Speaking part: variant 66 - 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.

There have been celebrations to mark the beginning of a new year for thousands of years. Sometimes these were simply an opportunity for people to eat, drink and have fun, but in some places the festivities were connected to the land or astronomical events.

In many cities all over the world, spectacular fireworks displays take place as soon as the clock passes midnight on 31 December. In recent years, Sydney in Australia has been the host to one of the first of these celebrations as New Year arrives there before most other major international cities. 

The new year is a perfect time to make a change for the better. Typical New Year’s resolutions might be to give up smoking, eat healthier food, do more exercise, become more organised or laugh more – but really, a New Year’s resolution can be almost anything.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

A world-renowned performing arts venue,
cultural attraction and education centre

You are going to visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 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. entrance fee
  2. attraction facilities
  3. guided tour
  4. upcoming on-site events

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 opportunities. 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 done any volunteer work? What is your attitude to volunteerism?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What volunteer opportunities do Russian teenagers have?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why do people volunteer?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer:  What makes some people more likely to volunteer than others?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Would you like to volunteer abroad? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Ways to get to school». 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 ways to get to school: taking a school bus/ biking to school;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of these two ways to get to school;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether a bike-to-school challenge is an ideal option for you and why.

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