Listen to an interview with a recruitment expert, who talks about his experience of reading CVs and offers some good advice on writing them.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Weak forms are syllable sounds that become unstressed in connected speech and are often then pronounced as a schwa.

In the sentence below the first 'do' is a weak form and the second is stressed.

What do you want to do this evening?

Weak forms are very common in English. Listen carefully and fill in the gaps with the missing words typed out in full.



Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


 very good

 Good morning Mr.Adam , 
Thank you very much for your reply , Actually I have now a British friend , She's very nice , and I think it's a good practise to speak English and listen to someone his/her accent is British ,
And I'm studying at the same time for my  IELTS test , wish to me luck , and I''ll post my question later , Thank you again .

 Very great! I love this program 

Many thanks for great job! incredible job for all the people around the world!
Basir ahmad

 I'm having troubles in task3 ,
What can I do ? 

Dear Sarah:
The Task 3 seems to be a bit difficult for me too but if you listen the audio more you can perform the Task successfully.
best luck

Good day
I need some advise to learn english in active manaer

 Good afternoon Mr.Adam, 
                 I have to get 6.5 in IELTS test, academic skills  , because I'm planning to get my PhD degree and IELTS is required,
  I started studying in order to improve my English, I started listening to tapes , studying grammar again,reading English newspaper, and I'm attending an English lessons to improve my speed in speaking  but my teacher is not British she is American ,and this is confusing me a little bit because of the differences between American accent and British accent  ,
So , Are there any problems preventing me from getting a 6.5 if my teacher is American ??
And Could you give me a specific tips for each IELTS activity ??
Kindest Regards,
Sarah Jamal 

Good evening Sarah,
The first thing I would say to you is that IELTS is not a British test. It's an international test and you will hear a variety of accents in the Listening and Speaking parts of it. See here:
However, IELTS is owned by two British and one Australian organisation, so British and Australian accents are quite common in the listening section. If you mostly hear American accents, then to prepare for the IELTS test you should get used to other accents, including the British one, for example by listening to some of the audio on this site.
It's useful in general to be able to understand many accents. If you go to international conferences when you are doing your Ph.D you will hear many accents. Don't worry about having an American teacher. In my opinion, it's more important that your teacher is qualified, experienced, knows the IELTS exam well and can give you advice about it.
You said you are having problems with 'Task 3' in IELTS, but I don't know which paper you mean! If you tell me, I will be happy to give you some advice.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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