Speaking part: variant 12 - 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.

While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to disposable plastic. Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

Researchers estimate that more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s. About 60% of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment. Cigarette butts were the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment in a recent global survey. Drink bottles, bottle caps, food wrappers, grocery bags, drink lids, straws and stirrers were the next most common items. Many of us use these products every day, without even thinking about where they might end up. If current trends continue, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Best Buy

You are considering buying this laptop 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. screen quality
  2. battery life
  3. operating system
  4. weight

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 gaming. We’d like to know our guest’s point of view on this issue. Please answer five questions. So, let’s get started.

Interviewer: Why is online gaming so popular?

Student: __________________

Interviewer: Can online games teach players any life skills? What life skills can gamers learn from them, if any?

Student: __________________

Interviewer: Parents think that video games have little educational value. Do you agree?

Student: __________________

Interviewer: What negative effects do games played over a computer network have, if any?

Student: __________________

Interviewer: Would you like to be a game designer? Why?

Student: __________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Healthy living». 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 healthy lifestyles;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of healthy lifestyles;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would like to make jogging  part of your healthy lifestyle 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.