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Pre-listening

You are about to listen to an interview with Alistair Watson, Divisional Commander of the Hong Kong Marine Police, based in Sai Kung. Before you do, consider:
  1. What is the role of the Marine Police in Hong Kong?
  2. Do you think it still has a role in modern Hong Kong?
  3. Is smuggling still an issue? Is it really relevant in today’s society?
Comprehension Critical Analysis Rating Form
Listen to the interview and answer the following questions:
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  1. Superintendent Watson is responsible for the policing of:
    1. a. The western waters off Sai Kung
    2. b. The southern waters off Sai Kung
    3. c. The eastern waters off Sai Kung
    4. d. The waters around Lamma Island
  2. How many officers and police launches are under his command?
    1. a. 238 officers and nine police launches
    2. b. 378 officers and nineteen police launches
    3. c. 378 officers and nine police launches
    4. d. 3,780 officers and nine police launches
  3. How many mainland illegal immigrants entered Hong Kong in 1993?
    1. a. 4,000
    2. b. 3,750
    3. c. 37,500
    4. d. 400
  4. Smuggled Buddhist Pine trees can fetch more than how many Hong Kong dollars?
    1. a. $5,000
    2. b. $15,000
    3. c. $50,000
    4. d. $500,000
  5. It takes a long time for the marine police to reach an incident off Po Toi.
    1. True
    2. False
    3. Not given
  6. Smugglers sometimes travel at high speed in unlit boats at night.
    1. True
    2. False
    3. Not given
  7. There have been nine armed robberies in Hong Kong waters in the last five years.
    1. True
    2. False
    3. Not given
  8. Marine Police officers stay in the same job for many years at a time.
    1. True
    2. False
    3. Not given
  9. The interview is of a formal / an informal nature. (delete the wrong answer)
  10. A career in the marine Police gives you a diverse range of experience of different aspects of the job.
  11. The Marine Police protects life and property.
  12. The Customs and Excise Department is primarily responsible for detecting and preventing smuggling in Hong Kong.
  13. The Marine Police must intercept ships and yachts inside the SAR sea boundary.
  14. Smuggling is technically only possible in international waters.
  15. Hong Kong Marine Police work with the Agriculture , Fisheries and Conservation Department to protect marine reserves.
Listen to the interview one more time. Whilst you do so, make a note of phrases that:


Question 1
Imply the interviewer is changing the topic.
Your Answer:
Answer:
Ok, on another subject
Thank you, and finally
So, you mentioned speed boat smuggling and occasionally you see articles…
Question 2
Are non-verbal communication – what is their purpose?
Your Answer:
Answer:
“Uh..” , “Um …” and “err…” - to give the speaker thinking time
“Mm hmm…” - to signify that someone has heard and understood
An intake of breath – signifies a difficult subject is being approached
Laughter – acknowledges a light hearted moment, breaks the tension
Question 3
Are of an informal nature / use informal language.
Your Answer:
Answer:
That must be nice
That’s quite a drop
That is a lot of money for a tree
That must be tough
So it’s safe to take the sampan to the local beach still
Not a problem!
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