Speaking part: variant 2 - 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.

Nowadays there are different forms of friendship including the most popular – social media friends. An online friend is someone who is available most of the time because of the advantage of social media and the constant use of it at any time or anywhere. There are many reasons why making internet friends seems so much easier when we all use social media platforms to communicate.

The most common types of people that find it easier to develop a friendship online are teenagers. Online friends are the perfect ‘friends’ for those who live in isolated areas, people with disabilities, or social anxiety. The online environment provides interaction with minimal risk. That’s why they choose to be protected by their computer screens and not to go face to face. 

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

A dog sitter wanted

You are considering working as a dog sitter 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. dog sitting experience
  2. responsibilities
  3. dog sitting rates per hour
  4. work schedule

You have 20 seconds to ask each question.

Suggested answers

1. Is proven dog sitting experience needed in your pet agency?

2. What dog sitter responsibilities will I have?

3. What are the dog sitting rates per hour?

4. Is the work schedule flexible?

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

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Shopping alternatives». 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 shopping;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of shopping;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which way of shopping you prefer and why.

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

INTRODUCTION

Hello, Alice! I’ve found two illustrations for our project on shopping alternatives. I will explain my reasoning.

  • explain the choice of the illustrations for the project by briefly describing them and noting the differences

Obviously, both the photos are a good choice because they are related to shopping experiences. In photo 1 there is a girl holding a bank card with a laptop in front of her. She seems to be shopping online. Photo 2 shows a young woman with a shopping trolley doing her grocery shopping in a traditional supermarket.

The major difference between the photos lies in the ways of shopping: online shopping compared to traditional shopping. Another difference is that the girl on the right has to push a shopping trolley full of grocery purchases, while the girl on the left is enjoying the benefits of shopping from the comfort of her home.

  • mention the advantages (1–2) of the two types of shopping

Since neither of the ways of shopping is perfect, they have their pros and cons. The main advantage of online purchases is a real convenience this type of shopping provides: people don’t have to go out to get things. Also, there are better prices and no crowds. When it comes to traditional shoppers, they have the benefit of having a closer look at the things they want to buy.

  • mention the disadvantages (1-2) of the two types of shopping

Despite some real benefits of online shopping, there is a risk of fraud and identity theft. Speaking of in-store shopping, it may be time-consuming, which is an obvious disadvantage.

  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which way of shopping you prefer and why.

Personally, I prefer buying products and services on the Internet since it offers convenience, price comparison and more product options. What’s more, online shopping proves a safer alternative during the pandemic.

CONCLUSION

Alice, let me know if you approve of my choice of the photos. Bye for now.