Teaching Lesson 3
Pre-Intermediate level


In this lesson SS will learn quantity vocabulary in the context of shopping. The lesson will follow a test-teach-test model, through a series of matching and listening activities to expose and clarify meaning of vocab. At the end students will practice the vocab they have learned.


Abc Shopping Images Handout
Abc Listening for Numbers Handout
Abc Quantity Words Handout
Abc Vocab Slides
Abc Conversation Cards

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Quantity Words in the context of Shopping

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide specific information listening practice using a text about Quantity Words in the context of Shopping


Lead In (4-6 minutes) • Introduce topic, elicit at least one quantity word

I have a friend Mary and she is so sick. I want to make something that will make her feel better. Elicit some examples. Show image of Red lentil soup, elicit red lentil soup. I am going to the grocery store. Ask students in groups to discuss everything I need to buy. Give 1 minute. WC feedback, Be sure to elicit quantity vocab by saying it is for a lot of people. How many tomatoes? How much water? (What should I eat on the side, potatoes? No, a loaf of bread. How do I buy the bread? How do I buy the lentils, do they come in a bottle? Write examples that match the quantity. Review form of sentence. Should take about (5 minutes)

Pre-Listening 1 (4-6 minutes) • Exposure to words. Initial TTT test

Explain matching activity. Pass out handout of images and handout of words. Do in groups. Allow 3 minutes for filling them out. WCFB for answers, CCQ to check understanding

Listening 1 (3-5 minutes) • Drilling for pronunciation

Play matching words one at a time. Drill for pronunciation and stress. Write on WB if necessary.

Exercise 2 (4-6 minutes) • Use the vocab in a sentence.

Set up this exercise by demonstrating. Nominate. How much does a can of coke cost? Only correct with correct sentence formula “I think.. [a can of coke] costs.. [$1] How much does a pair of jeans costs? I think.. [a pair of jeans] costs.. [$50]. Write correct formula on WB. Select the words for them to guess. (A loaf of bread, A pair of jeans, A packet of chewing gum, A bottle of beer, A kilo of apples) Ask students to discuss with their partner about how much some of these things cost. Monitor to make sure they are using the write sentence.

Pre-Listening 2 (6-8 minutes) • Associating vocab with places.

Elicit vocab for places by talking about where we can buy some of the products we have already been discussing. Write places up on WB. Drill pronunciation if necessary. A supermarket (where can we buy a kilo of apples, and a loaf of bread) A Newsstand (where can I get a newspaper? Where can I top-up my Istanbul Card, they have packets of chewing gum, maybe some packets of tissues and the newspaper?) A clothes shop (where do I go to buy a pair of jeans? where do I go to buy clothes? A liquor store (where can I buy cans of beer? I’m looking for a specific place, that only has cans of beer..and bottles of wine, and bottles of liquor) A pharmacy (when I’m sick what do I need to buy? And where do I get medicine) A café (where do I sit with my friends for coffee, maybe I can work on my next lesson plan, Starbucks is an example) Split into groups of 6. Have everyone brainstorm things you can buy at one of the stores and have them write their answers up on the WB. During feedback add some quantity words to some.

Listening 2 (8-10 minutes) • Listen for Specific Information

Exercise 1: Erase WB except for place names. Explain we are listening to figure out where each conversation is. Play first one and pause and check. Then play the rest. WC feedback/ Exercise 2: Ask if they remember what everyone was buying. Elicit some examples. Play listening. Nominate feedback. Make sure they use quantity words. Write on board. Exercise 3: Do you remember how much a pair of socks costs? How about a copy of The times newspaper? We're going to listen to the conversations once more time and we will listen for numbers. Pass out handout to everyone. Give them a minute to review what they are going to listen for. Play audio. Check with pairs. WC feedback.

Roleplaying Excercise (6-8 minutes) • Productive task to practice vocab

Ask for volunteer. Demonstrate first conversation. Explain conversation cards, Pass out to partners. ICQ where some pairs are. Allow 3 minutes for roleplay. Write down words to review for pronunciation when monitoring. Elicit open class feedback from students if time.

Bonus Practice LIKELY NO TIME (5-7 minutes) • Further productive skills

Recall my friend Mary. Ask for more things I can get from her when I'm shopping. Ask groups to use quantity words. Elicit one response from individual groups.

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