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This month our activities are dedicated to the topic of fashion. Our C1 Advanced students and
B2 First students ...
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1. Sustainablefashion
Level: B2 First / C1 Advanced
Skills: Speaking and Listening
Interaction: Individual, pairs and wh...
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3. The company Tee Mill
A. is an online platform which allows brands to print and createcotton.
B. can give people what ...
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This month our activities are dedicated to the topic of fashion. Our C1 Advanced students and B2 First students will watch a video on sustainability in the fashion industry. Our B1 Preliminary and B2 First students will read about research into the clothes we wear and how they affect our emotions. Finally, our young learners will practise their vocabulary and learn useful expressions to use when shopping for clothes. Happy teaching!

This month our activities are dedicated to the topic of fashion. Our C1 Advanced students and B2 First students will watch a video on sustainability in the fashion industry. Our B1 Preliminary and B2 First students will read about research into the clothes we wear and how they affect our emotions. Finally, our young learners will practise their vocabulary and learn useful expressions to use when shopping for clothes. Happy teaching!

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  1. 1. 1 Fashion This month our activities are dedicated to the topic of fashion. Our C1 Advanced students and B2 First students will watcha video on sustainabilityin the fashion industry. Our B1Preliminary and B2First students willread about researchinto theclothes we wear and how they affect our emotions. Finally, our young learners will practisetheir vocabulary and learn useful expressions to use when shopping for clothes. Happy teaching! 1. Sustainablefashion……..………….……………………………………………………………..…………………………….2 2. Fashion choices…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….5 3. Going shopping…….………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8 4. References………………………………………….………………………………………………………………………………15
  2. 2. 2 1. Sustainablefashion Level: B2 First / C1 Advanced Skills: Speaking and Listening Interaction: Individual, pairs and wholeclass activity Time: 35 mins Warmup (10’) – whole class activity 1. Are you interestedin fashion? Why / why not? 2. What type of clothes do you like to wear? 3. What is important for you when choosing which clothes to buy? 4. Canyou think of any challenges the fashion industry is facing now? Listening (15’)- individual activity You’regoing to watcha video about sustainablefashion. Readthe questions, then choosethe best answer A, B, C or D. 1. At thestart of the video, Madison Darbyshire A. tells us that most wastefrom the fashion industry is convertedinto wearable material. B. tells us that less than 1% of wearablematerials end up in landfills. C. visits a non-profit foundation which promotes a fashion economy without waste. D. visits a company which promotes fashion brands. 2. According to Laura Balmond from the Ellen MacArthur foundation A. thereare more business opportunities in a one-way economic system. B. in a circular economy, we look at removing the wastefromthe design. C. a wide rangeof companies aremoving towards a circular economy D. every second, one truck load of rubbish ends up in a landfill or is incinerated globally.
  3. 3. 3 3. The company Tee Mill A. is an online platform which allows brands to print and createcotton. B. can give people what they need within seconds due to overproduction. C. makes products when they areordered, avoiding overproduction. D. claims using sustainablematerials maximises efficiencyand reduces costs. 4. TeeMill customers A. get a discount if they scanthe barcode to returnt-shirts they have finished with. B. get another t-shirt for free when they return one by post. C. aregiven a discount to encouragethem to order more new clothing. D. areincentivised to recycle clothes by sending them to certainrecycling companies. 5. Worn AgainTechnologies is a company which A. has developed a process to blend polyester and cotton B. can melt left-over cotton, separatethedyes and createa fibre C. intends to licence its technology to other companies D. has createda premium product which businesses andconsumers have to pay more for. 6. The company Brothers We Stand A. makes all of its own clothing from recycled materials. B. says customers do not pay more as a result of increasedproduction costs. C. has sold 1.5 times more in the last two years. D. aims to provide a solution for people who want to consume more sustainably. Speaking (10’)- in pairs or groups of 3 Now, I’d like you to talk about something together for about two minutes. Which factors are most important for you when shopping for clothes? Discuss thefive options below and then decide which is most important. Which factors aremost important when shopping for clothes? Sustainability Comfort Cost Quality Style
  4. 4. 4 Key 1. At thestart of the video, Madison Darbyshire A. tells us that most wastefrom the fashion industry is convertedinto wearable material. B. tells us that less than 1% of wearablematerials end up in landfills. C. visits a non-profit foundationwhich promotes afashion economy without waste. D. visits a company which promotes fashion brands. 2. According to Laura Balmond from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation A. thereare more business opportunities in a one-way economic system. B. in a circulareconomy, welook at removing thewastefrom thedesign. C. a wide rangeof companies aremoving towards a circular economy D. every second, one truck load of rubbish ends up in a landfill or is incinerated globally. 3. The company Tee Mill A. is an online platform which allows brands to print and createcotton. B. can give people what they need within seconds due to overproduction. C. makes products when theyareordered, avoidingoverproduction. D. claims using sustainablematerials maximises efficiencyand reduces costs. 4. TeeMill customers A. Can get a discount ifthey scan thebarcodeto returnt-shirts theyhavefinished with. B. get another t-shirt for free when they return one by post. C. aregiven a discount to encouragethem to order more new clothing. D. areincentivised to recycle clothes by sending them to certainrecycling companies. 5. Worn AgainTechnologies is a company which A. has developed a process to blend polyester and cotton B. can melt left-over cotton, separatethedyes and createa fibre C. intends to licenceits technology to othercompanies D. has createda premium product which businesses andconsumers have to pay more for. 6. The company Brothers We Stand A. makes all of its own clothing from recycled materials. B. says customers do not pay more as a result of increasedproduction costs. C. has sold 1.5 times more in the last two years. D. aims to provideasolution forpeoplewho want to consumemoresustainably.
