Let's go shopping - English Template Novice High

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The activities provided by the Boise State World Languages Resource Center (WLRC) serve as foundational activities which can be adapted by any language and scaled up or down on the proficiency scale. Many of these activities offer an English Version that is “language-agnostic” to provide language instructors from around the country a platform to remix these instructional materials, infusing them with their target language and culture! The activities within the Pathways Project OER Repository seek to help students solidify their interpersonal speaking and interpretive skills through task-based situations or communicative activities. These activities should be facilitated in the target language for approximately 90% (or more), per the recommendation of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

How to use the WLRC Repository’s Activities:

1. Use the Activity as is:

Before you begin:

  • Most activities are 30 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified.
  • Be sure to read through the activity description, and review the list of required materials. You will notice that the activity materials are also highlighted in yellow throughout the activity instructions.

If you have any suggestions about grammar, syntax, and content, please kindly contact Pathwaysproject@boisestate.edu

2. Remix for Your Language Classroom:

When you are ready to begin remixing the activity, in order to adapt it for the needs of your language classroom, simply click the blue “Remix This Resource” button at the top of your screen. This will then take you to a screen with a NEW, editable version of this activity. The text provided in purple is a suggestion of what you might say to your students in the target language, and may be altered for different levels and age groups. All activities have “NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do” statements, a warm-up, a main activity, and a wrap-up.

Many of the activities include printable cards and other instructional materials such as Google Slideshows. If you would like to make changes to these materials for your language, follow the instructions below:

  • Google Slideshows:
    • To begin, go to File -> Copy to create an editable version of the slideshow.
    • Once finished with your changes, please complete the following steps to share:
    • Click on Share
    • Who Has Access
    • Ensure link sharing is on and allow external access.
  • Materials Saved as PDF: Please email Pathwaysproject@boisestate.edu and we will provide you with an editable copy. Please allow up to two business days for a response. For YouTube videos and other websites, hyperlinks are provided. 

3. Adapt for Another Language:

  • See the linked English Version at the top of the activity (English Version may not be available for all activities)

Let's go Shopping


In this activity, students will practice identifying where they can buy certain items. Students will also work on asking a partner what their likes are and use these characteristics to come up with a potential gift for them. Students will learn how to identify preferences, express opinions about items and seek places to purchase items as well. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice High


Favorite, conversation, ask, question, objects, store, gift, price

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can select a gift based on someone's likes and interests. 
  • I can exchange preferences about which stores, sports, and other interests I like. 
  • I can interact with a partner to find out their favorite things. 

Materials Needed:

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1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and distributing one object card to each student. 

“Today we are going to practice how to buy objects and how to ask another person their likes.."

2.  Hand out one of the object cards to each pair of students and explain:

“You all need to talk about the object on the card and decide the following...” 

1. Which stores sell this type of object?

2. What is the typical price of the object?

3. What type of person wants this object as a gift? (For example: a mom, a boy, a student, a hard worker, etc.)

3. The students will then report back to the group with information they have agreed upon together.

Main Activity

1. Project the slide "entrevista" to the students. Have the students quickly jot the answers to these items on a whiteboard (writing them on the board will be helpful for them to answer)

a. Favorite store

b. Favorite season

c. Favorite sport or activity

d. Favorite color

e. Favorite food

f. Your personality in one word

2. The students will pretend to go shopping for their partner:

Have them get into pairs and they will take turns explaining what presents/gifts they will buy their partner and explain why (keeping in mind their favorite things ). Have them practice ir + infinitive (voy a comprarte ...) . They will also explain what stores they will visit to buy the gifts and what price this item is typically sold for. 

3. After they are done, they will switch partners and repeat the previous steps.

4. Tell your students 

“You all need to buy at least 3 gifts for the group.”


Ask students questions to finish the lab: 

1. What was the _______ gift?

-most creative?

-most inexpensive?

-most expensive?

2. What is your favorite gift? (Ask this to everyone)

3. What is a gift that you want to receive in the future?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can select a gift based on someone's likes and interests. 
  • I can exchange preferences about which stores, sports, and other interests I like. 
  • I can interact with a partner to find out their favorite things. 

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