Speaking part: variant 34 - 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.

Baseball is sometimes called a national pastime in America because it is a much-loved national sport. Of course, baseball is not limited to the USA. It has been played for many years in the countries of South America and is very popular in Japan. Europe is another matter. Not many baseball teams exist in Europe today. That, however, is slowly changing. Since baseball is an Olympic sport, more and more countries are putting together teams and joining the game!

Going to baseball games is a way of life for many fans. They sit in the stands on hot and sunny spring and summer days, eat hot dogs or popcorn, sip cola or lemonade and enjoy the game. Adults and children alike attend games, and it’s a sport that everyone seems to love. Baseball is such a part of American life that nearly everyone’s favourite childhood memory includes a day at the ballpark.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Looking for a moving company?

You are considering hiring the moving company for your upcoming house relocation 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. services offered
  2. pet transportation
  3. hourly rate
  4. additional charges

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 values. 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 does this generation of teenagers value? What are your personal values?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Are there people whose values you respect and admire? If so, who are they?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: In your opinion, what factors shape our values?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Is it important for people to have similar values to have strong friendships or romantic relationships? Why or why not?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: How can values be shaped in schools?

Student: _________________________

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Green choices”. 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 to go green;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two ways to go green;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the ways to go green 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.