  5. 5. 5 2. Fashion choices Level: B1 Preliminary / B2 First Skills: Speaking and UseofEnglish /Writing Interaction: Wholeclass and individualactivity Time: 50 minutes Warmup (10’) – whole class activity 1. Are you interestedin fashion? Why / why not? 2. What type of clothes do you like to wear? 3. How do you decide which clothes to put on every day? 4. Do you think the clothes you wear influence your mood? Useof English / Reading (10’)– individual activity You will reada text about researchinto the clothes people wear in the UK. For questions 1 – 10, think of theword which best fits eachgap. Useonly one word in each gap. Fashion choices in theUK A survey of 2,000 adults revealed that one in five people want to be braver with (1) _ ____ fashion choices. They want to wear more red, greenand purple, but worry (2) _____ brighter colours won’t suit them. Almost half of those surveyed believe wearing a fun outfit canmake them feel happier. The survey found that more (3) ______onein threeadults will purposely wear bright outfits to lift their mood. People alsowear red (4) ______boost their confidence. The results of the survey(5) ______analysedby fashion psychologist Shakaila Forbes-Bell. She said, “(6) ______you wear something you love that holds symbolic value, your confidence increases andyou feel happy.” The researchfound that 18 per cent of people will only wear bolder clothes if they are attending a partyor going (7) ______holiday. When they do wear moreexciting clothes, 35 per cent of people claim it helps them to be (8) ______creative. Thesurvey alsofound that people feel happy and optimisticwhen dressedin (9) ______outfit that they are confident wearing. Style ambassador for Stitch Fix UK, RichSimmons, said, “Brits connect with colour when it comes to personal styleand want to be braver in their choices.” Hetells us it is all about our personal interpretation. “For many, it’s just about how todo it (10) ______ a way that feels right.” Adapted from SWNS (2021).
  6. 6. 6 Writing (30) – individual activity You seethis announcement on an English-languagewebsite: Write your article. Articles wanted My Style What kind of clothes do you like to wear? Howdo you choose which clothes to wear or buy? Do you have a favourite item of clothing? Why? Write us an articleanswering thesequestions. We will publish the best articles on our website.
  7. 7. 7 Key A survey of 2,000 adults revealed that one in five people want to be braver with (1) their fashion choices. They want to wear more red, greenand purple, but worry (2) that brighter colours won’t suit them. Almost half of those surveyed believe wearing a fun outfit canmake them feel happier. The survey found that more (3) than onein threeadults will purposely wear bright outfits to lift their mood. People alsowear red (4) to boost their confidence. The results of the survey(5) were analysedby fashion psychologist Shakaila Forbes-Bell. She said, “(6) When /If you wear something you love that holds symbolic value, your confidence increases andyou feel happy.” The researchfound that 18 per cent of people will only wear bolder clothes if they are attending a partyor going (7) on holiday. When they do wear more exciting clothes, 35per cent of people claim it helps them to be (8) morecreative. The surveyalso found that people feel happy and optimisticwhen dressedin (9) an outfit that they areconfident wearing. Style ambassador for Stitch Fix UK, RichSimmons, said, “Brits connect with colour when it comes to personal styleand want to be braver in their choices.” Hetells us it is all about our personal interpretation. “For many, it’s just about how todo it (10) in a way that feels right.”
