Speaking part: variant 5 - Langart

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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.

Extreme sports, also known as alternative sports, are nontraditional sports and activities that require athletic skills with considerable risks and a high level of danger. These activities often involve speed, height and a lot of physical training. Among extreme sports there is rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping, ice climbing and many others.

Special equipment is needed to do extreme sports. For surfing you need a surfboard and swimming kits. For snowboarding you need a snowboard, special boots, sunglasses and a helmet. For BMX sport you need a special bike with small wheels.

People in extreme sports compete not only against each other, but also against weather conditions and enormous difficulties. Many new adventure sports are likely to appear soon.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Are you thinking of adding a furry friend to your family?
Be a hero and adopt a dog!

You are considering adopting a dog from an animal shelter 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. adoption requirements
  2. pet adoption fee
  3. adoption steps
  4. the best dog breeds for first-time owners

You have 20 seconds to ask each question.

Suggested answers

1. What are the requirements for adopting a dog from your shelter?
2. How much is the pet adoption fee?
3. What are the steps in the adoption process?
4. What are the best dog breeds for first-time owners?

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 extracurricular activities. 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 extracurricular activities do most teenagers do?

: In Russia, for example, most teenagers like to play sports, make music, or do art. Participating in community volunteer work after school is also popular with Russian teenagers.

Interviewer: What benefits do extracurricular activities have?

: I think extracurricular activities offer many advantages, such as developing skills and interests, making new friends, and providing a way to explore interests and passions. They also help students to relax and have fun after a long day of school.

Interviewer: What extracurriculars are ideal for teenagers?

: I think it depends on personal interests and skills. Anyway, ideal after-school activities for teenagers are the ones that match their hobbies and interests. They can include sports, music, art, volunteering, and clubs related to their career goals.

Interviewer: What do you usually do in your extracurricular time?

: In my extracurricular time, I like to play sports and participate in music activities. I also enjoy volunteering at local organisations.

Interviewer: How much time do you think a student should spend on extracurricular activities?

: I think it’s subjective and can vary depending on a student’s schedule and priorities. It’s important for students to find a good balance between after-school activities and other things in their lives. That way, they can fully enjoy and get the most out of their activities.

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Careers in demand”. 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 careers;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two careers;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which of the careers 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. I’ve found two photos that perfectly capture the careers in demand we’re exploring in our project. I’ll explain my photo choices and share some of my thoughts in this voice message, OK?

The first photo shows a group of kids and their teacher in a classroom, examining a globe. They seem to be learning about the world. The second one depicts a doctor and his patient, deep in conversation. The doctor is writing something down. The photos illustrate two popular career choices: one in teaching and the other in healthcare.

Both careers have some advantages and disadvantages, and we could mention them in our project. For example, teachers help children learn and grow academically. Unfortunately, they receive modest pay for their hard work, and their profession can be quite stressful. 

When it comes to doctors, they make people healthier by treating and preventing illnesses, but they face a demanding career with a great deal of responsibility.

Personally, I think I’d prefer to work as a doctor. I’ve always liked science and helping people, and working in healthcare could let me do both.

All right, that’s it for now. Can’t wait to hear what you think about the photos. Catch you later!