Saturday, 14 November 2015



Black Friday  "is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November), often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season." 

Cartoon by Cameron Cardow

- Initial questions to introduce the topic:

Do you…………...?
a. buy discounted goods b. return goods c. do online shopping d. have a budget when you go shopping e. like waiting in line f. bargain g. like window shopping h. try on clothes i. use a shopping cart j. go shopping alone

- Watch a video so that students can understand the craziness of Black Friday HERE (2 min)

- Answer the poll on shopping HERE Students can also ask and answer the questions in pairs.

Cyber Monday: Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term "Cyber Monday" was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online.


ESL Discussions: Discussion questions on "Consumerism"
ITESLJ: Conversation questions on money and shopping
ESL Library: ESL Podcast: How Much Stuff Do We Need?
Breaking News English: Men Suffer from Shopping Too! - reading and activities
YouTube: The Story of Stuff 
Teaching English: Consumer - Society Lesson Plan
ESL Right Now: Consumerism-supermarket-psychology lesson plan
ESL Ect: Reading activities on Black Friday and Consumption
ESL Video: 10 minute documentary on consumerism
ESL Holiday Lessons: Reading and activities on Buy Nothing Day
ESL Lab: Short video with 3 questions on Black Friday
YouTube: What is Black Friday All About! Watch and discuss
ESL Fast: Black Friday reading with follow up activities
English Blog: Reuters Video on Cyber Monday with full script
English Post: Reading on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with questions
Daily Infographic: Learn all about Cyber Monday - get your students to write summary sentences

Other interesting resources:

You can listen and read different dialogues at a shop HERE

Really good activities on being smart when shopping (for advanced students) HERE

The smart teen shoppers quiz HERE

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