8 Describing Graphs Vocabulary and Writing Exercises

Updated April 1st, 2020

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 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)

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2 Describing graphs and sentence writing worksheet (with answers)

  This is a follow-up “describing graphs” vocabulary worksheet for  English language  learners. Students match the words to the graph then write sentences using their own ideas.

Describing graphs vocabulary and personalized sentence writing activity.

Describing graphs vocabulary and sentence writing (PDF)

3 Prepositions for graphs,trends and statistics(with answers)

 I’ve always been familiar with prepositions for location, time and movement. But for years I have been teaching English for graphs and statistics to medical technology students. And I’ve noticed a recurring problem with prepositions when they try to use statistics to describe graphs and trends. So, finally I’ve done something about it.

Prepositions for talking about graphs, trends and statistics

Prepositions for graphs and statistics (PDF)

 4 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)

5 Describing  graphs and trends: making sentences  worksheet (with answers)

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)

6 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.

Describing graphs writing exercise

Describe your own graph (PDF)

7 Describing graphs vocabulary matching worksheet

  This is an introductory “describing graphs” vocabulary worksheet for  English language  learners. Students match the descriptions to the graph segments.

Describing graphs vocabulary matching

Describe graphs vocabulary matching (PDF)

8 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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