FROM THE MOST CONCRETE
TO THE MOST CONCEPTUAL…
Sometimes thinking of describing a photo sounds quite simple, but when the time comes to do so, one may get too confused and in the end “say nothing”… Not to worry. It is quite frequent.
Descriptions stimulate your language functions and your refinement in the word choice you make… For example, the adjective “bad” is extremely general… That is, if you want to refer to your frustrated picnic trip, as opposed to your house burning down… Don´t you think?
Here, we present you with very useful tips to describe and express opinions, formulate ideas, present arguments connected to an issue or topic and show reflective thinking.
PLAN, PLAN AND PLAN!
- Formulate a sentence in which you state what the photo is showing. DO NOT DESCRIBE IT yet.
- For example:
– This photo is about the environment and how tourism helps the economy of poorer countries.
– This photo is about how healthy it is to take time off to explore nature and to learn about the importance of protecting ecosystems.
- Divide your assigned picture in four and focus on each part.
- Jot down nouns and adjectives connected to the photo for each grid.
Write complete sentences using those adjectives and nouns.
DESCRIBING! (remember to use complete sentences!)
Let´s look at the different expressions that are going to help you locate people or things in a picture:
The following chart is essential! Keep it in mind at all times EVERY TIME YOU HAVE TO DESCRIBE A PICTURE.
Answer all the questions with full sentences according to the picture you have to describe:
ALWAYS have in mind that describing it´s not only about stating the elements, people and landscapes of what you see. That is only one aspect of all. The key focus is to go beyond the image, that is:
– State what is happening… If there are people, who they are and what the relationship is between them.
– Speculate about the situation… Why the people in the photo are there; or the reasons connected to the landscape or the concept behind an object.
– Give an opinion. What you think is relevant to mention. Connect your opinion to a larger and major issue.
The concrete (what you see in the picture) is to get your juices started! The KEY is to connect, to interpret and to give opinions… These abilities show how well you use language to communicate effectively.
You will be assigned one out of 4 photos. Follow the procedure explained. You have 15min to prepare your description. Then, you must present to the class.