ESL Clothing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

This lesson plan provides teachers with individual and group activities designed to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) students how to think about and describe various types of clothing.

Learning Objectives

After completing this lesson, students should be able to:

  • accurately identify common clothing types by name
  • describe personal clothing and the clothing of others
  • express an opinion about clothing options


30 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Key Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Clothes / attire
  • Dress / suit
  • Dress shirt / T-shirt / tank top / blouse
  • Pants / trousers / jeans / shorts / skirt
  • Socks / leggings / nylons / underwear / tie
  • Tennis shoes /dress shoes / sandals
  • Wear / try on


  • A box or hat from which small pieces of paper may be drawn
  • Basic drawing/art supplies
  • Index cards

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