ESL Lesson Tips: Many English as a Second Language students have worked in clothing factories, so be sure to seek them out and give them a chance to share their knowledge and experiences with the class. With higher level classes, you might want to talk about “sweat shops” . With beginning level classes, you’ll want to stick to basic vocabulary terms and separate them into categories of nouns and verbs. Example: Sew is a verb, but needle is a noun.
Since women started working outside the home, there has been less demand for fabric to sew clothes. But arts and crafts projects have become popular.
Most clothing repairs are small and are done with a needle and thread. Ask your class when was the last time they replaced a button or sewed a hole in their socks. Do they sew their socks or throw them out and buy new ones?
Ask your students how many s’s are in scissors. Review “pair of scissors” verses scissors. There is no such words as ‘scissor’.
Most buttons used to have four holes in the center; nowadays, most buttons seem to have only two holes. Why is this? Is it cheaper for clothing manufactures to have two holes sewn rather than four?
Ask your students if their mom had a sewing machine. Then ask them if they or their wives have a sewing machine.
Fitting forms are adjustable. They expand to mimic various clothing sizes.
Department stores used to have a pattern department. I was usually in the basement. Wal-mart still has a small sewing department with a small selection of patterns.
Seamstresses alter clothes while dressmakers make clothes.
It looks like this tailor is making a garment and not just altering it.
Elias Howe, who also invented the sewing machine, received the first patent for the zipper in 1851. It was called an &quot;Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure&quot;.
Ask your class why they think tape measures are yellow with black numbers and tic marks.
Pin cushions that attach to wrists are sold in some fabric stores. They are popular with seamstresses and tailors.
Thimbles used to be metal, but now some of them are made from plastic.
When cloth diapers were popular, large safety pins were used to fasten the sides of the diapers.
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