Speaking part: variant 11 - 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.

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.

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 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: __________________

Interviewer: What are your music preferences?

Student: __________________

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

Student: __________________

Interviewer: Where and how do you listen to music?

Student: __________________

Interviewer: Why do people listen to music?

Student: __________________

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 illustrations and want to share the news. Leave a voice message to your friend. 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 types of hobbies;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of hobbies;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would like to take up horseback riding as a hobby and why.

You will speak for not more than 3 minutes (12–15 sentences). You have to talk continuously.