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

1) They’re on a beach, ________

2) They’re ________ in their twenties.

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

4) _________________ fitness competition.

5) There’s ________ mat on the ground.

6) The bald man is doing push-ups or ________

7) 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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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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