Shop till you Drop B1 – Activity 2

Shop till you Drop B1 – Activity 2

Aim of Activity

45 - 60 minutes

To integrate skills and help students in practicing collocations relating to shopping, pronunciation of shopping-related words and collocations, giving opinions in the context of shopping, comparative adjectives, and using intensifiers and mitigators with comparatives.

Steps for Students

Activity 2a   

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  • In English, words are often in pairs, for example, shop assistant (it’s a pair).  
  • In this activity, there are ten pairs of words related to shopping. Open each box to find correct pairs. Listen to how the words are pronounced and repeat them.  


Activity 2b

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  • You are going to play a game.  
  • Spin the wheel and make a statement comparing two ideas about shopping using the adjective in brackets.  
  1. Spin the wheel 
  2. Click on ‘Single name’ to read the prompts 
  3. Start by saying ‘We think that …/ We believe …’, etc. Make your opinions stronger by adding a little, slightly, much, a lot 
  4. Explain why you think your opinion is correct. 
  5. Ask the rest of the class if they agree with it (What is your opinion? Do you agree with us?) 

Here are 2 activities focussing on: 

  • Shopping collocations 
  • Expressing opinions about shopping using comparative forms with intensifiers and mitigators. 

Both activities should be run in pairs, small groups or as a whole class. Avoid individual work for these tasks as the aim is to encourage students to collaborate, share ideas and speak.  


Activity 2a  

Collocations: Target lexis review and extension

This activity helps students to focus on and review collocations from the video. The task also introduces further collocations that students will practise in the follow up activities.  

  1. Click the link to start the activity: ACTIVITY 2a
  2. In small groups, students open each box to find pairs (collocations) related to shopping. This could be a competition. The winner is the group that finds all the pairs first.  
  3. Get students to also listen to the pronunciation of each word and encourage them to repeat it.  
  4. 📍When groups have finished, you could run the activity again as a whole class to provide feedback and extra exposure to and practise of the target language.  


Activity 2b   
  1. Click the link to start the activity: ACTIVITY 2b 
  2. There are multiple ways how to run this activity.  

    • Spinner – as a whole class. Spin the wheel and get students (in pairs or small groups) to make sentences comparing two shopping ideas using the adjective in brackets. Give students enough time to negotiate the statements in their groups before bringing the class together to share ideas.  
    • Alternatively, you could put students in ‘2 or 4 teams’- teams will be assigned different ideas to express their opinions about. When sharing ideas as a whole class, you could turn it into a short class discussion by encouraging teams to ask other teams if they agree with their ideas.  
  3. 📍Before students start the activity, demonstrate what they have to do and elicit the target language on to the board. Explain that students have to use one of the intensifiers/mitigators to help them express their opinions with greater precision. 

Step 1: Spin the wheel 

Step 2: Click on ‘Single name’ to read the prompts: 

Activity 2a  

📍Accept other possible combinations, e.g. ‘spot on’, ‘keep on’, ‘spot offers, etc. but insist on finding the intended collocations above as these will be used in the next activities 

spot a bargain
window shopping
pocket money
in the sales
try it on
queue up
shop for tech gadgets
special  offers
sold out
Activity 2b   

📍Multiple answers possible, e.g. Online shopping is much more popular than real shopping; Online shopping is a little bit more popular than …; Online shopping is a lot less popular than …; etc.  

online shopping / real shopping (popular)
online shopping / real shopping (safe)
shopping with friends / shopping alone (good)
older shop assistants / younger shop assistants (friendly)
online shopping / real shopping (easy to spot a bargain)
shopping for clothes / shopping for tech gadgets (cheap)
window-shopping / real shopping (enjoyable)
shopping in a local shop / shopping in a shopping centre (interesting)