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C1 – The Real Story Behind Uniqlo

This ESL lesson is about Uniqlo’s expansion: affordable, quality clothing driven by timeless designs and efficient supply chains, yet marred by concerns over ethical and sustainable practices due to their reliance on cheap labor and materials.

This is a flipped lesson. Not sure how to teach it? Click here for more instructions.

TypeLevelVocabularyVideo (optional)Lesson Time
Flipped LessonC1 / Advanced15 words11:09 min60-90 min
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Teaching guide

This is a flipped lesson. Prior to the session, remind your students to preview 15 words from pages 3-4.

  1. Lean-in: During class, start with opening questions.
  2. Vocabulary: Breeze through vocabulary slides, clearing doubts and giving examples if necessary.
  3. Reading and True/False: Proceed to the reading slide, engaging in shared article reading. Discuss a true/false activity afterward.
  4. Vocabulary check: Test vocabulary and writing with a short task. Review answers together.
  5. Comments: Discuss video comments and encourage student opinions.
  6. 2-min speech: Lastly, assign a speech to each student and enjoy the final slide.

Homework: Consider assigning watching the video below in order to consolidate the knowledge better.

Optional Video (11:10 min)


  • Retail store
  • Prioritize
  • Supply chain
  • Deliberately
  • Keep a low profile
  • Versatile
  • Staple
  • Distribution
  • Counterpart
  • Blend into
  • Blend
  • Wick body moisture
  • Fast fashion
  • Vary
  • Flagship store


  • Lead-in
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading
  • Video (optional)
  • True or False
  • Vocabulary check
  • Comments
  • 2-min speech
  • Extra task