppers are concerned with some ethical issues.
M: For example?
W: [1]Well, they may want to know that the product they're buying hasn't been made at the expense of the people who are producing it, whether it's in this country or abroad. They might also be concerned with other kinds of issues: for example, whether the company is involved in selling arms.
M: But how can one become an ethical shopper when buying things?
W: One way of thinking about ethical shopping is thinking about buying less.
M: Oh, how?
W: Well, you see, sometimes we buy a lot more than we need. We buy more items of clothing than we need. [2][3]So being an ethical shopper really means thinking a bit before you go and spend your money in the shops.
M: Could you give me some advice?
W: You see, some things may cost a bit more in the short-run, but be worth it in the long-run. So, if you are paying for quality, somethingwill last you longer and then save you money.
M:Mmm...
W: And sometimes you can buy things second-hand, and the quality in most second-hand shops is really very good these days.[2][3]So it's about thinking before you shop.
M: Ruth, thanks for your advice.
W: Pleasure.
 

Questions 4 to 7 are based on the following conversation.
 
M: Come sit down, Mary.
W: Thanks, Mr. Davies.
M: Now, which course are you doing?
W: I am doing management studies with English and German.
M: Uh-huh. How's it all going?
W: [4]Well, it's not going too well. I'm not really enjoying the course. And... well, I am not very happy.
M: All right, let's take things slowly. Tell me something about the course.
W: [4]Well, there is just so much work. [5]I thought that to do two languages with management studies would be very useful, but I find the management course very difficult sometimes. And then to study English and German too, it means I am working all the time and I never have time to relax.
M: What about your accommodation? Are you happy with that?
W: Not really. I mean the other students on my course are living in the student dormitory. So they see each other all the time. I am living in the rented room in a family house. I eat breakfast and dinner with the family. [6] But I get lonely in the evenings and at weekends.
M: So, making friends is a problem too.
W: Yes.
M: OK.I am going to make two suggestions.
W: All right.
M: First, which of the two languages do you enjoy most?
W: English Ifind it easier too.
M: So I'd like you to go and see your German tutor and say that you are going to stop attending German classes for the moment.
W: OK.
M: Next, [7]I think you should go to each of the five student dormitories, choose the one you like best and ask if you could move in there.Students are always moving in and out so that shouldn't be a problem.
W: Thanks a lot for your advice.
M: Not at all.

 

Questions 8 to 10 are based on the following conversation.
 
M: Hello, Yvonne.
W: Hello, Bob.
M: [8]You know today is a very special day. That's the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web.
W: Ah, the World Wide Web. It's really changed our lives. And... and in such a short space of time.
M: Hmm... definitely. Now, do you know, on average, how long does someone spend surfing the net each day?
W: Umm, honestly I don't know. But I guess people must spend a lot of time on things like Facebook.
M: Hmm... that's true.
W: And I'm sure almost everyone uses the internet now-but I wonder how we'd cope without it?
M: Well, it might be a bit difficult without it.
W: I guess so. For instance, some people need it for social relationships.
M: Yes, especially those who are far away. Keeping in contact with friends and family would be impossible without the internet.
W: [9]But are there people who would cope without the internet?
M: Yes, there are. These people have some alternatives.
W: What kind?
M: For example, we could write to each other like we used to before we had the internet. It would be lovely to get more hand-written letters from friends and family rather than just e-mails, I think.
W: That's what we call 'snail-mail'. But of course, lots of more paper would mean that we'd need bigger file cabinets.
M: Yes, well, it's still incredible how the World Wide Web has expanded in twenty years, and how much we now rely on it.[10]I wonder what it will be like after another twenty years.
W: Well, for better or worse, the web will have a greater impact on our life and society.

 

SECTION B PASSAGES
 
Questions 11 to 13 are based on the following passage.
 
If you are a resident you will find it useful to open a bank account. All the large banks have a network of branches across the country and all offer similar services.
A visit to any one of them will be a friendly experience. However, to open an account, you have to be prepared to prove your identity in a number of ways.[11]You will find your passport useful but the bank will also want to see some form of proof that you are living where you say you are. This can be proved by a housing rent book, a tax form, water or electricity bill for the property, as long as it's in your name. [11] [12]In the bank, and elsewhere, you may hear the term 'utility bill'-this simply refers to bills relating to the provision of services to your home such as electricity, gas, water and telephone.
[13]There are other local facilities such as post offices where you can save your money and have access to affordable low cost loans. Where they exist in your local area, contact details can be obtained from the Citizen's Advice Bureau.

Questions 14 to 17 are based on the following passage.

Life is very stressful nowadays, so it is useful for us to talk about how to cope with stress. If you want to reduce some stress, you can reduce this by the word S-T-R-E-S-S that's stress. Let's begin with the 'S' . [14]'S' is that you can have the 'scheduling', for example, you don't have to schedule too many things in your day and if you feel you are too busy, you can cut out an activity or two.
And 'T' is 'treat your body well', because experts say that exercise can reduce stress and also if you eat healthy food, then your brain and your body get the nourishment they need.
The next letter is 'R'. 'R' means 'relax'. [15][17]You can do an activity you enjoy or that relaxes you, maybe you can reada book or learn a new hobby and even spend time with your pet and that could make a difference.
And the next letter is 'E'--'E' is about expectations. [16]This means, be realistic about yourself and others. So you can just do your best and don't try to be perfect and don't expect others to be too That will release and reduce a lot of stress for you and the people around you.
And the next letter is 'S' 'S' stands for sleep'. If you get a good night's sleep, [17]then it will keep your mind and your body in shape.
And the last letter is 'S' again which means 'smile'. [17]lfyou smile and have confidence, you will think in a more positive way and then youwill feel more comfortable when you are coping with the stress.
 
