Emma Ramsden Emma Ramsden

My Free Time/Buying Things
A1 Beginners level


In this lesson the students will learn about how to use functional language effectively, in order to buy things from a shop. (real life scenario)


Abc (Relia) objects
Abc Gap-fill handout
Abc Vocabulary Papers (large)
Abc Ordering parts of a conversation - handouts
Abc CD2

Main Aims

  • To be able to use functional language effectively, in order to buy things from a shop, in an everyday, real life scenario.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To develop speaking and listening skills.


Lead-in (5 minutes) • To create a relaxed learning environment and encourage students to take an interest in the main topic of the lesson.

Say hi and how are you etc. Show the students some real money and tell a short anecdote about how much I love to go shopping . *Show 3 examples of what I might buy: (realia) Fruit - add from the grocers Books - add from the bookstore Vitamins add from the pharmacy * Ask students, what do you buy?

Listening task (10 minutes) • To encourage the students to listen for specific detailed information (prices)

*Students are given a gap-fill handout to complete, they listen once and then again, to the audio CD - the second time, listening for specific detailed information (prices) and filling in a gap-fill handout. *The same gap-fill is projected on to the board. Whilst students are writing, I fill in the answers on the board. *After students have listened twice - I ask them to look at the board, check and compare their answers in pairs. *I ask CCQ's: Who buys the map - the customer or the assistant? Who asks, do you need or want anything else - the customer or the assistant? I ask the students to check their answers again, in pairs.

Introducing fuctional vocabulary (5-8 minutes) • To give students a good understanding of how to use vocabulary effectively, to buy things from a shop.

*Introduce the target vocabulary: much/all/are/lot/else/have * Do this by sticking up 6 large papers on to the board. *Give Ss some examples of how we may use some of the words in sentences, e.g. Customer) How much (how much money) is the map of London? Assistant) Sure, (would you like) anything else? Nominate students to think of how we could use the other words in sentences, whilst shopping. Talk about adding politeness to questions and omitting it: ask students which sounds better? Talk about the different situations politeness may be omitted, e.g. a)Buying a newspaper from a busy street market? Would it normally be polite? No, not usually. b) Buying an expensive watch from a jewelers shop? Yes, polite. Re-cap on intonation - questions and replies.

Ordering Task (10 minutes) • To order the parts of a conversatin between a cusomer and an assistant, effectively.

Students are given a handout (ordering parts of a conversation) to complete in pairs. 1x handout for each pair of Ss. Students must label the order, e.g. in two columns: customer/assistant There are 12 parts of the conversation - students must order 1-12 When the task is complete - ask students to change partners and compare their answers. Show a the correct order to students on the board on a completed projected handout.

Pronunciation (8 minutes) • To practice correct pronunciation and drilling

Whole class (WC) Choral and solo drilling of questions and answers covered in task 6 (previous task) Checking intonation and pronunciation - listening for errors and correcting if needed.

Role - play (4 minutes) • To enable students to practice using the new functional language in a correct context and to develop their 'speaking' confidence.

Students practice a role-play activity - using the conversation handouts they ordered from the previous task. Teacher nominates students to work in pairs - mixing weaker/stronger students. Teacher monitors, walking around and offering help if needed.

Say Goodbye (2 minutes) • To praise students on their good work and encourage them to continue to practice at home.

Say farewells and ask students to look for English conversations, online (real life situations) Suggest googling; English real life conversations (role-play) at the shops, at the dentist etc.

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