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Завдання ІІ етапу олімпіади з англійської мови 2019 (Львівська обл.)

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The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Writing Test For 8th Form Students

Directions:

In this test you will select from three writing tasks.  Choose the one that you feel you are most capable to write about.  You will then begin writing your essay on the pages provided.  When you are finished close your papers, lay down your pen and wait for us to collect your test materials.

Writing Comprehension Test for 8th Form Students

 

Write an essay regarding one of the topics suggested. In your essay, take a position on the subject. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

  1. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? What does this quote mean? Do you agree or disagree? Give specific reasons and examples.

 

  1. Describe something that you have achieved that you are proud of?
  • What was it? Where and when did you do it?
  • Why did you do it? What was your motivation?
  • Why were you particularly proud of it?

 

  1. Reading a novel and watching a film version of the same book.  List arguments for and against these both. What would you prefer? Why? Do you know any film versions that were better than books or vice versa?  Give reasons and provide examples.

 

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Writing Comprehension Test For 9th Form Students

Directions:

In this test you will select from three writing tasks.  Choose the one that you feel you are most capable to write about.  You will then begin writing your essay on the pages provided.  When you are finished close your papers, lay down your pen and wait for us to collect your test materials.

Writing Comprehension Test for 9th Form Students

 

Write an argumentative essay regarding one of the topics suggested. In your essay, take a position on the subject. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

  1. People used to think that the family played an important role in society, but times have changed and now the family is much less important. Do you agree? How important is your family for you?

 

  1. People should be encouraged to get out of their cars and find other ways to travel, like public transport or cycling and walking. Do you agree or disagree? Give specific reasons and examples.

 

  1. Many people believe that certain subjects shouldn’t be studied at school. Do you agree? Do you feel there are such subjects in your school curriculum? What would you like to change in your school curriculum?

 

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Writing Comprehension Test

For 10th Form Students

Directions:

In this test you will select from three writing tasks.  Choose the one that you feel you are most capable to write about.  You will then begin writing your essay on the pages provided.  When you are finished close your papers, lay down your pen and wait for us to collect your test materials.

Writing Comprehension Test for 10th Form Students

 

Write an essay regarding one of the topics suggested. In your essay, take a position on the subject. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

  1. Volunteering in a community can make an improvement on where you live. To what extend do you agree with this statement? Explain. Would you be interested in volunteering in your community? Why or why not?

 

  1. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” Do you agree? Do you remember a time in your life when you experienced success? Can success truly happen overnight?

 

  1. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life’s about creating yourself ” (George Bernard Shaw). Do you agree? Why is creativity supposed to be a life skill of the 21st century?

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Writing Comprehension Test

For 11th Form Students

 

Directions:

In this test you will select from three writing tasks.  Choose the one that you feel you are most capable to write about.  You will then begin writing your essay on the pages provided.  When you are finished close your papers, lay down your pen and wait for us to collect your test materials.

 

                     Writing Comprehension Test for 11th Form Students

 

Write an essay regarding one of the topics suggested. In your essay, take a position on the subject. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

  1. Growing up is a wonderful experience and the point of human evolution, physical and spiritual. To what extend do you agree with these words?

 

  1. “Maybe you should be doing more of the things you don’t feel comfortable with” (Jake Gyllenhaal). To what extend do you agree with this statement?

 

  1. A teacher is better than two books, it is a German proverb. To what extend do you agree with this proverb?

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Speaking Test

For 9th Form Students

 

Directions:

In this test you will select three task slips from those before you.  After selecting three, choose the 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.  Take a deep breath and begin.

 Speaking  Test for  9th Form Students

 

  1. What is the most important subject you study at school?
  • What knowledge or skills have you acquired in that subject?
  • Do your parents think it is the most important subject? Why?
  • What subject that isn’t in your school curriculum would you like to take? Why?

 

  1. You decide to write a history book.
  • What time period do you decide to focus on?
  • What area of the world do you write about?
  • Do you think history books are important for understanding today’s world?

 

  1. Do you think exercise should be an important part of every person’s life?
  • Do you do any sports? Dance? Go jogging? Do you like exercise?
  • Can you see any difference in the people around you who exercise and those who

do not?

  • What are the benefits of regular exercise?

 

  1. You are the owner of a pet shop, and you have been asked to speak about  the importance of having pets.
  • Explain how to choose the right pet for you.
  • What benefits do pets offer their owners?
  • What common-sense tips can you mention to support the pet owners?

 

  1. You are going on a trip to another country.
  • What country would you travel to? Why?
  • What gifts of Ukrainian folk-culture would you bring to your hosts?
  • How would you explain their significance to them?

 

  1. Your family has the opportunity to travel to a foreign country. Your father wants to go to Canada but your mother prefers Great Britain.
  • Which country would you prefer to visit?
  • Why would you choose this country?
  • How would you persuade your other parent of your choice?

