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  • korr
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    • July 16, 2009, 12:35:46 pm
High School - Clothing and Fashion
« on: April 07, 2011, 02:54:40 pm »
Here's one of the lessons I put together to try to keep my high school girls focused.

Level: Beginner, can probably be made intermediate if you want to add some more material.
Age: High school, probably suitable for middle school too
Target vocabulary:: Clothes, colors


1) Have the students guess what we're studying. Go over the meaning of "Fashion" and have them name the clothes and colors they see in the picture. Go over the basic categories on the third slide. Colors usually involves me running around the room, grabbing random jewelry or mirrors, and asking what color it is.

2) Explain to the students that they are fashion reporters for a magazine. Hand out and explain the PPT worksheet. While watching the slides, the students should write the Korean word (so they should write 티셔츠 for "T-shirt") and then circle a number depending on if they thing the different clothing or color is good or bad. Go through the slides.

3) If you have extra time, have the students brainstorm some other clothing in their groups and write the results on the board. Be prepared for a lot of answers like hot pants and bikini. Then hand out the fashion report paper and have the students design their own style by drawing a picture and writing what their model is wearing on the lines below. If they're more advanced, you can make them write sentences, but my students are so low-level I just have them write the names of the different pieces of clothing and what color they are. You get some pretty hilarious results, like the class that decided to draw their models as chickens.

Both of the handout files are in HWP format, which you should be able to open on your school computer. I usually print out two handouts on each piece of A4, just to save paper. You can set your own printer to do this by going to 파일 -> 인쇄 -> find the button that says 모아 찍기 -> choosing 2쪽씩 from the dropdown menu.

  • shhowse
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    • August 25, 2009, 08:49:24 am
    • Mokpo
Re: Fashion lesson (low-level HS/MS)
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011, 03:06:42 pm »
Hahahaha! CHickens! Love it!

Thanks for these materials. I did a fashion lesson myself last year for my HS girls but I wanted to make some changes. These ideas will help me fix my lesson into something a little better and more fun for the students.

  • Es
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    • March 08, 2011, 12:58:00 pm
    • seoul
Re: Fashion lesson (low-level HS/MS)
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2011, 09:01:47 pm »
Hi thanks so much for the ideas my head was fried trying to think of something.. Cheers :D

Project Runway
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 09:07:11 am »
 I work at a vocational high school so it's hard to get the students motivated.  Some of them are design students so I did a class on Project Runway.  I downloaded and used Korean subtitles to help them out and than the students in groups critiqued the outfits.  They really enjoyed watching and talking about fashion.

  • tazzibear
  • Waygookin

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    • September 30, 2010, 01:32:38 pm
    • Incheon, South Korea
Re: Project Runway
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 09:19:38 am »
this looks like a cool lesson,im going to try it out with my students today....they are all girls high school and have been begging me to do a lesson about fashion with them!thanx ;)

  • tashmcwin
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    • March 09, 2011, 01:11:23 pm
    • South Korea
Dress and Hair Codes
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 09:04:32 am »
Lesson on dress and hair codes in schools. My kids really got into this.
Started the lesson by getting them to shout out everything they were wearing, and eliciting 'school uniform' then got them to fill in the blanks of a summary. Then we read through some sentences (in ppt) and they chose how they felt.
Then we made a list all together on the board of good and bad points about school uniform and what the kids thought.
At the end of the PPT there is a news article about a boy who wore a skirt to school. We read that out (students reading one sentence each) and talked about it. They got really involved :)
« Last Edit: June 08, 2011, 09:07:04 am by tashmcwin »

  • Mifletzet
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    • September 02, 2011, 12:59:24 pm
    • Gyeongbuk Province
Re: High School - Clothing and Fashion
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2011, 01:50:50 pm »
I really like the idea of this, but can I ask because I'm a relatively new teacher: do you have a free choice of topics to teach the kids, or did you work around the curriculum already in place?  I ask because my co-teacher (who I have still yet to meet) has been away on business, and hasn't given me any idea what I should be doing with them.  Since their English is fairly good, I'm thinking of asking them what kinds of things they want to learn... unless you think it is a bad idea to do so? But I really like this topic!

Re: High School - Clothing and Fashion
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 08:16:35 pm »
Love the Project Runway idea, especially because it gets students who are more design/art-oriented enthusiastic about learning English.

  • Ramplo
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    • August 28, 2012, 09:10:40 pm
    • South Korea
Re: High School - Clothing and Fashion
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2012, 11:19:31 am »
I used the fashion lesson with mixed results, obviously some classes loved it and others...well the others don't like much.  I added some words like necklace/bracelet and polka dots/strips depending on how advanced the class felt, most of my classes were drawing polka dots so I needed that to be added.

I didn't want to try and explain being a fashion reporter so I just reviewed the clothing with them and asked questions as we went through the slides.  That and making 3 handouts for 20 classes seemed excessive.

I also added in a dress vs. one piece slide because most of them said one piece, and although I knew what they were talking about the idea is that if one day they meet another westerner they should be understood.  I would post it but I'm having problems copying it off of my other computer...but I put up pictures of a one piece bathing suit and there is a site that sells one piece pjs and one said "one piece" on it. (bathing suit, and appropriate one...) (I cropped it to have just the green one)

I would suggest for the lower level students taking off the top of the sheets that say "this season's hot style" and "School fashion report", they asked and I tried explaining and it just was messy. 

For the more advanced classes I also stressed "a t-shirt" versus "jeans"

Be ready to be asked about words such as stockings, sunglasses, sleeveless, flowered, and extra colors (everything from purple to burgundy).

For the classes that ended early I played a game where they would pair up and then have one face forwards and one backwards, the one forward describes what is on the screen and backwards draws.  To make it fun I put up pictures of Ugly Betty (the ugliest I could find) and got a lot of laughs and excitement in most classes.
This was the best outfit I could find and always the first one I put up in case I didn't get to the others, and definitely got the biggest laughs.

Thanks for the great lesson and the instructions on how to print two pages on a sheet!!
Good luck to anyone trying it!

  • wreaves
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    • August 28, 2012, 10:26:25 am
    • Daegu, South Korea
Re: High School - Clothing and Fashion
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2012, 12:19:51 pm »
I modified the first lesson for a more advanced class by using more challenging vocabulary (e.g. parka and cardigan instead of jeans and shirt). I also changed the PPT to include a more diverse set of images, some of which had American pop culture figures--who, surprisingly, several of the girls identified. Worked very well! My first grade high school girls loved this lesson! Materials attached  :)