The 2nd round 2013 Kyiv city tasks / Завдання ІІ туру ІІІ (міського) етапу Всеукраїнської учнівської олімпіади з англійської мови 2013

Київський університет імені Бориса Грінченка

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ІІІ етапу Всеукраїнської учнівської олімпіади з англійської мови

Speaking Comprehension Test for 9th Form Students

Directions:

In this Test you will select three task slips from those before you. After selecting three choose one you feel you are most capable to speak about and return the other two to the table face down. Then take about a minute to collect your thoughts before you begin to speak on the topic. You may refer to the topic as needed.

1. What roles do our friends play in our lives?

· Do they have positive or negative influences?

2. What do you look for in a friend? Use specific examples to support your answer.

3. You are awarded a 10-day tour about Ukraine or any country abroad. You can choose only one city to visit.

· Give your reasons where to go.

· Present information on the place the city is situated.

· What historic events took place in it, places of interest.

4. Every day people make choices that affect their health.

· What are the most important components of a healthy lifestyle?

· How do you keep yourself healthy?

· What can be done to convince people with unhealthy habits to live a healthy lifestyle?

5. Some movies are serious, designed to make the audience think. Other movies are designed primarily to amuse and entertain. Which type of movie do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

6. Some people say that the Internet provides people with a lot of valuable information. Others think access to so much information creates problems. Which view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.

7. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People behave differently when they wear different clothes. Do you agree that different clothes influence the way people behave? Use specific examples to support your answer.

8. Some people believe that students should be given one long vacation each year. Others believe that students should have several short vacations throughout the year. Which viewpoint do you agree with? Use specific reasons and examples to support your choice.

9. What is the role of mass media in our life? What is your favourite TV programme? Who is your favourite TV personality? Use specific examples to support your answer.

10. Speak about your experience in learning English. Will you need English in your future job? What other foreign languages would learn? Why?

11. Would you rather play a sport or watch a sport? Why?

· If your team lost every game, would you want to change teams?

· Which sports are most fun to play? Why?

· Which sports are most fun to watch? Why?

12. In our computerized age, what is your idea of the future of the books? Use specific examples to support your answer.

13. Why do people have hobbies? What's the difference (if any) between a hobby and a pass-time? Use specific examples to support your answer.

14. What are your plans for future? What things besides professional career are important for a full and happy life? Use specific examples to support your answer.

15. They say that different people travel for different reasons? What are these reasons? Do you like travelling? Speak about your most exciting travelling experience.

16. What factors participate in forming a personality? What is more important - heredity or environment? Use specific examples to support your answer.

17. Which age-group in your country eats most fast and convenience food? What could be done to encourage these people to eat more fresh food?

18. Imagine that next week you have an important exam. You don’t know the materials very well.

· Describe how you would prepare for this exam (when would you study, how would you study).

· Do you prefer to study alone or with other people?

· Describe the perfect study place for you (is there music? What kind? Do you like to have snacks?).

19. What are some important festivals in your country?

· what kind of holiday it is

· where you should go for such a holiday

· what kind of people are likely to like this holiday

20. Neighbours are the people who live near us. In your opinion, what are the qualities of a good neighbour? Use specific examples to support your answer.

21. Would you ever consider living permanently in a different country?

· Which country would you consider living in?

· What would you miss most about Ukraine?

· Would this decision be easier if there were a job or love taking you there?

22. What are some of the activities you value most in life, and how do you find the time to pursue them? Use specific examples to support your answer.

23. If you and a friend were going to a place very far away, what method of transportation would you prefer?

· Why do you prefer this way of travelling?

· What are the disadvantages of this method?

· If your friends didn’t want to travel this way, how would you convince them to change their mind?

Speaking Comprehension Test for 10th Form Students

Directions:

In this Test you will select three task slips from those before you. After selecting three choose one you feel you are most capable to speak about and return the other two to the table face down. Then take about a minute to collect your thoughts before you begin to speak on the topic. You may refer to the topic as needed.

1. Develop a fitness programme for yourself. Describe the type of food you eat, and the type of health programme you like to follow.

2. Should governments act to control the Internet or should it be uncensored?

3. Do you prefer to book holidays through travel agents or to make your own arrangements? Describe your best and worst holidays.

4. There are usually pleasant and unpleasant sides to every job. Choose three jobs you would like to do and find pros and cons.

5. Mobile telephones have become very popular nowadays. However, some people say that their use should be restricted. What can you say for and against using a mobile telephone?

6. Computers open up new roads in education. Do you think learning will ever take place without teachers?

7. Most friendships begin with shared interests. We like people who share our attitudes and values. Can you think of examples of friends who are very different from each other? Why do you think they became friends?

8. What aspect of English do you find most difficult? How do you cope with the problem?

9. A friend wants to get to know your country and is planning a tour. What advice would you give about places to visit, travel, accommodation, eating out, shopping, sightseeing, things to bring and souvenirs to buy?

10. If you were given an opportunity to create your own TV-show

·What kind of show would it be? Why?

·Whom would you ask to become an anchorman of the show?

·What traits of character do you think this person should have?