 

  1. If you had three wishes, what would they be and why?
  • Would they be beneficial to you or to other people?
  • Would it be easy or hard for you to choose just three?
  • Who would grant your wishes?
  1. You are stranded with one person on a deserted island. Who would you like this person to be?
  • What will you do together?
  • Do you know any survival techniques to stay alive?
  • How will this person help you get off the island?

 

  1. Describe your dream house and why you want to live there.
  • What does it look like?
  • Where is it located?
  • What facilities does it have?

 

  1. If you had a time machine, what time would you travel to and why?
  • What would you do there?
  • What people would you like to meet?
  • What kinds of things would you see?

 

  1. If you could be the president of Ukraine for one day, what would you do?
  • Who would you meet?
  • Where would you go?
  • What issue would you want to deal with?

 

  1. 12. Describe your dream job.
  • What would you do?
  • Where would you work?
  • Who would be your colleagues?

 

  1. If you had to live on a TV show, which one would it be and why?
  • What character would you be?
  • What is better about this TV world than where you live now?
  • What would you miss the most about your real life?

 

  1. You meet your future self on a park bench.
  • What will you ask him/her?
  • What do you think he/she will tell you?
  • What do you want to tell him/her?

 

  1. You are leaving home for college in another town/city.
  • How do you prepare to move out for college?
  • How do you prepare to cope with being away from home for the first time?
  • What are some pros/cons of leaving home for college?

 

  1. You have found a magical device that can show you anything in the world.
  • What do you want to see?
  • Why do you want to see it?
  • What will you do with this information?

 

  1. If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would he/she be?
  • What questions would you ask this person?
  • What would you tell this person about yourself?
  • What would you suggest having for lunch?

 

  1. You are a famous artist. You have just completed your best painting.
  • What does your painting look like?
  • What does this painting convey to others?
  • What does this painting tell others about you?

 

  1. Books have a positive influence on many peoples’ lives.
  • What childhood books influenced you most?
  • What do you think are the most important elements of a good story?
  • If you could be any character from literature, who would you be and why?

 

  1. Learning a language helps you understand how other people think.
  • Why are communicative skills so important nowadays?
  • Is it important to learn about cultures of many people that inhabit the world?
  • What can you tell foreigners about the Ukrainian language and culture?

 

 

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Speaking Test

For 10th Form Students

Directions:

In this test you will select three task slips from those before you.  After selecting three, choose the 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.  Take a deep breath and begin.

 

 Speaking  Test for 10th Form Students

  1. If you could be a famous actor/actress in a film, what kind of film would you choose?
  • Which actors/actresses would you hope to work with?
  • Would it be more important to you if the film was money-making or original?
  • What other elements would you want in the film, such as scenery, location, plot

etc.?

 

  1. If you could spend one year living in a foreign country, which country would you choose?
  • Why would you choose this country?
  • How would you spend your time there? What would your typical day be like?
  • What would you take with you to remind you of home?

 

  1. Imagine yourself in ten years from now and describe your life.
  • What are your greatest achievements?
  • What is your personal and professional life like?
  • What are some obstacles you have faced and overcome?

 

  1. Tonight you have a choice of different activities, such as going to the ballet, the opera, a concert or to a football match, but you can only choose one.
  • Which activity would you choose? Why?
  • Which other activities would you consider?
  • How would this evening out differ from your typical one?

 

  1. People in your neighbourhood are concerned that a nearby landfill site is polluting the air, causing people to get sick.
  • What can one person do in the situation?
  • How can the community respond to the situation?
  • Should people around the country be involved (even though it does not directly affect them)?

 

  1. You can be the youngest president of any country in the world:
  • Which country do you want to rule? Why?
  • Would you improve the country in any way? How?
  • How can you improve the lives of young people in the country?
  1. If you could live in any time period in Ukraine…
  • When would you choose to live? Why?
  • Where in the country would you like to live?
  • What would you like to do in that time period?

 

  1. What are the benefits of owning a pet?
  • Do you have a pet? What is the most challenging aspect of having a pet?
  • Can you remember a story about your pet?
  • What are some pros/cons of having a pet?

 

  1. Describe a movie that is currently in theatres near you.
  • What type of movie is it? What is it about?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • What sort of people do you think will enjoy the movie? What type of movie person are you?

 

  1. Your best friend has an opportunity to move to another country and asks for your advice.
  • Do you think he/she should stay or go?
  • What will you tell him/her to do? What kind of person is your friend?
  • Would you leave Ukraine to live in another country?

 

  1. You will soon finish school and become an adult. What do you think of childhood?
  • What do you think is the best part of being a child?
  • What do you think the main differences are between childhood and adulthood?
  • How do you see the life of children in the future?

