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Tips on how to describe pictures

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1
Scan the picture and identify the
topic: Sometimes there is a title or
sentence that helps you

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EXAMPLE:
In this worksheet there
are two pictures.
They both show different
ways of shopping.

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2
Talk briefly about each of the
pictures on the worksheet:
Locate them within the worksheet. Say
which picture you are going to talk about.
Dont point at the picture!

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AT THE

ON THE LEFT

IN THE CENTRE

AT THE BOTTOM

ON THE RIGH

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EXAMPLE:
The picture at the top of
the worksheet shows ....
The picture at the
bottom shows ....

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2.1
Talk briefly about each of the
pictures on the worksheet:
Describe, compare or contrast the pictures

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EXAMPLE:
The picture at the top of
the worksheet shows a
small clothes shop.
The picture at the
bottom shows a modern
shopping centre.

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2.2
To describe, compare or
contrast the pictures, use
LINKING WORDS.

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Useful expressions to describe
pictures:
The picture shows ...
We can see ...
There is / are ...
It seems ...
It looks like ...

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Useful expressions to compare
pictures:
similar to
the same as
like
in the same way

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Useful expressions to contrast
pictures:
whereas
instead of
on the other hand
unlike

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EXAMPLE:

In this worksheet there are


two pictures. They both
show different ways of
going shopping. The picture
at the top of the worksheet
shows a small clothes shop.
ON THE OTHER HAND, the
picture at the bottom
shows a modern shopping
centre.

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3
Talk about the topic.
Use linking words to connect your ideas

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4
Develop you ideas.
Use linking words to develop and connect
your ideas

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Useful expressions: ADDING
and
also
as well as
moreover
too
furthermore

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Useful expressions:
ILLUSTRATING
for example
such as
for instance
in the case of

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Useful expressions:
EMPHASISING
above all
especially
in particular

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Other useful expressions
but

however

although

unless

except

apart from

because

so

therefore

thats why

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5
Give your opinion on the topic /
picture

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Useful expressions
In my opinion
From my point of view
As I see it,
Taking ... into account,
If you ask me ...

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Scan the picture and identify the
topic.
Talk briefly about each of the
pictures on the worksheet.
Talk about the topic.
Develop you ideas.
Give your opinion on the topic /
picture.

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