·What problems would you illustrate in your show?

11. "Cultural differences cause problems. It is better for people to stay in their own countries rather than to migrate to other ones." Do you agree?

12. There are different ways of learning about the world: through the mass media, books, travelling, visiting museums, meeting other people, etc. Which ways do you prefer to learn about the world?

13. If you could become a character from any book or play that you have read.

· Who would that character be?

· What does this character do that you consider so good?

· What time period, does this character live in?

· How would you adjust to living in this time period?

14. Some people claim to have seen UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) such as flying saucers. Do you believe them?

15. "It is better to study major international languages like English rather than to spend time on minority languages for the sake of regional identity." Do you agree?

16. Advertisements are very much a feature of modern life. To create an effective advertisement takes some imagination, time, effort and creativity. Design an advertisement for a new shopping centre

17. It is sometimes said that borrowing money from your friend can harm or damage the friendship.

·Do you agree?

·Why or why not?

18. In your opinion, what are the main characteristics of a good school? Do they have to do with physical things or with the atmosphere, the teachers or the students?

· What characteristics are most important to you?

· What can make a school bad?

· How can you help make your school better?

19. Do you think the ‘traditional’ roles of men and women are changing in Ukraine?

· How have men’s roles changed? What new roles do they have?

· How about women? What’s changed with them?

· Do you think these roles should change to meet the needs of present times? Why?

20. English language music is very popular all over the world. Why do you think this is so?

· How is music in English different from other music in the world?

· When listening to music in English, do you listen to the tune or to the lyrics? Why?

· Do you think a band can be a worldwide hit if they don’t sing in English? How?

Speaking Comprehension Test for 11th Form Students

Directions:

In this Test you will select three task slips from those before you. After selecting three choose one you feel you are most capable to speak about and return the other two to the table face down. Then take about a minute to collect your thoughts before you begin to speak on the topic. You may refer to the topic as needed.

1. You have just been appointed head of public relations for all of Ukraine. It is your job to encourage tourism in this country.

• What aspects of places in Ukraine do you consider to be the most important for foreign tourists?

• What are some problems that tourists might face in Ukraine? How would you change these problems?

• Think of a motto for Ukraine's tourist industry.

2. You are going to start a new business. You have the money, you have the space, and you have the workers.

• What product will you sell?

• What types of people would be interested in your product?

• How will you advertise this product? Give a sample advertisement motto.

3. When people need to complain about a product or poor service, some prefer to complain in writing and others prefer to complain in person. Which way do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

4. What stereotypes do you think that foreigners have about Ukraine?

• Do you feel that these stereotypes are correct?

• What stereotypes do you feel are particularly harmful for the Ukrainian people?

• What can you do to change these stereotypes?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

5. In Britain, there are restrictions on what can be screened on TV before 9 p.m. Do you think that TV programme content should be censored?

6. Which age-group in your country eats most fast and convenience food?

What could be done to encourage these people to eat more fresh food? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

7. Which system do you favour for measuring children’s progress - final examinations or continuous assessment? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

8. Which country would you visit to appreciate the Arts? What would you plan to see? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

9. Do you think women and men should perform the same or different roles? Are men usually the bread-winners and women usually the home-makers in your country? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

10. What are the most important factors for success at school? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

11. In the future, students may have the choice of studying at home by using technology such as computers or television or of studying at traditional schools. Which would you prefer? Use reasons and specific details to explain your choice.

12 What things can you do to make the best possible impression at a job interview? Make a list of dos and don’ts.

13. Decisions can be made quickly, or they can be made after careful thought. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The decisions that people make quickly are always wrong. Use reasons and specific examples to support your opinion.

14. Do you like reading history? Do you think it is important to know the history of you own country? Give reasons.

15. In Britain it’s quite common for young people to take a year ‘out’ between passing their A-levels and going to University. This is called a ‘gap year’. Make a list of the benefits and possible drawbacks for the young person and his or her family.

16. Should rich people be permitted to buy educational advantages by sending their children to private schools or should all schools be run by the state?

Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

17. Cultural differences cause problems. It is better for people to stay in their own countries rather than to migrate to other ones." Do you agree?

Would you prefer to live in a monoculture or a multi-racial society? Why?

18. What is more important: fame and money or strong character and good values?

• Explain your point of view, and how you define "good values".

• Use examples of real people who have followed either fame or money, or pursued a strong character.

• How do people normally act? Do they aim for moral character or for money? Why? Is it impossible to have both?

19. Which of the jobs appeals to you the most and the least? Who do you think is getting the most/least satisfaction out of their job? Justify your answer.

20. When famous people such as actors, athletes and rock stars give their opinions, many people listen. Do you think we should pay attention to these opinions? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

21. In your opinion which present-day figure(s) will eventually become part of history on account of their contribution? Give reasons.

22. We can often hear an expression “Typical teenager”. It is used by adults to mean that teenagers are rude, ill-mannered, and idle. What can you tell in support of young? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

The 1st round 2013 Kyiv city tasks / Завдання І туру ІІІ (міського) етапу Всеукраїнської учнівської олімпіади з англійської мови 2013

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