Speaking Tasks for 10th Form Students
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.
What do you think are the main dangers of scientific advances? What laws do you think we need to protect societies from these dangers?
Have computers changed society for the better or for the worse?
What would happen if you could become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you could do that you cannot do now?
What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or planes? How would this change your life?
What would you invent to make life better?
What would you regard as the most significant events in your country’s recent history?
If you could change one important thing about your hometown, what would you change?
Holidays honour people or events. If you could create a new holiday, what person or event would it honour and how would you want people to celebrate it?
Because of developments in communication and transportation, countries are becoming more and more alike. How is your country becoming more similar to other places?
Try to discuss the points about the Internet:
What is your experience of the internet?
What are the dangers of the internet?
What impact does the internet have on society?
What do you think will happen to the internet in the future?
Try to discuss the points about Educational system:
Does school prepare you for real life?
What is Ukrainian educational system like from your experience?
In what ways is English used in your country?
How do people in your country learn English?
Do you believe there should be a choice of private (paying) versus state schools?
What do you know about the educational systems in other countries?
How would you compare your living standards to those of your grandparents?
What does "youth culture" mean?
Which forms of art most influence young people today?
How much do young people influence society as a whole?
Who are some of young Ukrainians' heroes, the icons of Ukrainian youth culture?
Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?
In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?
Does modern technology make life more convenient, or was life better when technology was simpler?
Computers can translate all kinds of languages well so our children don't need to learn more languages in the future?
Living in a foreign country can be extremely challenging. Talk about some of the difficulties, other than speaking another language.
Someone offers you a chance to see your future. Do you take this chance?
How might knowing your future affect your decision-making for the rest of your life?
Do you think that knowing the future would make it possible to change it? How?
Do you believe it is better to be prepared or be surprised in life? Why?
You are the director of a secondary school deciding the curriculum for the coming year. You must decide whether physical education will be mandatory for every student.
Do you think that physical fitness is necessary in the education of students?
Do you participate in any sports or exercise on a regular basis?
What benefits does regular exercise provide students (as well as adults)?
You have enough money to buy either a house with land in a small town or an apartment in a very large city. Where will you choose to live?
What benefits will you gain from your choice? What will you lose?
What personal desires and goals would influence you in making your decision?
How might your upbringing, in a city or a small town, affect your choice?
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?
How important is friendship to you?
Describe the character of your best friend.
Can people be happy without friends? Why or why not?
Which is more important to you: love or friendship?
Some people think students should have one long vacation each year, while others believe students should have several short vacations throughout the year.
What are the advantages of each approach?
What are their disadvantages?
Do you think students would enjoy school more if they had a choice in their vacations?
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?
If you could have dinner with any person from history who would you choose?
Why would you choose this person? And where would you go for dinner?
What questions would you ask him or her?
What would you say about yourself?
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” What does this mean in your life?
How do you start a difficult task?
Have you ever been afraid to do something? How did you overcome this fear?
How did you feel after you had started?
Is it more important to be wealthy or to have lots of friends?
What is good about having friends? Being wealthy?
When you are sad is it more fun to laugh with your friends or to go shopping? Why?
When you have a lot of money is it hard to tell who your real friends are? Why?
Home phones, mobile phones, Internet chatting and e-mail have revolutionized the world and changed a lot about how people communicate. Describe what forms of modern communication you use.
In what ways have these modern forms of communication helped us?
What negative impacts has the loss of face-to-face communication had on everyone?
What will the communication of the future be like?
When travelling to a new country that is different from one’s own, many people experience culture shock. You are moving to a foreign country that has a different culture and speaks English.
What kind of problems do you expect to encounter?
How would you deal with these problems?
What plans would you make to adjust to the new culture?
You are planning your dream vacation. You can go anywhere in the world at any time of the year.
Where and when will you go? What sights might you see?
Will you go alone or with a traveling companion?
Will this be and educational trip or will you just relax before going back to school?
You are walking up to your apartment and see that it is burning. You have enough time to run in and take out only one thing. Your family and pets have already escaped. What do you take?
Why did you choose this item? Why is it so valuable to you?
Think of one item you left behind. Why did you leave it?
Does this item have monetary or emotional value to you?
Talk about the last book that you read.
Who wrote this book? What is it about?
Do you like this book? Why or why not?
Recommend that your friend read or not read this book, and give reasons for your recommendation.
What do you think life would be like without clocks to measure time?
How would people structure their day and make plans?
Do you think life would be better or worse? Why?
What problems might people have without clocks?
36. If you moved to a new country what would you miss the most about Ukraine?
Would you miss your family? your own language? your favorite food?
How could you overcome or lessen the homesickness?
What would you take with you to remind you of your homeland?