Speaking part: variant 50 - 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.

In the UK Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year! Sending a Valentine’s card to a loved one is a custom that started more than a century ago. Couples give cards to each other, but it is also traditional to send an anonymous card to anyone you secretly love. This practice is particularly common in schools and can be a source of great amusement and embarrassment as everyone tries to work out who sent a card and who has a secret admirer!

Traditionally, men give chocolates or flowers to their wives or girlfriends. Popular choices include red roses, a box of chocolates, romantic songs, a phone, jewellery, a photo frame or perfume. Some people look for a more unusual gift. For romantic people with plenty of cash, these gifts could include a helicopter flight, a balloon ride, the chance to test-drive a Ferrari or an all-day session at a health club.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Dive into a universe where your sweetest dreams come true!

You are considering visiting the marvellously magical Chocolate Factory in Brisbane (Australia) 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. number of themed rooms
  2. payment methods
  3. tickets per child and per adult
  4. if photography is allowed

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 renewable sources of energy. 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 think renewable energy is important for addressing environmental issues and climate change? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How can renewable energy benefit the environment?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you think renewables alone can stop global warming? Why or why not? 

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: The main sources of renewable energy are solar and wind power. Other less ‘mainstream’ sources are hydroelectric power, biomass energy, geothermal energy, and tidal energy. Which renewable energy source do you think would be most suitable for your region and why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Devices to access the Internet”. 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 devices to access the Internet;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two devices to access the Internet;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the devices to access the Internet 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.