Alexandra van den Heever Alexandra van den Heever

Speaking - At the Shops
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will focus on speaking and functional language in the context of going to the store. We will work on pronunciation and practicing exchanges at the store.


Abc Scan from textbook
Abc Handout - Checklist of Vocab with pictures
Abc Handout - Conversation
Abc Large Vocab Pictures
Abc Cut outs of vocab pictures

Main Aims

  • To have the students speak in the context of going to the shop and having an exchange between the shop assistant and customer

Subsidiary Aims

  • To teach students functional language to be used in a shop.


Lead-In/Setting Context (4-5 minutes) • To get students thinking about things they would get at a shop

Start by showing students a picture of a newsagent's. Ask why they would go there. Ask students to works in pairs and come up with things they buy at a newsagent's.

VOCABULARY #1 (6-8 minutes) • To get students familiar with the names of things they can buy at a newsagent's

Give students a list of the vocab and pictures, and have them match the words to the pictures they see with a partner. Then give out pictures of vocab to early finishers and have them place them next to the proper word on WB, so everyone can see the answers

DRILLING (4-5 minutes) • To have students learn correct pronunciation of vocab

Referring to vocab and pictures on WB, go through the list of vocab together and have them repeat after me. Drill the words I find are difficult for them.

LISTENING/PRONUNCIATION (8-11 minutes) • To give students examples of functional language

Listen to the recording and have them write down any vocab words they hear Alex ask for. Have them peer check with a neighbor, then give them the script to check. Then have them work to underline the questions as they listen a second time. Peer check again to see if they underlined the same questions. Elicit from students the questions asked by the customer and questions asked by the shop assistant. Draw a chart on the WB with two columns (labeled customer and shop assistant) and write the questions they say in the columns. Have them pronounce the phrases on the board. Drill if necessary.

SPEAKING - Controlled Practice (5-6 minutes) • Allow students to practice functional shop language in a controlled activity

Students will work in pairs. One person will be given one half of the conversation, and one person will be given the other half. Without showing each other their papers, they need to speak and listen to each other, and fill in the missing blanks in their conversations.

SPEAKING (8-11 minutes) • To give students freer practice using functional language

Put students in pairs. One person will be the customer and the other will be the shop keeper. The shopkeeper will be given pictures of the vocab words to use as items to sell, which will have prices written on them. The customer will have a shopping list of things s/he needs to get. They will do an exchange - the customer must buy what is on the list, and the shopkeeper must give them the items and tell the customer how much the items cost. After a few minutes, they will find new partners and switch roles.

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