Speaking part: variant 22 - 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.

Critics of zoos would argue that animals often suffer physically and mentally by being enclosed. This deprivation causes many zoo animals to become stressed or mentally ill. Capturing animals in the wild also causes much suffering by splitting up families. Some zoos make animals behave unnaturally: for example, marine parks often force dolphins and whales to perform tricks. These mammals may die decades earlier than their wild relatives, and some even try to commit suicide.

On the other hand, by bringing people and animals together, zoos have the potential to educate the public about conservation issues and inspire people to protect animals and their habitats. Some zoos provide a safe environment for animals which have been mistreated in circuses, or pets which have been abandoned. 

Task 2

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You are considering taking the CAE exam preparation course at the Language Academy (Australia) 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. course fee
  2. course length
  3. entry requirements
  4. certificate after the course 

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 homework. 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 was your homework environment like? Was it a distraction free area away from siblings, pets, TV, and other loud noises?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why do many children hate doing homework?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What benefits does homework bring, if any?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How much homework is enough?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What is your attitude to homework?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Summer activities». You have found some illustrations and want to share the news. Leave a voice message to your friend. 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 types of summer activities;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of summer activities;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would like to go camping in summer and why.

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