Speaking part: variant 46 - 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.

The London Underground is the oldest underground metro network in the world, with parts operating since 1863. Because the underground doesn’t have to worry about traffic and streets, it is one of the most efficient ways to get around, and usually the best choice. The tube stations are easily recognisable. They have the distinctive London Underground logo, a red circle with the text “Underground” featured in a blue box.

Today, the London Underground carries over a billion passengers a year, across 270 stations and 250 miles of track. Interestingly, less than 50% of the track is actually underground, despite the name. As a rule, it gets very crowded with commuters during rush hour on weekdays. This is between 7:30 am and 9:30 am in the morning, and 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the evening from Monday through Friday.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

The world’s leading museum
devoted to contemporary design
in every form

You are considering visiting the Design Museum in London 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. opening times
  2. events and workshops for young people
  3. if pre-booking is required to see the free displays
  4. a digital guide

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 computer hobbies. 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 computer-based hobbies or activities do you enjoy in your free time? Are there online communities you’re a part of?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some good hobbies teenagers can enjoy online?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do virtual gaming worlds teach teenagers any skills? If yes, what skills do they teach?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What benefits do web-based hobbies have?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are the risks of hobbies related to computers and technology?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Happy childhood”. 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 activities;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two activities;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the activities presented in the pictures you preferred as a child and why.

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