Listening Practice: Office Etiquette

This is a listening exercise based on a current IELTS topic. The topic of modern office layout was reported in writing task 2 this year, 2017.  This lesson will give you listening practice and also useful ideas for the topic.

Modern Office Layout: Listening Exercise

Instructions

Listen once to the recording and write down your answers at the same time. In the real test, you will only be able to listen once. So, use this practice lesson to try focusing and getting the answers in the first listening.

Questions 1-5 

Choose no more than one word from the recording to complete each sentence below. Listen only once and write down your answers.

  1. Many offices favour the …………..  interior design.
  2. There is less ……………. in the modern office design.
  3. The ability to focus on work becomes a problem if there is too much ……………..
  4. Being ………… of other people’s beliefs is important.
  5. If you are ………………., it’s better for everyone if you stay at home.

Recording:

 

Answers

Click below to reveal the answers and the transcript:

 

Transcript

Office etiquette is all about common courtesy to other people in the work place. It is becoming more common for offices to have a modern open-plan design with members of staff all working in one large room without dividers. This type of office design unfortunately does result in a lack of privacy which means staff need to be more mindful and considerate than ever before of each other.

Here are a couple of rules for common office etiquette. Keep your desk tidy. There’s nothing worse than working along side someone who has spread their chaos. Focus on keeping your desk clear and avoid too much mess. Also keep the noise level to a minimum as noise can be distracting to others who need to concentrate on their work. Another rule is to be friendly but, at the same time, respect people’s boundaries and wish for solitude. Working in close proximity to other staff means that you need to be tolerant of other people’s beliefs and also work methods. Lastly, keep your illness to yourself and stay at home. Don’t come to work, if you’re sick. Spreading illness will not help you, your colleagues or the company you work for.

 Answers
  1. open-plan / modern
    1. This answer means that you can have the word “open-plan” as your answer or the word “modern” as your answer. You can’t have both words. Also you can’t have the answer “open”
    2. You can’t write “open plan” as your answer as that is too words. There should be a hyphen between the words.
  2. privacy
  3. noise
    1. In the transcript you will see that the information about “ability to focus on work” is paraphrased as “distracting to others who need to concentrate on their work”. This is about noise levels.
    2. The topic of mess is before this and is not about focusing on work. But it is easy to get confused due to the words “too much…”.
    3. If you got this question wrong, read through the transcript and see how you made the mistake by focusing too much on words and less on meaning.
  4. tolerant
    1. You can’t have the answer “respectful” because that word is not given in the recording. Your answer must come from the recording – you can’t use synonyms as answers.
    2. You can’t have the word “friendly” as the answer. “Being friendly of other people’s beliefs” has not meaning in English and is grammatically incorrect. Your answer must make sense and be grammatically correct.
  5. sick
    1. You can’t have the word “ill” or “unwell” because that word was not used in the recording.
    2. The word “illness” was in the recording but it grammatically incorrect to use in this sentence and is an incorrect answer.

 

I hope you found this lesson useful. 

Liz

 

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Comments

  1. Vashisht says:

    Modern
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Sick

  2. Harpinder Singh says:

    Thanks very much

  3. Thank you Liz 🙂
    I have found this lesson very helpful considering the practice as well as the vocabulary content.
    You are great teacher! Even though I have never met you I have a feeling you are a wonderful person 🙂
    Thanks once again for frequent lessons and keeping us updated with new posts! I definitely need to come here more often!

  4. Piusford says:

    Thank you Liz for this lecture. I have to also commend you for your advanced writing lessons. I bought them today, and I am ready see IELTS writing inna different light. You have just shown me what I had been doing wrong all this while.

    I still have problem with Map or location in Listening module. Please, what is the best way to approach this tour guild description?

  5. Aziza Rsouli

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you so much for your ielts lesson it is really useful but still i have problem

  6. Sonia simon says:

    Thank you very much

  7. Dear Liz,
    Many thanks for the lesson this week. I realy learnt from you and is helping my preparations
    for the test. please be there for me.
    Joe.

