Answer the question (Task 1, 1 minute)
- Could you tell me what other languages, apart from English, would you like to learn? (CE 2006)
- Would you like to tell me why so many people want to learn English? (CE 2006)
- Would you like to tell me what are the most difficult things about learning a foreign language? (CE 2007)
- Would you like to tell me what from your point of view is the best thing about learning English? (CE 2004)
Be ready to give your opinion on a number of questions (Task 2).
An English proverb says, “Learning makes a good man better and a bad man worse”. Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons.
1) How can school change a person?
2) Describe how school has changed your character.
3) What do you still have to work on to improve your character?
4) Have you ever felt that teachers were too strict with you? What was it like?
5) What are your plans for further education?
CE 2003
What problems could a foreign student face in Latvia in terms of language, culture, etc.? Why?
1) How could you help foreign students?
2) Have you ever considered studying abroad? Why/not?
3) How should one prepare for studies abroad?
4) Why do people go to study abroad?
5) Is it really necessary to go abroad if you have access to the Internet and the mass media? Why/not?
6) What would you like to study in the future? Why?
CE 2005
Read the statement, “Times change, and we have to change with them.” Do you agree or disagree with it? Give your reasons.
1) What are the advantages and disadvantages of finishing education at the age of 18-19?
2) What are important factors to consider when choosing a career?
3) Why do some students lack motivation to study?
4) Where you satisfied with the secondary school curriculum? Why/why not?
5) What are your aims in life?
6) Are you the sort of a person who likes to take risks? Why/why not?
CE 2006
Read the statement:
The main purpose of going to school is:
- to learn facts;
- to pass exams;
- to learn how to get on with people;
- to develop social and communication skills;
- to learn skills that help with real life situations.
1) What do you think? Give your reasons.
2) What are you experiences of examinations?
3) Which ones were your favourite subjects at school? Why?
4) Which ones were the least favourite subjects? Why?
5) What do you do to take your mind off your studies?
6) Have you ever cheated at the tests? If yes – what was the feeling like?
7) Would it be a good/bad thing if we could read other people’s minds?
CE 2006
“In a hundred years everybody will speak only English.” Do you agree or disagree with it? Give your reasons.
1) What would you focus on when learning English if you were going to live in the USA?
2) What do you expect to find in an ideal manual of English?
3) Why do people learn languages nowadays?
4) Tell me how you learned English.
5) Which textbook that you used at school did you find the most helpful? Why?
6) For whom is a foreign language more essential – for a businessman or a scientist? Why?
CE 2004
Some people often follow the principle ‘I need all or nothing’. What is your attitude to this? Explain why.
1) Do you always try to do all your homework as well as possible? Why? / Why not?
2) What do you think about people who let other people down?
3) How would you react if your friend let you down?
4) What is your opinion about workaholics?
5) Could anything be done to help people avoid spending too much time at work / on studies? What exactly? / If not, why?
6) Are there any areas where a person should be a perfectionist? Which ones? / If not, why?
They say that a good education really matters these days.
What do you think?
1) What influences students’ decision when they choose a school after finishing basic school?
2) Should teenagers be allowed to switch to evening classes if they do not succeed in their day-time studies? Why? / Why not?
3) How do school-leavers decide on which university to choose for further studies?
4) In which study programmes should more budget places be offered? Why exactly these?
5) Should schools be blamed if school-leavers cannot enter the university study programmes they would like to? Why? / Why not?
6) What do you think student life is like? Why do you think so?
CE 2008