Despite the dot com boom and bust and the fear of criminals using ones credit card number, internet shopping continues to be big business reducing shopping streets across the world to ghost towns. Next, www.marksandspencer.com , Topman and even Ebay have bright, engaging websites to sell their clothes. As always, there is opportunity to exploit these well designed resources with your English language students.
Download the lesson here. Clothes Shopping on the Net: https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/clothes-shopping-on-the-net1.doc
Materials Needed: 1 copy of the worksheet per student /One computer with the internet for each pair of students/ Interactive Whiteboard (optional)
Level: Entry 3+ / B1 + / Pre Intermediate +
What it’s good for: Scanning, pair work, discussion, clothes, shopping
How long will it take: 40 minutes including introduction and feedback
**Note** The key to this lesson is making the introduction and the feedback after the worksheet meaningful. The task in itself is very straight forward scan reading from the internet but to make it more communicative you can use the front and back end of the lesson. It could also be intergrated into a section of your course on shopping and clothes.
1. Introduction. You might like to start by showing some pictures of clothes on the interactive whiteboard. The Leo Network has some nice images here here: http://www.learnenglish.de/vocabulary/clothes.htm
2. Ask students where they buy their clothes. Do they ever use the internet to buy clothes? What websites do they use? Show a glossy website like M and S and ask students what they’d like to buy. Search for the item using the search box and choose the item together.
2. Have students complete the worksheet by searching on the internet for the items they want. It might be better to put girls together Circulate round the room loking at what students are doing offering comments, suggestions or help. Don’t just leave them to it.
3. Feedback. Ask pairs to tell you how much they spent, also ask them to say what they liked and why. This might also lead onto a discussion on fashion or men and women’s clothing, download my powerpoint for this here: Shopping Discussion for Interactive Whiteboard: https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/clothes-discussion.ppt