 

  1. 12. Some people claim that the number of people who speak more than one language will increase in future. The main reason for this is that technology is going to make it easier to communicate in different languages. Do you agree?
  • How many languages do you know or are learning at the moment?
  • Does technology help you learn foreign languages? How?
  • Can you give some advice to those who want to start learning your native

language?

 

  1. Do you think that the arts—theatre, music, painting, literature, etc.—play an important role in your life?
  • Do you play any musical instruments? Do you paint or draw? Would you like to have these or other artistic abilities?
  • Do you have any opportunity to go to museums and concerts? If so, what do you learn and feel when you are there?
  • What in your opinion is a good career for an artistic person?

 

  1. The climate nowadays is changing very rapidly. As a result, the climate changes are affecting our lives psychologically, physically and emotionally. How far do you agree?
  • What are the presumable causes of climate change?
  • What are the effects of climate change?
  • Can natural disasters be prevented in any way?

 

  1. You spend two weeks with a famous historical figure whom you admire.
  • Speak about your time with this person and what you do together.
  • Tell us what it is like to be with such an accomplished person.
  • Why do you admire this person?

 

  1. You are going on a trip to another country for two weeks. How would you plan your trip?
  • Where would you go? Whom would you go with? What kind of preparations would you make?
  • Would you travel more for adventure, to learn or to see historical sites?
  • Describe one day in your itinerary.

 

  1. Describe an ideal neighbourhood.
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of people live there?
  • How could you make this a reality where you live?

 

  1. Talking and being with friends is good. Is online communication

           a substitution?

  • How often do you spend your free time with your close friends? What do you usually talk about?
  • Do you chat with your friends on the net? What do you usually chat about? Can you be online late at night?
  • Chatrooms are fun and entertaining, but can they be dangerous?

 

  1. You’ve got an amazing chance to meet with a celebrity (living or dead) for one hour.
  • Who would you meet and why?
  • What questions would you ask this person?
  • What would you like to tell him/her?
  1. How did you first learn to read? Why is reading an important skill?
  • What did you prefer reading as a child?
  • Have your reading habits changed ever since?
  • Is there any book you can recommend?

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Speaking Test

For 8th Form Students

 

Directions:

In this test you will select three task slips from those before you.  After selecting three, choose the 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.  Take a deep breath and begin.

 

 Speaking  Test for 8th Form Students

  1. What are the benefits of owning a pet? Why do people have pets? Do you have a pet? Describe it.
  2. Describe your favourite film. What kind of film is it? What is it about? What do you like about it?
  3. If you could travel back in time, which famous person from the past would you like to meet? How would you spend the time with this person? If you could take one thing from the past, what would it be?
  4. Are you proud of Ukraine? Why or why not? What is your favourite holiday? How do you celebrate it?
  5. Would you prefer a future job working alone or with people? Why? Are there any advantages and disadvantages of each?
  6. Do you like playing computer games? What are the positive and negative effects of computer games?
  7. Travelling is a unique way to see the world and learn about other cultures. Which place do you wish to visit for the culture? Why?
  8. What is the difference between your best friend and all of your other friends? Can you have more than one best friend? Do you? Are you a good friend?
  9. What languages do you think are important for a person to know? Are ancient languages such as Latin, Greek or Egyptian more important than modern ones? How can each help you?
  10. Imagine you should give a piece of advice to a foreigner visiting your country. Discuss when to come, what to bring, where to go and what to expect upon arrival.
  11. Describe your musical tastes and preferences. Should everyone learn to play a musical instrument? Explain.
  12. Describe a small accident that you had in your past. What did you do about it? How long did it take you to recover?
  13. If you were a teacher, what subject would you teach? Would you be relaxed or strict? Would you give a lot of homework? Explain your answers.
  14. Is it a good idea to save animals from extinction? Why? Do you know any animals that are threatened with extinction? Why are they? What can be done to help?
  15. What does the independence of Ukraine mean to you? What are the national symbols of Ukraine? What do they mean to you?
  16. Would you prefer a future job working alone or with people? Why? Do you agree with the idea that all students should study computer science? What skills should young people get at school?
  17. The earth climate is changing rapidly. What are the effects of climate change? Can people prevent natural disasters?
  18. Describe a trip that you went on. When was it and where did you go? What did you see and learn? Did you enjoy the trip?
  19. What do you think about keeping animals in zoos? Describe your last visit to the zoo? What can people do to protect endangered species?
  20. Is it better to live in a house or an apartment? Where would you like to live? What makes a house/an apartment a home?

 

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

Stage Ii National Students Olympiad in the English Language

 

Speaking Test

For 11th Form Students

Directions:

In this test you will select three task slips from those before you.  After selecting three, choose the 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.  Take a deep breath and begin.

