Choosing a Present

Unit Five: Are you Good at Shopping?

5.4 Choosing a Present

Word Bank

Phrase Bank

Communication Box





To be hard to please

To present somebody with something

To be a good choice

To be a pleasant surprise

To look for something

To enjoy every minute of something

What if we buy…

Why don’t we buy…

Settled then.

I. Conversation Warm-up

Look at pictures and say which of these things you would like (or wouldn’t like) to get as a present. Why?

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Example: As for me I would like to get a book because I’m fond of reading.

II. Pronunciation Warm-up

Read and practise the sounds /ɒ/ and /ɔ:/.

Say where you usually buy gifts for your friends.


– I’m going to the department store

– What for?

– I’m going to the gift shop.

– Stop! Stop!

Are you looking for presents?

Will you buy any gifts?

– I’ll buy one for you.

– Then I’ll give you a lift.

III. Grammar Smart

Read and learn how to offer and choose a present. Look at the pictures and fill in the mini-dialogues.

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IV. Word Smart

1. Answer the questions.

1. Is your friend hard to please?

2. How long are you looking for a present?

3. To what shops do you go to buy a present?

4. What handmade presents can you present your friends with?

5. What present do you find original?

6. Do you give the same presents to boys and girls?

2. Read the list below and say what you think about when you choose a present for a friend and why.

– My friend’s needs.

– My friend’s age.

My friend’s likes/dislikes.

– The originality of the present.

– The price of the present.

– If it is a boy or a girl.

Example: First of all I think about my friend’s likes, because I want to please him/her.

At Home. Think and decide what birthday presents your family members would like to get. Fill in the chart below.



How much?

Can you afford it?



10 hryvnyas


Go to Ex. 81, 82 of your Workbook

V. Time to Listen and Read

1. Listen to / read in pairs and say what choice the children have made.


Ann: Hey, Steve, tomorrow is Helen’s birthday. Have you decided what to present her with?

Steve: Not yet. I saw a new CD at a music shop. Do you think it’s a good choice?

Ann: Oh, I am not sure she would like it. She is not a great admirer of music. Let’s look for something else.

Steve: Why don’t we buy a poster or a photograph with her favourite British actor Daniel Redcliffe?

Ann: Yes, but don’t forget she has already got at least five posters with him in her room!

Steve: I see. What if we buy a box of chocolate? I know she has a sweet tooth.

Ann: That would be great! But she is always on a diet.

Steve: That’s true. You are so hard to please and what about…?

Ann: Stop it, Steve. Look at this soft toy-dog. I think it will be a pleasant surprise and a nice keepsake.

Steve: I hope so and I will also present her with flowers.

Ann: Settled then.

To present – a present

To photograph – a photograph

To answer – an answer

See First Aid Kit, Grammar, p. 213

Across Culture

Choosing a Present

Daniel Redcliffe – британський актор, який зіграв головну роль у фільмі “Гаррі Поттер”.

2. Fill in the right form of the word.

Example: Let’s choose a nice present (to present) for Aim.

1. I like your….

To photograph

2. Our teacher liked my… .

To answer

3. The policemen gave an… to stop.

To order

4. Thank you for the… you’ve made for me.

To comfort

5. Why don’t we go for a… ?

To walk

6. She told me about her… .

To support

3. Look at the pictures and say which presents children didn’t choose and why.

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Example: Children didn’t choose a box of chocolate, because Helen is always on a diet.

VI. Time to Communicate

1. Act as Ann or Steve and describe the way you were choosing a present for your friend. Use:

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– to present somebody with something;

– to be a good choice;

– to be interested in;

– to look for something else;

– to be a pleasant surprise.

2. In pairs, talk about the way you choose a present for your friend. Use the pattern.


A: Hey…. Tomorrow is… . Have you decided… ?

B: Not yet. I saw… . Don’t you think… ?

A: Oh, I’m not sure… . She/he isn’t a great admirer…. Let’s look for… .

B: Why don’t we buy… or… ?

A: Yes, but don’t forget….

В: I see. What if we buy… ? I know….

A: That would be great. But….

B: You are so hard….

A: Oh… , look… . It’ll be a pleasant surprise.

B: Settled then.

3. Describe the present that may be a pleasant surprise for your friend and why.

VII. Time to Listen

1. Listen to Paul’s talk with a shop assistant and say what book he has chosen for his friend.

2. Listen again and correct mistakes in the statements.

1. Paul is looking for a book.

2. The boy is interested in Geography.

3. He is looking for a present for his boy-friend.

4. Helen adores books about animals.

5. The friends have read all the books about Alice in Wonderful.

6. Paul has chosen a nice poster in the long run.

VIII. Time to Write

Look at the pictures and write your story on them. Give your story a title and present it to the class.

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Go to Ex. 83, 84 of your Workbook

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