Most teenagers are inspired by the latest styles and trends from fashion, pop music and celebrities.
Teen fashion moves fast and what’s popular today is gone tomorrow.
Do kids in your country feel pressure from their friends to be fashionable?
This ESL lesson will help you speak English better and give you ideas about fashion and whether it’s important to you, or not.
Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo
1. Where are her sunglasses?
2. Why is she sitting on the fence?
3. Which direction is her cap facing?
4. What facial expression is she making?
5. Do girls in your country ride skateboards like her?
Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It
1. How often do you go shopping for clothes, shoes or hats?
- Every day
- Once a week
- Once every two weeks
- Once a month
- Once every few months
- When the seasons change
- Once a year (when school begins
2. What are your favourite clothing stores?
- Brand name shops
- Discount markets
- Second hand stores
3. What type of clothes are in fashion these days?
- Baggy clothes
- Body cut clothes
- Ripped up clothes
- Vintage clothes
- Tie-Dyed clothes
- Bright coloured clothes
- Pointy shoes
- High cut boots
4. Is it easy or difficult to keep up with fashion?
- It’s easy
- It’s difficult
5. Do teenage girls in your country wear make up?
6. What types of fashion would your parents disapprove of?
- Mini skirts (girls)
- Low cut blouses (girls)
- Ear rings
- Ripped jeans
- Spiky hair, Mohawk haircuts
- Dyed hair
- Short shorts
- Skinny Jeans
- Knee high socks (girls)
7. Would you like to wear any of the above styles in question #6?
- Yes (which ones?)
- No (why not?)
8. What types of accessories do you own and describe them?
- Ear rings
- Mobile phone case
9. What’s your favourite season for fashion?
10. After answering these 10 questions, do you consider yourself a fashionable person?
- Of course
- Sort of
Part III: Share Your Opinions
Discuss the Photo
1. What are each of the girls doing?
2. Describe the kinds of clothes they are wearing.
3. Would this type of teen fashion be acceptable in your country?
4. Have your parents ever said to you, “how can you dress like that?”
5. Describe some of the posters or items you decorate your room with?
6. Are you “for” or “against” school uniforms?
7. What are some popular clothing brand names in your country?
8. At what age should parents let their kids make their own fashion decisions?
9. Do you think teen fashion obsession can lead to eating disorders?
10. When should parents let their daughters wear high heels?