Let’s Play Grocery Store: Shopping Activities for ESL Students



Washington English Center

By Cathy Sunshine

Shopping is a daily activity for most of us. But while it may seem simple, it actually imposes complex language demands. For starters, it helps to know the names of the foods and other items you want to buy. You need at least passing familiarity with pounds, quarts, and gallons, which are different from the kilograms and liters that most of our students know. Then there’s the question of prices. Most immigrants become adept at handling US money, but interpreting written prices such as $.69/lb. or $3.99 ea. or $2.29/doz. can be harder.

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