Speaking part: NEW YEAR - Langart

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.

People around the world celebrate the start of a year on New Year’s Day. It is one of the oldest holidays. In the Western cultures of Europe, North America, South America, and Australia, most people celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1. People of other places and cultures observe the new year at other times depending on their different calendars.

Many traditions and customs surround New Year’s Day in Western countries. On the night before, called New Year’s Eve, people have noisy parties and grand feasts. They stay up late and count down the seconds until midnight. Fireworks displays are often organized, and people will go outside at midnight to watch them. At midnight it is traditional to kiss or shake hands and wish other people “Happy New Year.” Many people make New Year’s resolutions, or promises to themselves. They see New Year’s Day as a chance to make a fresh start.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

HELLO 2023

You are thinking of a fun New Year’s Eve 2022 party with your family 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. family of four ticket price
  2. party games
  3. live entertainment provided
  4. fireworks

You have 20 seconds to ask each question.

Task 3

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 Russian New Year celebrations. We’d like to know our guest’s point of view on this issue. Please answer five questions. So, let’s get started.

Interviewer: Where do you usually celebrate New Year? Do you have any special family traditions to welcome the beginning of a new year?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Is New Year the most awaited holiday in Russia? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: New Year is a gift-giving holiday, isn’t it? What are the most popular gifts for relatives?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are the common symbols of a New Year holiday in Russia?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What is the best way to feel the Russian spirit of the holiday? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.


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Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “New Year celebrations”. 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 for the project by briefly describing them and noting the differences;
  • mention the advantages (1–2) of the two ways to celebrate New Year’s Day;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two ways to celebrate New Year’s Day;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which way of celebrating the beginning of a new year presented in the pictures you prefer and why.

You will speak for not more than 3 minutes (12–15 sentences). You have to talk continuously.

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