Speaking part: variant 56 - 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.

Nobody knows who the first skateboarder was or who made the first boards, but we know that skateboarding started in California in the 1950s. There were lots of surfers who wanted something to do when it wasn’t windy and the ocean was calm, so they invented the skateboard and it was called “land surfing” in the beginning. The first skateboards were pieces of wood with roller skate wheels that people made at home. When skateboarding became popular, they started making skateboards in factories.

You can go skateboarding in public places like parks, pavements and city squares. Some skateboarders like “freestyle” skateboarding while others like doing jumps and tricks on benches, stairs or railings. There are also lots of skate parks where you can skate on ramps. The good thing about them is that you can practise jumps without disturbing anyone, and of course, you meet other skaters at a skate park too.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

A top gift idea for any LEGO builder!

You are going to buy this LEGO App-controlled Transformation Vehicle 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. paper instruction provided
  2. battery required
  3. number of pieces
  4. price

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 school subjects. 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 school subjects did you like? Why did you enjoy them?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What school subjects did you dislike and why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you think schoolchildren have too many subjects to study these days? If you could remove one subject from the school curriculum, which one would it be?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: If you could add one subject to the school curriculum, what subject would it be, and what’s the reason behind your choice? 

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Which subjects do you think are more important in schools: academic or practical skill subjects? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Homework environments”. 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 homework environments:
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two homework environments;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the homework environments 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.