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1 Unit 1 How to describe a visual document (cartoon, picture...)

2 Main parts: Identification of the document. Description of the document.. Interpretation of the message.

3 1. Identify the document. →This document is: A photograph/ a painting/ a cartoon/ a caricature/ an advert/ a poster/ in colour/ in black and white… →(origin) It comes from/it was taken from/it appeared in: a newspaper/ a magazine/a website/ a business magazine → (time setting) It appeared in... It dates from… It is recent/not recent We may suppose it appeared recently/ long ago/……. years ago →The author It was made/painted/created by… The name of the photographer/the cartoonist/the painter is… The name of the artist is not mentioned/does not appear

4 2. Describe the document. → The scene takes place in: a bedroom/ a shop/ the street/ the mountains… → It takes place: during the day/at night/ in the summer… → The characters:.There is a/ there are… : In the background/in the foreground In the middle At the top/at the bottom On the right-hand side/on the left hand-side number: There are 2/3/ many people/there is only one person gender: male/female/three men/one woman age group: child(ren)/teenager/middle-aged/in his twenties clothing: (s)he is wearing a jacket/ a hat gestures: he is sitting/she is standing/they are fighting/some are playing/all of them are eating… their moods: He seems to be …(angry/ happy/ annoyed…) → There is a: text/ title/ headline/ bubble/ caption/ slogan…

5 3. Interpret the message. → The message conveyed by the author: - Interpretation / prediction: we suppose, we imagine, we guess, it seems that, it can be, it could be, it may be… The subject is…/ the topic is… The author suggests that…/he wants to show that…/his-her aim is to…/(s)he condemns… The document represents…/It stands for…/It symbolizes…/ the... embodies... → Your personal reaction/opinion: I find this document: accurate/amusing/ exaggerated/ foolish/ provocative/ convincing/ far-fetched/ ridiculous/ right/ shocking/ true… What I find the most……is…. What I don’t like about this document is… What strikes me the most is… It makes me think of… It reminds me of a film/ a book/ another document In my opinion, …/ To my mind, …/ As I see it, …/ To conclude…/ To sum up…

6 Oral fillers Well… Anyway,… Er… Actually,… You see… Mind you,… You know… Hang on,…


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