Shopping Role-Plays, Worksheets and ESL Activities

Bargain Hunters

ESL Shopping Role-Play - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

Here is a shopping role-play activity to help students practice asking and saying how much things cost. Divide the students into groups of eight. Give four students a shop card each. These students take on the role of shop assistants. Give the other students a shopping list each. These students are shoppers. The aim of the activity is for the shoppers to save the most money possible by finding out the cost of each item on their shopping list in the four shops and buying each item from the cheapest place. The shoppers ask the price of the items on their list to each shop assistant in turn, noting down the prices on their shopping list. The shoppers then compare the prices, go to the shops with the cheapest prices, and buy the items. The shoppers then calculate the total amount of money they spent and write it on their list. When they have finished, the students swap roles and repeat the activity. Afterwards, the students with the same shopping lists compare their answers to check they have the same totals.
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Containers Worksheet

ESL Containers Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 15 minutes

This free containers worksheet helps you to teach your students about container words. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students complete shopping items on the worksheet with container words from a box. Students can use the container words more than once and several items have more than one correct answer. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class. After that, students write new shopping items to go with the container words and their answers are reviewed.
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Interactive Version - In this containers interactive worksheet, students work through a variety of exercises to learn container words.

 

End of Season Sale

ESL Clothes Shop Role-Play - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun clothes shopping role-play, students take on the roles of shop assistants and customers and practice buying and selling items in a clothes shop. Divide the students into two equal groups, shop assistants and customers. Give each shop assistant a shop card and give each customer a shopping list. The shop cards show the items the shop assistants have for sale. The customers' shopping list shows details of the items they want to buy, including the size, colour and budget for each item. Some shopping items may be too expensive to buy, but if a customer saves money on other items, they can go back and use the money they saved to buy an item they previously couldn't afford. The aim of the activity 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 shop assistants sit down spaced out around the classroom and the customers stand up and walk around visiting each shop. 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 saving they have made. If an item is over budget, the customer goes to the next item on their shopping list or uses a saving from a previous purchase to buy the item. If the customer can't find what they want, they can ask for another item or move on to another shop. When everyone has finished, the students swap roles and repeat the activity, so everyone has a chance to practice being the shop assistant and customer.
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Let's go shopping

ESL Shopping Role-Play - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this shopping role-play, students take on the roles of shop assistants and customers and practice buying and selling items in a shop. Divide the students into groups of six. Half the students are shop assistants and the other half are customers. Give each shop assistant a shop card and give each customer a shopping list. The three shop assistants in each group sit separately. The customers then go around to each shop and try to buy the items on their shopping list. When a customer makes a purchase, they write down the cost on their shopping list next to the item. After a customer has completed their shopping list, they write down the total cost of all the items and show you their answer. If there is a mistake, the customer goes back to the shops and confirms the prices. When everyone has finished, the students swap roles and repeat the activity, so everyone has a chance to practice being the shop assistant and customer.
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Shopping Around

ESL Shopping Role-Play - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free shopping role-play activity, students act as customers and shop assistants, and practice buying and selling items in a shop. Divide the students into six groups and have each group sit around a table. Give each group a shop name card and a corresponding numbered shopping list. The students stand the card up on the table to show the name of their shop, e.g. bakery. Also, give each group a set of corresponding picture cards showing the shopping items they have for sale. The aim of the activity is to be the first group to buy all the items on their shopping list. To do this, each group sends out one student (the customer) from their group to buy the first item on their shopping list. The students left waiting at the table take it in turns to be the shop assistant for their shop. The customer then goes to what they think is the right shop and begins a conversation with the shop assistant, e.g. 'Hi, have you got...?' If the shop assistant has the item, they sell it to the customer and hand over the shopping item picture card. If the shop assistant doesn't have the item, the customer goes and finds the right shop. When the customer has the shopping item, they return to their group and the second customer goes off in search of the next item on the list. The first group to buy all the items on their shopping list wins. When everyone has finished, the groups swap their materials and play a second round and so on.
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What can you buy?

ESL Shopping Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this shopping language worksheet, students learn about different types of shops and the products they sell. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching quantifiers with shopping items on their worksheet. Next, students use products on the worksheet to make sentences about what they can buy in each type of shop, e.g. 'You can buy wine and beer in a liquor store'. After the answers have been checked, students use the language from the worksheet in a shopping dialogue. The students practice the dialogue in pairs, exchanging roles each time they finish the conversation. Afterwards, students present their dialogues to the class and feedback is given.
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Interactive Version - This shopping language interactive worksheet contains various exercises to help students learn about shops and the products they sell.

 

At the Clothes Shop

ESL Clothes Shop Language Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This free clothes shopping language worksheet can be used to help students learn shopping language and role-play clothes shop dialogues. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by sorting three mixed-up clothes shop dialogues into conversation one, two and three. Students do this by reading the customer and shop assistant responses and labeling the lines 1, 2, or 3, depending on which conversation they belong to. The students then practice the three shopping conversations with a partner. Afterwards, students create their own clothes shop dialogue between a shop assistant and customer. Finally, students present their dialogues to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this free clothes shopping language breakout room activity, students practice language for buying clothes and then role-play clothes shop dialogues with a partner.

 

Can I help you?

