Speaking topics for level 3 exam

Level 3 exam – speaking part

Task 2

(L3/S/021-030)

While preparing for the exam you usually wonder what tasks you would receive. Here are the latest speaking topics you would be required to deal with at the exam on level 3. Not difficult, still need to be developed in advance to avoid surprises. If you try to answer the tasks now, your final performence at the exam will be much better and smooth. Each set contains some statements and possible options supporting/delevoping it – let’s call them “hints for students”. Below each statement you will also find some additional questions. These are questions which will be asked by examinators but you will not be provided with them in advance at the exam. So, this is the only part which might surprise you. What you will receive during exam is surrounded here by a dotted frame, which constitutes a single examination sheet. Good luck!

EDUCATION
There are a number of conditions that must be fulfilled to make education effective. Look at the list below and decide which of the following factors cotribute to students’ progress most and least. Justify your opinions.
TEACHERS’ QUALIFICATIONS       STUDENTS’ COMMITMENT       MODERN FACILITIES

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. Some people say that private schools give students better opportunities than their public equivalents. Discuss.
2. Teaching contemporary students is getting more and more difficult. Why is this the case and how can modern teachers respond to the challenge?
3. Many young people emigrate right after graduation. What can be the consequences of this trend and how can it be prevented?

THE MILITARY
There are a number of ways in which families of deployed soldiers can be supported. Look at the list below and decide which of these methods are the most and least effective. Be ready to justify your choice.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT       PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT      FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. Soldiers returning from military missions face problems with adapting to everyday life. What can be done to make this process easier?
2. What can be done to ease soldiers’ trasition from the military to civilian job market?
3. There are more disadvantages of military missions than advantages. Discuss.

NATURAL DISASTERS
Victims of natural disasters can be helped in a variety of ways. Look at the list below and decide which sources of assistance might be the most and least effective. Be ready to justify your choice.
INSURANCE COVERAGE       GOVERNMENT RELIEF FUNDS       CHARITY RELIEF FUNDS

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. In what ways can the army help when a natural disaster strikes?
2. Do you think Polish people know how to behave in emergency situations? What can be done to broaden their knowledge in this area?
3. Climate change is one of the main reasons why natural disasters are more frequent. Are the world governments doing enough to stop climate change?

SOCIAL MEDIA
Social media is growing in popularity and importance. Look at the list below and decide which of these areas is influenced most and least by social media.
ECONOMY            POLITICS              SOCIAL LIFE

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. A lot of people take up writing blogs these days. What do you think about this trend?
2. The quality of TV news services and newspaper reports is getting poorer. Do you agree?
3. Should tabloid reporters and paparazzi be punished for invading celebrities’ privacy? Why? Why not?

MODERN ADDICTIONS
Contemporary lifestyle makes people develop modern addictions. Look at the list and decide which of the addictions below has the most and least harmful effect on people’s lives. Be ready to justify your choice.
WORKAHOLISM       SHOPAHOLISM       INTERNET ADDICTION

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. Which social group is most likely to develop modern addictions? Why?
2. What can be done to help people overcome their addictions?
3. Soft drugs should be legalized. Do you agree?

SOCIAL MATTERS
Nowadays more and more people remain single. Look at the list below and decide which factor contributes to this phenomenon most and least. Justify your opinion.
IMMATURITY        ECONOMIC SITUATION       PERSONAL CHOICE

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. The rising number of single people leads to a demographic low. What can be the consequences of this trend and what can be done to reverse it?
2. 60% of marriages in the EU end in divorce. What are the causes and effects of this tendency?
3. Single people should pay higher taxes. Do you agree? Why (not)?

JOB MARKET
There are a lot of factors contributing to unemployment in Poland. Look at the list of factors below and decide which is the most and the least influential. Justify your opinion.
INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS       HIGH TECHNOLOGY        PEOPLE’S INADEQUATE SKILLS

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. What can be the long-term consequences of unemployment among young people?
2. What ways of reducing unemployment are the most effective? Discuss.
3. At what age should people retire? Why?

ENERGY SOURCES
There are a number of reasons why Poland is more and more frequently turning to alternative sources of energy. Look at the list below and decide what are the most and least important reasons for this trend.
ENERGY INDEPENDENCE        ENVIRONMENTAL CARE       ECONOMIC REASONS

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. Another way in which Poland can achieve energy independence is to develop a nuclear energy sector. Do you agree?
2. What has changed i Polish people’s attitude to ecology in recent years?
3. Many people throw away food. What are the causes and consequences of this phenomenon?

FINANCIAL ISSUES
Nowadays more and more people get into financial trouble. Look at the list below and decide which of the factors are the most and the least influential with regard to this problem. Justify your opinion.
EASY ACCESS TO LOANS      LOW INCOME      LACK OF ECONOMIC EDUCATION

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. Polish people give less and less money to charity. What are the reasons for this trend?
2. At what age should people become financially independent? Why?
3. What can be done to minimize income inequality?

TERRORISM
More and more European citizens turn to terrorist activity. Look at the list of reasons for this tendency and decide which of them is the most and least influential. Justify your opinion.
IGNORANCE       PROPAGANDA       FRUSTRATION

Possible examinator’s questions:
1. What can be done to increase a feeling of security in your country?
2. Terrorist attacks on civilians can arouse prejudice against some minorities. What can be done to prevent it?
3. Cyber attacks are another powerful tool in the hands of terrorists nowadays. What can be done to deal with this threat?