Using data is an integral part of academic study. Graphs, charts and tables are generally included in both presentations and written assignments. They are used as evidence to support the points the speaker or writer is trying to make. However, all the data in the world won’t help if your audience can’t understand you when you present your analysis. In this course you will focus on using the correct language for describing data and will practise analysing and evaluating graphs, charts and tables.
There are no specific books in the library on ‘describing data’ but there are many websites on this area.
General book with data analysis exercises in:
Cambridge Academic English – An integrated skills course for EAP – Upper Intermediate by Chris Sowton
Publication Date: 2012-02-09
In this book there are sections on describing graphs and using numbers effectively.
Business English: How to describe graphs and trends in English
This is a useful video presentation on the language needed to successfully describe trends and fluctuations. Click here to watch
Describing data – Frequency tables and bar charts
This video discusses ways to present all types of data, line graphs, bar charts and tables and gives you tips on how to adapt your data to fit any form of display. Click here to watch
Phrases and collocations for describing graphs
This simple IELTS worksheet provides you with the language for expressing your data in an essay or report. Click here to watch
Vocabulary for presenting data
This worksheet provides the vocabulary and lead-in phrases for presenting data from graphs and charts. It also gives valuable tips on what you should and shouldn’t include in your writing when describing trends. Click here to watch