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ESL Shopping Role play

ESL Shopping Role play

Students brainstorm shopping phrases and use a handout to create a shopping role play.

Level:  Elementary

Topic:  Shopping

Time:  30 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the handout for each student.

Procedure

1

Ask the students to brainstorm shopping phrases.

2

Elicit phrases from the students and write them on the board under Clerk and Customer.

3

Give each student a handout and ask students to get a partner.

4

Students practice the role play with their partner. Then switch roles and practice again.

5

Ask the students to find something in their bag to sell (e.g., cell phone, textbook, jacket, pens, pen case, desk, bag, etc.).

6

Ask the students to practice the role play again and use the new item.

7

Ask a few pairs of students to go to the front of the room and perform their role play.

Extended Practice

  • Ask the students to get into groups of 4 to 5 people.
  • Tell half the groups that they will be the customers. The customers walk around, go to the shops, and try to buy something using the phrases on the handout.
  • Then, trade places. The clerks become the customers and the customers become the clerks.

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Jack

Jack said:

This is the simplest and most effective shopping role play activity I can find. It gets the students interacting with each other while giving them a safety net to fall back on. I did one thing different -> I edited the hand out to be a gap fill. Then had the class brain storm more terms.

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