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Programme on Training Managers and Executives for the Enterprises of National Economy of the Russian Federation

ENTRY TEST 2002

Test of Oral Interaction

Warming-up questions (materials for the Interlocutor)
1.  Hello (good morning, afternoon)
2.  Come in, sit down, please. How are you today?
3.  My name is... and yours?
4.  Could you spell it for me?
5.  It's a nice (cold, warm, rainy ...) day, isn't it?
6.  I'm sorry you had to wait so long (if necessary).

Now we'll do the Test of Oral Interaction. First we are going to talk about ... (topic). I'm going to ask you some questions. Are you ready to answer? (Pause) Good. Let's begin.

 

TASK 1.  GENERAL CONVERSATION   (materials for the interlocutor)

SPORT

1. Does sport play an important role in people's lives nowadays? Why?
2. What sports are popular with men and women? Is there any difference?
3. What kinds of sport are you fond of?
4. Tell me about the sports you liked when you were a child.
5. How often do you watch sports programmes?
6. Have you ever taken part in a sports competition?
7. If you had a chance to interview a famous sportsman, who would you like to talk to? Why?

HEALTH

1. Do people in Russia pay much attention to their health?
2. What do you do to be in good health?
3. How often do you visit a doctor?
4. Have you ever used alternative medicines?
5. Which is more important for you: health or money? Why?
6. Do you think it is important to have a family doctor? Why?
7. If you needed medical help where would you like to get it - in Russia or abroad?

EDUCATION

1. Where and when did you study?
2. Are you satisfied with the kind of education you have received?
3. Did your education help you to get a good job?
4. Why did you choose to apply to the Russian President Management Training Initiative Programme?
5. Do you think it will be difficult to combine work and study?
6. What kind of education do young people prefer nowadays?
7. If you had an opportunity to study abroad what country would you choose and why?

SHOPPING

1. How often do you go shopping?
2. Do you spend much time on shopping every week?
3. Where do you prefer to buy vegetables: at the market or in the shop? Why?
4. Can you spend much money on books?
5. Tell me about the most expensive purchase you have recently made.
6. Where is the largest supermarket in your city/town?
7. If you had a lot of money what would you buy? Why?

ECOLOGY

1. Are ecological problems becoming more and more serious nowadays? Why?
2. Tell me about the most serious ecological problem in your region.
3. What is being done in your region to change the ecological situation?
4. Do you take part in a spring subbotnik for cleaning up the territory around your house ?
5. Why is it necessary to protect nature?
6. What kind of organisation is the Greenpeace Movement?
7. If you were Director of a big company would you spend money on nature protection ?

COMPUTERS

1. Are you a computer user? (If the answer is in the negative, switch to another topic.)
2. How long have you been using computers?
3. Tell me what you use your computer for.
4. Why do you think computers are so popular nowadays?
5. What kinds of software do you use?
6. Today young people spend a lot of time playing computer games. Is this a problem or not?
7. If your friends asked you whether they should buy a computer, what would you tell them?

BUSINESS TRAVEL

1. Do you have to travel a lot on business?
2. Are business trips an important part of your company's activities? Why?
3. Who buys tickets for business trips in your company?
4. What means of transport do you prefer when you travel on business?
5. Tell me about your last business trip.
6. Do you think business trips are necessary for each company?
7. If you went on a business trip, would you like to go alone or with a group of your colleagues?

MEALS AND COOKING

1. Are you a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian?
2. What is your favourite dish?
3. Can you cook your favourite dish? How long does it take you?
4. Have you ever eaten Chinese food? Do you find it tasty?
5. Where would you buy food and drinks if you decided to have a dinner party? Why?
6. How much attention do you pay to what you eat?
7. Tell me about your everyday meals.

ACCOMMODATION

1. Do you live in a private house or a flat?
2. How long have you been living there?
3. Is your house/flat comfortable enough? Why? / Why not?
4. What electric appliances are there in your house/flat?
5. Tell me about the house you would like to live in.
6. How much time do you usually spend on cleaning your house/flat?
7. If you could choose a place to live, which would you prefer - the city centre or the suburbs'? Why?

COUNTRIES

1. Where in Russia do you come from?
2. Is it a good place to live?
3. Have you been to any other countries? Where?
4. Can you tell me what you liked best about that country (those countries)?
5. What other country would you like to visit? Why?
6. Do you know anything about that country?
7. If you were going abroad for a week, what would you take in your suitcase?

OCCUPATION

1. What jobs are the most popular with young people in our country?
2. Do many people go into business nowadays? Why?
3. Are there any successful businesspeople among your friends?
4. Tell me about the company you work for.
5. What are your duties at work?
6. What do you like about your job?
7. If you could choose another occupation, what would you choose to do?

