We are going on a shopping spree (compra compulsive). We have unlimited funds to shell out (spend a lot of money on something). We can go to el Corte Ingles where we won´t have to queue up (hacer la cola) for long. We can shop around (compare prices) before we make the purchase (la compra). There will be shop assistants there who can help us out (ayudar). We can always turn down (rechazar) their recommendations that are too costly (expensive). We are not goind to just look around (shop without a plan). We have a budget (presupuesto) and a list of things we need to buy. We have plenty of money to fork out (spend a lot on something), so let´s go all out (darlo todo). However (sin embargo), we have to avoid being ripped off (estafar). This is why I have chosen El Corte Ingles because they have slashed their prices (bajar los precios) and most products are marked down (en descuento). No one is allowed to shoplift (hurto). We are treating this as retail therapy (terapia de compras).

  • Are we ready to go? Meeting point and time: to be arranged

Getting to know each other on the way to El Corte Ingles

  • Pair up to go to different departments and compare the prices and value for money of the products.

Feedback (in small groups) after each department

  • Repeat as many times as necessary

There is a list of kitchen, bedroom and toilet items with pictures. We have to buy as many things as possible but always comparing different brands/makes in relation to value for money before making our minds up.

The functional language involved: Persuasion, agreeing/disagreeing, asking for opinions etc. Please, try to use a range of these expressions during the activity.

Stating an opinion

  • In my opinion…
  • The way I see it…
  • If you want my honest opinion….
  • According to Lisa…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • If you ask me…

Asking for an opinon

  • What’s your idea?
  • What are your thoughts on all of this?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • Do you have anything to say about this?
  • What do you think?
  • Do you agree?
  • Wouldn’t you say?

Expressing agreement

  • I agree with you 100 percent.
  • I couldn’t agree with you more.
  • That’s so true.
  • That’s for sure.
  • (slang) Tell me about it!
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Absolutely.
  • That’s exactly how I feel.
  • Exactly.
  • I’m afraid I agree with James.
  • I have to side with Dad on this one.
  • No doubt about it.
  • (agree with negative statement) Me neither.
  • (weak) I suppose so./I guess so.
  • You have a point there.
  • I was just going to say that.

Expressing disagreement

  • I don’t think so.
  • (strong) No way.
  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • (strong) I totally disagree.
  • I beg to differ.
  • (strong) I’d say the exact opposite.
  • Not necessarily.
  • That’s not always true.
  • That’s not always the case.
  • No, I’m not so sure about that.


  • Can I add something here?
  • Is it okay if I jump in for a second?
  • If I might add something…
  • Can I throw my two cents in?
  • Sorry to interrupt, but…
  • (after accidentally interrupting someone) Sorry, go ahead. ORSorry, you were saying…
  • (after being interrupted) You didn’t let me finish.

Settling an argument

  • Let’s just move on, shall we?
  • Let’s drop it.
  • I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree.
  • (sarcastic) Whatever you say./If you say so.

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