Speaking part: variant 14 - 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.

It is said that most people have no more than 30 friends at any given time, and 400 over the whole of their lives. However, on social networking sites, most users have about 150 friends. If these numbers are correct, then friendship means different things in different situations.

One of the reasons people have more online friends than real friends at any particular point in time is that online friendships do not require much time and energy: it is easy to make Internet friends and keep them forever.

Another possibility is that it is difficult to say ‘no’ when somebody asks us to be their friend online, even if we feel we don’t really know them. The fact that they ask us suggests that they do consider us a friend, which is a nice feeling. Alternatively, they may be ‘collectors’ of online friends and simply want to use us to get a higher number of friends and appear to be popular.

(Get ready for IELTS)

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Exciting classes, modern studios, and rockstar instructors!

You are considering joining this fitness club 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. group-fitness program
  2. membership benefits
  3. classes for beginners
  4. personal trainers

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 school and education. 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 your school years bring back nice memories? Did you do well at school?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What factors affect students’ academic performance?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Which skills do school students need more for their future: academic or practical? Why?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Would you like to change anything about your school education system?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What would life be like if there was no school?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Gift 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 gifts;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of gifts;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would like to get a dog as a present and why.

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