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Act Out a Dialogue

Билет № 1, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: you are going to apply to some English courses. Make a telephone call and find out where the school or college which offers the courses is situated, how long the period of tuition lasts, what the fee is, and what is required to get enrolled.


(A Sample Dialogue from Opportunities Intermediate, Module 7)

A:  Hello, may I speak to the school secretary, please?
B:  Speaking. Anne Rostron, Winchester School of English. Can I help you?
A:  Yes, please. This is Marina Andreeva, a student from Moscow. I’d like some information about your summer courses, please.
B:  Fine, what would you like to know?
A:  Well, first how long are the courses?
B:  In the summer, we offer four-week courses.
A:  Right. Four weeks. And could you tell me about the lessons?
B:  Er, what do you mean exactly?
A:  What I mean is, how many lessons are there every day, the class size, that sort of thing…?
B:  Ah, well. The maximum number of students is twelve and the minimum is four. There are four lessons a day and they are forty-five minutes each.
A:  Right. Could you tell me where exactly is the school located?
B:  I’m sorry, could you say that again?
A:  Yes, where exactly is your school?
B:  Well, we’re only two minutes away from the beach. Our town is in the centre of the South of England. We have direct public transport from London and airports. It’s very easy to visit Stonehenge, Oxford and Bath from here.
A:  That sounds good. Mm, how much do the courses cost?
B:  They cost from 850, depending on what type of accommodation you choose.
A:  Just one more thing. May I get your advice on how best to apply for the courses?
B:  Certainly. Just give me your name and address. We’ll send you a brochure and application form.
A:  My name is … (spells it) and my address is …
B:  Thanks. You have to fill in the application form and send it with the deposit of 150.
A:  Thank you for the information.
B:  Thank you for calling Winchester School of English. Goodbye.
A:  Goodbye.

Билет № 2, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: your foreign friend is staying in Moscow. You are making plans for the weekend. Ask your friend whether he/she is free at the weekend and discuss your activities: where you would like to go and why.

A:  Are you doing anything on Saturday?
B:  Nothing special.
A:  Why don’t we go to a jazz concert? The Modern Jazz Quartet are playing at the Aquarium.
B:  I’m afraid I don’t like jazz very much.
A:  How about blues then? There is a concert at the Moscow House of Music.
B:  Good idea.
A:  Then let’s meet at six at Paveletskaya Metro station.
B:  OK.
A:  Would you like to go to the disco after the concert?
B:  I don’t think so. I have to get up early on Sunday. We are going on a trip to Tsaritsyno with our guide. Why don’t you come with us?
A:  Well, why not? I’ll think it over.

Билет № 3, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: your foreign friend is staying in Moscow. You are planning to go on an excursion. Discuss where you would like to go, at what time, and who you are going to take with you.

A:  Why don’t we go to Tsaritsyno this weekend?
B:  It’s nice of you to ask but I’ve already promised George to go to the city centre with him. Would you like to join us?
A:  Thanks, I’d love to. How about visiting Red Square and the Kremlin? I can book tickets to the Diamond Exhibition.
B:  That would be lovely. But is it far from Red Square?
A:  The Diamond Exhibition is housed in the Armoury building inside the Kremlin.
B:  Oh, I see.
A:  You can invite Laura to go with us. She’ll enjoy seeing the collection of diamonds, especially the Imperial Crown with its red spinel and thousands of diamonds.
B:  That’s a great idea. She’s nuts about jewels.
A:  What time shall I pick you up? Does Saturday morning suit you? Is 9 o’clock OK?
B:  Yeah, 9 o’clock on Saturday.
A:  See you then.

Билет № 4, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: you have to write an article about environmental issues for your school magazine. The magazine is in English. Ask the editor of the magazine what particular issues should be raised, what would be the title of the article, and the deadline for the article.

A:  I am sorry, could you give me some advice?
B:  Yes, of course.
A:  I have to write an article about alternative sources of energy for our school magazine. Can you tell me where I can find all the necessary information? I’m afraid I’m not familiar with environmental problems. What should I start with?
B:  You can find some information on the website. Why don’t you look for information about, say, solar cells or wind generators in Wikipedia?
A:  Great idea. I really should start with Wikipedia. Do you think I could write about problems of nuclear power stations?
B:  If I were you, I would start with the problems of power stations burning oil and gas.
A:  You mean the problem of greenhouse effect?
B:  Yes. Next I would write about the dangers of nuclear power stations.
A:  I see. I’ll write that nuclear power stations are cheaper but more dangerous. You see, I need a good title for my article. Could you suggest something?
B:  You’d better state your concern about the future of our planet in the title of your article.
A:  Well, that’s not a bad idea. Must I finish the article by Thursday?
B:  That’s right. Thursday is the deadline.
A:  I’ll do my best to get everything ready on time.

Билет № 5, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: you were awarded a grant. Give an interview to a foreign reporter and explain who gave you the grant, why, and what you plan to buy for your school.

A:  Come in, please. This is our English classroom.
B:  It’s very nice. Can I ask you some questions?
A:  Yes, please. Would you like to take a seat here?
B:  Thank you. Did your school take part in the competition?
A:  That’s right. As you know, there is a program of the Russian government called the National Priority Projects. One of the projects focuses on education…
B:  I see. There are competitions held within the National Project ‘Education’.
A:  Yes. Our school took part in the competition as an innovative school in our district and won 1 million rubles.
B:  My congratulations! What will the prize be used for?
A:  Thank you. The money will go to repair work of the school building. Then we have plans to buy more computers and an Interwrite Board.

Билет № 6, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: your friend has come back from an English-speaking country. Ask him/her where he/she has been, what his/her biggest impressions are and why.

