Speaking part: variant 27 - 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.

Dr. Stephen Hawking was born in England in 1942 and lived a good portion of his life without a disability. He studied math and physics and earned a PhD in physics. Although his life was expected by some physicians to be short, he died at the age of 76 after living for more than 50 years with ALS. He published many articles and several books on theoretical physics and the Big Bang theory. His most popular book, A Brief History of Time, was published in 1988. 

As a result of ALS, Dr. Hawking received assistance for most movement and was unable to speak without the aid of a computer. This presented a problem because as a researcher and scientist Dr. Hawking was regularly asked to speak at meetings and conferences and had to develop and publish his new ideas to maintain a place in the forefront of academia.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

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to go from beginner to advanced

You are considering taking a digital painting course in a digital art academy, 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. solid drawing skills needed
  2. monthly membership
  3. course topics available now
  4. live training with instructors

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 modern conveniences. 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 modern gadgets or devices do you use in your daily life? What is your favourite smart home device?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What modern conveniences are the most important to you? Why do you value them so much?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What modern devices would you like to have as part of your everyday life in the near future? What’s the reason behind your interest in them?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What technological or modern convenience can you not imagine living without? What role does it play in your daily life?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: In your opinion, how does modern life affect teenagers’ physical and mental health?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

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