Speaking part: variant 41 - 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.

There are many planetary systems like ours in the universe, with planets orbiting a host star. Our planetary system is called “the solar system” because we use the word “solar” to describe things related to our star. Our solar system is made up of a star, eight planets, and countless smaller bodies such as dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets. The planets of our solar system – and even some asteroids – hold more than 200 moons in their orbits. The four giant planets – and at least one asteroid – have rings. None are as spectacular as Saturn’s gorgeous rings.

More than 300 robotic spacecraft have explored destinations beyond Earth’s orbit, including 24 American astronauts who made the trip from the Earth to the Moon. Our solar system is the only one known to support life. So far, we only know of life on Earth, but we’re looking for more everywhere we can.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

the biggest competition for young artists in the UK,
run by Future Music

You are considering participating in TeenStar 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. deadline for entries
  2. age categories
  3. music to perform
  4. prizes on offer

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 food and eating habits. 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 food? Is there any food you dislike?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you prefer homemade food or restaurant food? What are the reasons behind your choice?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Have your eating habits changed since childhood? If yes, in what ways have they changed?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Are there any cultural or traditional dishes that are important to you or your family? If there are, who usually cooks them?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do you feel about fast food? Do you opt for it when you’re pressed for time or have a busy schedule?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Teenage part-time employment”. 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 part-time jobs for teenagers;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two part-time jobs for teenagers;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the part-time jobs 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.