Speaking part: variant 72 - 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.

Pancake Day is on a different date every year and is a celebration unique to the UK. Americans are often surprised to hear that British people have a special day in celebration of pancakes. After all, American pancakes are a typical breakfast or brunch meal. 

On average, British people eat two pancakes per person on Pancake Day (though plenty of people will have three or four at least) which means 117 million pancakes will be eaten in one day. On a normal day, Brits eat 30 million eggs per day, but on Pancake Day that goes up to 52 million eggs and enough milk to fill more than 93 Olympic swimming pools. While some people might put chocolate spread or syrup on their pancakes, the most popular topping, by far, is lemon juice and sugar. But instead of the fine white sugar you put on top of cakes, British people use the same kind of sugar they put in their tea.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

May the (g-)force be with you!

You are going to visit one of London’s theme parks for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure 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. closing times
  2. number of rides and attractions
  3. how to get tickets
  4. catering facilities

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

Interviewer: Do you find learning English easy or difficult? What challenges have you faced while learning it?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What way of learning English works well for you?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What foreign languages are included in the curriculum of Russian schools? Did you enjoy learning English in school?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some common reasons why people choose to learn foreign languages?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What do you think is the future of language learning? Will technology (for example, AI translators) replace language learning?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Cool gadgets that make great gifts”. 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 gadgets;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two gadgets;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the gadgets presented in the pictures you’d prefer as a gift and why.

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