Speaking part: variant 90 - 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.

Much of the music we listen to today is a mixture of styles from various countries and time periods. A lot of music has roots in older traditional songs heard in many different countries around the world. Younger generations learn these songs from their elders through practice and repetition.

Since music can tell us a lot about different cultures through its lyrics, melodies, and the instruments used, researchers and music fans see it as an essential part of history. They fear that traditional and older types of music are slowly disappearing, partly because they are less likely to be written down or recorded, or because the format in which they are recorded is no longer in use. Also, younger generations may not find such music very appealing, so once older generations pass away, the music may die out with them. Whole genres of music may go extinct. Now, modern technology makes it much easier to preserve music.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Travel is a force for good!

You are going on the Alaska cruise (offered by a travel company) 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. sailing dates in August
  2. onboard entertainment
  3. additional costs to consider
  4. fitness 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 teenage environmental attitudes and behaviours. We’d like to know our guest’s point of view on this issue. Please answer five questions. So, let’s get started.

Interviewer: The majority of young people feel their generation is under pressure to save the planet. Do you worry about the environment? What are your main concerns?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you ever participate in environmental campaigns? What planet-friendly activities are popular with Russian teenagers?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do Russian schools develop positive attitudes towards the environment?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What environmental volunteering opportunities do Russian teenagers have?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: In your opinion, what are some simple choices for a healthier planet?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Places where people live”. 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 places where people live;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two places where people live;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which place of living 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.