English Speaking Exercises for B1 – Photo description

1. Circle the correct words. If both are correct, circle both. Then find the people in the two photos on this page.

1 The man inwearing a baseball cap ___

2 The two women inwith ponytails ___

3 The girl whoiswith sitting on the ground ___

4 The woman inwith long trousers ___

5 The man inwith his arms folded ___

6 The woman wearingwith a dress ___

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1 in / wearing   2 with   3 who is   4 in / with

5 with   6 wearing / with

2. Complete the sentences about photo A with the phrases below.

a sort of      I’d say      it looks like some kind of      I would say

most likely      or maybe      something like that

They’re on a beach, ________

They’re ________ in their twenties.

_________________ the people in the background are a mix of ages.

_________________ fitness competition.

There’s ________ mat on the ground.

The bald man is doing push-ups or ________

The man with the cap is the judge ________ he’s just a friend.

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1 I would say   2 most likely   3 I’d say

4 It looks like some kind of   5 a sort of

6 something like that   7 or maybe

Speaking Strategy

Try to give your photo description a simple structure:

1) say what the photo shows in general. If you are unsure, use phrases like ‘It looks to me as if ___ ’, or ‘The photo appears to show ___ ’;

2) talk about some of the interesting details in the photo;

3) add a personal opinion or reaction.

3. Read the Speaking Strategy. Then look at photo B and prepare your description. Use the questions to help you.

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1 Where are the women? What are they doing? What is unusual about the situation?

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2 Is one of them the leader? Why do you think so?

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      ____________

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4. Read the examiner’s questions. Write notes for your answers.

1 Do you think the women are enjoying themselves? Why? / Why not?

2 What are the advantages and disadvantages of exercising outdoors rather than indoors?

3 Have you been in a similar situation when you enjoyed spending a lot of time outdoors? What were you doing?

1 _____

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2 _____

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3 _____

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5. Now do the speaking task. Use your notes from exercise 3 and 4.

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