Clothing and Fashion

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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

Everyday, I try to dress for the occasion. If I’m going to visit friends, I generally dress casually. I wear jeans, and I might throw on a t-shirt. In the case of a date, I usually wear a nice dress shirt-, but nothing too formal. In the past, I made it a habit to dress up for work in a suit and a tie because it was important to give a good impression, but more people are dressing down in the workplace, and this is more accepted now. When I exercise, I generally wear some shorts and a shirt, and I put on comfortable shoes. Overall, I think new fashions are replacing traditional ones, but I also think we should also try to preserve typical traditional clothing. It’s a part of our culture and heritage.

Part 2: Discussion

What kinds of clothing do you wear for exercise in different situations? How has fashion changed over the past 50 years in your country?

Part 3: Role Play

Imagine that you need clothes for school. You have about US $300 to spend, but you don’t know if you want to buy new clothing from a popular fashion clothing store, or a used clothing store across the street from your house. Were would you go to buy clothing and why? Explain your reasons.

Part 4: Online Investigation

Let’s suppose that you are preparing to go to a job interview for the jobs listed below. Use to the Internet to find clothes appropriate for the situation. You only have $100 to spend for each situation. Explain your reasons and report on your findings.

college professor, computer programmer, car salesperson, taxi driver, musician 

Part VI: Online Listening Practice – From Randall’s Other Web Sites