Speaking Tasks for 8th Form Students
(one to be chosen of three)
1. Many people fantasize about the perfect vacation. Describe where you would go and who you would take with you.
How long would your perfect vacation last?
Name five things that could ruin your perfect vacation. Explain.
2. People enjoy decorating their room in a way that reflects their personality. Describe your favorite room.
How does this room reflect your personality?
If you had the money to decorate your room as you wish, what would you change?
3. Your school is having a competition in which students are designing a new school uniform.
What colors and styles would you choose?
Why do you think your design should be chosen?
What are advantages and disadvantages of school uniforms?
4. Many forms of communication, such as mobile phones, letters and emails, are now available worldwide.
What forms of communication are available in your community?
What is your preferred form of communication?
5. Imagine that you have been asked to go on a speaking tour to teach people about Ukraine.
Which three countries would you go to? Why?
What items would you bring to show people? How do these represent Ukraine?
What event in Ukraine's history do you think is most important for people to know about? Why?
6. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Eat to live, don’t live to eat.”
How do you interpret this statement?
How would you describe your eating habits and those of your friends?
Do these habits reflect Franklin’s statement? Explain.
7. Imagine that you are given a chance to live forever. Would you accept or refuse this offer? Why?
What would influence your decision?
How would this change the way you live your life?
8. People usually play music that reflects their mood.
What genre of music do you usually listen to?
What type of music do you listen to in different emotional states?
Do you think music allows you to deal with your emotions? Explain.
9. It has been said that the internet is making the world a smaller place.
How has the internet changed your life? How does it provide you with access to new ideas and cultures? If you could publish an article on the internet about your culture, what would it say?
10. The American President John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
Do you think that you have a responsibility to contribute to your country? Explain. Why do you think this is an important question? What are some examples of things you can do for your country in order to improve it?
11. School life is a big part of the lives of young people all around the world. At school people learn how to interact with other people and they learn most of the knowledge they will need to enter the real world.
What does school life mean to you? What lessons in life have you learned at school?
What subject do you enjoy the most? Why?
What role have teachers played in making you an adult?
12. Some students are proud of their school and they really enjoy studying there, while others don’t like their school and would prefer to study someplace else.
What are the qualities of a good school in your opinion?
What must the teachers be like? The students?
What else influences students’ opinions of their school (discos, school lunches, etc.)?
Do you believe the arts are worth studying and necessary for a complete education?
What has art and music meant to you in your education?
How can the arts help you in your life?
Tell your friend where you would like to go and what you will do there.
Describe all of the details about hotels, food and transportation.
Explain why you have chosen to go there. Remember you want your friend to agree.
What are some of the other reasons why some people play sports?
What do you think about the saying, "Second place is the first loser."?
How important do you think sports are in developing a person's character?
How do you understand this proverb? Give some example of when it is true.
In which cases do you think this proverb might not be true? Why?
Do you agree with the proverb? Why? What is your favourite proverb?
Tell all about your grandchild's studying and how smart he/she is.
Don't forget to talk about all of the talents your grandchild has.
Explain what profession your grandchild will probably have in the future and why.
What talents do you have? How do they help you?
What talents would you like to have? Why?
Do you think people are born with talents? Explain your opinion.
Explain how you celebrate this holiday, including your family’s traditions.
How is your celebration different from the traditional way of celebrating it?
What is your favourite part of the holiday?
What does the future you look like?
What questions do you ask? What answers do you get?
What advice does the future you give you?
What qualities do you think a good friend should have?
What is the difference between a friend and a best friend?
How do your friends make your life better?
With what kind of person would you most like to correspond (age, job, etc.)?
What questions would you most like to ask this person?
What would you want to tell your pen pal about yourself and your country?
Where would you like to live in your future? Why?
What will your home look like? What rooms will you need? Why?
How will your future job and plans for a family influence your choices?
With whom will you choose to spend this day? Why did you choose this person?
What will you speak about? Will you uncover any mysteries?
If this person asks about the future what will you do? Why?
Give these students a lesson in Ukraine.
What do you like most of all about your country?
Recommend that they come to visit your country. What should they see?
Will you take this chance? Why?
Is there anything in your life that you would like to do differently? What and how?
What would you want to do again? Why?
What do you think are some of the worst bad habits? Why do you think so?
What should we do to break our bad habits?
What might happen to people who keep their bad habits all their life?
Why do you think people steal? Are there times when stealing is OK?
How should thieves be punished? Does it matter why they stole?
How can theft be reduced? Have you ever had anything stolen?
What do you want to see?
Why do you want to see it?
What will you do with this information?
Why is this activity so enjoyable to you?
How often do you spend time by yourself? Do you feel it is important to have time alone? Why?
Have you ever been afraid to spend time by yourself?
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