 

TASK 2.  SIMULATED SITUATIONS   (materials for the interlocutor)

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 1. JOB INTERVIEW
SituationPrompts
You are the Personnel Manager for VESTA Ltd. You are interviewing an applicant.

Tasks for the candidate:
Hello, I am X. I am applying for the position of Sales Manager.
ask the applicant about his/her work experience;Two years experience as a Sales agent.
find out about the duties at the previous place of work;Selling goods, looking for new customers.
ask the applicant to explain why he/she decided to change company;I'd like to get a more interesting job and a higher salary.
inform the applicant of the salary your company can offer ($ 500 a month);

decide if the applicant will get the job or not.
 

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 2. HEALTH
SituationPrompts
You want to join a fitness centre. Talk to the Manager.

Tasks for the candidate:

tell the Manager what you want;
I'm the Manager of the fitness centre. Hello, can I help you?
ask about the facilities provided;A swimming pool, a sauna,a gym, a massage room, an aerobics room, facilities for shaping and bodybuilding.
find out about the possibilities of individual or group training;Both are possible.
ask about the difference in prices;Individual training - 80 roubles per hour, group training - 55 roubles per hour.
decide what facilities you will use and how often you will attend the centre. 

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 3. SHOPPING
SituationPrompts
You want to buy a mobile phone. You come to the shop and talk to a shop assistant.

Tasks for the candidate:
Hello, I am a shop assistant. How can I help you?
ask what mobile phones they have;Nokia, Motorola, Sony
choose a model and ask what country it was made in;USA, Japan, Sweden
ask about the services and facilities provided;the Internet, fax, roaming, number identification memory, etc.
find out about the price and discount;

decide if you will buy this model or not.
from $50 to $500; special offers

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 4. LUNCH BREAK
SituationPrompts
Your colleague invites you to a cafe you have never been to. You are happy to join him/her.

Tasks for the candidate:

tell your colleague that you don't like the food at your company's canteen;
I'm your colleague. Why don't we have lunch together. There is a nice cafe nearby.
ask if he/she likes the food in the cafe;

find out what your colleague usually has for lunch;

ask about the prices;

decide what you will choose for lunch.
Yes, very much.

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 5. BUSINESS TRAVEL
SituationPrompts
You are going to Moscow/St. Petersburg on business. You come to the booking office to buy a railway ticket.

Tasks for the candidate:

explain to the booking clerk what you want;

ask about the time of departure and the time of arrival;
I am a booking clerk. Hello, can I help you?
find out if there is a restaurant car on the train;

ask about the price of a first-class and a second-class ticket;

tell the booking clerk what class ticket you will buy.
Yes, there is.

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 6. FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN BUSINESS
SituationPrompts
Your colleague has returned from a business trip. He was in the UK. You are discussing the problems he/she had there.

Tasks for the candidate:
I am your colleague.
ask if he/she had any problems with the language;Yes, I had some.
find out what was more difficult: to speak English or to understand it;to speak
ask your colleague how he/she managed to express him/herself;

suggest the best ways to learn English;

decide whether you would prefer to do your business abroad with/without the help of an interpreter.
used gestures and body language, sometimes asked for someone's help

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 7. COUNTRIES
SituationPrompts
You are at a travel agency. Talk to the travel agent.

Tasks for the candidate:

tell the agent that you want to go to Britain on holiday;
I am a travel agent. Can I help you?
ask the agent which places you should visit;London, the Lake District, historical sites of Scotland
ask what kinds of special tours they offer;a one-week tour of London and a ten-day tour of Scotland
find out about the costs of different tours;

tell the agent if you will go to Britain or not.
$1000; $1500

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 8. COMPUTERS
SituationPrompts
You have decided to buy a computer. You are in a computer shop. Talk to the shop assistant.

Tasks for the candidate:
I am a shop assistant. Can I help you?
ask what kinds of computers they have;Pentium 233, Pentium 266, Pentium II, Pentium III
ask about software;Windows 95, Windows 98, Microsoft Office 97, etc.
choose one of the models and ask about the price;$600 - $700 (Pentium 233, Pentium 266), $1000 - $3000 (Pentium III, Pentium III)
ask what country the computer was made in;

tell the shop assistant if you will buy this model or not.
the USA, Japan, Taiwan, China, etc.

Now let us do Task 2. (The examiner shows the card to the candidate and gives instructions.) Here is a card. There is a situation on it. You have one minute to study it. You will ask questions and I will answer them. Is everything clear? (The examiner passes the card to the candidate and gives him/her 1 minute to prepare.)

Now let's start.

CARD 9. RENTING AN OFFICE
SituationPrompts
You want to rent an office. Talk to a real estate agent.

