Speaking part: variant 8 - 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.

‘Disconnect’ brings to the forefront a big issue of the 21st century: being connected and disconnected at the same time. Being «connected» to machinery is affecting our ability to connect with our lives and the people around us. The film is about the power of human communication and interaction, and how anti-social we’ve become. The tools and gadgets we use are good or bad depending on how we utilize them.

‘Disconnect’ connects three separate stories, each involving people whose lives have reached a crisis worsened by their dependence on technology. We spend too much time isolating ourselves and disconnecting from the real world in order to maintain the perception of being connected. There are many advantages to being “connected”, but it’s the disadvantages that are often overlooked or ignored, which ‘Disconnect’ reminds us about.

Task 2

Study the advertisement.

Over 500 bikes in stock 

You are considering buying a bike 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. test rides
  2. free tune-ups
  3. guarantee
  4. servicing options

You have 20 seconds to ask each question.

Suggested answers

1. Are test rides available for the bikes you sell in your shop?
2. Are there any free tune-ups offered with the purchase of a bike?
3. How long does the guarantee offered on the bikes last?
4. Are there any servicing options for the bikes you sell?

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

Interviewer: How important is your family to you?

Student: My family is very important to me. They provide me with love, guidance, and support, which I value more than anything else. I feel truly blessed to have them in my life.

Interviewer: What are the best family bonding activities?

Student: I think the best family bonding activities are things that we can do together. For example, things like cooking, playing games, or going for walks. It’s also nice to have family traditions.

Interviewer: Which is better: being an only child or having siblings?

Student: Well, it’s hard to say which is better. Being an only child means getting more attention from parents but can be lonely. Having siblings means you always have someone to play with but sharing things can be difficult.

Interviewer: What do you think makes a happy family?

Student: I think a happy family is one where everyone feels loved and respected. Communication is also important, so that everyone can share their thoughts and feelings with each other.

Interviewer: What would the world be like without families?

Student: Without families, the world would be a very different place. Families provide love, support, and stability in our lives. It would be a lonely world without them.

Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.

Task 4

Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project “Eco-friendly ways to 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 eco-friendly ways of travelling;
  • mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two eco-friendly ways of travelling;
  • express your opinion on the subject of the project – which way of travelling presented in the pictures you’d prefer for green travel 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 a couple of photos that perfectly capture eco-friendly travel we’re exploring in our school project. I’d like to tell you more about them.

The first one depicts a young couple at a train station, wearing big backpacks and ready to set out on a long journey. The second one shows two adventurous people travelling by bike with heavy bags attached. Together, the photos clearly illustrate two different environmentally friendly travel options: using public transport such as trains, and choosing to travel by bicycle.

I think it’d be a good idea if we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of these two eco-travel options in our project. One good thing about travelling by train is that people can often work, read, or relax on the train, which can make their journey more productive or enjoyable. And if you decide to travel by bike, it is a fun and healthy way to travel and allows you to see your destination in a unique way.

As for some of the drawbacks, a train travel may not be available in certain areas, while biking can be physically demanding, especially for those who are not used to it.

Personally, for green travel, I’d prefer to travel by train because it’s relaxing and comfortable. Plus, it’s affordable, which makes a very attractive option for me.

Well, that’s what I’ve got so far. Bye!