Speaking part: variant 16 - 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.

Humans have been fascinated by birds for centuries, with a variety of species kept as companion animals in cultures around the world. They can make wonderful additions to households, especially if there is limited space or family members are allergic to other animals.

A single bird wants a friend as much as humans do. Many will sing to you, sometimes talk to you, and play with you, especially if you spend time together with a bird out of its cage. Birds are relatively easy to care for. They can be placed inside their cages for safety when owners are at work or busy.

Given proper training and socialization, birds can be every bit as loving and affectionate as cats or dogs. They can also be easily trained to do simple tasks and tricks for you since they are excellent at mimicry.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

You are considering having your dog groomed in a pet salon 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. opening hours
  2. forms of payment
  3. full grooming package
  4. grooming time

You have 20 seconds to ask each question.

Suggested answers

1. What are the opening hours of the pet salon?
2. What forms of payment do you accept (for grooming services)?
3. What does the full grooming package include?
4. How long does a (typical) grooming session last in the salon?

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 talk about habits. 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 good habits do you have?

Student: Some of my good habits include regular exercise, healthy eating and proper sleep. I also stay organised during exams.

Interviewer: What study habits did you have during your school days?

Student: One of the habits was organising my study space so that it was free of distractions. Another good habit was doing my homework every day. I also made an effort to participate in class.

Interviewer: What good habits should English learners have?

Student: I think English learners should have the habit of practising their English every day. For example, they should read and write in English and actively listen to English audio and video content.

Interviewer: What are your eating habits?

Student: My eating habits are quite healthy as I have a balanced diet. I try to avoid junk food and sweets.

Interviewer: What habit would you like to develop? Why?

Student: Personally, I’d like to develop the habit of managing time effectively. I think that better time management skills could help me be more productive and less stressed.

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Winter activities”. 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 winter activities;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two winter activities;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the winter activities 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 and would like to explain why I think they could be great for our school project on winter activities.

In one of the photos there’s a man performing snowboard tricks in the mountains. The second photo is of a family ice skating together. The photos illustrate two different winter activities: snowboarding, which is an extreme winter sport, and a more leisurely winter activity – family skating.

Both winter activities have their pros and cons, which I suggest discussing in our project to make it more interesting. Speaking of snowboarding, it offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a mountain view and an adrenaline rush, a feeling like you’re flying. However, this activity is dangerous, especially for beginners, and the risk of injury is high.

On the other hand, ice skating is a great way to spend time with family members while getting some exercise. Still, ice skating can be limited to indoor rinks which can sometimes get crowded during peak hours, making it difficult to enjoy the activity.

Personally, I’d prefer to try snowboarding because it seems like a thrilling experience and a great way to enjoy the winter scenery.

Well, that’s all for now. What do you think about the photos for the project? Let me know! Bye!