Use the steps below to write an anecdote in about 100 words about something you were nervous about doing and how you overcame it

TS4. Speaking Cards (the length of the answer is 150 words)

Topic 1. Describe an interesting person you know

Use: Present perfect and the Present perfect continuous and verbs that are followed by verbs +ing, + inf.

Use the following prompts:

  1. Do you know many interesting people?
  2. Why do you think they are interesting? What makes them interesting?
  3. Who is the person you admire the most? How long have you known him/her?


Topic 2. Tell aboutyour personal tastes

Use: as … asand expressions absolutely, in fact, to be honest

Use the following prompts:

  1. How have your personal tastes changed over the last 5 years?
  2. What are your tastes in clothes and fashion? What kind of music do you like? Are there any bands that you don’t listen to now as much as you used to?
  3. Do you go shopping as often as your friends?


Topic 3.Tell about the traditions and customs of your country (or the country you would like to live in)

Use: Present simple passive, V+ing as a subject and any proverb you find relevant

 Use the following prompts:

  1. Are there any traditional handicrafts?
  2. What is an important holiday? When is it celebrated?
  3. What is your favorite traditional dish and how is it cooked?


Topic 4. Talk about socializing issues in your country

Use: be supposed to and phrasal verbs with get

Use the following prompts:

  1. What is your social style? Are there more introverts or extroverts among your friends? Who do you socialize with?
  2. Do teenagers feel comfortable socializing in large groups?
  3. Where are some good places to go out with friends?


Topic 5. Tell about laws and regulations in your country

Use: Passive of modals (should be done, could be done, etc.) and expressions in fact, so that

Use the following prompts:

  1. Which laws can you propose to the government? Which laws should be enforced?
  2. Do you have laws about wearing seat belt and using a cell phone in a car? How should you get rid of litter and garbage?
  3. What do you think about 18 as the age of majority? Do you think you should be allowed to vote at 18?


Topic 6. Describe a strange event (coincidence or deja vu) that once happened to you

Use: Past perfect and expressions actually, surprisingly

Use the following prompts:


  1. What is a common superstition in your county? Do you believe in it?
  2. Think of a time when you dreamt about something and then it came true.
  3. What is the most unusual coincidence you have ever experienced?


Topic 7. Tell about the household problem you have recently solved

Use: Causative get and have and expressions actually, as you might guess

Use the following prompts:

  1. How do you usually take care of problems? Do you ever ignore problems until the last minute?
  2. Do you ever have things delivered to your house? What?
  3. What is something in your home that often needs to be fixed?



Topic 8. Tell about your emotions and behavior

Use: Past modals and expressions actually, It turned out that …

Use the following prompts:

  1. Have you ever lost temper and were sorry afterward?
  2. Are you emotionally intelligent? What can make you smile?
  3. When and how do you apologize?


Topic 9. Tell about your most valuable possession

Use: reported speech and expressions the point is, despite

Use the following prompts:

  1. Do you think you have too many possessions? How good are you at managing money?
  2. What is something that you couldn’t live without?
  3. Have you ever bought or sold anything online?


Topic 10. Tell about the way people become famous

Use: If-clauses and expressions It’s hard to say, although

Use the following prompts:

  1. How do people become famous? How important is it to be “in the right place at the right time”?
  2. What do you think is the best / the worst thing about being famous?
  3. If you had had the opportunity, would you have wanted to become famous?


Topic 11. Describe the ecological situations in your country

Use: Passive voice and expressions in fact, instead of, as a result of, despite

Use the following prompts:

  1. What is the most serious environmental problem and what is being done to solve it? What can people do to protect the environment?
  2. What kind of issues with pollution does your country have?
  3. Why is it important for everyone to recycle?


Topic 12. Describe the job market in you country

Use: Future tenses, What-clauses and expressions What I heard, personally, The best part is

Use the following prompts:

  1. What do you think you will be doing 5 years from now?
  2. If you decide to change careers, what would you do first? What is the main thing you need to do to prepare for a job interview?
  3. In the future, will more people be working from home? What do you think would be an ideal job?



Writing Task 1

Use the steps below to write an anecdote in about 100 words about something you were nervous about doing and how you overcame it.

1. Set the general time or place.
2. Set the particular time or place.
3. Describe what happened.
4. End the story. Link the events to now.

Check that you:
• write at least four sentences
• follow the steps for writing an anecdote

Writing Task 2

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