ESL Exam Speaking Picture Description and Questions

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This ESL exam speaking task based on picture description and questions will help students prepare for a number of international exams, as well as local school leaving examinations – e.g. Matura.

In many English exams including FCE students will have to talk about/describe pictures. The format varies, the examination paper can contain a pair of contrasting photos, several photos on the same topic, etc.

These two practice tasks are monothematic as they focus on the topic of Places and Jobs, respectively.

The practice exam paper contains two contrasting pictures and description prompts/discussion questions.


ESL Exam Speaking: Jobs

Jobs

  1. Describe the first picture. What do you see?
    What is happening?
  2. What is the man doing? What is his job?
  3. What skills and education do you need?
  4. What personal qualities are important to have?
  5. Do you need any special tools or equipment for that job?
  6. Do you think this job is well paid? Why?

  • Describe the first picture. What do you see?
    What is happening?
  • What is the man doing? What is his job?
  • What skills and education do you need?
  • What personal qualities are important to have?
  • Do you need any special tools or equipment for that job?
  • Do you think this job is well paid? Why?

Which job would you choose and why? What is your dream job? What skills and education would
you need to get it?


ESL Exam Speaking: Places

Places

  1. Describe the first picture. What do you see?
    What is happening?
  2. What country do you think is in the picture? Why?
  3. Have you ever visited a place like that? If not, would you
    like to? Why?
  4. What could you do in a place like that? Would you need
    any equipment for those activities?
  5. What kind of people do you think live in a place like that?
    Why?

  1. Describe the second picture. What do you see?
    What is happening?
  2. What country do you think is in the picture? Why?
  3. Have you ever visited a place like that? If not, would you
    like to? Why?
  4. What could you do in a place like that? Would you need
    any equipment for those activities?
  5. What kind of people do you think live in a place like that?
    Why?

Which place would you prefer to visit? Why?


Download the PDF for easy printing

Picture Based Speaking Activity For ESL/EFL Classes

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