The changing landscape of the brick and mortar retail outlets and traditional shopping malls that were fashionable in the 1980s and 1990s throughout the US has given cause for concern to vendors that supply these retail outlets. On the one hand, vendors to these retail outlets are required to follow proper protocol in the area of discontinuation of service, while on the other hand, it may be more manageable for the vendor to break the contract prematurely rather than to go down with the failing retailer. Your students will enjoy discussing vendor relations, contracts, and agreements in this highly engaging lesson!
This lesson is appropriate for adult English language learners at the advanced level but is adaptable for upper-intermediate learners. It has a discussion phase, vocabulary study phase, a reading/listening passage followed by reading/listening comprehension questions, and finally some additional conversation and role-play activities. I have used it in individual and large group settings and found it to be a very flexible and useful resource.