CELPIP Speaking Picture Description

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CELPIP Speaking Picture Description

When you prepare your response to any of the CELPIP Speaking Tasks, your focus should be on speaking well, expressing yourself efficiently, and ticking the examiners boxes.

Your examiner will be looking at your organization, vocabulary, phrasing, sentence variety, grammar, and tenses.

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Read and Understand the Question

In CELPIP Speaking task 3, you’re describing a picture to someone who can’t see it.

The first thing you need to do is read and internalize the question.

Next, look at he picture and identify the 3-4 areas of activity that you have the best vocabulary for.

I don’t really want to talk about the house in the background, but I do think I may be able to say something about the three people in the picture.

A typical CELPIP picture question looks like this:

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CELPIP Speaking Picture sample response
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How to Organize your Response

Your response should have 4-5 parts.

Part 1 – an overview of the picture

Part 2 – the first area of activity

Part 3 – the second area of activity

Part 4 – the third are of activity

Part 5 – A conclusion

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How Long Should my Response Be?

As part of familiarizing yourself with the picture question in CELPIP Speaking Task 3,  you need to know how long your response should be and how much time you have to talk about it.

You have about 30 seconds to prepare your response, and 60 seconds to talk about it.

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How to Start your Response

When preparing for CELPIP Speaking Task 3, it is important that you understand how to formulate your introduction. Your introduction should give an overview of the picture. Think about how you would start your response in your own language.

Was the picture taken in a place where it’s always hot, or cold? Is the activity captured in the picture routine or occasional? Is the atmosphere in the scene calm and pleasant, and angry and hostile? Do the people show any signs of being exploited?

Your overview might look like this:

This is a scene of an outdoor kitchen in what must be a rural village in a hot country. It’s a very calm scene because no-one seems to be stressed or angry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1628107604788{padding-top: 0px !important;}”]

CELPIP Speaking Picture sample response
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How to Approach your First Area of Activity

With your introduction complete, the next thing you need to do is talk about your first area of activity – the woman

When I look at this woman, I see someone who routinely grinds grain between two stones so that she can feed her children, but I can also see that she has found something to sit on and some containers to put her grain into once it is ground. Let’s see if I can say all of that in an efficient way!

Your description might sound like this:

In the middle of the picture, an older woman is grinding grain between two stones. She has positioned herself on a small upturned basket in front of a large stone, placed the grain on it, and has started rolling a cylindrically shaped stone to and fro over the grain to crush it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1628110483676{border-top-width: 5px !important;border-right-width: 5px !important;border-bottom-width: 5px !important;border-left-width: 5px !important;padding-top: 5px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;border-left-color: #7ab040 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #7ab040 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #7ab040 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #7ab040 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}”][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1628111834992{border-top-width: 5px !important;border-right-width: 5px !important;border-bottom-width: 5px !important;border-left-width: 5px !important;padding-top: 5px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}”]

How to Approach your Second Area of Activity

After your first area of activity, you’ll talk about your second area of activity – the little boy.

Okay, we’re onto the little guy. What can we say about him? Where is he in relation to the woman? What’s he watching? Where are his friends? What’s distracting him is the distance? Is he hungry and waiting for supper? Has mum told him to stay close? Is he upset with mum? Why?

Your description might sound like this:

Behind the woman there is a young boy, wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt, who seems to have been distracted by something outside the picture and is watching this unknown action with great interest.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1628110760373{border-top-width: 5px !important;border-right-width: 5px !important;border-bottom-width: 5px !important;border-left-width: 5px !important;padding-top: 5px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1628110842340{border-top-width: 5px !important;border-right-width: 5px !important;border-bottom-width: 5px !important;border-left-width: 5px !important;padding-top: 5px !important;padding-right: 5px !important;padding-bottom: 5px !important;padding-left: 5px !important;border-left-color: #7ab040 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #7ab040 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #7ab040 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #7ab040 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1626978881061{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}”]

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How to Approach your Third Area of Activity

After your second area of activity, you’ll talk about your third area of activity – the little girl.

 

Don’t just talk about her clothes! Is she happy, sad, curious, interested? What is she watching? What has caught her attention? Would she love the woman to her for help? Is she hot and bothered, or is she comfortable? Has she left her friends to come and watch the woman? Is anything distracting her?

Your third area of activity might sound like this:

To the woman’s left, there is a young girl dressed in shorts and a T-shirt. She’s standing with her hands on her hips watching with great interest as the older woman grinds the grain.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1628520466878{margin-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: rgba(122,176,64,0.3) !important;*background-color: rgb(122,176,64) !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1628520419256{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;}”]

More CELPIP Speaking Practice

For more CELPIP Speaking Practice and topics for tasks 1-8, please take a look at our 30 speaking practice tests workbook with sample answers for test 1. 

This CELPIP Speaking Practice workbook is also available as a pdf E-book

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Your final response might sound like this:

This is a scene of an outdoor kitchen in what must be a rural village in a hot country. It’s a very calm scene because no-one seems to be stressed or angry.

In the middle of the picture, an older woman is grinding grain between two stones. She has positioned herself on a small upturned basket in front of a large stone, placed the grain on it, and has started rolling a cylindrically shaped stone to and fro over the grain to crush it.

Behind the woman there is a young boy, wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt, who seems to have been distracted by something outside the picture and is watching this unknown action with great interest.

To the woman’s left, there is a young girl dressed in shorts and a T-shirt. She’s standing with her hands on her hips watching the older woman grind the grain.

Everyone in the picture looks quite content.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1626978881061{padding-right: 10px !important;padding-left: 10px !important;border-radius: 20px !important;}”]

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