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What's the connection between an old double-decker bus, English lessons, computers and Hong Kong secondary schools?

In2english recently interviewed Kate Gregson, who is the project leader for English Adventure(www.englishadventure.hk),an innovative and exciting English language programme operating in Hong Kong and the New Territories. Listen to Kate's interview to find out more.

First off, we asked Kate to give us an overview of the English Adventure project.
  How many partners were involved in the project and where did they get the bus from?
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Next, we asked Kate about the facilities on the bus.
  Why is there no internet connection on the bus? What do they provide instead?
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Kate went on to talk about the fear that teachers would not be familiar with teaching in an IT classroom.
  What solution did they propose for this fear? What actually happened in reality?
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Kate was asked if the project had been successful?

Yes, it's been running since 1._______ 2005. Every school that we go to we collect 2._______ from the teachers that use the bus and they have to complete a 3._______ about various aspects of the project and it's amazingly successful really in terms of that feedback, teachers are very happy with it. There are a few sort of 4.________ niggles, but generally people are very, very satisfied. We've reached about 5.________students in Hong Kong, we've been to 6.______-odd schools, so it has actually been quite successful and the feedback is good, so that's nice.
  Listen for the six missing words or numbers.
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In the final part of the interview we asked Kate whether she thought a project like English Adventure could work in China.
  What kind of problems does Kate foresee?
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In answering this question Kate is having to make an educated guess, as she doesn't really know the answer and is therefore speculating. Listen again and make a note of any language that you think she uses to express conjecture.
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Glossary
partnership (n.) 合作伙伴关系 
donate(v.) 捐赠 
refit (v.) 整修,改装 
workstation (n.) 工作站 
server (n.) 服务器 
hi-tech (adj.) 高技术 
logistically (adv.) 在后勤方面 
New Territories (n.) 新界 
shelve (an idea) (v.) 搁置 
deliver (a lesson) (v.) 发表 
niggle (n.) 麻烦事 
80-odd 80多 
impact (n.) 影响 
an educated guess 有根据的推测 
speculate (v.) 推测,思索 
conjecture (n.) 推测,猜想