Speaking part: variant 99 - 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.

Lots of farms, especially those involved with alternative and eco-friendly projects, invite people to volunteer in exchange for free food and accommodation. If you’re willing to get your hands dirty, it’s a fantastic way to learn about rural life around the world and enjoy a long-term visit on the cheap. Above all, you will get a truly local experience that the average tourist can only dream of.

You could be doing anything from picking grapes to building a smokehouse, learning about organic crops or setting up an irrigation system. If you go to live and work on a farm in Europe, chances are you’ll be working with fruits, grains, meats, and wine. If you go to China, you might end up in a rice field out in the gorgeous rural landscape of the country. Either option means you will be living in a diverse and interesting place. 

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

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You are going to improve your language skills in this English summer camp 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. camp duration
  2. how to apply
  3. accommodation
  4. number of classes per week

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 summer activities. 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 were your childhood summer activities and where did you typically spend your summers?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How do Russian teenagers prefer spending their summer holidays?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What do you think are the best summer activities to replace screen time?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Is doing a summer job a good idea for teenagers? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What is your ideal way of spending summer months? What are the reasons behind your choice?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Outdoor fun – whatever the season”. 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 seasons;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two seasons;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the seasons 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.