  8. Really very effective lesson

  9. KISHU BANNA says:

    I got last 3 right.

  10. 1.Modern
    2.Privacy
    3.Noise
    4.Tolerance
    4.Sick

  11. reetika says:

    1 modern
    2 privacy
    3 noise
    4 tolerant
    5 sick

  12. HI miss Elizabeth(hope you don’t mind I am calling you like this)
    Here are my answers:
    1-modern
    2-privacy
    3-noise
    4-tolerant
    5-ill

  13. Dear Liz,
    Thank You for keeping very much intresting topics for IELTS.It is helping me a lot for my preparation.I hope I can get 8.0
    Keep sharing topics like this
    Your website is so helpful for me
    Please keep writing and speaking topics also like this and after every comment can you give their score how much they have scored for letting to know how to improve

  14. 1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Mess
    4. Respectful
    5. Ill

  15. Jyothi Mathew says:

    1) MODERN
    2) PRIVACY
    3) MESS
    4) TOLERANT
    5) SICK

  16. Answer:-
    Modren
    privacy
    Mess
    Notice
    Sick

  17. Salma Nawaz says:

    1. Moderne
    2. Privat
    3. Mouse
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  18. Open
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Sick

  19. 1. common
    2. privacy
    3. mess
    4. respectful
    5. sick

  20. 1. Able
    2.privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  21. Cherryl says:

    1.modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Tolerant
    5.sick

  22. Sravika says:

    Modern
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Illness

  23. Tofaiel says:

    1. modern
    2. privacy
    3.mess
    4. tolerant
    5.ill

  24. Modern
    Privacy
    Noise
    Respect
    Sick

  25. Ranjana says:

    1.) Modern
    2.) Privacy
    3.) Noise
    4.) Tolerant
    5.) Sick

  26. 1. WORPLACE
    2. PRIVACY
    3. MATH
    4. FRIENDLY
    5. SICK

    Thank you

  27. 1-modern/open
    2- privacy
    3-noise
    4-tolerant
    5-sick

  28. Open
    Privacy
    Mess
    Tolerant
    Sick

  29. Dipali Patel says:

    1. open
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. friendly
    5. ill

  30. 1. open
    2. Privacy
    3. Mess
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  31. kalaivanan pullaiannan says:

    1-open
    2-privacy
    3-Mess
    4-tolerant
    5-Ill

  32. huan le says:

    1/open
    2/privacy
    3/noise
    4/tolerant
    5/sick

  33. 1 modern
    2 privacy
    3 mess
    4 tolerant
    5 sick

  34. 1. Modern
    2. Dividers
    3. Noise
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  35. NURUL HIDAYAH says:

    Answer :

    1. modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Respect
    5. Ilnes

  36. 1. MODERN
    2. PRIVACY
    3. NOISE
    4. TOLERANT
    5. ILL

  37. 1- Open plan
    2- Privacy
    3- Noise
    4- Tolerate
    5- ill/Sick

  38. Mohammad Abdus Salam says:

    1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. ill

  39. Mogaji Sunday says:

    1.Open
    2.privacy
    3.Noise
    4.Tolerant
    5.sick

  40. 1. open 2.privacy.3mess 4.tolerant 5.sick

  41. 1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3.Mess
    4.Tolerant
    5. Ill

  42. modern open
    privacy.
    mess.
    friendly
    sick

  43. suhaila says:

    modern
    privacy
    noise
    respectful
    unwell

  44. Naveed Durrani says:

    1. Open
    2. Privacy
    3. Mess
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  45. 1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. chaos
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  46. Chris destiny says:

    Public
    Private
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Sick

  47. IMHANGBE G. says:

    1 OPEN
    2 PRIVACY
    3 NOISE
    4 INTOLERANT
    5 SICK

  48. 1 plan .
    2 privacy
    3 mess
    4 tolerant
    5 sick

  49. Karshigul says:

    Open
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Sick

  50. 1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  51. behrooz says:

    open
    mess
    noise
    tolerant
    ill

  52. Gian Luca says:

    Answers:
    1) open
    2 )privacy
    3) noise
    4) tollerano
    5) sick

  53. Navjot Singh says:

    1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  54. Tukul Bhattacharya says:

