Topics: Transport, Writing, The Table Pages: 5 (723 words) Published: March 27, 2013
DESCRIBING INFORMATION FROM TABLES

Tables compare data and may also show changes over time as well. They are often used when there is quite a lot of information, so it is important to select the key features to describe. I. Understanding the data

Read the writing task below and look at the table. Answer these questions to help you understand the information given. 1. What two main areas does the table show figures for?
2. How is each main area subdivided?
3. What main difference do the figures show within each area? 4. How many years does the table deal with?
5. What are the main trends over time?
6. What kind of language can you use when describing the data? Writing Task 1
The table below gives figures for student applications and acceptances for UK university courses in the field of tourism, transport and travel. Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information below. Write at least 150 words.

Student statistics for university courses in tourism, transport and travel, 2000-2002 |Applications |Acceptances | |Year |Men |Women |Men |Women |% of Total | |2000 |3,400 |900 |550 |150 |15.5% | |2001 |3.200 |800 |600 |200 |20% | |2002 |2,750 |750 |580 |170 |21,4% |

II. Organizing the description
You should try to group the information rather than describing every piece of data. Complete this paragraph outline for the Writing task in Exercise 1.

| | |Paragraph 1: Introduce information | |Paragraph 2: ................................ | |Paragraph 3: ................................ | |Paragraph 4: ................................ |

III. Rewording the introduction

Underline the most appropriate word(s) to complete this introduction to a sample answer.

| | |The table concerns university courses (1) in the field of/related to tourism, transport and travel in the UK. It shows (2)| |decreases/changes/increases in the (3) numbers/proportion/percentage of (4) applicants/male and female students applying | |for and being accepted on such courses (5) between/from 2000 and 2002. |

IV. Describing the data
a. Use the information in the table in Exercise 1 to complete these sentences with a word or number. 1. In all three years, more ................................ applied for such courses than ................................, although their numbers ................................ considerably, from 3,400 in 2000 to ................................ in 2002. 2. Female ................................ reached a little more than a quarter of the figures for ................................ in 2000 and 2001, and they ................................ to 750 in 2002. 3. Total applications ................................ during the period. 4. Many more ................................ and ................................ applied...