Talking about clothing

One day, when we were practicing a dialog in class, I heard my students talking about the pictures from the text book.

Suddenly, I got an idea to use a fashion magazine to supplement the text book lesson. I told my students, “Let’s talk about what you like.”

I told them to choose their favorite model from a magazine and tell what she/he is wearing. Then tell your friends what you think about their favorite models. Use the following phrases: It’s cute. It’s cool. I like it, too. I don’t like that color …., etc.

fashion magazinesHere are the steps for the activity:

*Give 2-3 students one magazine to share. Use nice and cool magazines.
* Have the students open the magazines and start to talk about the fashions they see.

wearing a white dress

Student A: I like the white coat.
Student B: That’s nice! I like the yellow one.
Student A: I like that, too. Do you like green hat?
Student B: Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.

 

To help the students continue their conversations with each other, I wrote a list of suggested questions on the board.
*What do you like?
*What color do you like?
*Ask your friend “Do you like~?”
*Please tell your friend what you think about the clothes your friend chose.

fashion image with text

I think it is important to keep asking and answering questions in order to enjoy conversation.

After practicing the conversation, have your students choose their favorite models in the magazine and write descriptions of the photos.

student fashion notebook

For example:
She’s wearing a white dress.
She’s wearing brown shoes.
She’s wearing blue jeans.

I used this activity in a class of girls. Girls usually love to talk about fashion. So, they were very interested in this lesson. They worked hard and also enjoyed this activity very much. They were proud to show their work to others. To make this activity appealing to boys, you could bring in magazines with famous actors and sports stars.

Finally, they talked about each other’s clothes.

I like your skirt.
Oh, thank you!

Let's Go Level 3 Unit 2

Let’s Go introduces dialogs that are about topics which are very familiar to my students. If we place ourselves in a Let’s Go world, it will help us get many ideas for activities to build on the lesson language.

Note: If you are using Let’s Go 4th edition, this activity is based on the language in Student Book 3, Unit 2.

 

Naoko Amano

About Naoko Amano

Naoko Amano teaches English to children in Osaka, Japan. She is the owner of a small school called Yellow Banana Kids English. Naoko believes that learning should be fun for students, and that connecting and sharing is the key to growing as a teacher. You can find Naoko on her school's Facebook page.

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  1. May 31, 2015

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