Speaking part: variant 96 - 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 Queen had a very particular sense of style. She loved a good hat; her black, top-handled handbags usually matched her sensible shoes; and she often wore gloves to her various engagements. But most notably, the British monarch was almost always dressed in bright colours. Queen Elizabeth was one of the most photographed women in history and over the past 70 years has defined what it means to dress like a queen.

The Queen was a leading example of how to look smart while wearing loud colours. She displayed her rainbow wardrobe while out and about on royal duties, including everything from the sunniest of yellows to the brightest of blues. The documentary The Queen at 90 summed up the reason for these colourful outfits. As daughter-in-law Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex explained, “She needs to stand out for people to be able to say ‘I saw the Queen.’”

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

You are going to buy this personal air cooler 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. battery life on the highest setting
  2. how long it takes to charge
  3. if it is waterproof
  4. noise level

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 your English learning experience. 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 like learning English? Are you happy with your English level and your fluency in English?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What is your preferred way to learn English, and why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you think learning English in a group is much more effective than on your own? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do you improve your listening and speaking skills?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why are you learning the English language?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Public transport”. 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 public transport options;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two public transport options;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the public transport options 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.