1. Complete the natural world nouns. Use a, e, i, o, u and y. Can you see any of these things in photos A and B? Write three or four of the words below each photo.
1) beach 2) cloud 3) grass 4) flower 5) ground
6) moon 7) mountains 8) sand 9) sky 10) sea
11) snow 12) stars 13) sunrise 14) sunset 15) tree
Photo A: grass, ground, trees
Photo B: beach, sand, sky, sea, trees, water
2. Listen to two students describing photos A and B above. Which nouns from exercise 1 do the students use?
Student 1 uses ________.
Student 2 uses ________, ________, ________. and ________.
Student 1 uses trees.
Student 2 uses sea, sky, clouds and water.
When you describe a photo, begin by saying what the photo shows in general. Then describe different parts of the photo using phrases like ‘in the centre’. Remember to use present tenses in your description.
3. Read the Speaking Strategy. Then listen again. Which advice does each student follow? Tick the boxes.
1) begins by saying what the photo shows in general
2) describes different parts of the photo
3) uses present tenses
1) student 2 2) both 3) both
Student 1 In the centre, there’s a bear. It’s standing next to a tent. And there’s a man in the tent. The bear is facing the man and the man is looking at the bear. There are some trees in the background, so they’re probably in a forest. The man is probably frightened, but you can’t really see that in his face. The bear walked up to the tent. It probably wanted food, or something like that.
Student 2 This photo shows two people – a man and a woman – in the sea near a tropical island. They’re probably on holiday. They look happy and relaxed. The sky is completely clear – there aren’t any clouds – and it’s probably really warm. At the top of the photo are two dolphins. They’re jumping out of the water. But the man and the woman can’t see them, because they’re facing the camera.
4. Circle the correct words to complete the sentences.
1 In / On the centre, there’s a bear.
2) There’s a man in / on the right.
3) The man is facing / looking the bear.
4) The bear is sitting / standing by the tent.
5) There are some trees in the background / foreground .
1) In the background / foreground there are two people.
2 At / In the distance, there’s an island.
3) At the top / bottom of the photo there are two dolphins.
4) The man and the woman are standing / lying in the water.
5) The man and the woman are / aren’t facing the dolphins.
Photo A : 1) In 2) on 3) facing 4) standing 5) background
Photo B : 1) foreground 2) In 3) top 4) standing 5) aren’t
5. Look at the photo. Answer the questions below.
1) What kind of animals is in the foreground?
2) What is in the centre of the photo?
3) Is the animal sitting, lying or standing?
4) Are the people sitting, lying or standing?
5) Is the animal facing the people?
6) What can you see in the background?
1) a lion 2) a safari Jeep 3) It’s lying. 4) They’re sitting.
5) No, it isn’t. 6) grass
6. Now describe the photo using your ideas from exercise 5.
your own answers