ESL discussion questions about shopping.

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  1. Is shopping painful for you or is it a pleasure?
  2. Do you remember shopping with your parents as a child? Did you enjoy it?
  3. What do you spend most of your money on?
  4. Do you have a favourite department store or shopping centre?
  5. Do you have a favourite supermarket?
  6. Do you ever visit small shops?
  7. Do you ever go window shopping?
  8. What is the most expensive thing you have ever bought in a shop?
  9. Have you ever bought something that you’ve never used?
  10. Do you think supermarkets should be open 24 hours a day?
  11. When you go shopping, do you compare prices before you buy?
  12. Do you enjoy visiting the sales?
  13. Where is the best place in your town to find a bargain?
  14. Do you prefer to go to a store in person or buy things online?
  15. Do you prefer shopping on the high street or in an out-of-town shopping centre?
  16. Do you like paying in cash or by card? Do you pay another way?
  17. Is there too much advertising on television?
  18. Do you ever buy second-hand goods?
  19. Would you say we live in a consumerist society? Is this a good thing or not?
  20. Is shoplifting a problem in your country?
  21. Would you like to work in a shop? Do you think this is a good job?
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How to use the shopping ESL discussion questions

It is recommended that you download the shopping ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the shopping discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the shopping discussion questions in groups of two or three. Alternatively, you could use the 'cards' format to distribute the questions to any number of students to ask and share.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic of shopping in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary related to shopping contained in the discussion questions.

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