Speaking Tasks for 11th 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.
Cigarettes and smoking should be banned.
Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
How will forbidding smoking help or hurt your country?
With whom would this be a popular/unpopular choice?
Our world changes quickly and new trends occur frequently. This is especially true for professions.
Which job areas have become the most important in the last twenty years?
What will be the most important jobs in the next twenty years?
Does this affect your decision-making process for your future studies?
Often we can identify a culture through its traditional and popular music.
Is one country's music better than another's?
Is there good and bad music? Explain you answer.
How does your country’s music reflect its culture?
Do you believe that the majority of youth in Ukraine prefers watching T.V. more than reading?
What benefits, if any, does reading provide that watching T.V. does not?
Should reading be encouraged more among youth? By whom? How?
What are the positive and negative aspects of acquiring information from T.V. and books?
Do humans have a responsibility to care for the environment and other living creatures?
What are the consequences, bad and good, of your belief?
What kinds of problems have humans already caused by disregarding the environment?
How can people take care of the environment and animals?
Everyone has problems in their life that they need or want to solve.
What are some different ways to solve problems? Which do you prefer?
Is it always important to get advice from friends and family? Why?
How and where can you learn new ways or strategies to solve problems?
In one hundred years from now, what do you think people will say about our era of time? What might they call this era?
What are the most important discoveries that people recognize from our time? Why?
Do you think they will say our era of time was a good or bad era? Why?
Do you think they will say we treated the Earth well? Why or why not?
If you could choose to be any character in a book or movie, who would you be? Why?
What aspects do you find appealing about this character?
Are you similar or different from this character? How?
What don’t you like about the character’s life? Why?
Friendly aliens have landed on earth and they are in your town. How would you try to communicate with them?
What do you think they would want to know about us? Why?
How would you do it?
What would you do together after that?
It is the year 2020. Where do you see yourself both professionally and emotionally?
What would you like to have seen accomplished? Why?
Describe the steps you will take to reach your goals.
Where would you like to be living? Why?
Stereotypes are often based on partial truth. What would you say to someone who has stereotyped you based on gender, age or nationality?
Have you ever stereotyped someone or had someone stereotype you? What happened?
How would you disprove a negative stereotype of Ukrainians?
Are there advantages and disadvantages to stereotyping? If so, what are they?
Sometimes music on TV or on the radio is censored based on “inappropriate” lyrics. Do you think censorship limits creativity? How?
Have you ever heard a song that offended you? What was it and why did it offend you?
What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite artist? Why?
What role does music play in your daily life?
Billions of dollars go into space exploration each year. Do you feel this money is well spent, or can you think of other, more pressing needs on Earth for the funds?
What do you think are the benefits of space programs? Disadvantages?
Have you ever considered becoming an astronaut? Why?
What branch of the sciences do you find most intriguing?
You have just invented a time machine. Given this opportunity, would you go forward or backward in time? Why?
Is it OK to attempt to change the events of the past or should some things stay the same?
How might knowledge of the future change your actions in the present?
How would your new knowledge change your view of the present?
If you could either live in Kyiv or a small town in the Carpathians for the rest of your life where would you choose and why?
How would your choice affect your future career?
Compare your choice with where you live now. Will your life be different or the same?
Talk about the advantages and disadvantages of your choice.
Do you think the private lives of celebrities should be open to the public?
Why is the public interested in the lives of the famous?
How would you feel if the press investigated your private life?
Would you like to know more about the life of a particular celebrity? Why?
Do you think a universal language would be useful for modern life?
Which language would you suggest as the common language?
What are the disadvantages of having a universal language?
How do you think knowing more than one language can affect your life?
Extreme Sports such as skydiving, mountain climbing, and bungee jumping are very popular, but also very dangerous. What is so appealing about these sports that people will risk their lives to do them?
Is there an extreme sport you want to try and/or one you don’t? Which one(s) and why?
How would your family react to you doing an extreme sport?
If you were going to try an extreme sport, what precautions would you take?
You have been chosen to speak at a conference for teachers about what a student wants in a teacher.
What would you say to the teachers? What, in your opinion, makes a good teacher?
Is it important for a teacher to know a student’s opinion? Why?
Tell about one teacher who has been influential for you. How?
Learning a language is a long and sometimes frustrating process. Although for some people it is actually quite simple and they learn it quickly. Are you one of these people?
How much work do you put into learning a language?
Why do you think some people learn English and others don’t?
What advice can you give to someone who is having trouble learning a 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?
Women’s role in society has come a long way over the last few hundred years in many different countries.
In what ways has women’s status improved in recent years?
What inequalities still exist?
What are the perceptions of women compared to men in your country?
A teenager’s life can sometimes be more difficult than their parents suspect.
What real problems do teenagers face today?
What can you say about generational gaps between you and your parents?
Do you feel that teenagers need to show more respect to older generations? Why?
Everyone has his or her own set of priorities or a list of things that he or she considers more important than other things.
What is most important to you in your life?
What made you decide upon your list of priorities?
Do you think priorities change over time? Why?
Sports are played and televised all over the world. People pay huge sums of money to attend events or see their favorite teams or games. Sports obviously have a universal appeal.
Talk about one sport describing: how it is played, what are its most important rules, and what equipment is necessary for playing it.
What attracts people to this sport? What are its most exciting moments?
Most importantly, what lessons in life can be learned from this sport?