Friday, March 12, 2010

The Prison Restaurant: Nine Questions for Six Minutes

Gooooooood morning everyone! It's a lovely, if slightly cool, Friday morning here in The Eternal City, and the weekend is beckoning!

And as promised, here is a listening comprehension exercise based on the BBC's "Six Minute English" web site. This week's subject is rather interesting: it's about a restaurant that has just opened in a London prison.

Look through the questions before you listen. Try to anticipate the kind of information you will need to listen for when answering.

1. (official question from the site): How many people worldwide are currently serving prison sentences?

a) 9 million; b) 15 million; c) 22 million
You'll hear the answer towards the end of the episode.

2. Where are the strangest places that Callum has eaten?

3. What is the name of the restaurant, and what is the significance of this name?

4. How is the restaurant organised? Include details of who works there and where the ingredients for the dishes come from.

5. Is this restaurant open to the public? Give a reason for your answer.

6. How, according to the prison governor (director) can this restaurant reduce crime?

7. Which three countries hold half of all the world's prisoners?

8. Which category, men or women, are most likely to go to prison?

9. And how many more times are they likely to spend time in prison?

Now listen to the episode. Post your answers on the Tag Board or in the Comments section just below this post.

Three more things:

I've corrected the erroneous URL (Web address) for the New English File Upper-Intermediate web site. And I have added the site for New English File Advanced, even though we are not yet using this book. There is certain to be something of interest for you. See the section entitled "Web Sites for New English File" down the right-hand column, after "Dictionaries".

And I encourage you to continue practising your reading and pronunciation by recording yourselves reading "Words In The News". See my post of Friday 5 March. And do send me the MP3 files of your recordings.

Finally: the word "get". We have seen how many meanings this simple verb can have. So try this short test from the BBC's "Learning English" site and tell everyone, on the Tag Board, how many meanings you identified.

All for now, and more very soon. Have a good weekend!
- Mike

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