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· Suggestions


In Básico 2 you start learning how to describe a picture in Unit 1C.


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Suggestions to describe a picture:

Take a look at the picture.
1. Dedicate 10 seconds to think about the vocabulary you need to describe the picture (e.g. man, children, furniture, house, countryside, ...).
2. Dedicate 10 seconds to think about the vocabulary related with locations you need to use (e.g. on the left, in the middle, on the right, at the back, behind, next to, ...)
3. Present the picture (say what the picture is about). Describe the things you can see in the picture (e.g. there is a man in the middle, there is a boy next to the woman, ...).
4. Describe the actions you can see in the picture (e.g. they are having a good time, she is talking with, he is running, ...).
5. Give your opinion about the picture (e.g I think that they are having a good time, they are happy, ...).
6. Make a connection of the picture with your own experience (e.g. this picture reminds me when I, I remember when, I used to, my family also, ...).


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2 dimension / 3 dimension picture:
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Remember the difference between on / at:
on top of the mountain


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There is a bird on top of the photo.

There is a bird at the top of the photo.
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Ask yourself questions about a picture:
Look at these photos and try to make yourself some questions about them. Then, try to answer them. Click on this link: Ask Questions about these Pictures



Answer to these questions:
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· Videos - Describing pictures


Watch these videos:





Practice listening and then describing this picture: The London Eye.




Describing pictures - vocabulary




Students describing some pictures:
(Comienza a verlo a partir del minuto 9:20. Ten encuenta de que son estudiantes, por lo tanto cometen errores en el uso de vocabulario y gramática a pesar de que la profesora les va corriendo alguno de los que van cometiendo.)




Este video es un poco difícil para un básico 2, pero si lo ves con interés puedes aprender cosas interesantes que tal vez te podrían servir para este curso.






· Powerpoint - Descring a photo


Antes de comenzar a trabajar con las fotografías que tienes más abajo sugiero que veas este powerpoint e incluyas las ideas que te da en tus descripciones:

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También puedes empezar a practicar algunos puntos los que debes hablar en una foto con estas actividades (haz click sobre las imágenes):

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· Describe these pictures


Ahora intenta ir describiendo estas fotos por ti mismo/a con el máximo detalle que puedas y siguiendo los 6 pasos recomendados al principio (algunas tienen redactados posibles ejemplos). Imáginate que estás en el examen oral:

· Example

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Suggestions to describe a picture:

Take a look at the picture.
1. Dedicate 10 seconds to think about the vocabulary you need to describe the picture (e.g. children, cake, glasses, balloons, caps (hats), shelf, wall, confetti (little papers), long hair, ponytail, T-shirt, ...).
2. Dedicate 10 seconds to think about the vocabulary related with locations you need to use (e.g. on the left, in the middle, on the right, at the back, at the front, behind, next to, ...)
3. Present the picture. Describe the things you see in the picture:
There are four children celebrating a party.
In the picture I can see a (whipped cream) chocolate cake with five candles in the middle of the table. There are also five plastic glasses, but they are empty. They will probably drink milk or coke.
At the front of the picture, there is confetti on the table.
There are many different colours in the photo. It is very colourful.
The five children are wearing different colour caps on their heads. The girl on the left is wearing a pink T-shirt and a yellow cap. The boy in the middle is wearing a blue T-shirt and a blue cap. Next to him there is a girl wearing a pink and white dress, earings and a red cap. The girl on the right is wearing a brown shirt and a purple cap.
At the back there is a white shelf with presents. You can read the words "Happy Birthday". There are also balloons of different colours.

4. Describe the actions you see in the picture (e.g. they are having a good time, she is talking with, he is running, ...).
Three of the children are blowing the candles, and the girl in the pink and white dress is looking at something on the table.
The girl on the left is rising her right hand. She has something green on in. It seems to be confetti.
The boy is touching his right ear. He is smiling.

