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At the Clothes Shop

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this useful teaching activity, students practice and create clothes shop conversations. To begin, students work in pairs and separate three jumbled shopping conversations. Students read the customer and shop assistant responses and label the lines 1, 2, or 3, depending on which conversation they belong to. Students then practice the three dialogues in pairs. Finally, students create their own shopping conversation and present it to the class.

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End of Season Sale

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this authentic clothes shop role-play, students act as shop assistants and customers at an end of season sale. Half the students are shop assistants and the other half are customers. A role card is given to each shop assistant and a shopping list to each customer. The customer’s shopping list has details about the items they want to buy, including the size and colour. The shop assistants have information about the items they are selling. The objective is for the shop assistants to sell all the items on their card and for the customers to buy all the items on their shopping list. The customers have a budget for each item. Some items may be too expensive to buy but if they save money on other items, they can use the money they saved to put towards an item that is over their budget. When a customer buys an item, the shop assistant ticks the item to show it has been sold and the customer writes down the cost and any savings they have made.

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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 10 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet helps you to teach your students about container words. Students complete a list of 20 shopping items. They write the correct container word that goes with each item. The students can use some words more than once. In addition, several shopping items have more than one correct answer.

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Let's Go Shopping

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This fun role-play activity can be used to teach or revise shopping language. The class is divided into groups of six and each student is given a role card. Three students are shop assistants and the other three students are shoppers. The three shoppers visit each shop and try to buy the items on their shopping list. They note the cost of each item and calculate the total cost of all the items. When they have finished, the shoppers and shop assistants swap roles. Finally, the students check the correct total cost.

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What can you buy?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this impressive teaching activity, students learn about collective nouns, different types of shops and what they sell. The first task focuses on some common collective nouns that are used when shopping. Students begin by matching the collective nouns with shopping items. Then, students test each other by covering up the collective nouns. They take it in turns to try to remember the collective noun that goes with each word. The second task concentrates on different types of shops and what each shop sells. Students complete a set of sentences about the shops and what they sell. The students then work in pairs and practice a shopping dialogue, which they present to the class.

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Can I help you?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable pairwork activity, students work together to put a shopping conversation in order. The conversation is about buying an item of clothing from a shop. In the activity, students learn how to state sizes and ask about colour and cost. The class is divided into pairs. Each student is given part of a conversation between a shop assistant and a customer. One student is the shop assistant and the other is the customer. Working with their partner, the students put the shopping conversation in order. Students are not allowed to show their sentences. Instead, they read the sentences aloud and number the conversation. When everyone has finished, the students make a short continuation of the conversation and then present their complete conversations to the class.

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Shopping Around

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this noteworthy role-play activity, students act as customers and shop assistants and practice the language for buying and selling things in a shop. The class is divided into six groups. Each group is given a shop name, shopping items and a shopping list. The object of the activity is for each group to obtain the products on their shopping list. To do this, they send out one student from their group to obtain the first item on the list from another shop. The students left waiting at the table are the shop assistants for their shop. When a student has got the shopping item, they return to their table, and the next student goes off in search of the next item on the list. The first group to get all of the shopping items on their list wins.

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 Shopping ESL Teaching Resources

Shopping Dominoes

ESL EFL Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes to practice shopping phrases. They do this by matching sentence halves together to build a conversation between a shop assistant and a customer. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and then share them out equally. The player with the card ‘Hello, can I...’ puts down that domino to start the game. The next player then tries to put down a domino which matches either side of the first domino to build a conversation between a shop assistant and customer. If a player doesn’t have a match, they have to pass to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes is the winner. The remaining players continue putting down their dominoes until all the dominoes have been placed correctly to form a shopping dialogue.

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Shopping Situations

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable role-play activity, students associate shopping phrases with different situations. They then use the phrases in two role-plays. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read through a set of shopping phrases. They decide which phrase belongs to which shopping situation. Once they have done that, the students are divided into pairs. Students read the role cards on their worksheet and use the phrases to come up with two shopping conversations. When they have completed their role-plays, the students present their conversations to the class.

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Shopping Role-Plays

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a beneficial role-play activity that gives students practice at using shopping language in two situations. The first conversation takes place in a newsagent and the other in a department store. The teacher starts by eliciting the language that  a shop assistant or customer might use. Each student is then given a worksheet that contains the two shopping role-plays. The students work in pairs and practice the two situations playing both the shop assistant and customer roles.

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#10 Admin 2016-01-13 07:57
We aim to please Taylor. Glad you like the resources. :)
#9 Taylor 2016-01-11 01:28
These are fantastic!! I love how practical and interactive all of the activities are - students get so bored just memorizing dialogues, but each of these worksheets includes a puzzle to get students engaged so that they can learn these important phrases!!
#8 Admin 2015-11-26 15:21
Thanks for the nice comments. We will be adding some more resources to this section soon.
#7 Anna 2015-10-06 02:13
Great activities! Very useful! Thanks a lot
#6 Norma 2015-09-02 03:07
They are excellent resources to put in practice.Thank you so much. I´ve been looking for activities related to clothes and it was difficult to find, but now i got it.
#5 Margaretha Sudarsih 2015-07-20 23:17
Thanks so much for sharing these useful activities.
#4 Admin 2015-03-17 13:48
You are welcome Debbie.
#3 Debbie 2015-03-13 07:52
Excellent resources. Thanks very much.
#2 Admin 2015-03-02 07:21
Thanks for your nice comment. Glad you found these shopping activities useful. We will be adding more resources very soon.
#1 Angel74 2015-03-01 21:11
I'm currently teaching future sales assistants (adults) basic English skills. Ive been searching the internet for ages (months!) trying to find something like this. Can't wait to try them out - You've saved me hours of preparation. Thanks a million!

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