Questions 18 to 20 are based on the following passage.
 
New words enter the English language all the time. In factEnglish has always been in a state of evolution and in recent years more and more words and phrases have entered the language. But where do all these new words come from?
Words come out of the culture that they represent and they describe [18]so if you've got a new development in medicine, for example bird flu, then you'll get a new word coming out of that. If there's a military conflict that may well bring all sorts of new words to the fore. Going back in time the First and Second World Wars were times of great creativity of language because people from different countries met each other and exchanged their words and words developed from there. [18]So words come from the playground; they come from politics; they come from any area of life because every area of life is changing from day to day.
And does English have more words than any other language?
It certainly has more than other European languages and probably more than any other language in the world. [20]English is put together from so many different bits. [19]Originally it was a Germanic language and then after the Norman Conquest in 1066 there was an enormous influx of French words. And it comes from a country, the United Kingdom, which was quite an expansive, trading, colonial power in the past and all these have brought all sorts of other new words into the language.
 
SECTION C NEWS BROADCAST
 
News Item 1 (For Questions 21 and 22)
[21] A huge storm that collapsed part of a cliff on Israel's central coast led to the discovery of a statue dating back to the Roman period. the Israel Antiquities Authority said Tuesday.
The white marble statue of a woman is estimated to be 2,000 years old. It stands 1.2 meters tall, weighs about 200 kilograms and [22]was found with no head or arms, according to a news release by the authority.
A person walking on the shore at Ashkelon on the west coast of Jerusalem made the discovery, the authority said
The statue fell into the sea when the cliff collapsed as a result of the storm. The collapse also ruined a bath house and mosaics that had been in the cliff for many hundreds of years.
The storm. one of the strongest Israel has experienced in recent years, brought winds of more than 100 kph that sent 10-meter waves crashing into Israel's coast.
 
News Item 2 (For Questions 23 and 24)
[23]Canadian police and military teams were working Tuesday afternoon to rescue about 300 people stranded after what a local official termed the most brutal storm to hit the Ontario region in 25 years.
[24]Some people had been stuck in their vehicles for more than 24 hours following blinding snow that piled up so high it made it almost impossible to open vehicle doors.
Ontario Provincial Police initially reported about 360 vehicles and about 300 people had been stranded near Sarnia, Ontario, on Highway 402-a major thoroughfare linking the U.S.-Canada border to London, Ontario.
[24]Some of those people have since been rescued, but Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said it could be another 24 hours before everyone is taken to safety.

 
News Item 3 (For Questions 25 and 26)
A tough anti-smoking law has taken effect in Spain. The ban-one of the strictest in Europe-outlaws smoking in all bars and restaurants. Smokers will also be prohibited on television broadcasts, near hospitals or in school playgrounds.
The law tightens anti-smoking restrictions introduced in 2006.
[25]The anti-smoking rules introduced in 2006 0utlawed smoking only in the workplace. It let bar and restaurant owners choose whether or not to allow it. Most chose not to impose any ban.
Only large restaurants and bars were obliged to provide a smoke-free area.
[26]Now, hotel, restaurant and bar owners have said they could face a 10% drop in trade with the new rules. The industry has already seen a sharp fall in sales due to Spain's economic problems.
But doctors argue the new legislation will help smokers give up.
 
News Item 4 (For Questions 27 and 28)
Police in India have arrested a Citibank employee accused of cheating clients out of millions of dollars.
Shivraj Puri, 32, who is expected to appear in court later, told an Indian newspaper he was innocent.
The alleged fraud was discovered earlier this month in a branch of the global bank in Gurgaon, a wealthy suburb of Delhi.
The bank has said investors were promised quick, high returns from a bogus financial scheme.
It is alleged that Mr. Puri transferred the money into accounts controlled by three relatives.
[28]Mr. Puri reportedly handed himself in on Thursday, a day after police said he was wanted for questioning.
[27]The alleged fraud came to light earlier this month when a client mentioned the scheme to a senior bank manager.

 

News Item 5 (For Question 29)
[29] Some Hotmail users are reporting that their e-mails are missing from their accounts. A number of people with Hotmail accounts have posted complaints on Microsoft forums complaining that their e-mails have been deleted.
Users around the world said e-mails were missing from their inbox and other folders within their Hotmail accounts.
A spokeswoman for Microsoft said that the issue of missing e-mails was not a widespread problem.
By Sunday evening the issue was "fully resolved", she said. The company apologized for any inconvenience.

 

News Item 6 (For Question 30)
The number of North Americans who went to the cinema in 2010 was around 5% down on the 2009 total, figures show.
Box office analysts forecast l.35 billion tickets will be sold by the end of the year, down on the l.42 billion sold in 2009.
It is the biggest year-on-year drop since 2005, making 2010 the second-lowest attended year of the decade.
[30]Yet box office revenues remained about the same at $10.6bn, due to increased ticket prices.
Animated movie Toy Sront 3 was the highest-grossing film of the year at the US box office, earning nearly $415m.
The Pixar sequel, like second highest-grossing title Alice in Wonderland, was one of several hit movies released in 3D.
It is thought attendance figures in the US and Canada will rise next year, when sequels to hit comedy The Hangover and Pirates of the Caribbean are released.