Speaking part: variant 85 - 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.

Technology has shifted the definition of friendship in recent years. With the click of a button, we can add a friend or make a new connection. But having hundreds of online friends is not the same as having a close friend you can spend time with in person. Online friends can’t hug you when a crisis hits, visit you when you’re sick, or celebrate a happy occasion with you.

We tend to make friends with people we cross paths with regularly: people we go to school with, work with, or live close to. The more we see someone, the more likely a friendship is to develop. Another big factor in friendship is common interests. We tend to be drawn to people who are similar, with a shared hobby, cultural background, career path, or kids the same age.

Our most important and powerful connections happen when we’re face-to-face. So, make it a priority to stay in touch in the real world, not just online.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Do you want to have a frightfully good time?

You are going to take this London ghost tour (Historical Horrors) 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. tour locations
  2. tour duration
  3. group size
  4. what you will see

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 computer technology. 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 primarily use your computer for?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What computer-related activities do you find enjoyable and consider as a form of entertainment or leisure?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What measures do you take to maintain your online safety and protect your personal information while using the internet?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do you think computer technology has changed the way we work, communicate, and entertain ourselves?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Can you imagine our world without computers? How do you think it would differ from the way we live now?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Family bonds”. 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 types of family bonds;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of family bonds;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which type of family bonds 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.