8 Describing Graphs Vocabulary and Writing Exercises

Describing graphs language and vocabulary can be taught with matching exercises, graph comprehension exercises and graph creation exercises. This is essential practice for students attempting to pass English language tests such as IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC.

1 Introductory activity for describing graphs

This is an easy way to introduce some commonly used vocabulary for describing graphs.

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2 Describing your own graph worksheet

This is a fun “describing graphs” vocabulary worksheet for English language learners. Students think of a topic in their lives and draw a graph illustrating how it affects them on a daily, weekly or monthly etc. basis. An example is included on the worksheet and there are also some suggested topics. After they draw the graph, students write sentences to describe and explain their graph. It is also a great online teaching exercise. Students have to create a graph about a topic of their own choice, Then they have to create a video and describe their graph. See the video below as an example.

Describing graphs writing exercise

Describe your own graph (PDF)

(mp4 video example YouTube)

3 Describing graphs and sentence writing worksheet (with audio and answers)

    This is a follow-up “describing graphs” vocabulary worksheet for  English language  learners. Students match the words to the graphs then write sentences using their own ideas. Or students can listen to the audio and fill in the missing words

Describing graphs vocabulary and personalized sentence writing activity.

Describing graphs vocabulary and sentence writing (PDF)

(see the video version on Youtube)

Describing graphs and sentence writing

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Prepositions for graphs and statistics (PDF)

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5 Describing business trends

This is a slightly more challenging comprehension gap fill exercise for language used to talk about trends.

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This is  a worksheet to help  English language learners write and talk about graphs and trends. Students try to write appropriate sentences for the pictures using the vocabulary at the bottom of the page.

Describing graphs writing exericise

Describing graphs sentence writing (PDF)

Describing graphs and trends

7 Describing graphs worksheet (with answers)

    This is an introductory “describing graphs” vocabulary worksheet for  English language  learners. First, students sort the words into the appropriate columns. In the second exercise they match the phrases to the correct lines on the graph. Finally, they unscramble the words in the third activity to make sentences and match these sentences to the 5 lines on the graphs at the bottom of the page.


Describing graphs vocabulary worksheet (PDF)

8 Describing graphs parts of speech sorting (with answers)

     A parts of speech sorting exercise to help students understand the difficult vocabulary and grammar of language used for describing graphs. Many of the words can be used as either a verb or a noun.

Describing graphs parts of speech sorting exercise.

Describing graphs parts of speech sorting (PDF)

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9 Presentations and describing graphs worksheet

    This is a speaking activity to help English language  learners think about and practice “describing graphs” for presentations .    

Presentations and describing graphs lesson

Presentations and describing graphs lesson (PDF)

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