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.
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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:
- test rides
- free tune-ups
You have 20 seconds to ask each question.
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 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?
Interviewer: What are the best family bonding activities?
Interviewer: Which is better: being an only child or having siblings?
Interviewer: What do you think makes a happy family?
Interviewer: What would the world be like without families?
Interviewer: Thank you very much for your interview.
Imagine that you and your friend are doing a school project «Eco-friendly ways to travel». You have found some illustrations and want to share the news. Leave a voice message to your friend. 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 types of eco-friendly ways of travelling;
- mention the disadvantages (1–2) of the two types of eco-friendly ways of travelling;
- express your opinion on the subject of the project – whether you would like to travel by train and why.
You will speak for not more than 3 minutes (12–15 sentences). You have to talk continuously.