SKYPE lesson preparation

1. Take it in turns with your teacher to talk about a shop that you visit regularly.
Give yourself two minutes to prepare your answer.
You should say: • what you buy there • how often you go there • why it’s a good shop to visit
2. Discuss with your partner: • The differences between shopping in large department stores and small independent shops. • How people’s shopping habits have changed over the years. 

Use your dictionary and find the meanings of these shopping idioms and try and make sentences ready to use in a discussion

1. to shop around
2. to shop until you drop
3. to talk shop
4. to go window shopping
5. to shoplift
6. to shop someone
7. to be all over the shop
 8. to be like a bull in a china shop
9. to go on a shopping spree


Read the text below. • Do you think the writer is male or female? How do you know? • What are the differences between the way men and women shop?

 When I was at university in London, I used to love to pop into town on a Saturday afternoon and take a break from (1)discussing work with my classmates. Unfortunately, since I was a student and I had to be careful with my money, I usually ended up (2) just looking. If, on the odd occasion, I did need to buy something, I had to (3) search for the best price and went (4) around in a panic to find the best deal. I have my first job now and don’t live in London anymore. When I get the chance to go back, I usually (5) buy lots of things and (6) carry on shopping until I am exhausted. It’s all very exciting but I (7) rush around and knock things over as I try to find what I’m looking for

Replace the underlined phrases in the above text with ‘shop’ idioms that you have just learnt. 

Watch the video about shopping in London

Sign of Carnaby Street in London

If you come to London, which shopping areas would you like to visit? Why?

Prepare a presentation

Choose one area of London and use it to help you prepare a five-minute speech about shopping in this area.


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