Speaking part: variant 43 - 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.

Halloween is a celebration in many countries on 31st October. The tradition dates back to an ancient Celtic festival held on this day, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to frighten away spirits. While it remained a religious festival for many years, in the last century it has turned into a fun, yet spooky, holiday to celebrate. Children and young adults particularly enjoy Halloween and take part in a number of activities. These include trick-or-treating where they knock on neighbours’ doors and ask for sweets, carving faces into pumpkins, watching horror movies, dressing up in scary costumes, like a vampire, witch or zombie, and attending a fancy dress party! If you don’t like dressing up, it’s also a common tradition for cinemas to show horror films as an alternative Halloween celebration.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

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You are considering booking the hiking tour 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. difficulty level
  2. route
  3. guides
  4. necessary equipment

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

Interviewer: Do you prefer digital communication, like texting or video calls, to stay connected with friends, or in-person interactions? What’s the reason behind your choice?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What role does social media play in your friendships?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What negative impacts do you think technology can have on interpersonal relationships, such as friendships and family bonds?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What positive effects do you believe technology can have on human relationships?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you think technology has made it easier or more difficult to build and maintain meaningful relationships in today’s digital age? Can you explain why you think that way?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

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