Speaking part: variant 24 - 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.

In spring 2008, the polar bear was placed on the endangered species list. The polar bear’s habitat is more vulnerable to global warming than many other species. Polar bears live mainly on the sea ice in the Arctic. This is where they hunt for fish and build up fat reserves. When the ice melts many polar bears move to land and live off their stored fat. In the Arctic, global warming is causing the ice to melt slightly earlier and form slightly later. This results in a shorter feeding season for the polar bear. Some risk their lives to find ice. If they have to swim too far, they will drown from exhaustion and hunger.

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that over 25% of Arctic sea ice has disappeared in the past 30 years. It is important that animals such as the polar bear make it onto the endangered species list. Once they are on the list there are laws that protect these animals from being hunted for food or sport.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

You are considering buying this electric scooter 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. removable battery
  2. charge time
  3. max rider weight
  4. max speed 

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 jobs and careers. We’d like to know our guest’s point of view on this issue. Please answer five questions. So, let’s get started.

Interviewer: Small children are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. Were you ever asked this question as a child? Do you remember your answer?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Are Russian teenagers encouraged to do part-time jobs? What are some good jobs for teenagers in Russia?  

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why do you think some people choose to become self-employed?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How is the world of work changing? What jobs do you think won’t exist in the future?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What career would you like to pursue? What’s the reason behind your choice?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Popular pets”. 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 pets;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two pets;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the pets 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.