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Many people are angry at a clothing company in the UK. The company’s name is New Look. People are angry because they are selling bigger sizes for more money. A shopper saw that bigger clothes were more expensive than smaller ones. This shopper told other people about this.

Now, many people are arguing about it. Some people think it is not right to make bigger people pay more. Other people think more material should mean more money.

New Look says they are now looking at their prices. They say they welcome all customers, all shapes and sizes.

Difficult words

Company: A large business

Size: How big or small something is

Shopper: Someone to buys things

Expensive: A higher price than other things.

Arguing: Talking about something people don’t agree about.

Material: What something is made from

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1.  Company  A.  Buyer
 2. Size  B. Fight
 3. Shopper  C. Business
 4. Arguing  D. Ingredient
 5. Material E. How big

True or False?

1. Everyone is happy with the company New Look. T / F

2. New Look only sells one size. T / F

3.  Many people are arguing about the prices. T / F

4. Some people think bigger clothes should be free. T / F

5. New Look is checking their prices. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. a / are / clothing / angry / UK / company / in / Many / people / the / at

2. other / this / about / This / told / people / shopper

3. are / Now, / arguing / it / about / people / many

4. say / they / They / customers / welcome / all

5. looking / prices / at / their / now / They / are

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Now Angry Material
Smaller People Sizes

Many people are __________ at a clothing company in the UK. The company’s name is New Look. People are angry because they are selling bigger _________ for more money. A shopper saw that bigger clothes were more expensive than ___________ ones. This shopper told other people about this.

Now, many _______ are arguing about it. Some people think it is not right to make bigger people pay more. Other people think more ___________ should mean more money.

New Look says they are _____ looking at their prices. They say they welcome all customers, all shapes and sizes.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Should people be angry about the higher priced clothing?
4. If you were the company, would you price the clothes differently?
5. What is your favourite store to shop at?
6. Would you be upset if your size was more expensive than other sizes?
7. Is it more important for the company to make more profit or keep customers happy?
8. Do you think these different prices are discrimination?
9. Is discrimination a problem in your country?
10. What is the worst kind of discrimination?
11. Are there laws in your country that stop discrimination?
12. Do you think people are too sensitive these days?
13. Do you think discrimination will ever disappear from the world?
14. Where do you think discrimination comes from?
15. Do you think companies worry about offending their customers?
16. Has a company in your country ever offended many people before?
17. What should companies do to make sure they don’t offend anyone?
18. Some companies or famous people have lost their jobs for offending others, is this fair?
19. Do people need to be extra careful about what they say these days?
20. Have you ever been offended by something a company or someone famous said?