Ielts Vocabulary to Describe Charts and Graphs

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Practising IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

Contents
A. TEACHERS’ NOTES ...........................................................................................................2 A1.

Lesson Plan..................................................................................................................2

A2.

Classroom Handout 1...................................................................................................6

A3.

Classroom Handout 2...................................................................................................7

A4.

Suggested homework/self study activities....................................................................8

B. GUIDANCE FOR FOLLOW UP ACTIVITIES.......................................................................9

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Practising IELTS Academic Writing Part 1
A. TEACHERS’ NOTES
Description
Time required:

60 minutes

Materials
required:



One copy per student of Classroom Handout 1 & 2

Aims:



To introduce and practise vocabulary to describe charts and graphs in Part 1 of the Academic Writing test

A1.

Lesson Plan

1. Warmer: In pairs the students answer the following questions: “What type of music do you like?”
“How do you buy and listen to music?”
“How are your choices in music different to your parents or people of other generations?”
Timing 3 mins
2. Give out A2. Classroom Handout 1 to each student.
Focus the students on the graph. In pairs or small groups, the students discuss the graph and any general trends they can see.
Timing 3 mins
3. On their own, students complete exercise a)
(Answers)
VERBS

NOUNS

go up

go down

remain steady

Increase

decrease

stay the same

Rise
Climb

fall
drop

increase
rise
climb

decrease
fall
drop

Timing 6 mins

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Practising IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
4. Draw the attention of the students to the graph in Classroom Handout 1. Ask the class what happened between 1995 & 1996.
went down
Sales decreased
fell
dropped

Possible answers:

a decrease
There was a fall
a drop

in sales

Write the possible answers on the board. Draw the students’ attention to the difference in structure when using the noun.

Next, ask the class what happened to sales between 2000 and 2001. Answer: the same as between 1995 & 1996
Ask the class if the falls between 1995 & 1996 and 2000 & 2001 were the same. Answer: No. The fall between 2000 & 2001 was bigger.

Explain to the class that the verbs and nouns only describe the direction of the movement of the graph. Ask them what they can use to add more information to the verbs and nouns.
Answer: Adverbs and adjectives.
Timing 15 mins

5. In small groups, the students complete exercise b) on Classroom Handout 1. Monitor and help the students as appropriate.
(Answers)
ADVERBS
ciamalrtdlay
yasginincftil
myratdeloe
gihtllsy

dramatically
significantly
moderately
slightly

ADJECTIVES
dramatic
significant
moderate
gradual
slight

Timing 10 mins

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