 Speaking  Test for 11th Form Students

  1. Celebrities have a lot of influence nationally and internationally.
  • Which Ukrainian celebrity are you most proud of? Why?
  • What are some of this celebrity’s accomplishments?
  • How can a person be pride of the nation?
  1. The choices we make in our youth shape our adult life.
  • What decision have you made in your life that you think will be the most important for your future?
  • How do you know you’re making the right life decision? Explain.
  • What future decisions are you likely to make? What values will you consider while making them?

 

  1. Change is part of the development of a community.
  • In your community, what are the most notable recent changes you have seen?
  • Have these been positive or negative changes?
  • What do you think should be changed? Why?

 

  1. Traditions and customs of Ukrainian people are very diverse and have deep roots.
  • Briefly describe the diversity to a person who knows little of Ukraine.
  • What traditions are you most proud of? Why?
  • What in your opinion are cultural pursuits of the Ukrainian youth nowadays? Explain.

 

  1. The 20th century was dominated by advances in technology and globalization.
  • What do you think of technology and modernization?
  • What advantages and disadvantages of modernization do you see and foresee?
  • Where is it taking us and what can we expect in the future?

 

  1. Art has long been described as the truest form of self-expression and depicting the complicated world around us.
  • What form of art (music, film, literature, etc.) means the most to you and why?
  • What specific work of art reflects something about you or the way you think and feel?
  • Describe how it represents you and your thoughts.

 

  1. You are now in the eleventh form. Soon you will finish school.
  • What advice about school life would you like to give to younger pupils?
  • What would you like to see changed about your school or the system of education in Ukraine?
  • What are some ideas about improving yourself in your future?

 

  1. There is nothing permanent except change. – Heraclitus.
  • How do you interpret this proverb?
  • Do you agree with this statement or not? Why?
  • Give some life examples that justify your opinion.

 

  1. You will be stranded alone on a deserted island. You have time to take only one thing with you before the ship sinks.
  • What one thing will you take and why is it important to you?
  • How will it help you survive alone on the deserted island?
  • What would be your first steps to prepare for uncertain times on the island?

 

  1. Holidays are special times when people excitedly give and receive presents to and from loved ones signifying their love for one another.
  • What do you think is better: to give or to receive presents? Why?
  • What presents do you especially wish for? Why do you want these things?
  • If you had the money or ability to give one person in the world anything, what would you give, whom would you give it to, and why?

 

  1. Many people disagree about secrets to staying fit. Different food diets, vigorous exercise routines and vitamins are just some ideas that are often recommended.
  • What do you think are the keys to a healthy lifestyle and a long life? Explain.
  • How could you present your advice to get people of different ages to follow it?
  • What is currently the biggest threat to people’s health in Ukraine? Why?

 

  1. Many people believe that violence on television and in movies is the cause of many of today’s problems.
  • What is your opinion on this subject? Explain.
  • How does this violence affect viewers?
  • What solutions could you propose to make both sides of this argument satisfied?
  1. It is hard to imagine the world hundreds of years ago without all the modern conveniences we have become so accustomed to.
  • What do you think has been the most influential invention of all times? Explain.
  • Where would we be without this invention today?
  • If you could invent anything, what would it be, what would it do and how would it help us?

 

  1. You have a choice between living in one city for the rest of your life and moving to a new city every three years.
  • Which style of life would you choose?
  • What are some of the reasons for this choice?
  • If you could choose a city or cities, where would you live?

 

  1. Construction workers building a new store just found an ancient building. They cannot continue their work without damaging the one.
  • What should they do? Justify your answer.
  • Who should be informed?
  • In general, should culture or economy be valued more?
  1. Your school is going to start a new club. Your principle has asked you for advice.
  • What kind of club do you think the students would benefit from the most?
  • What would your role be in organizing this club?
  • Do you think that the students could run this club by themselves, or you need teachers or other adults to help?

 

  1. Parents often say that kids are growing faster today. Do you agree? At what age do teenagers reach adulthood?
  • At what age do you think people become adults? Explain.
  • What distinguishes teenagers from adults? What are the characteristics of maturity?
  • Do you agree with the opinion that children rush to be adults?

 

  1. Imagine you are friends with a time traveller. Your friend has just arrived in 2019 from 50 years ago.

 

  • What will be the biggest surprises for your friend?
  • How will you help guide your friend through modern life? Explain.
  • Which manner of human behaviour will surprise him/her most?

 

  1. What is the biggest problem you think young people in Ukraine face today?
  • Why did you choose this problem?
  • What do you think you can do about this problem?
  • What, if anything, should the government do to help solve this problem?

 

  1. Imagine you want to run for a position, such as a president of your school community.
  • What issues are of interest to the students?
  • What promises will you make to the students to get elected?
  • What personal motives and qualities do you have for running for this position?

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