Speaking part: variant 17 - 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.

As the internet and digital technology become a bigger part of our lives, more of our data becomes publicly accessible, leading to questions about privacy. Every search you make, service you use, message you send and item you buy is part of your ‘digital footprint’.

In the past, it was easy for people to keep track of their personal information. Like their possessions, people’s information existed mostly in physical form: on paper, kept in a folder, locked in a cupboard or an office.

Today, our personal information can be collected and stored online, and it’s accessible to more people than ever before. Many of us share our physical location, our travel plans, our political opinions, our shopping interests and our family photos online – as key services like ordering a takeaway meal, booking a plane, taking part in a poll or buying new clothes now take place online and require us to give out our data. 

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

You are considering buying the Razer Viper Ultimate (a gaming mouse) 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. number of programmable buttons
  2. colours available
  3. weight
  4. price

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

Interviewer: Are you or your friends interested in robotics? Is it a good career choice?     

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What do we use robots for?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Why do we make robots look like humans?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: With self-driving cars, autonomous delivery drones, and AI virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri, do you think robots will be smarter than humans and make our lives safer, easier and healthier in years to come?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How might robots shape the world in the future?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Life without stress». 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 ways to relieve stress;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two ways to relieve stress;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would like to relieve stress through the power of music and why.

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