Speaking part: variant 98 - 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.

Soon vacationers will have an exciting new possibility: space tourism. Today, it is possible for ordinary people to travel in space, but it certainly isn’t common. However, some companies are planning ahead. Tourists will stay in specially designed space hotels. The first ones will probably be simple, individual modules that are linked together. As tourism increases, these structures will be developed into grand hotels. Also, there are plans to build huge space stadiums where people can enjoy water sports and various ball games. As the number of space tourists grows, hotels will develop other kinds of entertainment.

Surveys show that the first thing most people want to do in space is look at Earth. As you orbit Earth, the view is constantly changing. You see mountains, deserts, oceans, rivers, clouds, and even city lights at night. You might also see an active volcano or a forest fire.

(Strategic Reading. Level 1. Student’s Book)

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

It’s Time to Rhyme!

You are considering participating in the poetry contest (organised by Teen Ink magazine) 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. contest theme
  2. number of pieces you can submit
  3. deadline
  4. prizes

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 online friendships. 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 enjoy socialising with your friends online? Have you ever had disagreements or conflicts with your online friends?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do you ensure your safety when making friends online and sharing personal information?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why do teenagers often form friendships online?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What do you think are the disadvantages of forming friendships online, compared to in-person friendships?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you think it’s possible to develop deep and meaningful friendships through online interactions? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Enjoying the outdoors”. 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 outdoor leisure options;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two outdoor leisure options;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the outdoor leisure options presented in the pictures you’d prefer and why.

You will speak for not more than 3 minutes (2–3 sentences for every item of the plan, 12–15 sentences total). You have to talk continuously.