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Her Shoes

Posted on September 13, 2015 by kierandonaghy

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This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by The Mercadantes titled Her Shoes and the theme of clothes. Shoes practise vocabulary related to shoes and clothes, and clothes collocations, watch a short film and talk about clothes and fashion.

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Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2)

Learner type: Teens and adults

Time: 60 minutes

Activity: Vocabulary work; watching a short film; and speaking

Topic: Shoes and clothes

Language: Clothes vocabulary

Materials: Short film and discussion questions

Downloadable materials: her shoes lesson instructions     clothes discussion questions

 

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Step 1

Pair your students and ask them to come up with as many different types of shoes as they can in 2 minutes.

 

Step 2

Get feedback from the whole class and write up the different types of shoes on the board. Elicit shoe types such as:

trainers; boots; flat shoes; high heels; lace-ups, slippers; flip flops; pumps; sandals; and cowboy boots.

 

Step 3

Now ask your students what kind of materials shoes can be made of. Try to elicit:

Leather, suede, plastic, canvas, cotton, and microfiber.

 

Step 4

Tell your students they are going to watch a short film in which they will a person’s feet with different kind of shoes on them. As they watch they should try to identify the types of shoes.

Show the film.

 

Her Shoes from The Mercadantes on Vimeo.

 

Step 5

Pair your students and ask them to tell each other the types of shoes they can remember.

 

Step 6

Get feedback from the whole class. Ask them to describe the shoes in as much detail as they can.

 

Step 7

Now show the film again. This time pause at each shot and ask your students to describe in as much detail it in as much detail as possible.

Here is a brief description of each shot:

barefoot; purple socks; grey socks; woollen socks and tights; trainers; grey and black, leather high heels; black flat leather shoes; trainers; black leather boots; red and white canvas espadrilles; black leather high heels; brown leather buckled boots; ballet shoes; lace-up ballet shoes; brown leather tasselled shoes; trainers; brown leather woven shoes; brown leather lace-up boots; blue canvas pumps; black high-heeled leather boots; brown leather boots; lace-up pumps; grey flip-flops; black high-heeled leather boots; brown leather sandals; white trainers; brown leather shoes; brown leather cowboy boots; black high-heeled leather shoes; rubber lace-up boots; brown leather sandals; and barefoot.

 

Step 8

Pair your students and ask them to tell their partner what types of shoes they would wear in the following situation:

 

  • You’re going on a walk in the mountains in winter.
  • You’re going to an interview for a job you really want.
  • You’re going to the beach in the summer.
  • You’re going on a date with a person you really like and want to impress.

 

Step 9

Write the following words on the board:

Jeans; shirt; skirt; jacket; sweater; and coat

 

Ask your students to come up words to describe each item of clothing. For example, to describe a shirt they could use:

Cotton; silk; short-sleeved; long-sleeved; plain; striped; and patterned.

 

Step 10

Get feedback from the whole class and write up words to describe each item of clothing.

 

Step 11

Put your students into small groups, give them the clothes discussion question and ask them to select the 5 questions they find most interesting and to discuss them. It may be worth explaining to your students that ”to dress up” means to wear your best clothes or wear clothes that are more formal or smarter than you normally wear, and tha t”to dress down” means to wear casual clothes.

 

Step 12

Hold a plenary session based on the questions.

 

I hope you enjoy this ESL lesson.

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