Unit 22. Shopping
Look at the pictures. Can you describe what is happening in each one? Now, in pairs, suggest what you should do if:
• you buy a CD that won't play
• you find a hole in a sweater you've just bought
• you drop your new camera and it breaks
• two people buy you the same present for Christmas
DEVELOP YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS
Look at tasks G and H. Which of these are good things for you to say or do in these tasks? Write Do or Don't before each one.
1 ____________ make reasonable suggestions to your partner.
2 ____________ use the verb 'suggest' all the time.
3 ____________ ignore your partner's suggestions and talk about other things.
4 ____________ ask your partner questions about his or her suggestions.
5 ____________ use your imagination to come up with good suggestions.
6 ____________ use modals like 'could' and 'would' to make suggestions.
7 ____________ use modals like 'must' and 'have to' to make suggestions.
8 ____________ explain why you are recommending something.
|Listen to the following extracts taken from different conversations.
For each student, choose the phrase you hear them use to make a
suggestion or recommendation. What do you think each student is talking
Key.Extracts 1 and 5 come from an interview where the students are discussing what new equipment they should buy for their youth club.
Extracts 2, 3, 4 and 6 come from an interview where the students are discussing what new hobbies a friend of theirs should consider taking up.
a Don't you think that ...
b Would you think that ...
a I recommend that ...
b I recommend her that ...
a She ought to ...
b She might do ...
a I will suggest ...
b I suggest ...
a What dо you think ...
b What would you think ...
a One thing she could dо is ...
b One thing she would dо is ...
Student 1 a (Don't you think that it would be a better idea to buy a printer?)
Student 2 a (I recommend that she should do tennis ...)
Student 3 a (She ought to take up diving ...)
Student 4 b (I suggest that she should play basketball...)
Student 5 a (What do you think about a cassette player?)
Student 6 a (One thing she could do is to take up basketball...)
Complete the following suggestions and recommendations using some of the phrases in the box. There may be more than one answer. Then, decide whether each one is formal or informal by circling the correct option.
Key.1 Couldn't we (informal) / Why don't we (informal) / Do you think it would be a good idea to (formal)
2 I would say that (formal)
3 What about (informal) / How about (informal)
4 One possibility is that (formal)
5 My recommendation would be to (formal)
6 I would say that (formal) / I'd/I would like to suggest (formal)
7 I'd / I would like to suggest (formal)
|Do you think it would be a good idea to ...|
I would say that ...
I'd / I would like to suggest ...
What about ...
My recommendation would be to ...
|How about... |
One possibility is that ...
Couldn't we ...
Why don't we ...
1 ______________ try taking the CD back to the shop we bought it from? formal / informal
2 ______________ the best idea is probably to send it back to the manufacturer. formal / informal
3 ______________ checking that it's still under guarantee? formal / informal
4 ______________ we could write a letter of complaint to the shop. formal / informal
5 ______________ ask the shop for our money back. formal / informal
6 ______________ there's actually very little you can do. formal / informal
7 ______________ phoning the shop to see what they say. formal / informal
What would you say to the following people if they asked you for advice? In pairs, decide on suggestions you could make using the phrases in В and C. Discuss your ideas with the class. Think about how formal your language should be.
1 a friend, who doesn't like shopping in large stores
2 your teacher, who wants to find a place that sells computers
3 your mum, who has a complaint about a shop assistant
4 a shop owner you work for, who wants to attract more customers
In pairs, imagine one of you has bought one of these items and discovered a problem with it. Decide which item you have bought and what the problem is. Discuss what you could do about the problem. Use the ways of making suggestions given in В and С
Imagine you have decided to take your item back to the place where you bought it. One of you is the customer and the other is the manager of the store. Roleplay the conversation they have, using good ways of making suggestions. Some of you might like to perform your roleplays for the whole class. You can start like this:
Read these sentences and then use the words in bold to complete the sentences below.
3 window shopping
4 market stall
6 sell-by date
7 charity shop
9 on offer
• If you go window shopping, you look at what's in the shops but you don't buy anything.
• Please pay for your items at the nearest checkout as the store is closing in ten minutes.
• In Britain, people buy newspapers, cigarettes and sweets at a newsagent's.
• I got these shoes off a market stall, so they were quite cheap.
• An aisle is a row of shelves in a supermarket where you take what you want and put it in your trolley.
• If something is on offer, the price is lower than it usually is.
• Why don't you pay for your car in monthly instalments so that you don't have to spend all that money at once?
• At a charity shop you find second-hand things at a cheap price. The money you spend goes to charity.
• Only 400 euros for a brand-new computer? That's a real bargain!
• You shouldn't buy food if it's after the sell-by date that's written on the packet.
1 You'll find the toiletries in the next _____________, next to the baby food.
2 These shoes were a_____________. I only paid ten euros for them.
3 I haven't got any money this week, but we could go _____________ if you like.
4 The problem with buying things from a _____________ is that you can never find them again if something is wrong.
5 It seems a bit expensive, but perhaps I can afford it if I pay in _____________.
6 Excuse me, but did you know that this cheese you're selling has a _____________ of five
days ago on it?
7 I like to buy something from the _____________, even if I don't need it. The money all goes to help people.
8 There was such a long queue at the _____________ that I put the things back and left the shop.
9 We would like to inform all our customers that most of our fruit and vegetables are all this week.
10 I'm just going to pop to the _____________ for a paper and a drink.
PRACTISE YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS
• Выполняя задание G, помните, что умение общаться с собеседником. повлияет на вашу оценку. Прекрасный способ поддержать разговор - задать вопрос собеседнику. Вашему собеседнику придется ответить на вопрос, если вы начнете его с фраз What about ...? или Could we ...?
• Выполняя задание G, если вы не поняли, о чем говорит ваш собеседник, попросите его разъяснить, что он имел в виду.
Imagine that a large shopping centre is going to be built in your area.
Answer the questions.
What other kinds of shops would you like to see in it?
Do you think some people spend too much time shopping?
Would this kind of shopping centre be popular in your area?
How do you think shopping will change in the future?
Do you think large supermarkets are a threat to small shops?
Are there any special things for tourists to buy in your area?
Do you think you would enjoy running a shop?
Key.1 What if we drove to the shopping centre and had a look round?
2 Suppose she got a part-time job in a shop.
3 What if we got the bus into town and met outside the shopping centre?
4 Suppose we didn't include the bank and the bookshop in the shopping centre.
5 What if we contacted the person in charge?
Look at these sentences:
That's a good idea, but what if we also spoke to the manager?
Suppose we ring the shop. What do you think they'll say?
These two structures can be used to make suggestions and raise possibilities. They can be used with a verb in the present or the past. A verb in the present makes the suggestion sound more certain.
Rewrite the following suggestions using the word or phrase given. Use a verb in the past tense.
1 We could drive to the shopping centre and have a look around. (what if)
2 We might suggest that she get a part-time job in a shop. (suppose)
3 I suggest we get the bus into town and meet outside the shopping centre. (what if)
4 I would like to suggest not including the bank and the bookshop in the shopping centre. (suppose)
5 My recommendation would be to contact the person in charge/ (what if)
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