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.

You are considering buying this kitten from a cat breeder 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. vaccines the kitten has had
  2. type of food
  3. guarantees that come with the kitten
  4. recommendations

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: Has technology improved or hurt your relationships with your friends? 

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How does technology affect your relationships with your relatives? 

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some negative effects of technology on interpersonal relationships?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some positive effects of technology on human relationships?   

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Could you live without technology? Why?   

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Family holiday ideas». You have found some illustrations and want to share the news. Leave a voice message to your friend. 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 types of family holidays: a cruise holiday/ a caravanning holiday;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of family holidays;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would like to have a family caravan holiday and why.

You will speak for not more than 3 minutes (12–15 sentences). You have to talk continuously.