Tasks for the candidate:
I am a real estate agent. Hello, how can I help you?
tell the agent what kind of an office you are interested in;We have a wide choice of centrally located offices.
find out about the size of the rooms and facilities provided;size: from 50 to 350 sq. metres
facilities: guestroom, western-standard kitchen, parking in the yard
ask about the price and discount for long-term rent;price: from $250 per sq. metre upwards
discount: for more than a one-year period
ask if a 24-hour security service is provided;

decide if you will rent the office or not.
Yes, it is.

 

TASK 2.  SIMULATED SITUATIONS   (materials for the candidate)
CARD 1. JOB INTERVIEW
You are the Personnel Manager for VESTA Ltd. You are interviewing an applicant.

Tasks for the candidate:


ask the applicant about his /her work experience;
find out about the duties at the previous place of work;
ask the applicant to explain why he/she decided to change the company;
inform the applicant of the salary your company can offer ($ 500 a month);
decide if the applicant will get the job or not.

 
CARD 2. HEALTH
You want to join a fitness centre. Talk to the Manager.

Tasks for the candidate:


tell the Manager what you want;
ask about the facilities provided;
find out about the possibilities of individual or group training;
ask about the difference in prices;
decide what facilities you will use and how often you will attend the centre.

 
CARD 3. SHOPPING
You want to buy a mobile phone. You come to the shop and talk to a shop assistant.

Tasks for the candidate:


ask what mobile phones they have;
choose a model and ask what country it was made in;
ask about the services and facilities provided;
find out about the price and discount;
decide if you will buy this model or not.

 
CARD 4. LUNCH BREAK
Your colleague invites you to a cafe you have never been to. You are happy to join him/her.

Tasks for the candidate:


tell your colleague that you don't like the food at your company's canteen;
ask if he/she likes the food in the cafe;
find out what your colleague usually has for lunch;
ask about the prices;
decide what you will choose for lunch.

 
CARD 5. BUSINESS TRAVEL
You are going to Moscow/St. Petersburg on business. You come to the booking office to buy a railway ticket.

Tasks for the candidate:


explain to the booking clerk what you want;
ask about the time of departure and the time of arrival;
find out if there is a restaurant car on the train;
ask about the price of a first-class and a second-class ticket;
tell the booking clerk what class ticket you will buy.

 
CARD 6. FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN BUSINESS
Your colleague has returned from a business trip. He was in the UK. You are discussing problems he/she had there.

Tasks for the candidate:


ask if he/she had any problems with the language;
find out what was more difficult: to speak English or to understand it;
ask your colleague how he/she managed to express him/herself;
suggest the best ways to learn English;
decide whether you would prefer to do your business abroad with/without the help of an interpreter.

 
CARD 7. COUNTRIES
You are at a travel agency. Talk to the travel agent.

Tasks for the candidate:


tell the agent that you want to go to Britain on holiday;
ask the agent which places you should visit;
ask what kinds of special tours they offer;
find out about the costs of different tours;
tell the agent if you will go to Britain or not.

 
CARD 8. COMPUTERS
You have decided to buy a computer. You are in a computer shop.

Talk to a shop assistant.


ask what kinds of computers they have;
ask about software;
choose one of the models and ask about the price;
ask what country the computer was made in;
tell the shop assistant if you will buy this model or not.

 
CARD 9. RENTING AN OFFICE
You want to rent an office. Talk to a real estate agent.

Tasks for the candidate:

tell the agent what kind of an office you are interested in;
find out about the size of the rooms and facilities provided;
ask about the price and discount for long-term rent;
ask if a 24-hour security service is provided;
decide if you will rent the office or not.

 

TASK 3.  EXPANDING ON A STATEMENT   (materials for the interlocutor)

Thank you. Let's continue with our Test of Oral Interaction. Now we'll go on to Task 3.
Here is a card with three statements in it. You have one minute to read the card and to choose one statement to speak on. Then you are to talk on the statement for about a minute. If you go on speaking for more than a minute, I'll have to stop you. (1 minute pause)

Now it is time to start.

Card 1

1. There is no place like home.
2. No one can do without love.
3. Once I was dreaming about.

Card 2

1. Rome wasn't built in a day.
2. People's abilities are unlimited.
3. I still remember my visit to ...

Card 3

1. Better to do well than to say well.
2. It's good to have a lot of friends.
3. If I were the mayor of the city...

Card 4

1. While there is life there is hope.
2. Higher education is the key to your success.
3. If I knew English better ...

Card 5

1. To know everything is to know nothing.
2. Sometimes people have strange hobbies.
3. Every person wants to be happy.

Card 6

1. You never know what you can do till you try.
2. It's so good to be a student!
3. A new century should begin with ...

Card 7

1. Health is above wealth.
2. Be the first to say 'Hello'.
3. On my weekend I prefer to ...

Card 8

1. Knowledge is power.
2. Modern life is impossible without computers.
3. If I lived in the countryside...

Card 9

1. Experience is the mother of knowledge.
2. It's never late to make a new start.
3. Every person wants to be rich.

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