A2 Lesson Plan

Build Your Fashion Vocabulary: Lesson Plan on Shopping for Clothes

Created by ALULA | April 09, 2024
(Last update: April 09, 2024 )

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Are you ready to tackle the bustling world of fashion? Our ESL lesson plan centered on "Shopping for Clothes," tailored for high-beginner A2 level adult learners, introduces the essential language and practical conversational skills needed to navigate clothing stores confidently. Whether it's inquiring about sizes, discussing prices, or finalizing a purchase, this plan offers an engaging approach to acquiring fashion-related vocabulary.


This lesson plan gears towards providing students with an understanding and usage of English language pertinent to the shopping realm, particularly for apparel. Practical in nature, it comprises dialogue exercises, role-play of shopping interactions, and drills designed to reinforce clothing-related vocabulary. By the end of these activities, students will be able to engage in clothing shopping with greater ease and confidence.

Lesson Focus

Students will gain a robust vocabulary related to garments, accessories, and shopping concepts. Additionally, they will develop the ability to effectively participate in dialogues within the shopping context - asking for different sizes, inquiring about item prices, indicating preferences, and making transactions in English.

Lesson Content

Activity 1: Clothing Vocabulary Flashcards

Approximate Time Needed: 20 minutes

Objective: To familiarize students with the necessary vocabulary related to clothing and accessories.

Materials: A set of flashcards with images of clothing items and their corresponding names in English. Flashcards can be easily made using index cards or printed from various online ESL teaching resources.

  1. Show a flashcard to the class and pronounce the name of the clothing item clearly.
  2. Ask students to repeat the name after you, ensuring proper pronunciation.
  3. Engage students by asking questions about the item (e.g., “Is this something you wear in winter or summer?”).

Activity 2: Price Inquiry Role-Playing

Approximate Time Needed: 30 minutes

Objective: To practice forming and responding to questions about the price of clothing items in a shopping scenario.

Materials: Mock clothing items with price tags, play money. These can be sourced from ESL teaching aids or created using paper and markers.

  1. Divide the class into pairs, with one student acting as the shopper and the other as the salesperson.
  2. Distribute the mock clothing items and play money to each pair.
  3. The shopper should inquire about the price of various items, practicing phrases like “How much is this...?”
  4. The salesperson responds accordingly, using full sentences to reinforce structure.

Activity 3: Dialogue Completion Exercise

Approximate Time Needed: 25 minutes

Objective: To apply vocabulary and sentence structure learned through filling in the blanks in scripted dialogues.

Materials: Pre-made dialogue scripts with select missing words focused on shopping situations. These can be created or found in ESL textbooks or online teaching platforms.

  1. Hand out the dialogue scripts to each student.
  2. Students individually fill in the blanks with appropriate vocabulary words.
  3. Students pair up and perform the completed dialogues.

Activity 4: The Shopping Spree Game

Approximate Time Needed: 35 minutes

Objective: To synthesize vocabulary and speaking skills in a simulated real-life shopping game.

Materials: Sets of clothing imagery, price tags, play money, and a ‘store setup’ in the classroom. This can be arranged with desks and props to simulate a store environment.

  1. Create a mini store within the classroom using the materials provided.
  2. Assign roles to students (shopper, cashier, etc.) and distribute play money.
  3. Students walk around, ask about clothing items, negotiate prices, and "purchase" items using play money.
  4. Rotate roles to ensure every student gets to engage in each part of the shopping experience.

Wrap Up

To conclude, this lesson plan takes a practical approach to teaching English vocabulary and conversational skills related to shopping for clothing. Through interactive activities like role-playing and games, students are empowered to confidently voice inquiries and partake in conversations that unfold in everyday shopping scenarios.

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