Online vs traditional shopping (e-commerce vocabulary)

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Vocabulary - online shopping language

online shopping vocabulary


This B1 lesson focuses on shopping but instead of looking at the typical “at a shop” language it will teach your students the online shopping vocabulary. There are two lexical tasks, followed by speaking task to reinforce new language items. Students will also read about Singles’ Day, the biggest online shopping day in the world, and watch a video about new shopping trend, i.e. livestream shopping.

B1 / Intermediate60 minStandard LessonUnlimited Plan


The lesson plan starts with checking and introducing online shopping vocabulary through a “group the words” task. This way you can put your class in pairs/small groups and ask them to categorize the words themselves and learn from each other. After clearing any doubts, in the next exercise, your students need to discuss a few points. They are designed so that students have an opportunity to use the language from previous tasks.
Next exercise again introduces some typical online shopping vocabulary but this time with focus on verb collocations. Students need to fill in the gaps with verbs to complete the sentences and create collocations. Afterwards, they need to get a bit creative. First, they create questions with new key phrases and then ask and answer each others questions. Having done both language sections, your students will have all the basic language needed for talking about e-commerce.


After working with vocabulary, it’s time to read and watch. The topic of the lesson is online shopping so what could be better than talking about different shopping trends. First, students will read a short text about Singles’ Day, the largest shopping day in the world. Then, they watch a video about livestream shopping. There is a listening comprehension task that your students need to do while watching the video. Their task is to choose the correct summary about the trend in the US. This part of the lesson ends with a short discussion where students can express their views on the new trend.


At the end of the lesson, students should know quite an extensive range of online shopping vocabulary and be able to talk about shopping on the Internet and its various aspects easily. The video should give them a few ideas about the pros and cons of the rising online market. Having said that, you can move to the next section which is a debate. Present your students with the topic and give them a few minutes to brainstorm in groups either benefits or drawbacks of e-commerce. After that, manage the debate and give each group enough time to express their opinions and provide counter-arguments.


We have an additional worksheet that you can use as a standalone material, homework or follow-up to this lesson plan. It looks into the problem of online shopaholics and provides some authentic info on how to identify whether somebody is addicted to online shopping. With this worksheet students will discover new vocabulary, learn something important but also practice their speaking and writing skills. Find it here.



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  1. Maureen Clark

    I have yet to use this lesson, but I am sure it will be a hit with our Chinese students. It is good to see a European website offer something for our Asian students. I will also keep it for nearer the time in question.

    1. Justa

      Thanks! Let us know what you think after you use it!

  2. [email protected]

    I really enjoy your lessons!! Is there a link to a printed text of the videos? This would be super helpful.

    1. Stan

      Yes and no 🙂 There is no official transcript but you can go to YouTube. Click the ellipsis (…) and ‘Open transcript’. This will show you an automatically generated transcript which is usually okay but never perfect so review/correct it before giving out to students.

  3. Maria Isabel

    thank you very much for a very useful teaching material!

    1. Justa

      We’re happy you like it!

  4. Manuel

    It is a very useful Teaching material to make students talk about different topics out of the books.
    Thanks a lot .. Great resources 😉
    Kind regards from Peru

    1. Stan

      Nice! Thanks for feedback 🙂

  5. Antonieta

    I just completed a one-on-one class using the e-lesson plan. I updated the survey and enhanced with my own e-commerce materials. We will do the video next class as we ran out of time. The student is a businessman in his 40s and he engaged with the material quite well. I like that I can edit the presentation but would like to be able to change the color scheme (I could not change it on the slides where the ESL BRAINS logo shows.). Besides that, solid work. I will continue with the start-up lesson. Thanks!

    1. Stan

      Thanks! We need to update the video and data before the next Singles’ Day to something more recent but I’m glad your student liked it. In terms of editing the slides, you should be able to change everything but what’s wrong with our color scheme? 🙂

  6. Victoria

    Planning on using this on Wednesday 11/11/20! How handy 🙂
    Thanks for your hard work, I’m sure this will be a hit just like the other lessons

    1. Stan

      Love that! I guess I need to update the video though as the one used in this lesson is from 2 years ago. Everything is still right, the Singles Day has only got bigger since then.

  7. katytavoosi

    Hey, I used this a few years back and it was one of the free sets! Has this changed?

    1. Stan

      Welcome back! You must have used that lesson really long time ago as the last time (and the first time ever) we made changes like that was back in January 2020. But if it says Unlimited now, that’s the membership level you need to get this lesson.


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