A. Now listen to an interview with the director of a singing school and a student who did a course there. And mark the sentences T (true) or F (false).

1   Singing is good for your health.

2   To sing well you need to learn to breathe correctly.

3   People who sing are fatter than people who don’t.

4   Not everybody can learn to sing.

5   You need to know how to read music to be able to sing well.

6   If you make a surprised face, you can sing high notes better.

7   It takes a long time to learn to sing better.

B. Listen again. Choose the right answer.

1   When you are learning to sing you need to ______ correctly.

      a stand     b dress     c eat

2   Singing well is 95% ______.

      a repeating     b listening     c breathing

3   Gemma’s course lasted ______.

      a one day     b one week     c one month

4   Gemma has always ______.

      a been good at singing

      b been in a choir

      c liked singing

5   In the morning the students learnt to ______.

      a breathe and sing

      b listen and breathe

      c listen and sing

6   At the end of the afternoon they could sing ______.

      a perfectly

      b much better

      c a bit better



1 T   2 T   3 F   4 F   5 F   6 T   7 F


1 a   2 b   3 a   4 c   5 b   6 b


I = interviewer, M = Martin, G = Gemma

   Good evening and welcome. In today’s programme we’re going to talk about singing. In the studio we have Martin, the director of a singing school in London, and Gemma, a student at Martin’s school. Good morning to both of you.

M/G   Good morning.

   First, Martin, can you tell us, why is it a good idea for people to learn to sing?

M   First, because singing makes you feel good. And secondly, because singing is very good for your health.

   Really? In what way?

M   Well, when you learn to sing you need to learn to breathe correctly. That’s very important. And you also learn to stand and sit correctly. As a result, people who sing are often fitter and healthier than people who don’t.

   Are your courses only for professional singers?

M   No, not at all. They’re for everybody. You don’t need to have any experience of singing. And you don’t need to be able to read music.

   So how do your students learn to sing?

M   They learn by listening and repeating. Singing well is really 95% listening.

   OK Gemma. Tell us about the course. How long did it last?

G   Only one day. From ten in the morning to six in the evening.

 Could you already sing well before you started?

G   No, not well. But I have always likes singing. But I can’t read music and I never thought I sang very well.

   So what happened on the course?

G   Well, first we did a lot of listening and breathing exercises, and we learnt some other interesting techniques.

   What sort of things?

G   Well, for example we learnt that it is easier to sing high notes if you sing with a surprised look on your face!

   Oh really? Could you show us?

G   Well, I’ll try.

   For those of you at home, I can promise you that Gemma looked very surprised. Were you happy with your progress?

G   Absolutely. At the end of the day we were singing in almost perfect harmony. It was amazing. In just one day we really were much better.

   Could you two give us a little demonstration?

M/G   Oh, OK …

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