Speaking part: variant 77 - 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.

In October 2011, the seven billionth baby was born, and experts estimate that there will be ten billion of us before the end of this century. A number as big as seven billion is hard to imagine. If you said ‘hello’ to a different person every second, it would take you 222 years to greet everyone on the planet. If seven billion people made a human chain with their hands, the chain would go to the moon and back nine times.

The human population has never been bigger, but in some ways the planet seems to be getting smaller. In many places today, clothing and new buildings are very similar, and people enjoy the same sports, music, films and TV shows. We also buy the same products from huge, global companies. In our different continents we are starting to live the same lives. Even the languages that we use are becoming more global.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 
is open to writers across the globe

You are going to participate in this creative writing competition 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. entry fee
  2. maximum word limit
  3. particular theme or genre
  4. deadline for submission

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 teenage holiday preferences. 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 holiday is ideal for you and why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What holiday destinations are popular among Russian teenagers?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What do Russian teenagers do during their holidays?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Should teenagers spend their holidays productively or should they get a complete rest and have fun? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: A holiday with your parents or a holiday with your peers: which would you prefer? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Gaming worlds». 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 types of games: a physical game/ a virtual game;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of games;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you prefer to play games online and why.

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