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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.

Yoga is an ancient practice based on the Indian philosophy of promoting physical and mental health. It began more than 5,000 years ago and was developed as a practice to unite the mind, soul and body. Most people know yoga as a kind of exercise which aims at developing strength and flexibility. While there are many different types of yoga, practices typically focus on physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation.

There are many amazing benefits of yoga for people of all ages. It makes us stronger, calmer, happier, healthier, and more flexible. Yoga also gives us a chance to connect with our bodies, minds, and spirits in ways that no other physical activity does. Yoga also improves our concentration and helps to sleep deeper and better, so it’s great for anyone who’s under pressure at work or in their studies.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

The best driving school for teens!

You are considering taking a teen driving course 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. teen driver education programme
  2. requirements to complete the programme
  3. number of hours of supervised driving practice
  4. cars used to teach new drivers

You have 20 seconds to ask each question.

Suggested answers

1. What education programme do you offer in the teen driving school?
2. What are the requirements to (successfully) complete the programme?
3. How many hours of supervised driving practice are required?
4. What cars are used to teach new drivers?

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 discuss friendship. 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 qualities make a good friend?

Student: I think a good friend should be reliable and supportive. Good friends are also good listeners and have a sense of humour.

Interviewer: Why do people need friends?

Student: In my opinion, people need friends for companionship, emotional support, and to share experiences with. Having friends also helps us to feel less lonely and improves our overall well-being.

Interviewer: How do teenagers benefit from social media friends?

Student: As I see it, teenagers can benefit from social media friends by expanding their social circle, staying connected with people they may not be able to see in person. Social media also gives them the opportunity to connect with people who share similar interests.

Interviewer: Where do teenagers form friendships?

Student: Teenagers can form friendships in a variety of settings such as school, extracurricular activities and online communities. Also, they can make friends through shared hobbies or interests.

Interviewer: What would life be like without friends?

Student: I feel that without friends, life would be lonely and lack the support and companionship that friends provide. Besides, life would be quite dull and unfulfilling without friends.

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Solo or group travel”. 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 approaches to travelling;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two approaches to travelling;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which approach to travelling 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! Good news – I’ve found two photos that could work well for our project on solo or group travel.

The first photo is of a young girl taking a selfie on Red Square in Moscow. It looks like she’s travelling alone. The second one is of a group of young people posing in front of Big Ben in London. They look like they’re having a great time together, and it seems like they’re travelling in a group. The photos are a good choice for our project because they show two types of travel experiences – one is of a solo traveller and the other is of a group.

I thought why not discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these two approaches to travelling in our project to improve its appeal? For example, solo travel can be great because you have complete freedom to make your own decisions and go at your own pace. Group travel, on the other hand, can be enjoyable because you can share experiences with others and make new friends.

When it comes to the disadvantages, solo travel can be lonely at times. As for group travel, it can be difficult to plan things together and make decisions as a group.

Personally, I’d prefer to travel solo. I like the idea of being able to make my own decisions and explore new places on my own.

Well, that’s all for now. Let me know your thoughts on these photos. Bye!