This new 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. The video part is about Singles’ Day, the biggest online shopping day in the world, and encourages students to debate about the difference between online and traditional shopping as well as the future of commerce.
ONLINE SHOPPING VOCABULARY
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, go to exercise 2, where 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. Exercise 4 is all about practising new language first through creating questions with new key phrases and then asking and answering each others questions. Having done both language sections, your students will have all the basic language needed for talking about e-commerce.
READING AND WATCHING ABOUT SINGLES’ DAY
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 focusing on Singles’ Day, the largest shopping day in the world. The first part is a short text introducing the topic, followed by a few comprehension questions. Then you move to a video about Singles’ Day 2017. There is a listening comprehension task that your students need to do while watching the video (focused on listening for details). However, what’s most important is that the journalist in this video (and the lead voice) is a non-native speaker. I truly believe that English students too often listen to perfect (almost unreal) English or American accents while most likely they’ll use English to communicate with other non-native speakers. That’s why I believe the curriculum should include more non-standard speaker to reflect the real world.
Check the Teacher’s Version for additional tips and some useful information. You can use this lesson for your Business English classes too and focus on the e-commerce market. There are some statistics about the Singles’ Day and how it has been developing (until 2017).
ONLINE SHOPPING DEBATE
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 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. In my experience, this proves to be very productive and engaging task so have fun 🙂
RELATED WORKSHEET – ONLINE SHOPPING ADDICTION
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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