Speaking part: variant 28 - 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.

Ants live in a colony which is built around the queen. She is the largest ant and her sole occupation is producing eggs, while all her physical needs are taken care of by the worker ants around her.

A colony is founded when a new queen sets off in search of a possible location. Once she has chosen her spot, she begins to lay eggs, some of which are for eating during the difficult first few months. Once this critical period is over, and the first workers are at work, the colony rapidly develops. Each species has its own characteristic way of doing things. There’s the honeypot ant, for example. These ants select certain workers to act as living containers for food. They are fed enormous quantities of honey until their bodies become so big that they cannot move. They act as a store for the food and feed other ants by producing the honey when they receive the right chemical signals.

(Laser FCE. Student’s book)

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

You are considering buying these camera glasses 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. price
  2. battery recording time for one charge
  3. USB cable included
  4. disadvantages

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 family traditions. 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 is your favourite family tradition? How long has it been in your family?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do you celebrate birthdays or special occasions within your family?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why do you think people create and keep family traditions?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some common family traditions in Russia?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Are there any family traditions you’d like to carry on or start in the future? What’s the reason behind your desire?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Ways to get a meal on the table”. 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 a meal delivery service and home cooking;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of a meal delivery service and home cooking;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the ways to get a meal on the table 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.