Speaking part: variant 61 - 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.

Every autumn, Canadian and American families gather for a day centred around community, food and giving thanks – the day of Thanksgiving. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. In the United States, it is on the fourth Thursday in November. It is an occasion to spend time with loved ones and express gratitude for the good things in life and the year that has passed. 

Thanksgiving dinner traditionally includes roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and, for dessert, apple, pumpkin or pecan pies. Every family has its own recipes, sometimes secret recipes handed down through generations. Beyond food and gratitude, there are some unexpected sides to the American and Canadian holiday. One of these is football. This popular sport is an important part of the holiday, when families gather around to cheer on local or national teams.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Feel the warmth and love of a companion pet,
without the mess or responsibility!

You are going to buy this lifelike cat 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. outer material
  2. easy to use
  3. size
  4. batteries

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

Interviewer: Did you have to wear a school uniform? What is your attitude to school uniforms?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do uniforms make schools better? What is the point of school uniform?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Are uniform policies the best way to keep kids focused on learning? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why do some children dislike wearing school uniforms?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Should school uniforms be banned? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Travel experiences». 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 ways to travel: hitchhiking/ air travel;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two ways to travel;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – how you prefer to travel and why.

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