  8. 8. 8 3. Going shopping Level: Pre-A1 Starters, A1Movers and A2Flyers Skills: Speaking and Reading Interaction: in pairs, wholeclass and individualactivity Time: 40 minutes Warmup (10’) – in pairs / whole class • Do you like shopping for new clothes? • Which colours do you like to wear? • What areyou wearing today? Look at the pictureof a clothes shop • How many hats can you see? • How many shoes can you see? • Canyou find a girlin a yellow dress? • Canyou find a boy in a purple t-shirt? • Canyou find the angryman? Why is he angry? • Choosea person in the picture. What arethey wearing?
  9. 9. 9 Vocabulary (10’)– individual activity Readthe sentences. Lookat thepictures and the letters andwritethe words. Now colour in the picture: Example: STRITH The t-shirt is black. • KSRIT The _______is green. • CATJKE The _______is red. • ATH The _______is pink. • ERTRSUOS The _______areblue. • SEDRS The _______is yellow. Reading (10’)– individual activity Read theconversationin aclothes shop. Choosethebestanswer. Simon: Hello. How can I help you? Jessica: A Yes, please. B. Hello, I’mlooking for a new t-shirt. C. Thank you for your help. Simon: Which colours do you like? Jessica: A. I like red and blue. B. Yes, I like them. C. I’d like the blue one.
  10. 10. 10 Simon: We have this t-shirt in red. Do you like it? Jessica: A: No, thank you. B: Yes, I do. C: Yes, it was very nice. Jessica: How much does it cost? Simon: A: They are £10. B: They cost £10. C: It is £10. Jessica: CanI pleasetry it on? Simon: A: Yes, of course. B: Yes, that’s right. C: Yes, it does. Jessica: It fits perfectly. I’lltake it. Simon: A: Yes, you do. B: Yes, it will. C: OK, great. Speaking (10’)A2Flyers – in pairs Work in pairs and usethe cards to have a conversation with your partner. Usethe phrases in the exerciseabove to help you. Student A -Customer You are going shoppingfornewclothes. - Tell theshop assistant what you arelookingfor. - Ask about theprice. - Ask if you can try theclothes on. Student B -Shop assistant You are theshop assistant in aclothes shop. - Ask howyou can help thecustomer. - Ask which colours they like. - Suggest something youthink theywill like.
  11. 11. 11 Speaking (10’)– Pre-A1Starters & A1 Movers -in pairs or small groups. Cut out and mix up the flashcards below and lay them on thetable facedown. Students take turns to turn over two cards to find the phrasethat matches thepicture. When the student finds a pair, they should make a sentenceusing the words (for example, blue jacket. The girl is wearing a blue jacket). They can then keep the cards and take another turn. If thecards don’t match, they placethem face down on the tablein the sameplaceand another student takes their turn.
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  15. 15. 15 4. References Financial Times. (2020). Creating a circular economy for fashion. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y78UVWd5PHE [Accessed22nd July2022]. Pixabay. (n.d.). clothes. [image/jpeg]Available at: https://www.pexels.com/es-es/foto/mujer- sosteniendo-diferente-chico-de-abrigo-3772506/ [Accessed22nd July 2022]. Pixabay. (n.d.). Shopping. [image/jpeg] Available at: https://www.pexels.com/es- es/foto/mujer-en-bata-blanca-sentada-en-una-silla-5418899/[Accessed22nd July 2022]. Pixabay. (n.d.). Shopping. [image/jpeg] Available at:https://www.pexels.com/es-es/foto/dos- mujeres-tenencia-bolsas-de-papel-1778412/[Accessed22nd July 2022]. Pixabay. (n.d.). t-shirts. [image/jpeg]Availableat: https://www.pexels.com/es-es/foto/ropa- variada-colgada-en-la-percha-5698851/[Accessed22nd July 2022]. SWNS. (2021). How daring are Britons with their fashion choices. [online]. The Independent. Available at: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/uk-fashion-choices-clothes- daring-b1962060.html[Accessed22nd July 2022]. UCLES(2018). Flashcards for Pre A1 Starters. Availableat: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/starters/preparation/[Accessed 22nd July 2022] UCLES(2018). Pre A1 Starters Wordlist picture book. Available at: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/images/starters-word-list-picture-book.pdf [Accessed22nd July 2022] UCLES(n.d.). Pre A1 Starters Classroomactivities. Availableat: https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/Images/475823-cambridge-english-pre-a1- starters-classroom-activities.pdf[Accessed22ndJuly 2022]

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