Speaking part: variant 31 - 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.

Space tourism is the term used to describe space travel for recreational or leisure purposes. What was once only a dream is now becoming a reality. Space Adventures is currently the only company to have succeeded in sending paying passengers into space. Each person paid over $20 million for their 10-day trip to the International Space Station.

Following several successful explorations into space, several companies are now considering the possibility of enabling tourists to visit space. Passengers would be transported to a height of between 100 and 160 km above earth, experience 3–6 minutes of weightlessness and a view of the stars before being taken back down to earth. This is expected to cost around $200,000 per person. Space travel is only really a possibility for the superrich.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Build your own robot cat!

Nybble offers unlimited possibilities to «teach» tricks,
habits and CAT-itude by programming it and helping it evolve.

You are considering buying Nybble – the world’s cutest robotic kitten 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. detailed assembly instruction 
  2. weight
  3. size
  4. programming language

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

Interviewer: Have you ever travelled within Russia? If so, do you prefer visiting cities or exploring natural landscapes in your country?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Are there any places in Russia that you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t had the chance to do so yet? If there are, could you share what those places are?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What are some popular tourist destinations in Russia that you would recommend to your foreign friends? What makes these places special, in your opinion?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: What do you think are the advantages of domestic tourism compared to travelling abroad?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Do you think it is important to develop domestic tourism? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “English learning solutions”. 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 ways of learning English;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two ways of learning English;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which way of learning English 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.