Speaking part: variant 58 - 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.

For years video games have been criticised for making people more antisocial, overweight or depressed. But now researchers are finding that games can actually change us for the better and improve both our body and mind.

Games can help to develop physical skills. Pre-school children who played interactive games have been shown to have improved motor skills, for example, they can kick, catch and throw a ball better than children who don’t play video games. Vision is also improved, particularly telling the difference between shades of grey. This is useful for driving at night, piloting a plane or reading X-rays. Interestingly, games also benefit a variety of brain functions, including decision-making. People who play action-based games make decisions 25 per cent faster than others and are no less accurate. 

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

A thrill-seeker’s paradise
and an amazing place of contrasts

You are considering going on safari 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. vaccinations
  2. recommended currency for exchange
  3. footwear and clothing
  4. accommodation options

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

Interviewer: Have you ever worked as a volunteer? What is your attitude to volunteerism?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: People engage in volunteerism for a great variety of reasons, don’t they? What makes people do volunteer work?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some downsides of volunteerism, if there are any?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What good volunteer opportunities for teenagers are there in Russia?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some inspiring reasons to volunteer abroad?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Traditional hobbies». 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 these two hobbies;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of these two hobbies;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – what hobby you have and why.

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