Grocery Shopping

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I May 06, 2023
General English, Free Lessons, Speaking Lessons
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting the process of buying groceries at a store and asking for help when looking for items in an English lesson.

Lesson Overview

Let’s go grocery shopping! In this lesson, students will learn how to buy groceries at a store and ask for help when looking for items. This lesson includes audio of two people communicating in a store and includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets. Students review and practice vocabulary relating to this topic. Also, students discuss different aspects of grocery shopping and share ideas on buying goods. The lesson activities have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will focus on the use of "can" for requests and permissions within the context of shopping. Exercises will include forming questions like "Can you show me where the eggs are?" and statements such as "You can find bread in aisle three."

  • Listening: Students will listen to an audio clip featuring a conversation in a grocery store, focusing on how customers ask for help and how employees respond. This will help students understand practical language used in shopping environments.

  • Speaking: Through guided discussions, students will talk about their own shopping experiences and preferences. They will practice asking for items, describing what they need, and interacting with store employees and other shoppers.

  • Vocabulary: Key terms related to grocery shopping will be introduced, such as "aisle," "cashier," "conveyer belt," "shopping cart," and types of food items like "dairy" and "produce." Students will learn these words through matching activities and use them in context.

  • Cultural Awareness: Discussion may explore different shopping habits and store formats around the world, examining how cultural contexts influence shopping behavior and consumer choices.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks involving vocabulary matching, sentence completion about shopping experiences, and creating a shopping list from a given set of meal plans. These activities will enhance practical understanding of grocery shopping.


Listen to the audio of a man asking an employee for help at a grocery store. Are eggs, milk, bread, or fruit on your shopping list? I hope you are not a deer in headlights, like this customer, and can find your way down each aisle. Grab your shopping cart, and let’s go shopping!

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

shopping list [noun]: a list of purchases to be made
cashier [noun]: a person handling payments and receipts in a shop, bank, or business
supermarket [noun]: a large retail market that sells food and other household goods
bagger [noun]: a person whose job is to put customers’ purchases into bags at a supermarket or other store
credit card machine [noun]: device used to collect payments from customers who wish to pay by credit or debit card
shopping cart [noun]: a four-wheeled cart provided by a supermarket or other retail store for a customer’s use in collecting purchases
food groups [noun]: a collection of foods that share similar nutritional properties
dairy [adjective]: containing or made of milk; relating to milk, cream, butter, cheese, etc.
produce [noun]: of or relating to fruits and vegetables
coupon [noun]: a voucher that gives a discount off a particular product
free-range [adjective]: allowed to walk around and feed with relative freedom; of livestock or domestic poultry
half a dozen [idiom]: a group of six
a dozen [idiom]: a group of twelve
be a deer in headlights [idiom]: to be surprised, confused, or frightened so much that you cannot think or move
sell like hot cakes [idiom]: something is bought by many people
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