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General English Examination

Elementary level

Speaking part 2

Discussion on a Topic Stimulated by Photos

You are going to be given two different photographs and I’d like you to describe them on
your own. When you have finished I will ask you to answer some questions so that you
can broaden the topic introduced in the pictures.

Topic: English speaking countries and the Weather


General English Examination
Elementary level
General English Examination
Elementary level

Speaking Part 3

Situation 1

Candidate sheet:
You meet your friend in a café. S/He knows that you have just come back from England.
Tell him/her about your experiences.

Examiner sheet:

Your friend has just come back from England. You are in a café, talking.

Ask him/her:

 about his trip


 what the weather was like
 what impression he has on British people
 whether he experienced differences between England and Hungary
General English Examination
Elementary level

Speaking Part 3

Situation 2

Candidate sheet:

You meet a friend walking down the street. Tell him/her the news and about your new
boy/girlfriend who is British

Examiner sheet:

Your friend has got a new British boy/girlfriend.

Ask him/her:

 what s/he looks like


 whether he is typically British or not? Why? OR Why not?
 what his/her personal characteristics are
 in what ways is s/he is different from Hungarians
General English Examination
Elementary level

Speaking Part 3

Situation 3

Candidate sheet:

You are talking with a friend who has wants to go to England. You have just come back.
S/He wants to know what the weather is usually like in Britain because he is leaving for
London tomorrow.

Examiner sheet:

You are talking to a friend who has just come back from England. You are going there
tomorrow.

Ask him/her:

 what the weather is usually like


 what it is like at this time of the year
 what clothes you should take
 how often the weather changes
General English Examination
Elementary level

Writing Part 1

Complete the text below by writing a suitable word from the list in each space
provided. There are 15 gaps but 20 words given. Use each word once only.
There is an example (0) for you. Indicate your answer on the separate answer sheet.

Who are the British?

The name ’England’ comes from ’Angle-land’. This was the ____________ the
Angle and Saxon people gave it. They came here from Europe ____________ the fifth
and sixth centuries.
Before them, the Romans lived here for four hundred ____________ or more.
They made houses and roads. And they made a town ____________ to the River Thames,
and called it Londinium. Today its name is London.
The Anglo-Saxons ____________ across the North Sea from north-west Germany
and southern Denmark. More invaders – the Vikings – came from Denmark and Norway.
In 1066, William of Normandy – the ____________ William the Conqueror –
invaded England, bringing French-speaking people to the country.
In the nineteenth _____________, thousands of Irish people came to live in
England, and ____________ Jewish families came from Eastern Europe and Russia.
All through the twentieth century, people came to live in England.
_____________ the Second World War, many came from the West Indies and Asia.
____________ the 1950s, Hungarians came after Russia invaded their ____________.
Then, in the 1980s, people Vietnam came ____________ they wanted to get away from
the war in their country.
Today, ___________ fifty million people live in England, and about fifty
thousand more come and live ___________ every year.
Many continue to come from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Some come
___________ Eastern Europe.

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General English Examination
Elementary level

Reading part 1

Read the text and answer the questions.