ESL Shoe Shop Role-Play - Reading, Listening and Ordering Activty - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun shoe shopping role-play activity, students put a shoe shop conversation in order and role-play shopping dialogues. Divide the students into pairs. Give each student a copy of the worksheet containing half of a shoe shop conversation that is in the wrong order. One student takes on the role of the shop assistant and the other is the customer. Students then take it in turns to read each sentence to their partner and number the sentences in order. When the pairs have finished, check the correct order with the class. After practicing the dialogue with a partner, the students adapt the conversation to create a shopping dialogue of their own. When the students have finished, the pairs role-play their conversation in front of the class and feedback is given.
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Shopping Dominoes

ESL Clothes Shopping Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this clothes shop dialogue activity, students play a game of dominoes where they build a clothes shop conversation between a shop assistant and customer by matching sentence halves together. Give each group of three a set of dominoes. The students look for the 'Hello, can I...' domino and place it face up on the table. The students then shuffle the rest of the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the sentence halves go together to form a sentence or question by a shop assistant or customer, e.g. 'Hello, can I help you?' If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain. If a player cannot go and there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game. The remaining players continue putting down their dominoes until all the dominoes have been placed correctly to form a clothes shop conversation. Afterwards, students read the conversation to check they have matched the dominoes correctly.
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Shopping Role-Plays

ESL Shopping Role-Play - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this engaging shopping role-play, students practice shopping language in two situations. The first role-play takes place in a newsagent's and the other takes place in a clothes shop. Divide the students into pairs. One student takes on the role of a newsagent shop assistant and the other is a customer. Give each shop assistant a newsagent's card and each customer a shopping list. The information on the shop assistant's card shows the items they have for sale and the cost of each item. If they don't have what the customer wants, they try to sell them something else. The shopping list shows details of the preferred items the customers want to buy and their total budget. Some shopping items may be too expensive to buy or the shop assistant may not have what they want. If that's the case, the customers buy a similar or cheaper item. The pairs then begin the role-play. When the students have finished, they move on to the second role-play, which focuses on clothes shopping. The students swap roles so the shop assistant now becomes the customer and the customer becomes the shop assistant. The roles are the same as before, but this time the customer has a $200 gift voucher, which they can't go over budget on. When the students have finished, they present their role-plays to the class.
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Shopping Vocabulary Quiz

ESL Shopping Vocabulary Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Spelling Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this shopping vocabulary worksheet activity, students take part in a quiz where they read definitions and write down the correct shopping vocabulary. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students read the definitions on the worksheet and write the correct shopping vocabulary in the spaces provided. When the students have finished, they swap worksheets with a classmate for marking. Read each definition aloud and elicit the correct shopping vocabulary and spelling from the students. Students score one point for each correct answer and one point for each correct spelling. The student with the most points at the end wins the quiz. If you have a weak class, the quiz can also be done in pairs.
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Interactive Version - In this shopping vocabulary interactive worksheet, students do a quiz to practice vocabulary related to shopping.

 

Shops Crossword

ESL Shop Vocabulary Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this shop vocabulary crossword activity, students complete half a crossword by describing and guessing different types of shops. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words down and Group B has the words across. Working together, the students invent and write down clues for the shops on their crossword, e.g. 'It's a shop that sells watches and necklaces'. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. 'What's 3 across?' Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the name of the shop. If the student guesses the shop successfully, they write the word on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
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Interactive Version - In this shop vocabulary breakout room activity, pairs of students describe and guess types of shops in order to complete an interactive crossword.

 

Shopping Conversation Questions

ESL Shopping Conversations Questions Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this free shopping conversation questions worksheet activity, students complete questions with shopping vocabulary and use the questions to interview a partner. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, students use the shopping vocabulary in the box to complete the shopping conversation questions on the worksheet. When the students have completed the questions, the answers are checked with the class. Students then take it in turns to ask the shopping conversation questions to their partner. Students note down their partner's answers and ask follow-up questions to gain more information. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the class on their partner's shopping habits.
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Interactive Version - In this free shopping discussion breakout room activity, students use shopping vocabulary to complete conversation questions and then ask and answer the questions with a partner.

 

Shopping Situations

ESL Shopping Role-Play Activity - Reading, Matching, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this shopping role-play activity, students match shopping language to two situations and then use the language in two role-plays. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students read extracts from two shopping conversations and decide which extract belongs to which conversation by writing 1 or 2 in the spaces provided. Next, divide the students into pairs (A and B). The students then role-play two shopping conversations using the language from the first exercise. Student A takes on the role of a customer and Student B is a customer service representative. When the students have finished, they move on to the second shopping role-play with Student A now being a shop assistant and Student B being a customer. Afterwards, the students present their role-plays to the class.
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Clothes Shopping Worksheet

ESL Clothes Shopping Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

Here is a clothes shopping language worksheet to help students practice vocabulary and phrases that are commonly used when shopping for clothes. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students start by putting a clothes shop conversation between a salesperson and a customer in the correct order. Students then match vocabulary from the dialogue with definitions. Next, students complete the second part of the clothes shop conversation with words and phrases from a box. Afterwards, students decide whether a salesperson, a customer, or both would say a list of words and phrases. In the last exercise, students use the words and phrases to write and then act out a clothes shop dialogue between a salesperson and a customer. In the role-play, the customer looks at some clothes, tries on two items and buys one. Pairs then role-play their dialogues in front of the class and feedback is given.
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Interactive Version - In this clothes shop language interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to practice clothes shopping language.

 
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