Picture Description is an important part of the Oral Exam and it needs to be practised. Two weeks ago, I published a post containing Some Useful Guidelines and Techniques for Picture Description that you might want to read.
One of the things that you need to take into account when describing a picture is that you cannot be 100% sure what is happening in the picture. Therefore, you need to use appropriate language to show you are guessing. You have to speculate about the pictures For example: He is likely to / she’ll probably find it quite tough… etc
Some structures you can use:
- Look as if + sentence/ Seem as if + sentence : he looks as if / seems as if he is looking for something
- Seem + to infinitive: he seems to be tired/ he seems to be having a great time
- Look/ Seem + adjective: They look/ seem quite tired
- Appear + to infinitive : She doesn’t appear to be concentrated on what she’s doing
Some modal verbs you can use.
- Must : for positive deduction. He must be happy because he’s smiling. The photo must have been taken in summer.
- Can’t : for negative deduction. He can’t be going to school because he is not carrying books.
- May/ Might/Could : for posibility. He could be telling her something she doesn’t like. The photo might have been taken in winter as they are wearing winter clothes.
Words like : perhaps, maybe…
Let’s listen to an example now.
You’ll hear a girl called Magda practising this part of the Speaking test
Source: Complete First Certificate by Cambridge
For better or for worse the course is coming to an end and exams are just here. I can almost see them beckoning me and you. I am ready, the question is … are you?
In the oral exam you’ll have to demonstrate your speaking skills as well as your ability to communicate and for this, it is essential that you practise… a lot.
Here are some Guidelines and Techniques to help you score a high mark in the Picture Description Part of the exam. I hope they are helpful!!
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In this post you’ll find some material to practise describing two pictures about Houses/Rooms in a House. There is some useful vocabulary and expressions as well as two different sets of pictures with some questions that might give you some ideas of what you need to talk about in this part of the exam. Remember that you’ll need to practise describing , comparing and giving opinion . Download the pdf here
To see an example of two students doing this exercise, go to Pictures Description Homes : Part 1.
For further practice, visit the Picture Description Section in this blog.
Step1. Study this vocabulary and expressions before you start describing. Useful Expressions:
- It is too expensive for me to rent/buy a house
- decorate in my own taste
- a place of my own
- live on my own
- can’t afford to rent
- crowded with furniture
- the room is airy and light
Special Attention to Prepositions:
- live in a city/the country
- live on the outskirts of a city
- live on the north coast
- live on the second floor
Types of Houses
- a detached house
- a semidetached house
- terraced houses
- block of flats
- a motor house
- a mansion
- a house boat
Step 2. Practice 1: Describe, compare and give opinion Some ideas to help you:
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a house or a flat?
- How many different homes have you lived in? Which did you prefer?
- What do you think about people keeping big dogs in flats?
- What is your relationship with your neighbours?
- What is your general feeling about the architecture in your local area?
Step 2. Practice 2: Describe, compare and give opinion Some ideas to help you:
- Do you have a lot of decorations in your home or is it bare?
- What would you say the decoration style of your home is?
- What would your ideal house or apartment look like?
- Is your home clean? Are you a very organized person?
Good morning folks!! I hope you are having a great week!!! Me?? So far, I can’t complain!!
Here we go once again with an activity where you ‘ll need to use your writing abilities in a game . Have a look at the mosaic below; I guess you’ll recognise most of our celebrities but if you don’t , don’t hassle , for this game you’ll need to write about one of them .
Aim: to describe both, physical appearance and personality, of one of the celebritities in the mosaic without mentioning their name.
♥ Choose one of the celebrities and without mentioning who he/she is ,write a description of both physical appearance and personality.
♥ Don’t forget to use adverbs of degree : quite, slightly, a bit, a little
♥ Show off, I guess you can see the difference between these two sentences: I think she is 70 years old and I think she’s a 70-year-old woman. You are an Intermediate student, let the whole world know!
♥ Write a maximum of eight lines. See what other students have done here
♥You think you have finished? Right, you haven’t !! Now, read what you have written several times to correct grammatical and spelling errors .
♥Now that you are confident everything is Ok, click on the “leave a comment” section and write your description.
♥In class, all descriptions will be read and the celebrities guessed. Enjoy! 😉
Yes, yes I know classes have finished. So what? If you haven’t taken your speaking test, this post might still be useful .
I just couldn’t let it pass. I saw it and I immediately thought about you, struggling at home, getting no help at all and feeling utterly miserable without my wise guidance 🙂 ha,ha,ha
Well, let’s stop rambling and get to the point. What you’ll find below are two pictures and someone comparing the two pictures.
Well, they are clearly both connected to the topic of science… but in two quite different contexts. In the first one, there are two people- they’re probably lab technicians from the coats they are wearing- or I guess they could be research students or something like that. Anyway, they seem to be watching some kind of monitor but I am not quite sure why. The guy in the foreground seems to be holding something which might affect what they can see on the monitor. … it’s not all that clear.
In contrast, the second picture is of four schoolchildren, probably in a science class. They’re all wearing plastic yellow glasses of some sort… probably to protect their eyes from chemicals or something. They are sitting at the same desk. the one on the right, .. he is holding what looks like a plastic bottle.. which must have liquid in it. There’s some kind of tube-like thing and plastic containers on the desk.