Speaking part: variant 11 - Langart

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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.

One of the reasons why species become endangered is a loss of habitat. It can happen naturally. Dinosaurs, for instance, lost their habitat about 65 million years ago. The hot, dry climate changed very quickly, most likely because of an asteroid striking the Earth. The dinosaurs were unable to adapt to this new, cooler habitat. Dinosaurs became endangered, then extinct.

Human activity can also contribute to a loss of habitat. It is by far the biggest cause of habitat loss. The problem is particularly acute in Australia where, thanks to human impacts, more mammal species have been lost in the past 200 years than in all other continents combined. One key measure is the establishment of protected areas where human activity is restricted in order to conserve existing ecosystems and wildlife.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Language Friendly School: welcoming all languages

You are considering taking a language course to improve your General English 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. average class size
  2. price 
  3. intensive programs
  4. online classes

You have 20 seconds to ask each question.

Suggested answers

1. What is the average class size for the General English language course in your language centre?
2. How much does the course cost?
3. Are there any intensive programmes for improving General English?
4. Are online classes available for the General English language course?

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

Suggested answers

Interviewer: Hello everybody! It’s Teenagers Round the World Channel. Our guest today is a teenager from Russia and we are going to discuss music listening habits and preferences. 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 music do Russian teenagers listen to?

Student: Russian teenagers listen to different types of music such as pop, hip-hop, rock, electronic dance music and others. They usually prefer popular music from around the world.

Interviewer: What are your music preferences?

Student: Personally, I like pop and hip-hop music. I also enjoy discovering new music and trying out different genres.

Interviewer: Which do you prefer: playing music or listening to music? Why?

: I personally prefer listening to music because it helps me relax and lifts my mood. I don’t have much experience playing music, so I prefer to just enjoy listening to it.

Interviewer: Where and how do you listen to music?

Student: I listen to music in different places. I use my phone or computer to listen to music online. I also enjoy listening to music with my family and friends when we’re together.

Interviewer: Why do you think people listen to music?

: I think people listen to music for different reasons. Some people listen to music to feel emotions, some to escape reality, and others to dance or have fun. It’s a personal and unique experience for each person.

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

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

Suggested answer

Hi Alex! I’ve found two photos that could work well for our school project on hobby ideas. 

One of the photos shows a happy girl who is playing the guitar in the countryside on a beautiful summer day. The other one depicts a girl riding a horse. She might be practising her riding skills or simply enjoying this experience. The photos perfectly illustrate two different hobbies, such as playing the guitar and horseback riding.

Both hobbies have some advantages. For example, a great advantage of playing the guitar is that it can be a fantastic way to express yourself creatively, and all you need is a guitar to do it anywhere. On the other hand, horseback riding is a great way to stay active, and it can also be an effective stress buster.

There are also some disadvantages to consider. For example, playing the guitar can be difficult to learn and it takes time and practice to become good at it. As for horseback riding as a hobby, it can be dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t taken. And it’s an expensive hobby, I’d say.

Personally, I think I’d prefer to take up horseback riding. I love being outside and I think it would be really fun to learn how to ride a horse.

Well, that’s all for now. Let me know what you think about these photos for our project. Bye!