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The ‘Summarise Spoken Text‘ task requires you to listen to a 60-90 second text, summarise the main ideas and write a response in 50-70 words. You have ten minutes to complete the task.

The best way to tackle this task is to divide it into sections.

Part 1: listen and take notes of the main ideas.
Part 2: write a 50-70 word response.
Part 3: rewrite the response, ensuring you have all the main ideas covered, it makes sense and there are no grammatical or spelling errors.
Part 2 and 3 take about 4 minutes each.

Summarise Spoken Text
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Summarise Spoken Text Activity

Listen to the following text, take notes of the main ideas, and write a 50 to 70-word response. You have ten minutes to complete the task.

Transcript of audio:

So, my mother’s a pediatrician, and when I was young, she’d tell the craziest stories that combined science with her overactive imagination. One of the stories she told was that if you eat a lot of salt, all of the blood rushes up your legs, through your body, and shoots out the top of your head, killing you instantly. She called it “high blood pressure.”

This was my first experience with science fiction, and I loved it. So when I started to write my own science fiction and fantasy, I was surprised that it was considered un-African. So naturally, I asked, what is African? And this is what I know so far: Africa is important. Africa is the future. It is, though. And Africa is a serious place where only serious things happen.

So, when I present my work somewhere, someone will always ask, “What’s so important about it? How does it deal with real African issues like war, poverty, devastation or AIDS?” And it doesn’t. My work is about Nairobi pop bands that want to go to space or about seven-foot-tall robots that fall in love. It’s nothing incredibly important. It’s just fun, fierce and frivolous, as frivolous as bubble gum — “AfroBubbleGum.”

• Mother pediatrician young crazy stories
• Blood shoots out the top of your head— “high blood pressure”
• Science fiction / fantasy = unAfrican
• “Africa is the future, Africa is serious.”
• “What is important about your work? War, poverty, AIDS?
• It’s not imptnt. It’s fun, fierce, frivolous.
• It’s AfroBubbleGum

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Summarise Spoken Text Answer:

The speaker was discussing her music and African heritage. She mentioned that her mother was a pediatrician and told her crazy stories when she was young. She talked about how she was told that Africa is the future and is serious. She described how when people ask if her work is about poverty, war or AIDS, she says it isn’t, suggesting that it is fun and frivolous like bubblegum—AfroBubbleGum.

(70 words)

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Written by: David Williamson

All Comments 5
  • Akhil Sharma says:

    The task says “Summarize Spoken Text”.
    So, shouldn’t we summarize the lecture instead of writing in points as mentioned in the sample response?
    I am very confused if we should summarize the lecture in minimum words or is it fine to write so many sentences.
    Please clear out my dilemma.

  • She was discussing about her experience with science fiction.
    Initially, she talked about her mum’s old science fiction story.
    Then, she mentioned her own narrative, which received a negative feedback.
    She described the importance of Africa to her.
    She discussed how others questioned her narrative in answering real African issues.
    She suggested that her story was fun and nothing of importance, just like an afro bubble gum.

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