Thursday, 29 September 2011

Describing photos (comparing, contrasting and speculating)

You are going to practise language for;
  1. Describing photos
  2. Comparing and contrasting photos (discussing similarities and differences)
  3. Speculating on what might be happening
  4. Reacting to photos (giving opinions)

Look at the presentation. Follow the instructions and talk about some of the photos

The language used here for comparing and contrasting / speculating is also useful for writing discussion / argument essays. Plan:
  1. Introduction - describe the situation / topic to be discussed
  2. Compare / contrast ideas (for and against / advantages and disadvantages)
  3. Speculate on solutions to problems raised by the question
  4. Conclusion - give an opinion
Which pairs or groups of photos in the presentation could be used to demonstrate ideas for argument writing topics  about education, technology, food, family, work, leisure, health, advertising etc?

More Practice on May / Might / Could / Must / Can't
See here for more photo practice on modal verbs for probability and certainty and here for modal verbs of deduction


  1. Hi David,
    Really nice presentation to help students describe and contrast photos which is a skill they need in many exams. Excellent blog as well.
    Thanks a lot,

  2. Thanks for your comments, Kieran.
    Hope it's useful.

  3. Hi David,

    As someone who uses a lot images in my regular teaching, this lesson is superb! Thank you - and thank you for the best teaching/learning blog for ELT!

  4. Thanks Cristina. Glad it's useful!

  5. Hi David,
    I'm really new to blogging. This is a really interesting blog with a lot of interesting things. Great work and thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for your comment Melen@. Glad you like it!

  7. Hi, David! This is very good as a motivation piece for IELTS writing. It's also a good way to learn comparative vocabulary which will be used for IELTS speaking. I hope you can feature more lessons like this. Cheers!

    1. Hi Ana, Thanks very much for your comment. More to come soon ( I hope) :) Cheers!

  8. I love this slide show! I appreciate all the hard work you put into this! It's user friendly & provides many opportunities for language practice!

    1. Thanks for posting Xavier. I'm very pleased it's useful.

  9. los egercicios son muy buenos para estudiar
    oscar t

  10. Hi David,
    Used this for my 1st Bachi here in Tenerife and for the first time most if not all really enjoyed the class. Cheers and now you´ve set the benchmark!! :-)

  11. Hi David! Thanx a lot for this short and simple instruction. I'll definitely use it at my lessons.
    Hugs from Russia!

  12. Hi David,

    I love this site for teaching my ESL students. Wonderful work!

  13. Wonderful teaching hints. Thanks a lot and greetings from Italy.