5.Give your opinion about the picture.
They are very happy. They are having a good time. I think that the child who is celebrating the birthday party is the boy. I'm sure he is going to love his presents. There is a couple of big presents at the back of the picture. I wonder what they are. They are probably typical boys' toys.

6. Make a connection of the picture with your own experience (e.g. this picture reminds me when I, I remember when, I used to, my family also, ...).
This picture reminds me when we celebrated my niece's birthday last month. We went to McDonalds. There were a lot of children. We ate hamburguers and at the end we had a big cake. All the children had a very good time and my niece received lots of presents. The present that she liked the most was the one I gave her. It was a very beautiful doll. She adores it. After the meal we went to a karaoke and all the children enjoyed the time singing children's songs.

Si lees este texto de color verde sin prisas tardas unos dos minutos y medio. En el examen debes hablar durante tres minutos, por lo que esta cantidad de texto es apta para el examen oral (ten en cuenta que utilizarás tiempo para pensar y organizar tus ideas en la cabeza).



Practice at home, try to describe these pictures:

· Pic 1

· Talk about their relationship as relatives.
· Describe them (physical appearance (body / clothes) and personality).
· What do they do?
· Where are they from?
· What do they like?

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Remember this vocabulary to describe people's personality:
(very / quite) talkative
(very / quite) quiet
(very / quite) generous
(very / quite) mean
(very / quite) serious
(very / quite) lazy
(very / quite) friendly
(very / quite) unfriendly
(very / quite) extrovert
(very / quite) shy
(very / quite) happy
(very / quite) unhappy
(very / quite) patient
(very / quite) impatient
(very / quite) polite
(very / quite) impolite
(very / quite) tidy
(very / quite) untidy
(very / quite) funny
(very / quite) unfunny
(very / quite) good listener
(very / quite) bad listener
(very / quite) honest
(very / quite) dishonest
(very / quite) optimist
(very / quite) pesimist
(very / quite) helpful
(very / quite) unhelpful
(very / quite) easygoing
(very / quite) demanding
(very / quite) energetic
(very / quite) unenergetic
(very / quite) smart

to have a very good humour


Remember this vocabulary to describe people's physical appearance:
slim
overweight
long dark hair
short dark hair
tall
short
handsome / pretty
ugly
attractive
unatractive



· Powerpoint - Using Adjectives


PRACTISE DESCRIPTIONS WITH THIS POWERPOINT:

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· Pic 2

· Talk about their relationship.
· Describe them (physical appearance (body / clothes) and personality).
· Where are they from?
· What do they do? / What are they doing?
· What do they like?
· Why is it a special day for them?

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Option 1:

This picture is about a birthday party.
In this picture I can see three friends celebrating a birthday party. There is one girl and two guys. There are many different colours in the photo. It´s very beautiful.
The girl is in the middle of the picture. She has a pink birthday hat and a nice dress. I think she´s very friendly and extrovert. She looks happy because they are smiling. I think she likes the gifts. I think she´s young. She could be about 20 years old. I think it´s her birthday because the guys are giving gifts to her.
They are looking at gifs. They are in a pub. They are talking and drinking orange juice and coke.
In the picture I can see a chocolate cake with birthday candles in the middle on the table. They look happy because they are having a good time. I think they work in a bank because they are wearing suits and ties.
They are wearing different colour birthday hats on their heads. The guy on the right is wearing a blue birthday hat, a blue suit and a blue tie. He has dark hair and a nice smile. He´s very attractive and very tall.
The guy on the left is wearing a yellow birthday hat and a blue suit. He has blond hair. He´s a good looking guy.
This picture reminds me when I was 20 years old and I celebrated my birthday with my friends. We went to the country and my father cooked meat on the barbecue. We really enjoyed it.

