ESL shopping lessons not only teach important vocabulary skills, they also teach practical life skills.
Start the lesson with a conversation about shopping.
Then, talk about price. You can also discuss brand names.
Give them some vocabulary to use on their shopping trip.
Some examples of shopping vocabulary include:
Give your students a budget, a shopping list and let them go shopping. To get the most practice, have them ask the salesperson for each item on their list.
Depending on their country of origin, it may be customary for students to barter for a better price.
Discuss coupons, sale prices and sales tax as these may not be familiar concepts. In some countries, it is customary to tip salespeople. Discuss when it is and isn’t appropriate to tip.
Because debit and credit cards are not universal, you may want to have a conversation about these methods of payment. Do not get too involved though; You can prepare another lesson on credit and finances.
One of the best ways to teach this skill is to actually take your students on a shopping trip. It may be difficult to arrange, but it will be well worth the effort. It will give students an opportunity to shop the way they normally shop, but with an interpreter. You will be there to explain why things happened or why people said what they said. The experience may also remind students of questions they want to ask.
Have the students meet you at the store with their own money. Ask them to hold off grocery shopping for the week if they can. That way when you go on your shopping trip, they will have actual questions and be able to practice vocabulary. The trip might also spark conversations you wouldn’t necessarily come up with in the classroom.
You can find ESL shopping lessons online by visiting the following Web sites:
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