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A clothing chain has recently angered some customers in the UK. The company’s name is New Look. The customers are angry because the retail store had been selling plus-size clothing for more money than smaller clothing. This was discovered when a shopper found that larger pants were 15% more than the same ones in a smaller size.

This has caused many arguments. Some people are calling it a “fat tax”. They think the higher price is punishing larger people. They also think it is unfair to people who are different sizes.

Others, think differently. They think people should pay a higher price for more material. A fashion designer spoke about this. She said there is a limit to clothes that can be the same price. She also said sometimes it can take double the material to make a larger shirt than a smaller one.

A fashion journalist named Emily Sutherland argued tall and maternity clothes are not usually priced higher. She also said extra small sizes are not cheaper than other sizes. She feels more material should not mean higher prices.

The company New Look are now looking at their prices to see what will be good for their customers and their business. They say they welcome all customers, no matter their body shape or size.

Difficult words

Chain: A company that has many stores in different places.

Retail: A store that sells goods

Plus-size: A size meant for larger people

Discovered: To find something for the first time.

Punishing: Something that makes things difficult

Material: What something is made out of

Limit: The most something can be

Maternity: Something meant for a pregnant woman

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Chain  A. Sell
 2. Retail  B. Ingredient
 3. Discovered  C. Company
 4. Maternity  D. Find
 5. Material  E. Pregnant

True or False?

1.  The company’s name is New Book. T / F

2.  Plus-size clothing has been sold cheaper than other clothing. T / F

3.  A shopper discovered the price difference. T / F

4. People are arguing about what is right. T / F

5.  Extra small sizes are often cheaper than other sizes. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. A / chain / has / some / clothing / angered / customers / recently

2. has / arguments / many / caused / This

3. a / tax” / Some / people / “fat / it / are / calling

4. fashion / designer / about / A / this / spoke

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

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:

Cheaper Limit Angered
Arguments Fashion Customers

A clothing chain has recently ____________ some customers in the UK. The company’s name is New Look. The customers are angry because the retail store had been selling plus-size clothing for more money than smaller clothing. This was discovered when a shopper found that larger pants were 15% more than the same ones in a smaller size.

This has caused many _______________. Some people are calling it a “fat tax”. They think the higher price is punishing larger people. They also think it is unfair to people who are different sizes.

Others, think differently. They think people should pay a higher price for more material. A ______________ designer spoke about this. She said there is a ___________ to clothes that can be the same price. She also said sometimes it can take double the material to make a larger shirt than a smaller one.

A fashion journalist named Emily Sutherland argued tall and maternity clothes are not usually priced higher. She also said extra small sizes are not ______________ than other sizes. She feels more material should not mean higher prices.

The company New Look are now looking at their prices to see what will be good for their customers and their business. They say they welcome all _______________, no matter their body shape or size.

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?