Speaking part: variant 54 - 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.

Some newspapers, TV channels and well-known companies publish false news stories to fool people on 1 April. One of the earliest examples of this was in 1957 when a programme on the BBC, the UK’s national TV channel, broadcast a report on how spaghetti grew on trees. The film showed a family in Switzerland collecting spaghetti from trees and many people were fooled into believing it, as in the 1950s British people didn’t eat much pasta and many didn’t know how it was made! In 2008 the BBC managed to fool their audience again with their Miracles of Evolution trailer, which appeared to show some special penguins that had regained the ability to fly.

On April Fool’s Day 1998, the American hamburger chain Burger King announced that it had created a left-handed hamburger. The advert for the ‘new product’ explained that all the ingredients had been rotated 180 degrees so that it was more comfortable for left-handed people to pick up and eat.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

The Museum brings computer history to life
through large-scale exhibits

You are considering visiting the Computer History Museum (in Mountain View, California) 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. museum hours
  2. upcoming events
  3. membership levels and benefits
  4. what you can shop for in the museum store

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 climate change and global warming. 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 do you know about climate change?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do we know global warming is real?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer:  Do you think human influence is the dominant cause of global warming? Why?                           

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: A global problem requires global action, doesn’t it? What can man do to fight climate change?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What impacts will global warming have in the future?    

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: transport mode preferences». 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 travel mode choices;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two travel mode choices;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of these means of transport you’d prefer to travel with your family and why.

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