Option 2:
In this photo I can see three people. They are probably friends who are about 23 years old.
They are celebrating a birthday party at home.
In the middle, there is a big brown table. On the table there are two glasses with orange juice, one glass with tea and a chocolate cake with cream and strawberries.
Behind the table, there are the three young people: a woman and two men.
The girl is opening the gifts and the boys are watching and smiling.
The three people are wearing party hats. The girl has long, dark hair. She´s wearing a white dress with brown and blue circles.
The men have short hair. They are wearing formal clothes.
The room is little and very tidy. It´s very bright because there are big windows in the background.
I think that they are having a good time, they seem happy.
This photo reminds me of my 21st birthday that I celebrated at home with my friends. I was very happy.



· Pic 3:

Thanksgiving dinner
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· Pic 4 and 5

· Who are they? / What do they do?
· Describe them (physical appearance (body / clothes) and personality).
· Where are they? / What are they doing?

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· Pic 6


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· Pic 7

· What do they do?
· Describe them (physical appearance (body / clothes) and personality).
· Where are they? / What are they doing?

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· Pic 8

· Describe them (physical appearance (body / clothes) and personality).
· Where are they? / What are they doing?

Photo A:

Photo B:

Photo C:
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In this picture I can see a beautiful sweet young woman. I think she is slim. She is average height. She has a heart face and white skin. She has big almond-shape blue and green eyes. I think she has long curly dark hair. She is wearing a brown scarf in her head and a ring on her finger.

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In this picture I can see a young man. He is very handsome.
He has short dark hair. He has an oblong face.
He has a sun tanned complexion. His eyes have an almond shape and they are blue. (His eyes are almond-shape and blue. / He has almond-shape blue eyes.) I think that they are very beautiful.

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In this picture I can see a young woman. She is pretty and she has a slim figure. She is in her early-thirties.

She has long straight brown hair and she has a fringe. She has a diamond face. She has light skin. She has almond-shape brown eyes.

She is wearing a casual shirt.

I think that she is happy because she is smiling.


Photo D:
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In this picture we can see a famous actress. She is Australian. Her name is Nicole Kidman.
She is a pretty woman. She got married to another famous actor, Tom Cruise, but they divorced and she got married again.
She has long blonde hair. She has beautiful eyes.
She has a pale face. I think, she doesn't like the sun.
She has a finger touching her lips like saying silence.
She is sad.
She looks misterious.


Photo E:
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In this picture I can see a pretty, friendly and hardworking woman.
She is Var Rafaeli, an important top model in the world.
She is in Cann Festival with her boyfriend Leonardo DiCaprio, although we can't see him in the picture. They are staying in the city for three days. Then, they are going to travel to London.
She is wearing a blue dress. She has got blond hair, blue eyes and a nice smile. She is wearing a ponytail.
She is thirty years old and she is from Israel.


Photo F:
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She is a pretty woman.
She has beautiful red and wavy hair.(She is red-haired.)
She seems to be a nice and very happy person.


Photo G:
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This picture shows a protrait of a man. I don't know him.
He's a quite tall man and medium weight.
He is bald and he has a grey moustache and a beard (a goatee).
He's very angry. He's seriuos and unfriendly. Perhaps he doesn't have a sense of humour. He doesn't like lies and jokes neither.
He is wearing a suit with a tie.


Photo H:
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He is an atractive man.
He has a sweet smile.
He is a bit shy and very polite.




