Thinking Creatively – IELTS Listening Section 4

You will hear a researcher talking about the importance of ‘creative thinking’, both in the workplace and in our personal lives.


  1. Read through the questions and try to predict answers.
  2. Listen and fill gaps in the text with suitable words or phrases.
  3. Click (or touch) 'Check your answers'.
  • Feedback colours: Correct - Incorrect - Not answered
  • After submitting answers a link to an answer key will appear at the bottom of the page. Clicking highlighted words in this key will reveal the location of the answer in the tapescript.
  • This activity includes 10 questions.

OK I understand

Answer the questions as you listen.

Write ONE WORD for each answer.

Examples of creative hobbies enjoyed by ordinary people

  • water colour painting
  • playing the

Creativity in everyday life

  • plan different routes
  • manage time when our appears to be full

Subjects where creativity is found

  • the arts
  • history

What is the Durham Creativity Commission doing?

Working alongside people in..

  • business
  • arts and science

What is the Durham Creativity Commission hoping to show?

  • thinking creatively can be developed in a of contexts
  • positive outcomes of thinking creatively can occur on the following levels
    • social

Other benefits of creativity

  • Creativity can generate personal
  • Creativity supports economic development
  • Creativity supports problem solving in the

Answer the questions as you listen.

Write ONE WORD for each answer.

Examples of creative hobbies enjoyed by ordinary people

  • water colour painting
  • playing the piano (1)

Creativity in everyday life

  • plan different routes
  • manage time when our schedule (2) appears to be full

Subjects where creativity is found

  • the arts
  • engineering (3)
  • history

What is the Durham Creativity Commission doing?

Working alongside people in..

  • education (4)
  • business
  • arts and science communities (5)

What is the Durham Creativity Commission hoping to show?

  • thinking creatively can be developed in a variety (6) of contexts
  • positive outcomes of thinking creatively can occur on the following levels
    • personal (7)
    • social
    • economic (8)

Other benefits of creativity

  • Creativity can generate personal satisfaction (9)
  • Creativity supports economic development
  • Creativity supports problem solving in the workplace (10)

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