New York City

People often call NewYork ’The Big Apple’. Why? In the 1920s and 1930s, jazz
musicians all wanted to work in New York. ’There are a lot of apples on the tree,’ they
said, ’but when you take New York City, you take The Big Apple!’ Yes, everybody
wanted some of The Big Apple – and they want some today, too!
More than twenty million people visit New York every year. Lots of them say it is
the most exciting city in the world.
When visitors think about New York, they usually think about Manhattan – an
island 21.5 kilometres long and 3.7 kilometres wide. But New York City has five
’boroughs’: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. The city has
10,000 kilometres of streets, and seven million or more people live here.
There are a lot of things to see in New York and it is easy for the visitor to get to
the different parts of the city.
In Manhattan, the avenues go north and south, and most streets go east and west.
They have numbers or names. After 14th Street, it is difficuklt to get lost because the
streets and avenues go in straight lines! The East Side is to the east of Fifth Avenue. The
West Side is to the west of it.
When you take the subway buy a subway token for your journey before you get
on the train. The subway is noisy and dirty, but it’s cheap and quick. Millions of people
use the subway trains to get to and from work every day.
When you want to go by bus, you can buy a subway token or you can put the right
money in the boksz beside the driver. There are buses on most avenues and on the bigger
streets. They run for twenty-four hours each day, but sometimes you can wait a long time
between midnight and 6 a.m.
New York taxis are yellow and there are 11,000 or more of them. You can stop
one in the street, or you can usually find one near the big hotels.
You can also take a ferry journey. The Staten Island ferry leaves from Battery
Park every twenty to thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day. The Statue of Liberty ferry
also leaves from Battery Park, and stops at Ellis Island.
Some visitors find that NewYorkers are not very friendly. Some are, some aren’t.
Some taxi drivers talk all through the journey, some talk if you talk to them, but only to
say ’Yeah!’ or ’OK!’
Is New York dangerous? Perhaps it is, but so are many big cities.
Remember:
 Don’t carry a lot of money with you,
 Don’t travel on the subway alone at night,
 Stay with the crowds late at night,
 Go into the nearest hotel or shop if you suddenly feel afraid.
General English Examination
Elementary level

Remember that New York can be very hot in the middle of summer and very cold in
the middle of winter. Go at the right time and take the right clothes with you,
The city is always changing. You can hear the noise of buildings going up or
coming down all the time. Cars and buses stop and start, and policemen blow whistles at
the drivers. WALK and DON’T WALK signs go on and off, and people run between
streets and avenues.
That’s New York. That’s the most exciting city in the world.

QUESTIONS

1. Why is New York City called ’The Big Apple’?


2. Is Manhattan the only island in New York City?
3. What are the street names like in Manhattan?
4. What do you have to get in order to travel by subway?
5. Where can you get into a taxi?
6. Is the journey by ferry 20-30 minutes long?
7. Is it true that you should have a lot of money on you when you are in New York?
8. What should you do to avoid danger?
9. How many districts does New York City have?
10. If you don’t have a token, how can you travel by bus?
General English Examination
Elementary level

Writing Part 2

FORMAL:

You are writing a letter to the language school where you have studied for two months in
Britain.
 Tell them about your impressions on Britain …
 on British traditions …
 and British people
 Thank them for having taught you so many things.

INFROMAL:

You are a baby-sitter in London .Write a letter to a friend living in Hungary who will
soon visit you.
 apologize for not writing sooner
 tell her about the weather
 tell her what clothes to bring
 tell her not to forget about her umbrella
General English Examination
Elementary level

Reading Part 2

The Capitol

The United States Congress works in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. In
the Capitol, members of Congress pass laws for the country. Congress has two parts. One
is the Senate. The other is the House of Representatives. Each state elects people to be in
Congress. Visitors can watch members of Congress work on laws.
There is a statue on top of the Capitol. It is the goddess of Freedom. When
Congress meets, the statue has a light.
Today, the Capitol has 540 rooms. It has restaurants, kitchens, post offices, a
barber shop , and a prayer room. Visitors can see many of these rooms. They can also see
hundreds of paintings and works of art in the Capitol.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have offices in another building.
Underground trains go from their office building to the Capitol. Senators and
congressmen have people who work for them. Sometimes these staff members stay in the
Capitol building. They call the congressmen and women when something important
happens. The congressmen and women come quickly on the train. They get there in time
to vote. But this train is not just for members of Congress. You can take this train too.

Válaszoljon a következő kérdésekre magyarul!

1. Miből áll a Kongresszus?


2. Honnan tudjuk, hogy összeült a Kongresszus
3. Minden termet látogathatnak az idelátogatók?
4. A látogatók bemehetnek meghallgatni az ülést?
5. Hány festmény látható a Capitoliumban?
General English Examination
Elementary level

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