Speaking part: variant 53 - 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.

Most ice creams are exactly as they sound, frozen creams. Ice-cream is a semi-frozen mixture of sugar, milk, and flavouring. A kind of ice-cream was invented in China about 200 BC when a milk and rice mixture was frozen by packing it into snow. Roman emperors are supposed to have sent slaves to mountain tops to bring back fresh snow which was then flavoured and served as an early form of ice-cream. The King of England, Charles I, is supposed to have offered his chef £500 a year to keep his ice-cream recipe a secret from the rest of England. The explorer, Marco Polo, is believed to have seen ice-creams being made during his trip to China and introduced them to Italy.

The ice-cream cone has not changed much over the past century. This is because the cone is a very environmentally friendly form of packaging. There is no waste because you eat the container. Even the chocolate bit at the bottom is more than a nice treat. 

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Grab some friends, run around like loons, yell like there’s no tomorrow, complete a variety of tricksy challenges….

You are considering visiting this live immersive attraction – the Crystal Maze 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. how long the experience takes to complete
  2. age limit
  3. gift vouchers
  4. food and drinks onsite

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

Interviewer: Who is your favourite actor or actress? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you ever read film reviews? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer:  Do you like watching space movies? If not, what are your film preferences?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Where do you prefer to watch films: on the Internet, on TV or on the cinema screen? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Which is more important to you in a film: good acting or a good story? Why?    

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Out-of-home leisure pursuits». 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 leisure activities;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of leisure activities;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would prefer to visit a public aquarium and why.

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