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Shopping - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

At the Clothes Shop

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this practical teaching activity, students practice various clothes shop conversations. First, students work in pairs and separate three jumbled conversations. Students read through the customer and shop assistant responses and label the lines 1, 2, or 3, depending on which conversation they belong to. Students practice the conversations aloud. Students then create their own shopping conversation using the new phrases they have been taught. After that, they present their shopping conversation to the class.

At the Clothes Shop.PDF


End of Season Sale

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this authentic clothes shopping 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. Each student is given a role card. The customers have details about the items they want to buy including the size and colour. The sales assistants have information about the items they are selling. The objective is for the shop assistants to sell all the items on their cards and for the customers to buy all the items on their shopping list. The customers have a budget for each item. Some items are 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. Customers record how much they spend and save on each item. When everyone has finished, the customers report back to the class on the items they bought and how much money they managed to save.

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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 10 Minutes

This ESL writing task helps you to teach your students' container words. Students complete a list of shopping items. They have to write in the correct container words that go with each item. They can use some words more than once. In addition, several shopping items may have more than one correct answer.



Let's Go Shopping

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

You can use this fun role-play activity to teach your students shopping phrases. The class is divided into groups of six, and each group is given a set of role cards. Three students are shop assistants. The other three students are shoppers. They visit each shop and buy the things on their lists, they note the prices they pay, and calculate how much they've spent. Then, the shoppers and shop assistants swap roles.

Let's Go Shopping.PDF


What can you buy?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This impressive supplementary worksheet teaches students about collective nouns that are used when shopping. Students also learn about different types of shops and what they sell. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching collective nouns with shopping items. Then, students test each other by covering up the collective nouns. They then take it in turns to try to remember the collective noun that goes with each word. Students then do the second activity that concentrates on different types of shops and the things they sell. When they have finished, the teacher writes up some shopping dialogues on the board for the students to practice.

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Shopping Around

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

This noteworthy role-play teaches students to ask for things in different shops by acting as customers and shop assistants. The class is divided into six groups. Each group is given a shop name card, shopping item cards, and a shopping list. The object of the role-play 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. When they have got the shopping item card, they return to their table, and the next student goes off in search of the next item on the list.

Shopping Around.PDF


Shopping for Clothes

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Below is a link to a challenging activity that teaches students about clothes shopping expressions. The students read a story to introduce them to some of the phrases they will need for the activity. Students then complete crossword puzzles about shopping for clothes. There are three puzzles in total and each puzzle uses the same shopping expressions as clues, but different words from the sentences are missing. 

Shopping for Clothes.PDF


Shopping Situations

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this enjoyable role-play activity, students associate shopping phrases to different situations. Then, they 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 then 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.

Shopping Situations.PDF


Shopping Role-Play

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a beneficial teaching activity that gives students practice speaking in two different shopping situations. The first conversation takes place in a newsagent and the other in a department store. The teacher starts by eliciting the shopping language from the students before the activity begins. Each student is then given a worksheet. The students practice the two situations playing both the shop assistant and customer roles with a partner.

Shopping Role-Play.PDF


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#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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