English Speaking Exercises for A2 – Photo description

1. Label pictures 1-9 with the words below.

boots      dinghy      helmet      life jacket      paddles      poles      rope      rucksack      safety harness

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1 life jacket   2 rucksack   3 boots   4 helmet   5 rope

6 dinghy   7 paddles   8 safety harness   9 poles

2. Which pieces of equipment from exercise 1 do you use for ___

1 rock climbing? __________________

2 kayaking? __________________

3 walking / hiking? __________________

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1 helmet, safety harness, rope

2 life jacket, helmet, paddles

rucksack, boots, poles

3. Choose the correct words to complete the sentences about the photo below.

The photo seemsshows two children on a climbing wall.

They looklook as if quite young.

They boy onat the left is looking down.

4  AtIn the background, there are some buildings.

It looks aslike if the boys are having a good time.

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1 shows   2 look   3 on   4 in   5 as

Speaking Strategy

Make sure your photo description has a simple structure. Start by saying what the photo shows in general (Who? What? Where?). Then mention interesting details. You can finish with a personal comment or some speculation.

4. Read the Speaking Strategy. Then write five sentences to describe the photo below. Use phrases from exercise 3.

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1 (general description) __________________

2 (details x3) __________________

3 (speculation / comment) __________________

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Transcript

Teacher Please describe the photo.

Student The photo shows two children on a climbing wall. They look quite young – about nine or ten years old. They are wearing shorts, T-shirts and helmets. They are also wearing safety harnesses, and I can see the safety ropes that they are attached to. The boy on the left is looking down. He isn’t moving and he seems a bit nervous. The boy on the right seems more confident. He’s also looking down, but he is moving up the wall. Er ___ what else? In the background, there are some buildings. It looks as if the boys are having a good time.

Teacher Thank you.

5. Read the examiner’s questions in the task and make notes.

Describe the photo and answer the questions.

1   Why do some people enjoy doing risky sports?

2   Is doing risky sports the best way to see spectacular scenery, in your opinion? Why? / Why not?

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2 _______________

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6. Now do the task using your notes from exercises 5 and 6.

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