English Listening Lesson on
 Cosmetics

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THE LESSON ON COSMETICS

Try the online quiz, reading, listening, and activities on grammar, spelling and vocabulary for this lesson on Cosmetics. Click on the links above or see the activities below this article:


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I wish we didn’t need cosmetics. We spend so much time and money on them. And for what? We take them off at night, only to put them all on again in the morning. If you think about it. they’re amazingly expensive. Why does a lipstick or a small tube of cream cost so much? The really expensive cosmetics don’t actually make you look that different than really cheap ones. A lot depends too on your skill – choosing the right colours to match your face, and how you put your make-up on. I sometimes laugh at the ladies selling cosmetics in department stores. They’re meant to be experts but they look like clowns. I mean, do they really need to paint their faces? One thing I worry about is whether the chemicals damage your skin.





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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

I wish ______________________ cosmetics. We spend so much time and money on them. And for what? We ______________________ at night, only to put them ______________________ in the morning. If you think about it, they’re amazingly expensive. Why does a lipstick or ______________________ of cream cost so much? The really expensive cosmetics don’t ______________________ you look that different than really cheap ones. ______________________ too on your skill – choosing the right colours to match your face, and ______________________ your make-up on. I sometimes ______________________ ladies selling cosmetics in department stores. They’re meant ______________________ but they look like clowns. I mean, do they really need to paint their faces? One thing I worry about is whether the chemicals ______________________ .




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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STUDENT COSMETICS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about cosmetics in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about cosmetics for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about cosmetics. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about cosmetics. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. COSMETICS POSTER Make a poster about cosmetics. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY COSMETICS LESSON: Make your own English lesson on cosmetics. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on cosmetics. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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