    1. modern
    2. Privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  55. Shweta Agarwal says:

    Answers÷
    1.open
    2.privacy
    3.mess
    4.tolerant
    5.ill

  56. 1 One
    2 Divider
    3Mess
    4Tolerance
    5 Sick

  57. open
    privacy
    noise
    tolerant
    sick

  58. Fernanda says:

    1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. seek

  59. modern
    privacy
    noise
    tolerant
    sick

  60. Modern
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    sick

  61. Rakshit says:

    1. open
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. ill

  62. Autumnspitler says:

    Modern
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Sick

  63. 1 =modern
    2 = privacy
    3 = noise
    4 = tolerant
    5 = sick

  64. 1open
    2=privacy
    3=noise
    4=tolerant
    5=sick

  65. Elizabeth says:

    modern
    privacy
    noise
    friendly
    sick

  66. Sandeep Bhusal says:

    1.modern
    2.privacy
    3.noisy
    4.tolerant
    5.sick

  67. 1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. solitary

  68. 1. modern
    2. privacy
    3.noise
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  69. Sharanjeet kaur says:

    Modern privacy mess respectful ill

  70. 1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. mess
    4. tolerant
    5. illness

  71. FARSHAD says:

    1:Modern ,2:Privacy, 3:noise. 4:tolerant ,5:sick

  72. Acacio Neto says:

    1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  73. Hi Liz, I’m working girl I have not enough time to attend the classes in the class room. I’m from Punjab I really want to do ielts but my English is very week I really feel help less please suggest me what I have to do and How To do..
    Thank you
    Your faith fully
    Arti.

  74. 1.open
    2.privacy
    3.noise
    4.tolerant
    5.sick

  75. Tünde Lagler says:

    1. open
    2. privacy
    3. chaos
    4. respectful
    5. illness

  76. Chintu Aggarwal says:

    modern
    privacy
    mess
    tolerant
    sick

  77. samrah junaid says:

    1. modern
    2. privacy
    3.furniture
    4.tolerant
    5.ill

  78. Yomi Aro says:

    1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. respectful
    5. sick

  79. 1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. mess
    4. tolerant
    5. illness

  80. Listening-Modern Office Layout

    1. MODERN
    2. PRIVACY
    3. NOISE
    4. TOLERANT
    5. SICK

  81. open
    privacy
    noise
    tolerant
    sick

  82. 1- modern(open-plan)
    2-privecy
    3-mess
    4-tolerant
    5-sick

  83. 1= OPEN, 2= PRIVACY 3= MESS 4= FRIENDLY,5= SICK

  84. 1) modern
    2)privacy
    3) mess
    4) sick

  85. Neethu Noby says:

    1. modern
    2.privacy
    3.mess
    4.tolerant
    5.sick

  86. Modern
    Privacy
    Mess
    Tolerated
    Ill/ illness

  87. 1) modern
    2) privacy
    3)mess
    4) tolerant
    5) sick

  88. Mamta paul says:

    1.modern
    2.privacy
    3.noise
    4.friendly
    5.sick

  89. 1 modern
    2 privacy
    3 mess
    4 tolerant
    5 ill

  90. Ana Linares says:

    open
    privacy
    chaos
    tolerant
    sick

  91. aashish says:

    modern
    privacy
    mess
    tolerent
    ill

  92. 1.modern
    2.privacy
    3.mess
    4.tolerant
    5.ill

  93. sheebajoseph says:

    Modern
    Privacy
    Mess
    Tolerant
    Suck

  94. Modern
    privacy
    noise
    tolerant
    ill

  95. Mojisola Nwankpa says:

    1common
    2Privacy
    3tolerant
    4sick

  96. 1. Open
    2. Privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  97. SHUBHAM says:

    1.MODERN
    2. PRIVACY
    3. NOISE
    4. RESPECT
    5. SICK

  98. Jan Rose says:

    answers:
    1. open-plan
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  99. Keep trying says:

