Task 3

Description of a photo

Maximum score – 7

Preparation -1,5 minutes, description – 2 minutes (about 12-15 sentences)

Sample task

Imagine that while travelling during your holidays you took some photos. Choose one.

You will have to start speaking in 1.5 minutes and will speak for not more than 2 minutes. In your talk remember to speak about:

  • where and when the photo was taken
  • what/who is in the photo
  • what is happening
  • why you keep the photo in your album
  • why you decided to show the picture to your friend

You have to talk continuously, starting with: “I’ve chosen photo number …” .

(the task is taken from https://neznaika.info/ege/english/)

Plan

I’ve chosen photo number…

1.Introduction

(It’s possible to start with 2-3 sentences on the topic of ‘Photo’, e.g.

Hobbies make our live exciting. My hobby is taking photos.)

I’d like to show you an … (amazing / gorgeous / unusual / stunning / spectacular/ fantastic/ delightful/funny etc). picture.

2.Answering the questions of the task

1) Where and when you took the photo 

I took it when I was .. with … (my friends / parents / classmates etc.) last…/in …

We were visiting/ going to … then.

2) Who/What is in the photo

To start with, the picture shows/depicts…

You can see…in the picture.

In the background, there is/are….

In the foreground, we can see….

There is … in the picture.

The people in the picture are …

3) What is happening

The person/people in the picture is/are…

Perhaps, …

It is possible/probable that …

It’s not clear if …

It seems to me that the people in the picture…

I get the impression that the people are happy here because…

They seem to be Ving…

The people in the picture look happy because…

The people in the picture seem sad because…

The general atmosphere in the picture is … because….

The picture was taken in …

The weather in the picture is…

The atmosphere in the picture is … because…

 4) Why you took the photo/you keep the photo in your album

I took this photo because I was so impressed by the scene that I wanted to capture that moment.

I keep the photo in the album because it is very memorable.

(Moreover, it was the most … part of our trip.

Besides, it was one of the most … moments in our …)

What I meant by taking this picture is that…

I wanted to catch/capture this … moment of my life.

I liked the landscape so much that I decided to capture/to save it.

It was a great experience in my life.

They were the friendliest / the most helpful / hospitable people in our … and I liked them so much that I decided to take a picture of them.

5) Why you decided to show it to your friend

I decided to show this picture to you because…

  • this is a good chance for you to get the first impression of…
  • I think it may be interesting to you.
  • I’d like to share my emotions / feelings / impressions with you.

etc.

Also, I want you to know more about…

3. Closing

That’s all I wanted to tell you about this picture. 

 

Useful expressions

  • In the picture you can see…
  • On the left / on the right of the picture…
  • In the foreground of the picture… 
  • In the background of the picture… 
  •  In the middle of the picture… 
  •  At the top of the picture… 
  • At the bottom of the picture… 
  • Next to
  • Behind
  • Near 
  • Under 
  • In front of 

Adjectives for description

amazing, gorgeous, unusual, stunning, spectacular, fantastic, delightful, unforgettable, memorable

Verbal expressions

To capture the moment…

The picture depicts/shows…

Sample description

I’ve chosen photo number 3. Taking photos is my hobby and I always take a lot of photos wherever I go. I keep the best photos in my family album. I took this photo last summer when we were having a holiday with my family by the sea in Greece. In the photo you can see my little niece standing by the sea. She is wearing a funny pink sweater, which I presented to her. This is the first time she sees the sea and she is really excited. However, it was a long day after an excursion to Greece and she may seem a little tired. The day is nice, it is sunny and not windy. In the background you can see the sea and someone swimming. There are small waves and the water is really warm and relaxing. I keep this photo in my family album as it is very dear to me. It was actually a very memorable day when our big family got together and I met my sister, my nephew and my niece and we really enjoyed time together. I decided to show it to you as I’m proud of my family and happy that we get together from time to time and I wanted to share my emotions with you. Maybe next year you’ ll be happy to spend time together with us. This is all I wanted to tell you about this photo. I hope you liked it.