Section One: Structure ~ Clauses using “Before” and “After~


Form: Clauses are groups of words with a subject and verb.


Independent clauses are sentences: I have coffee.


Dependent clauses are not sentences: after I go shopping


They can be joined together in two ways:


1) I have coffee after I go shopping. (no comma)

2) After I go shopping, I have coffee. (comma)


You can make questions as well, in the same two ways:


1) Do you have coffee before you go shopping? (no comma)

2) Before you go shopping, do you have coffee? (comma)


Discussion questions:


1) What do you do before you go shopping or before a trip? Tell.


2) After you go shopping, who do you like to meet ? What do you do?


3) What kind of stores or markets do you like shopping in? Why?


4) What kind of stores or places do you avoid going to? Why?


5) Before you buy something expensive, do you do research? Explain. 


6) What can you do after you buy something you don’t want? Tell.


7) After you go shopping, do you check your receipts? Explain.


8) What kind of things do you buy when you travel abroad? Tell.


9) Do you benefit from shopping online? What do you buy? Tell. 


10) What should people avoid buying online? Why? 

~ Contents ~ Vocabulary ~ Topic 5 ~ Shopping ~

Section Two: Vocabulary Self Study ~ Shopping ~

Links:   1) Thesaurus    2) Vocabulary    3) Dictionary    4) Urban Dictionary    5) Word Origins   

TLW ~ Pre to Intermediate ~ Lesson 5

How to Make a Lesson ~ Procedures ~


1) In section one , briefly talk about the structure, then take turns asking and answering the questions.


2) Next, create new questions using the structure and/or the vocabulary list in section two.


3) After that, match the questions and answers in the third section. Explain and discuss your choices.


4) Finally, select and answer any of these questions in your own way/from your own experiences.


5) Take fair turns. Include as many students as possible. Create your own questions from any source.

Section Three: Matching Q and A ~ 


~ Match the questions with the answers


~ Discuss your choices:


1) How far is the nearest bakery from your home? What do you buy?


2) How often do you go to a convenience store? What do you buy?


3) How much do you usually spend at a supermarket?


4) How many people use discount stores in your country? What do they buy?


5) How much coffee/tea/water do you drink in a day?


6) How many times a day/week do you use your credit card? What for?


7) What goods or services do you purchase using a smart phone? Tell.



A) All the time. I usually buy a snack or a drink. Sometimes beer.


B) I always spend more than I want to. Don’t shop when you’re hungry!


C) I guess everyone. Everything is cheaper there, but the quality is questionable.


D) I drink lots. It helps me keep up with my workload and keeps me hydrated.


E) Many times a day. I use it at the supermarket or to pay bills… many places.


F) A few minutes-walk from home. I Usually buy a baguette and pastries.


G) It’s useful for public transportation, at coffee shops… more places and more often these days.




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