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

ENTRY TEST 2003

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)

JOB AND OCCUPATION

1. Where do you work?
2. Can you tell me something about your job?
3. How long have you been working as ... ?
4. Tell me about your duties at work.
5. Are you satisfied with your job? Why?
6. What are your plans for the future?
7. If you could choose another occupation, what would you choose to do?

HOBBIES

1. What do you do in your free time? What is your hobby? (If the answer is in the negative, switch to another topic.)
2. How much time do you spend on your hobby?
3. What did you like doing when you were a child?
4. Do you like reading? What was the last book you read?
5. Do hobbies help people in their work or studies?
6. What kinds of hobbies do men (women) usually have?
7. If you had more free time, how would you spend it?

COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS

1. Have you got any close friends among your colleagues?
2. Tell me about the colleague you most enjoy working with.
3. Do you like spending your free time with your colleagues?
4. How many close friends have you got?
5. How long have you known your best friend?
6. When did you last meet your best friend?
7. If you had a chance to visit Britain, what present would you buy for your best friend?

HOME AND FAMILY LIFE

1. Could you tell me a little about your family?
2. Do you do any work around the house?
3. What holidays does your family celebrate?
4. What was your favourite family holiday when you were a child? Why?
5. Do you often see your relatives?
6. What makes a happy family?
7. If you were a millionaire, what present would you give your family?

TRAVEL AND HOLIDAYS

1. Do you like travelling? How do you prefer to travel?
2. How often do you have to travel on business?
3. Where did you spend your last holiday?
4. Have you ever travelled by sea? Did you like it?
5. Tell me about your holiday plans.
6. What kind of souvenirs do you usually buy while travelling?
7. If you were given a chance to travel for a month, what places would you visit?

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 new job?
4. Why did you choose to apply to the Russian President Management
5. Training Initiative programme?
6. Do you think it will be difficult to combine work and study?
7. What kind of education do you plan for your child?
8. If you had an opportunity to study abroad what country would you chose and why?

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?

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?

 

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 AND OCCUPATION
SituationPrompts
You are unhappy with your job and have come to the Job Centre for advice.
Talk to the job adviser.
Tasks for the candidate:

explain why you have come to the Job Centre;
I am a job adviser. Can I help you?
ask if there are any vacancies;
find out about the salary and responsibilities of the job suggested;
the vacancy of a Production Manager responsibilities: planning and controlling production
decide if you are interested in the job or not;
ask for the address and telephone number of the company which has got the vacancy.
 

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. FAMOUS PEOPLE
SituationPrompts
A well-known businessman is visiting your company. You have an opportunity to talk to him on your own.
Tasks for the candidate:

introduce yourself and explain your interests;
ask him about the beginning of his business career;
ask what problems he had at that time;
ask if he has business partners in other countries;
thank him and finish the conversation.
I am a well-known businessman (e.g., Mr Gates, Mr Dovgan, Mr Bryntsalov).

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. HOBBIES
SituationPrompts
You are a stamp collector. You are at a shop. Talk to the shop assistant.
Tasks for the candidate:

tell the shop assistant what kind of stamps you are interested in;
ask him to show you some stamps of this kind;
ask about the country they are from and when they were printed;
ask about the price;
I am a shop assistant. Can I help you?
decide if you are going to buy them.twentieth-century stamps cost up to 2000 roubles, older stamps over 10000 roubles

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. ENTERTAINMENT
SituationPrompts
You invite your friend to go to the cinema.
Tasks for the candidate:
I am your friend.
ask what kind of film your friend wants to see;
find out if he/she is free on Sunday;
suggest having a drink before the film;
agree on a time to meet;
decide where to meet.
a thriller, a comedy, a romance, a period drama, 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 5. COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS
SituationPrompts
Your boss is having a birthday party. You are discussing the party with your colleague.
Tasks for the candidate:

I am your colleague.
ask where the party will be held;at the office, at the restaurant, at the boss's place.
ask if all your colleagues are invited;
tell the colleague what your boss likes;
rare, exquisite things
decide what present to give;
ask who will buy the present.
a bottle of old whisky, a bottle of perfume, a Parker pen

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. TRAVEL AND HOLIDAYS
SituationPrompts
Your friend has just spent a holiday in Sochi. You want to go there too.
Tasks for the candidate:
I am your friend.
ask your friend how he/she got there;by plane, by train, by car
ask how long he/she stayed there;
ask about the weather at this time of the year;
ask for some more details about the holiday (e.g., accommodation, prices);
decide if you will go to Sochi too.
hotel rates - 500 roubles and more per night, renting a flat - 300 roubles per night

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.

 

 

TASK 2.  SIMULATED SITUATIONS   (materials for the candidate)
CARD 1. JOB AND OCCUPATION
You are unhappy with your job and have come to the Job Centre for advice. Talk to the job adviser:

Tasks for the candidate:


explain why you have come to the Job Centre;
ask if there are any vacancies;
find out about the salary and responsibilities of the job suggested;
decide if you are interested in the job suggested;
ask for the address and telephone number of the company which has got the vacancy.

 
CARD 2. FAMOUS PEOPLE
A well-known businessman is visiting your company. You have an opportunity to talk to him on your own.

Tasks for the candidate:


introduce yourself and explain your interests;
ask him about the beginning of his business career;
ask what problems he had at that time;
ask if he has business partners in other countries;
thank him and finish the conversation.

 
CARD 3. HOBBIES
You are a stamp collector. You are at a shop. Talk to the shop assistant.

tell the shop assistant what kind of stamps you are interested in;
ask him to show you some stamps of this kind;
ask about the country they are from and when they were printed;
ask about the price;
decide if you are going to buy them.

 
CARD 4. ENTERTAINMENT
You invite your friend to go to the cinema.

ask what kind of film your friend wants to see;
find out if he/she is free on Sunday;
suggest having a drink before the film;
agree on a time to meet;
decide where to meet.

 
CARD 5. COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS
Your boss is having a birthday party. You are discussing the party with your colleague.

ask where the party will be held;
ask if all your colleagues are invited;
tell the colleague what your boss likes;
decide what present to give;
ask who will buy the present.

 
CARD 6. TRAVEL AND HOLIDAYS
Your friend has just spent a holiday in Sochi. You want to go there too.

ask your friend how he/she got there;
ask how long he/she stayed there;
ask about the weather at this time of the year;
ask for some more details about the holiday (e.g., accommodation, prices);
decide if you will go to Sochi too.

 
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.

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