1) Phil, Tracey and Katya are exchanging their opinions on clothes and fashion Do they care what they wear? Is fashion important for all of them? (listening for the main idea)
2) Read through the texts and answer the questions after the texts.
Tracey Ponsford: AH my classmates say that I’m trendy. Yes, I am! I enjoy wearing trendy clothes. I love looking cool and attractive. It’s very important to know what is in fashion at the present moment. I like shopping and spend hours choosing clothes that suit me. My classmates say that I am interested in fashion too much, but it’s not very bad, is it? Sometimes I can appear in something really gorgeous. When you are up with the latest fashions you feel you are an individual. If I could, I would wear different pieces of clothing every day. I wish I had lots of money to do that.
Phil Slager: I don’t care what I wear. More than that I don’t care what other people wear. My mum buys second hand clothes for me. Sometimes we have to shop in charity shops. Why not? Not all people can afford to be up-to-date with the latest fashions. I prefer casual things like jeans, T-shirts, sweaters or sportswear. My brother’s friends enjoy crazy hairstyles, tattoos and piercing. I wish my brother wouldn’t do that but he doesn’t listen. He says that they express their individuality. I don’t know if they are right or not but I’d rather wear what I got used to wear.
Katya Guseva: Everyone in my class is really trendy. They spend a lot of time talking about clothes they’ve bought or want to buy. Some of my friends think that I’m boring and wear unfashionable things. To tell the truth fashion is not very important for me. Fashion comes and goes. Looking just clean and neat is more important than looking trendy, isn’t it? I prefer clothes which I feel comfortable in. I’m sure that you must feel good in what you wear and that is all. If I had a lot of money, I would buy clothes which would never go out of fashion, or I’d rather buy some good look.
What clothes does Tracey wear?
Why is fashion important for Tracey?
What does Tracey like about clothes?
What does Tracey dream about?
What clothes does Phil prefer wearing?
What is it that Phil doesn’t like about his brother and his friends?
What is more important for Katya than being up-to-date with the latest fashions?
What clothes does Katya prefer? Why?
3) Which of the teenagers’ opinions do you share?
4) Look at the pictures and say which pieces of clothing belong to Phil, Tracey and Katya. Why? Prove your opinion from the texts.
5) Which of these pieces of clothing might be in your wardrobe?
6) Listen to the poem Sneakers. What is the author’s point of view on fashion?
We’re going to buy new sneakers!
Oh, I love to have new shoes!
They have so many in the store
That I can pick and choose.
I don’t care if they are red or blue
Or even black or white,
Cause new sneakers always run so
And they always jump so high!
7) Listen to some other points of view on the problem and say which of them support(s) Phil’s, Tracey’s or Katya’s opinions and which don’t? Explain why.
“It depends on what I’m doing during the day. I usually wear something suitable. I like to be comfortable whatever I’m doing.”
“I try not to follow the latest trends because I think it’s good to have your own style.”
“I wear really nice clothes when I’m going out with my friends. But I don’t care what I wear in the house.”
“I don’t really care much about fashion. Shopping for trendy clothes is not for me. Comfy trainers, top and jeans — that’s me!”
“Fashion is not a big deal for me. I don’t go crazy to make myself look cool!”
“I think that people have to wear what they want and not what other people want them to wear!”
“I care about fashion, what’s in and what’s out but if I don’t find the item comfortable, I won’t buy it.”
“If people want to go crazy about fashion then it’s OK as long as they don’t bully people who don’t follow fashion and talk behind their backs or something. I think there are more important things to do with your time and money.”
“People think that following fashion too much is bad. Well ... I love following it. I absolutely love the latest trends. And as long as I feel happy who cares?”