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Tips on how to describe a set of pictures when you are facing a speaking test

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  1. 1. SPEAKING TESTTips on how to describe pictures
  2. 2. SPEAKING TEST TIPS 1Scan the picture and identify the topic:Sometimes there is a title or sentence that helps you
  3. 3. SPEAKING TEST TIPS EXAMPLE:In this worksheet there are two pictures.They both show different ways of shopping.
  4. 4. SPEAKING TEST TIPS 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.Don’t point at the picture!
  5. 5. SPEAKING TEST TIPS AT THE TOPON THE LEFT IN THE CENTRE ON THE RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM
  6. 6. SPEAKING TEST TIPS EXAMPLE: The picture at the top of the worksheet shows ....The picture at the bottom shows ....
  7. 7. SPEAKING TEST TIPS 2.1 Talk briefly about each of the pictures on the worksheet:Describe, compare or contrast the pictures
  8. 8. SPEAKING TEST TIPS EXAMPLE: The picture at the top of the worksheet shows a small clothes shop.The picture at the bottom shows a modern shopping centre.
  9. 9. SPEAKING TEST TIPS 2.2To describe, compare or contrast thepictures, use LINKING WORDS.
  10. 10. SPEAKING TEST TIPSUseful expressions to describe pictures: The picture shows ... We can see ... There is / are ... It seems ... It looks like ...
  11. 11. SPEAKING TEST TIPSUseful expressions to compare pictures: similar to the same as like in the same way
  12. 12. SPEAKING TEST TIPSUseful expressions to contrast pictures: whereas instead of on the other hand unlike
  13. 13. SPEAKING TEST TIPS EXAMPLE:In this worksheet there are two pictures. They both show different ways of goingshopping. The picture at the topof the worksheet shows a small clothes shop. ON THE OTHER HAND, the picture at the bottom shows a modern shopping centre.
  14. 14. SPEAKING TEST TIPS 3 Talk about the topic.Use linking words to connect your ideas
  15. 15. SPEAKING TEST TIPS 4 Develop you ideas.Use linking words to develop and connect your ideas
  16. 16. SPEAKING TEST TIPSUseful expressions: ADDING and also as well as moreover too furthermore
  17. 17. SPEAKING TEST TIPSUseful expressions: ILLUSTRATING for example such as for instance in the case of
  18. 18. SPEAKING TEST TIPSUseful expressions: EMPHASISING above all especially in particular
  19. 19. SPEAKING TEST TIPSOther useful expressions but however although unless except apart from because so therefore that’s why
  20. 20. SPEAKING TEST TIPS 5Give your opinion on the topic / picture
  21. 21. SPEAKING TEST TIPSUseful expressions In my opinion From my point of view As I see it, Taking ... into account, If you ask me ...
  22. 22. SPEAKING TEST TIPSScan the picture and identify the topic.Talk briefly about each of the pictures onthe worksheet.Talk about the topic.Develop you ideas.Give your opinion on the topic / picture.
  23. 23. SPEAKING TEST: YOUR TURN

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