Supermarket




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

The man goes to the supermarket __________ a week to pick up items.

The man says, "I usually go to the supermarket about once or twice a week to buy groceries."

When the man doesn't have time to cook, he __________.

The man says, "Also, there are times when I don’t have much time to cook, so I usually pick up some microwaveable meals in the frozen food section."

How does the man pay for his goods?

The man says, "I generally pay with cash at the checkout counter."

I usually go to the supermarket about once or twice a week to buy groceries. Since I do a lot of shopping, I usually need a shopping cart to carry everything. I first stop by the deli counter to pick up some sliced cheese. Then, I look for some fruits and vegetables in the produce section, but I make sure they are fresh. My kids like milk, so I swing by the dairy section and grab a few gallons of milk. Also, there are times when I don’t have much time to cook, so I usually pick up some microwaveable meals in the frozen food section. If the store is out of stock of any of the items I need, then I drop by a different supermarket on my way home. I generally pay with cash at the checkout counter.

Part 2: Discussion

How much grocery shopping do you do every week? How concerned are you about a healthy diet and is your concern reflected in what you buy? What tips can you think of to make sure you are getting the best buy at supermarkets (e.g., testing the products, using coupons for items, comparing prices at different stores, etc.)

Part 3: Online Investigation

More and more Websites advertise “free groceries” or “free food coupons”, but are these services really free? What’s the “catch”? Do you have to do something in order to qualify for these free products? Research a company that advertise free products and find out more about the service.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):