Listen to a description of a photograph of two people in a formal situation.


Task 1 - true or false?

Task 2 - speculating

Task 3 - word order in indirect questions

Task 4 - your turn

Use the language you have learned to describe a photo of another formal conversation.

  • Use adjectives to describe how they might be feeling.
  • Use modals to speculate about who they are, where they are and what they are talking about.
  • Use indirect questions to imagine some of the questions they might be asking in this situation.

You can use your mobile phone to record yourself speaking. If you think you could improve, you can record yourself again.


This looks like a photo of a job interview because there are two people, who are dressed very smartly and who seem to be taking part in a very formal dialogue. They must both be taking the interview very seriously as neither of them are smiling and they have serious facial expressions. The woman must be the interviewee because she seems so nervous. They don’t look very relaxed so it is likely that they do not know each other. The man’s body language suggests that he is probably feeling a bit nervous too. This could be the first interview that he has conducted, because he seems to be reading from a set of questions. He might be feeling bored because he has to ask the same questions to a lot of different candidates.

The woman is holding her hands tightly and is listening carefully for the man’s next question. He might have asked her whether she has had any experience in this type of work. He may also have asked her whether she felt she had the right skills for the job or if she wanted a full or a part-time position. She is probably wondering whether she has got the job but she doesn’t appear very confident. However she still looks very interested in getting this job because she is concentrating hard on the questions.


  • When was the last time you were asked to give information in a formal situation?
  • How did you feel?
  • Have you had to ask for information recently?
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I like this lesson. It is very useful.

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Because it very clearly describes the situation in an imaginative way.

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Both the interviewer and the interviewee get confident about the interviews with experience.