· Pic 9

· Describe the room.
· Locate the objects (use prepositions: next to, under, over, ...)
· Say what shapes, colours and sizes you can see. Make comparisons (bigger than, as big as, ...).
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For example (sentences sent by my students):
In this photo I can see a little girl's room. It is green and pink room with a shelf. (There is a piece of furniture with five shelves.) Next to the shelf, to the left, there is a blue chair. (On the bottom left hand corner of the picture there is a blue chair.) Under the shelf there are two baskets, one pink and the other one green. The green basket is as big as the pink basket.
The shelf is tidy. The girl always picks up her toys. She used to be untidy but now she has changed her behavior. (The mother has tidy the room very well, or maybe the girl knows to do it by herself.)
The colours on the wall and the toys make me think that the room belongs to a little girl. (This picture has many bright colours.)
On the wall there are two pictures (paintings), one blue and the other one yellow. They are square. The yellow picture is under the blue picture (The blue picture is avobe the yellow picture) . The pictures on the wall were made by the girl at school.
On the top shelf there are many books each side. I can't see them well but I think that these are school books or story books.
On the second shelf there are two pictures about the girl’s dog. She took them with her camera. She would like to be a photographer.
On the fourth shelf there are two pink square boxes where the girl keeps her treasures. The box on the right is as small as the box on the left, on the boxes there are lots of tiny books. On the left there are 4 bottles, one red, one blue, one yellow and one orange.
On the bottom shelf there is a teddy bear, a blue book and a microphone. She likes singing, we can see her microphone. If she sings before doing her homework, her mother will be angry with her. If I were she, I’d do the homework. I think that the girl sings in her room at the weekend. (On the bottom shelf one thing stands out above the rest, it's a karaoke radio.)
Under the shelf there are two buckets full of toys.
Finally, in my opinion, I wouldn't be able to sleep in this room because I would be very stressed with all these amount of colours.



· Pic 10

· These people are at an art gallery. Describe the room.
· Locate the people and the objects (use prepositions: next to, under, over, ...)
· Say what shapes, colours and sizes you can see. Make comparisons (bigger than, as big as, ...).
· What are they doing?
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For example (sentences sent by my students):
This photo was taken at an art gallery. In fact, it could be an art gallery in the famous street "Notting Hill" in London. (I can see a big art gallery with a lot of people from different countries. They are Spanish, English, French, and other nationalities.)
This room is full of people. They are looking at pictures and it is possible that someone buys something.
The gallery is very bright because the room has two big windows where the light enters through out them.
The paintings are situated on the left and on the right of the walls of this room.
At the front of the picture I can see three women sitting down on chairs. I think that they are buying art pieces because they are looking at the photographies.
In the middle of the photo there are three old ladies sitting round a table. The lady sitting on the right seems to be the oldest.
On the left of the picture there is a woman who is as tall as the man who is next to her. He is an art businessman and she is an art businesswoman.
On the right of the picture there is a woman. She is wearing a black suit and she is talking with a man about the pictures. Next to the woman in a black suit there is a woman with black hair. She is an owner's friend.
I think that the people in this gallery are enjoying the gallery.
They are workers of this gallery because they have identifications on their jackets. They are talking about the long day of work and they seem to be very tired. (They look very tired.)


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· Pic 13

· These people are at the airport. Describe the room.
· Locate the people and the objects (use prepositions: next to, under, over, ...)
· Say what shapes, colours and sizes you can see. Make comparisons (bigger than, as big as, ...).
· What are they doing?
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· Pic 14

· These people are at the beach. Describe the situation.
· Locate the people (use prepositions: next to, on the right, on the left, between, ...)
· Say what colours you can see. Make comparisons (bigger than, as big as, ...).
· What are they doing? Are they having a good time? Where are they?
· Describe them (physical appearance (body / clothes) and personality).
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For example (sentences sent by my students):
This photo was taken on a beach.
In the middle of the picture, I can see a family composed by the parents and two little sons.
They are wearing summer clothes. The father is on the left and he is wearing a red swimwear with white flowers. The mother is beside him and she is wearing an orange dress. The oldest son is next to her, to the right, and he is wearing a red swimwear. And finally, the youngest son is on the right. He is wearing an orange swimwear and he is holding a round float.
They look happy because they are smiling.
This photo reminds me when I was a child and I always went with my family to the Canary Islands each summer. I was always playing with my brother on the beach and we made sand castles and holes in the sand too.


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There is a man lying on the beach drinking coconout milk. He may be on holiday. He gives us the thumbs up showing approval. He is probably expressing that he is having a good time. He is sunbathing. He is already tanned, because he has been already on the beach for at least a week.

