Advanced Listening Lessons

This is one of my free advanced listening lessons with vocabulary, idioms, listening exercises and fun games. The listening is based on a co-production between the BBC and Horizons called 'Battle of the Brains'.

How do you measure intelligence? Most psychologists agree that conventional IQ tests don't reveal the whole truth. To find out what other types of intelligence we have and what it says about us, 7 experts in their field were put through some unusual tests to measure their intelligence. Who will come out tops? The chess master, the dramatist, the musical prodigy, the dramatist, the quantum physicist, the artist or the wall street trader?

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If you want to improve your listening skills and are at upper-intermediate, advanced or proficiency level English (B2, C1 and C2), then my advanced lessons are perfect for you.

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This is one of my advanced listening lessons, and starts off with some questions for you to consider about intelligence. Are the current IQ tests accurate? Are there better ways of measuring intelligence? Where do we get our intelligence from? Does intelligence increase or decrease with age? Is intelligence inherited or developed?

You will have lots of fun as you do some of the IQ tests from the video clip. You need to try and get a cork out of an empty wine bottle, do a mensa test, show your creative skills, and think of as many uses for a sock as you can. There are some vocabulary words from the listening to learn, and then of course you get to watch the video clip and answer some comprehension questions.

The lesson finishes off with some idioms with the word 'brain' J

If you enjoyed this lesson, why don't you try one of my other advanced listening lessons or reading lessons?

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