Activity 4 > Summarising and grouping figures together (1) > 7 minutes
One way to summarise the information in a big table is to group numbers together. For example, with the previous table about household expenditure, you could group years together and describe the change over a three-or five year period.
Alternatively, you could group different expenditures together into one expenditure type. For example, leisure goods and leisure services could be grouped together as one expenditure called ‘leisure’.
Of course, this means you have to do a little maths! Look again at the table from Activity 3 and then click here to choose the best answer for the questions that follow.
Activity 5 > Making comparisons (1) > 5 minutes
When you describe tables or charts in Task 1, you will almost certainly need to make comparisons between values. Here are some useful phrases for comparing values. Click here to put each phrase into the correct group.
Activity 6 > Making comparisons (2) > 5 minutes
Now click here to use phrases from Activity 5 to complete the sentences below. There is often more than one correct answer.
Activity 7 > Writing task > 20 minutes
Now let’s put what we’ve discussed so far into practice. You’re going to write a description of the most important information in the table below. But before you write, click here and try to answer these questions.
Now write a paragraph describing the most important information in the table. Organise your paragraph like this:
- Discuss the effect of gender on earnings. (See the yellow cells)
- Discuss the effect of age on earnings. (See the blue cells)
- Discuss the effect of qualifications on earnings. (See the red cells)
When you have written your description, you can compare it with our example description here.
This lesson continues here.