(Thanks Craig!!!)


· Pic 16

· These people are in a resort. Describe the situation.
· Locate the people (use prepositions: next to, on the right, on the left, between, ...)
· Say what food, objects and colours you can see. Make comparisons (bigger than, as big as, ...).
· What are they doing? Are they having a good time? Do they like what they are doing? Where are they?
· Describe them (physical appearance (body / clothes) and personality).
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· Pic 19

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Option 1:
I can see a lot of people in the bar.
The people look happy. It is probably that, they are enjoying a free day.
Most people are near the bar, although on the right corner I can see a woman at the table.
The first woman at the bar has blonde hair. She is wearing a red and white dress. Her boyfriend has the menu in his hands.
Behind them, there is an Afro-American couple. She is looking at her boyfriend with loving eyes.
At the bottom there are people chatting with joy.
On the wall, on the right, there is a big mirror.
On the bar, there are cups and glasses with several drinks. I can also see some beer taps.
On the top of the ceiling there are flowers and cups hanging.
This scene reminds me a Saturday at midday in Ceuta.

Option 2:
This photo was taken in a Pub. I can see a big pub with a lot of people from different countries.
They are wearing informal clothes. It's probably that all of them are about thirty or forty years old.
The couple on the right is smiling. She's looking at the front and she has her arms crossed. Her hair is long and she's wearing earrings which were bought by him. Next to her, there is a guy who is looking at her and he is holding a menu with his right hand. Behind him, I can see another couple, both are talking about their family and work. They are also remembering what they used to do when they were at University.
The woman with the white top is looking at the man who is wearing glasses. He has a beard and a moustache. This couple is funnier than the other couple.
The pub is very bright because it has many lights, a large mirror behind the people and roses that are hanging on the ceiling.
If I were the guy, I would go to another place and meet another girl because she's smiling at the waiter.


Option 3:
In this photo I can see a bar that is crowded. They are probably celebrating a special day. I think it is Valentine’s Day because most of the people are couples.
This photo was taken when I was visiting my friend who has been working in London since 2004. We didn’t use to go to out for dinner, but nowadays we usually have dinner out because we have money now.
Sitting at the corner on the right side of the bar, I can see a couple who’s reading the menu. I’m sure that they are going to order a green salad and diet coke because they seem to be very healthy. She’s smiling at him with loving eyes. He’s feeling her love. I can see from their faces that they are in love.
The couple behind them, in the middle of the picture, seems to be happy. They are talking. They both are wearing clothes in white (colour) so they are looking great. The man is wearing glasses and he is holding a drink. He’s the tallest. He has short and dark hair and he’s also the only one who’s standing.
Behind the woman, at the bottom of the bar, there are two friends looking at me because I’m taking the photo. My friend is next to them. He’s very shy so he is not looking at me. He has short blond hair. He has beautiful eyes and a pale face because he doesn't like the sun. He’s my best friend. We've known each other since we went to primary school. He’s a handsome, nice and a very happy person.
On top of the picture we can see different colored flowers and glasses hanging from the ceiling.
In front of the people, on the bar, there is a beer tap and behind them there is a big mirror.
This photo reminds me when I was at University and went out with my friends to drink and eat fast food after a test, if I could go back in time I would do the same. You should do the same. It is very relaxing.


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· Pic 21


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There is a couple drinking red wine at a restaurant. They might be celebrating their anniversary. They both look very happy. I think that they are having dinner in a fancy restaurant.

(Thanks Craig!!!)




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There is a man looking at a letter he has just received. He seems to be very worried and surprised. He might have received unexpected bills. Poor guy, he has probably been paying too many bills lately.


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· Speaking exam examples


Aquí tienes ejemplos de personas haciendo un examen oral. NO es igual que el que tú harás en clase, pero tal vez puedas coger alguna idea. Recuerda en todo caso que al ser un examen comenten algunos errores:









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