Speaking part: variant 79 - 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.

The world is getting smaller, at least when it comes to language. More and more people speak the three most common languages: English, Spanish, and Mandarin. As a result, local languages are being forgotten. In many parts of the world, grandparents speak a language their grandchildren do not understand. As cultures adjust to these changes, and languages aren’t taught to children or spoken at home, these local languages are slowly disappearing. A language is said to be in trouble when less than 30 percent of children in the community speak it. It is considered a dying language.

Today, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) lists more than 3,000 languages that may disappear by the end of this century. Some of the languages still have a few million speakers and may survive. Unfortunately, hundreds of languages have fewer than 25 speakers remaining and may soon be lost forever.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

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High-tech globe that levitates & spins in an LED cradle — magic!

You are going to buy this floating globe 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. globe size
  2. available colours
  3. warranty period
  4. if money will be refunded in case of cancellation

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 throwaway lifestyles. 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 do you do with your household waste? Do you sort it out?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What solutions to reduce waste could you suggest? Is banning single-use plastic products a step in the right direction?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What will the consequences of the throwaway culture be in the near future unless we take measures?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: As a population we look for convenience, don’t we? Do you think it’s time we looked beyond convenience when buying things and changed the “throwaway” mentality?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Are you going to take some steps toward a zero-waste lifestyle? Will it be easy to do?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Ways to help the environment». 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 help reduce environmental damage: eco-friendly means of transport/ public participation in environmental protests;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two ways to help reduce environmental damage;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – how you help the environment and why.

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