Bar charts and trends

The language and principles of describing line graphs can also be applied to bar charts. Click the link below to test your skills with describing trends relating to bar charts.

Video: Rephrasing using adverbs

Narration: Now let’s look at the same graph using adverbs. One way of constructing the sentence is to use this pattern: a subject, a trend verb, an adverb of degree and a time scale. We already know that the subject is sales. We can also see that the trend increased. Now we need the adverb … Read more

Video: The language of trends #2

Narration: Just describing the direction of the trend is not enough to get a good result in your IELTS test. You will also need to describe the speed and amount of change in the trend. In each of these illustrations, you can see that there was a downward trend. However, the speed and amount of … Read more

Trend and noun verbs

Here’s a handy table of trend nouns and trend verbs:   Trend verbs to increase to rise to climb to recover to improve to decrease to fall to plunge to decline to deteriorate to drop to level off to remain steady to plateau to stabilise Trend nouns an increase a rise Not used as a … Read more

Video: The language of trends

Narration: To complete most Task 1 essays, you will need to know the language of describing trends. For an upward trend, you can use the following vocabulary: to increase, an increase, a rise, to climb, to recover, to improve. For a downward trend you can use these words: to decrease, a fall, to plunge, to … Read more

Video: Describing trends

Narration: Describing trends. In Task 1 of the IELTS test, you may be required to write about a graph or a chart, identifying trends. A trend is the general direction of movement in a graph. This is an upward trend. This is a downward trend.

The 5 point checklist

This is the five point checklist you saw in the Bar charts lesson in Unit 2: The 5 point checklist. What is the graph about? What is on the vertical axis? What is on the horizontal axis? Is a specific time given? Is there any other information? This checklist can also be used for line … Read more

Essential vocabulary for this lesson

To complete this lesson, you will need to know the following vocabulary. When you are sure you know all the words, continue to the next page. IDENTIFY TREND INVERT CONSTRUCT NOUN ADJECTIVE VERB ADVERB

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: how the 5 point plan from Unit 2 applies to line graphs that fully understanding the axes is essential how to use a range of appropriate language when describing a trend how to avoid repetition by converting sentences using adjectives and adverbs to to prepare a … Read more

Planning paragraphs

You looked at skills for planning a Task 1 essay in the Bar charts lesson (‘Planning’). The skills for planning a line graph essay are the same. Remember that you can divide your paragraphs in a number of ways: [one_half] You can divide paragraphs by countryFor example: Paragraph 1: UK Paragraph 2: Australia / New … Read more