A:  What a surprise! I know you have just come back! Where have you been?
B:  I have been to London. And I must admit I’m full of impressions.
A:  What was your most exciting experience?
B:  The tourist attractions and nightlife are excellent.
A:  Would you advise me to go there?
B:  Err. On the one hand, there are world famous sights and great places to eat with a variety of food. On the other hand, it’s too expensive to stay in London very long.
A:  It means I have to save a lot of money first. What are the main expenses?
B:  Accommodation and transport are really expensive.
A:  I see. But what was the most positive impression?
B:  I took a bird’s view of the capital on the London Eye.
A:  I bet it was a really spectacular view!

A:  Hi, Mary. Did you have a good holiday?
B:  It was a wonderful holiday!
A:  Where did you go?
B:  I went to Scotland. We stayed on a farm near Loch Ness.
A:  Did you see the Loch Ness monster?
B:  No, we didn’t. But we saw a big black cat. It was enormous!
A:  You are kidding. Where did you see it?
B:  One evening in the garden. It jumped onto a rock.
A:  What was it like?
B:  Well, it was big and black. It was like a panther.
A:  What time was it?
B:  It was about 7 o’clock.
A:  Was it dark?
B:  No, it wasn’t. I went into the house to get my camera, but when I came back, the cat wasn’t there.
A:  Wow! That’s amazing!

Билет № 7, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: you were separated from the group in a European city. You need to get to your hotel. Ask a passer-by what the best way to get to the hotel, is how long it takes to get there and where the nearest station is.

A:  Excuse me, I was departed from my group in the Science Museum. Now I am wondering how to get to the Marriott Hotel. It’s in George Street. Could you help me?
B:  The Marriott Hotel Marble Arch. Right. You are far away. Now let me see. Go down this road to the tube station.
A:  How long does it take to get to the station?
B:  It’s five minutes from here on foot.
A:  OK. So it’s straight along from here and then to the tube station. And one more thing, please.
B:  Yes?
A:  What is the name of the station?
B:  Oh, it’s South Kensington.
A:  Excuse me, do you know where I can get a map? I don’t want to get lost again.
B:  Cross the street at the zebra crossing and you’ll see the newsagent’s. You can buy a map there.
A:  Thanks very much.
B:  Not at all. Just remember to get off at Marble Arch tube station.
A:  Oh, thanks. I hope the map will help me to find my way to the hotel.

Билет № 8, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: you are shopping in one European city. You want to buy some summer clothes. Ask a shop assistant what to buy, whether it suits you, and what the price is. Then make a decision about whether to buy it or not.

A:  Excuse me?
B:  Yes, can I help you?
A:  Yes, please. I am looking for some summer clothes. For example, have you got these jeans in white?
B:  What size are you?
A:  I’m size 36.
B:  Just a moment. Here you are.
A:  Where can I try them on?
B:  Over there.
A:  They’re too small. Can I try the next size?
B:  Certainly.
A:  How much are they?
B:  Err, these are thirty-five pounds.
A:  Oh, sorry. They are too expensive. Can you put them back on the rack?
B:  Have a look at those sparkly beaded tops.
A:  Mm. They’re great.
B:  Try the pink one. It’ll go with the skirt you are wearing right now.
A:  Yeah. Right. How do you find it?
B:  Well, this top is brilliant. And it’s not very expensive.
A:  I’ll take it.

Билет № 9, задание № 3

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: you are going to make a report about an English-speaking country. Ask your teacher’s advice: what topics your report is going to cover, how to prepare for the report, and how long you are supposed to present your report to the audience.
A:  I wonder if you could possibly give me some advice.
B:  Sure. What’s your problem?
A:  I am going to make a report about Canada. Will you help me with the topics of my report?
B:  Well, I’ll be glad to.
A:  That’s so kind of you. Could you tell me how to prepare?
B:  I think you could prepare a presentation with slides and a video.
A:  Great idea! I’ll make a presentation ‘Canada – the Land of Adventure’. Shall I start with the geographical position?
B:  Yes. You can show a map of Canada and describe it.
A:  Then I’ll prepare a short fact file including the most fascinating features.
B:  Next you should tell about the expedition of Alexander Mackenzie. Besides I’ll give you a video about various adventures and sports.
A:  Thank you. How long will it take to deliver my presentation?
B:  I think you will need 15 minutes. Is that enough?
A:  There’s no need to worry. Thanks a lot for your help.

Билет № 10

Act out a dialogue with your teacher: you have a phone call from your foreign friend. He would like you to meet him at the airport. Ask him about his flight number, what sights he would like to see in your city and where to go.

A:  Hello.
B:  Hi, Andrei. It’s Bill. How are you doing?
A:  Oh, hi, Bill. I’m fine, thanks. What a surprise! Are you calling from London?
B:  Yes. But I will be coming to Moscow on the 14th. Could you do me a favour?
A:  Yes, of course. It’s great that you’re coming.
B:  Would you mind picking me up at the airport?
A:  Sure. What is your flight number?
B:  It’s _____.
A:  OK, I got it. I’ll be waiting for you at the arrivals hall. You’ll see me there after the luggage claim area. You can use your mobile phone to communicate with me if there is a delay.
B:  Certainly. It’s great that you can meet me there.
A:  By the way, do you plan to go sightseeing?
B:  Sure. I’d love to visit some historical sights.
A:  What sights are you interested in?
B:  Well, I would like to go to the Kremlin and the Trinity Sergius Lavra. Actually, I’d love to visit the Bolshoi Theatre if I have enough time.
A:  OK. I believe, we’ll work it out after your arrival.
B:  See you then.
A:  Bye.

Submitted by Irina Ishkhneli ,
School No. 1738, Moscow