Task 1. Imagine that you are preparing a project with your friend. You have found some interesting material for the presentation and you want to read this text to your friend. You have 1.5 minutes to read the text silently, then be ready to read it out aloud. You will not have more than 1.5 minutes to read it.
There is nothing fancy or expensive about happiness. On the contrary, happiness is simple and slow. It means choosing peace and quiet over excitement. It is wearing your old pyjamas and watching a movie the day before Christmas. It is sitting in your window watching the weather while sipping your favourite tea on a rainy day. It is looking into the bonfire surrounded by your friends and family while your bread is slowly baking.
Happiness is always about appreciating the simple pleasures in life and thus it can be achieved on a really low budget. You cannot buy the right atmosphere or a sense of togetherness. It’s all about time, interest and engagement in the people around you. Thus, happiness is an atmosphere which is not improved by spending more money on it, but rather, in some ways, the opposite. After all, the best things in life are absolutely free.
Study the advertisement.
Join our journey to the mountains!
You are considering going to the mountains and now you’d like to get more information. In 1.5 minutes you are to ask four direct questions to find out about the following:
1. duration of the tour;
2. price for one;
3. student discounts;
4. special equipment needed.
You have 20 seconds to ask each question.
1. How long is the mountain tour offered by your hiking club?
2. What is the price per person for this mountain tour?
3. Are there any discounts available for students who want to join the tour?
4. What special equipment is needed for the tour?
1. What’s the (expected) duration of the mountain tour that you offer in your tourist centre?
2. What is the price for one to join the tour?
3. Do you offer any student discounts?
4. What special equipment do the participants need to bring?
1. How long does the mountain tour offered by your (tourist) company last?
2. How much does it cost for one person to participate in the tour?
3. Do you offer any discounts for students who wish to join the tour?
4. Do I need any special equipment (to become a tour participant)?
You are going to give an interview. You have to answer five questions. Give full answers to the questions (2–3 sentences). Remember that you have 40 seconds to answer each question.
Tapescript for Task 3
Interviewer: Hello everybody! It’s Teenagers Round the World Channel. Our guest today is a teenager from Russia and we are going to discuss teenagers’ attitude to local places of interest. We’d like to know our guest’s point of view on this issue. Please answer five questions. So, let’s get started.
Interviewer: Hello everybody! It’s Teenagers Round the World Channel. Our guest today is a teenager from Russia and we are going to discuss teenagers’
attitude to local places of interest. We’d like to know our guest’s point of view on this issue. Please answer five questions. So, let’s get started.
Interviewer: What are some of the places of interest in your region? Why should a tourist see them?
Student: In our region, there are many interesting places to visit. For a cultural and historical experience, you shouldn’t miss Khokhlovka, an open-air museum. If you’re into underground adventures, Kungur Ice Cave is a must-see. (And there’s also Molyobka, which has a mysterious UFO vibe.)
Interviewer: Is it important to preserve historical places? Why or why not?
Student: Yes, preserving historical places is important. These sites serve as reminders of our past, helping us learn from our history.
Interviewer: What is your favourite place in your home town? Why do you like it?
Student: My favourite place in my hometown is the Kama River embankment. I like it because it’s a spot where I can unwind and enjoy the river’s beauty.
Interviewer: What sort of places will be interesting for people in the future? Why do you think so?
Student: In the future, I think people will be drawn to places that offer eco-friendly experiences. This is because there’s a growing awareness of the need to protect our environment, and minimise our ecological footprint. (They will also be attracted to destinations that provide entertainment, education and technology, driven by a passion for enjoyment, learning and innovation.)
Interviewer: How can we make teenagers be more interested in local culture?
Student: I think to make teenagers more interested in local culture, we can organise cultural festivals, workshops, or history-themed events. It’s also essential to make local culture accessible and engaging for teenagers.
Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.
Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Sports activities”. You have found some photos to illustrate it but for technical reasons you cannot send them now. Leave a voice message to your friend explaining your choice of the photos and sharing some ideas about the project. In 2.5 minutes be ready to:
- explain the choice of the illustrations of the project by briefly describing
them and noting the differences;
- mention the advantages (1–2) of the two sports activities;
- mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two sports activities;
- express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the sports activities presented in the pictures you’d prefer and why.
You will speak for not more than 3 minutes (12–15 sentences). You have to talk continuously.
Hi Max! I’ve found two photos to illustrate our project on sports activities. I’ll explain my choice of the photos and share some project ideas in this voice message, okay?
In one of them, there's a young man on an outdoor football pitch, either practising kicks or playing – I can’t quite tell from the snapshot. The other one takes us to a swimming pool, where a girl is enjoying her time in the water. I’ve chosen these photos to show two different sports activities: football, a classic team sport, and swimming, which can be enjoyed both solo and as a team.
I suggest adding some pros and cons of these sports to make our project more interesting. Speaking of football, it’s all about team-building and a competitive vibe, but it can be pretty rough due to its contact nature, and may lead to injuries.
Swimming, on the other hand, offers fitness benefits for all ages, but if you aim to be a competitive swimmer, it can become expensive because of the need for special equipment and coaching fees.
Given the choice, I'd prefer football because I like team sports, and the thrill of scoring goals.
(Personally, swimming is the sports activity I’d prefer because I’ve always been a fan of water sports. Plus, swimming is a fun way to stay fit while splashing around!)
All right, that’s my take for now. Can't wait to hear what you think about my photo choices and the stories they tell. Talk to you later!