Speaking part: variant 62 - 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.

Plastic is long-lasting and an incredibly useful material, finding its way into every corner of our lives. The very qualities that make plastic so useful also make it a huge problem. Cheap and disposable, plastic has been a symbol of our throwaway culture. As a result, vast quantities pollute our world. Much of it flows into the oceans, turning them into a plastic soup.

When plastic breaks down, it doesn’t disappear, it gets smaller, creating tiny particles called microplastics. Even clothes made from artificial materials shed microplastics when they’re washed. Bits of plastic have been found in every corner of the world, including the deepest ocean trenches and on uninhabited islands. Today, we’re just beginning to realise the scale of the problem, but fortunately the answer is simple: make and use less plastic.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Instant cameras are so yesterday!

undeniably small, breathtakingly elegant,
all wrapped up with an impeccable finish

You are going to buy this portable smartphone printer 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. what it comes with
  2. if there is ink to replace
  3. batteries included
  4. printing time

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 career success. 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 are your career plans? Is your career decision based on your parents’ choice?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What steps are you taking now to work toward your career ambitions? 

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What, in your opinion, makes someone successful in their career? Do you believe that a university degree is necessary for career success?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What personal qualities should a person have to perform well and succeed in the workplace?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you think having a work-life balance is important for career success? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Hobbies for people who love tech”. 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 hobbies;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two hobbies;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the hobbies presented in the pictures you’d prefer and why.

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