Human relationships
Answer the question (Task 1, 1 minute)
1) Could you tell me about your best friend? (CE 2005)
2) Would you like to tell me who has had the biggest influence on your life? (CE 2005)
3) Would you like to tell me who of your family you are closest to and why? (CE 2006)
4) Would you like to tell me something about your earliest childhood memory? (CE 2007)
An English proverb says, “A man is known by the company he keeps”. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons.
1) What are friends for? What do you share with friends?
2) Describe your best friend.
3) Can your parents be your friends? Why/not?
4) Who was your first friend in your childhood? Tell me about him/her.
5) How would your life change if you did not have any friends?
CE 2003
“Criticism is a vital component of human communication; without it we would miss opportunities for self-improvement.” Do you agree or disagree with it? Give your reasons.
1) Why do you think the relationships between teenagers and parents can sometimes be difficult?
2) How do you get on with other people in your family? Tell me how you solve problems.
3) Who do you take after in your family? In what way?
4) Have you ever had to criticize someone, for example, a friend, a member of the family, etc.? How did you feel?
5) How do you react to criticism?
6) What qualities can make a person attractive to you? Why?
CE 2005
“Telephoning is a great distraction and a threat to personal contacts”. Do you agree or disagree with it? Give your reasons.
1) What do people need to understand each other better?
2) Why do some people still prefer face-to-face communication?
3) Tell me how you prefer to communicate with people.
4) Do you think words are the best means of communication? Why/not?
5) What is the role of a foreign language in contemporary society?
6) Why do young people see life completely differently from their parents?
CE 2005
Barbara Bush said, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” Do you agree or disagree with it? Give your reasons.
1) Could you give some characteristic features of an ideal parent?
2) Why did you mention these ones?
3) What is the best age to get married? Why?
4) What do you think is the secret of a lasting relationship?
5) Who do you rely on more – friends or family? Why?
6) Who does most of the housework in your family? What are your duties?
CE 2006
Look at the statement: “If a man does not make new friends as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.” Do you agree or disagree with it? Give your reasons.
1) What do you and your friends talk about?
2) When you are with your friends, do you prefer to listen or to talk more?
3) Have you ever fallen out with a good friend? If yes, why?
4) Who would you talk to if you felt nervous or worried about something?
5) Has the way people communicate changed? How?
6) In your experience, is it easier to get on with people who are similar or different from yourself? Why?
CE 2007
Henry Longfellow, an American poet, once wrote, “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.” What is your opinion?
1) Do you pay attention to public opinion? Why/why not?
2) Whose point of view is important to you? Why?
3) What do your parents think of you as a person and as a student?
4) How much of your personality comes from your family/friends?
5) Describe what you do if you have a problem.
6) Could you tell me about the happiest event in your life?
CE 2004
There is saying, “No man is useless while he has a friend.” What do you think?
1) What kind of person are you?
2) Who or what has shaped your character? How?
3) Do you need friends? Why/why not?
4) Could you describe your best friend?
5) Who are the people you spend time with? Why?
6) What qualities do you appreciate in your classmates?
CE 2004
Some people say that if you want to succeed in today’s difficult world, you have to be assertive (= expressing forceful, convincing statements).
1) Do you agree with it? Give reasons why/why not.
2) Can shy people become more assertive? How?
3) Is it easy or difficult to ask for favours? Why easy / difficult?
4) When someone compliments you, do you know what to say?
5) How often do you think people praise each other? Why?
6) What would you do of you did not get prompt service in a shop?
7) If someone talks in a loud voice during a film or concert, would you ask the person to be quiet?
CE 2008