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.
This is an easy way to introduce some commonly used vocabulary for describing graphs.
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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.
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 sentence writing (PDF)
(see the video version on Youtube)
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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 graphs and statistics (PDF)
This is a slightly more challenging comprehension gap fill exercise for language used to talk about trends.
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 sentence writing (PDF)
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)
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 (PDF)
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This is a speaking activity to help English language learners think about and practice “describing graphs” for presentations .
Presentations and describing graphs lesson (PDF)
8 Replies to “Describing graphs vocabulary and writing exercises”
Thanks for sharing the material on graph description. I am teaching a B1 class and it suits one of my course goals. I love the way you start from understanding the expressions and specific vocabulary used and then work on observation and simple tasks to make students get familiar with the topic.
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Thanks a lot. These exercises have been reality useful and involving to be used in the class
Thank you for sharing these worksheets. My students enjoyed the activities. In fact the activities enable them to learn and understand how to describe the graphs and charts. The exercises are related to what they are learning this semester.
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