Lesson: UPGRADES (C1 level)

  • Phrases for negotiating and persuading.
  • Selling a product.
  • Listening for details in a TV sketch.
  1. What do you see in the pictures? What links the three pictures?
Photo: Michael Rehfeldt, CC BY 2.0
Photo: Concavo Wheels, CC BY 2.0

(Answers to part 1 are here).

2. What other things can you upgrade? Have you bought any upgrades recently? Have you ever received a free upgrade?

3. Later in this lesson we’re going to watch a funny video in which a man goes into a shop and buys some upgrades.

Before we watch, let’s look at some of the vocabulary in the video. In this table, each one of the phrases 1-12 has the same meaning as one of the phrases A-L. Can you match up the pairs?

1. At the moment, I can…A. Well, it depends.
2. Don’t misunderstand me.B. That’s exactly what it is.
3. I don’t know much regarding…C. …down the line
4. What you just said describes it perfectly.D. Shall I whack it on, then?
5. It’s different, in different situations.E. …stick to a budget
6. …is appropriate for me to use.F. I’m currently able to…
7. …in the futureG. If you ask me…
8. Please go and pay for your items.H. I’m not very clued up about…
9. In my opinion…I. Stop me if I’m twisting your arm.
10. …not spend too muchJ. …suits my needs.
11. Would you like me to add it?K. Don’t get me wrong.
12. Don’t let me make you do something you don’t want.L. If you’d just like to go to the cashier’s desk.
Click here for answers to Part 3.

4. Now let’s listen to the video, but still focusing on the phrases A-L.

This will work best if you can do it as a game with your study partner/ teacher.
– Print the document below and cut out the cards.
– Put the cards on a table or chair between you.
– Then press “play” on the video.
– When you hear a phrase that’s on one of the cards, try to grab the card.
– The first person who gets the card can keep it.
– The person with the most cards at the end is the winner!

Do they speak too fast? You could click through to Youtube and set the speed to 0.75 the first time you listen.

5. Now watch the video again and look out for these two things:
– What tactics does the salesperson use to get the customer to upgrade his computer?
– Why is the customer disappointed at the end of the sketch?

6. What do you think is the meaning of the sketch?

(Some possible answers to parts 5 and 6 are here).

7. Let’s look in more detail at phrases that you can use when selling or buying. Download or print the pdf and follow the instructions.

(Click here to check your answers and to see a bonus challenge that will help you to practise!).

8. Now it’s time for you to do some buying and selling!

To do this, we’re going to use a shopping website called ‘thisiswhyimbroke’ – broke means having less than zero in the bank! But first, some rules:
– Every person in the class should click one of the links. If you’re studying alone, you’ll need to find a friend or a teacher for this!
– When you click the link you will see a product there and a short description.
– You’ve got 7-10 minutes to think of an idea for one or two upgrades to this product. Agree on a time when the class will come back together.
– Next, get together with a partner and take turns to sell your product with the upgrades.
– You have to buy your partner’s product, but you don’t have to buy the upgrades. Only buy the upgrades if they can convince you that you need them. Ask as many questions as you like!

Got that? Good! Here are the links…

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4
Link 5
Link 6
Link 7
Link 8


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