    Modern
    Privacy
    Nosie
    Tolerant
    Sick

  100. joselle says:

    1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Mess
    4. Respectful
    5. Ill

  101. 1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Friendly
    5. Sick


  102. answers

    privacy
    noise
    tolerant
    illness

  103. 1- modern
    2-privacy
    3.mess
    4.tolerant
    5.sick

  104. Modern
    Privacy
    Mess
    Friendly
    Ill

  105. Modern
    2.privacy
    3. Noise
    4.tolerant
    5.ill

  106. Hi Liz,
    Thank you!

    1. open-plan
    2. dividers
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  107. 1.Modern.
    2.Privacy.
    3.Mass
    4.Friendly.
    5.Sick.

  108. Anubha joshi Sharma says:

    Open
    Privacy
    Chaos
    Careful
    Ill

  109. Catalina Sirbu says:

    Answers:
    1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  110. Ambreen says:

    1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Mess
    4. Tolerance
    5. Ill

  111. Simran Kaur says:

    1 modern
    2 privacy
    3 mess
    4 friendly
    5 ill

  112. modern
    privacy
    chaos
    tolerent
    sick

  113. 1.OPEN
    2.PRIVACY
    3.MESS
    4.FRIENDLY
    5.ILLNESS

  114. Shadab Ahamed says:

    Open-plan
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Sick

  115. RICHARD says:

    1.modern
    2.privacy
    3.chaos
    4.friendly
    5.sick

  116. lovette daniel says:

    1 Open plan
    2 Privacy
    3 Noise
    4 Respectful
    5 Sick

  117. Charles says:

    1=open
    2=space
    3=mess
    4=tolerant
    5=ill

  118. Reena Chaudhary says:

    Hiiii…..open, privacy, noise, tolerant, sick

  119. 1. open 2. privacy 3. noise 4. ill

  120. Nicholas Akagha says:

    The answer to the questions 1. Open plan, 2. Privacy 3. Mess 4. Tolerate 5 sick

  121. 1.MODERN
    2.PRIVACY
    3.MATH
    4.RESPECT
    5 SICK

  122. 1 modern
    2 privacy
    3 mess
    4 tolerant
    5 sick

  123. Tetyana says:

    1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Noise
    4. Friendly
    5. Ill

  124. B.swaran raj says:

    my answers are
    1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. friendly
    5. sick

  125. kaitlyn says:

    1: large
    2:
    3:noise
    4:respect
    5: sick

  126. 1, modern
    2, privacy
    3, noise
    4, respect
    5, sick

  127. MEHEDI ALAM says:

    I NEED MORE LISTENING PRACTICES LIKE THIS ONE….

  128. 1. modern
    2. privacy
    3. noise
    4. tolerant
    5. sick

  129. dhanalakshmi says:

    modern
    stuff needs
    noisy

    illness

  130. MEHEDI ALAM says:

    1: common
    2:unfortunately
    3:math
    4:tollarent
    5:sick

  131. Akash Soni says:

    1) modern
    2) privacy
    3) noise
    4) tolerant
    5) sick

  132. 1.modern
    2.privacy
    3.noise
    4.tolerant
    5. ill

  133. Open
    Privacy
    Noise
    Tolerant
    Sick

  134. 1: openplan
    2:deviders
    3:mess
    4:tolerant
    5:ill

  135. 1.tidy
    2.mess
    3.noice
    4.friendly
    5.sick

  136. 1-open plan,2-noises,3-mess,4-tolerant,5-sick

  137. Aliya Siddique says:

    1. Modern
    2. Privacy
    3. Mess
    4. Tolerant
    5. Sick

  138. Nishaat says:

    answers-
    open
    privacy
    mess
    tolerant
    sick

  139. Kartini says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you very much for your IELTS lesson. It helps me much, and finally I got 6,5 score without having a preparation course.
    Keep sharing Liz 🙂
    You are such a great teacher 🙂

    • Yay!! Band score 8.5 is amazing!! Well done to you. I hope you celebrated 🙂 Thanks for letting me know 🙂

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