The Teacher's Magazine 164 - The Emperor's Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes


Once upon a time, there was an Emperor who was

extremely vain. He was always buying new clothes. He had

many trousers and jackets, and lots of shoes. He spent a

lot of money on his clothes.

One day, two scoundrels who wanted to fool him,

introduced themselves as weavers and tailors. They said

they had a beautiful piece of cloth that could only be seen

by wise people, kings and emperors. The emperor agreed

to have a new, magical suit, and they measured him.

The false weavers and tailors made pretend clothes using

make-believe invisible thread. The emperor visited them

in their workshop, but he could not see the cloth;

however, as he wanted to be wise, he said he saw the

beautiful cloth.

A few days later, the emperor put on his new suit. He

could not feel or see the fabric, but he did not want to be

a fool, so he said it was very soft and very colourful. He

paid the tailors handsomely.

The emperor wanted to show his new, magical clothes, so

he paraded for all his people to see him. A little child

pointed to the emperor and said: “Look! The emperor’s

wearing only his underwear.”

The emperor was embarrassed because everyone was

making fun of him. He returned to the castle and put on

some real clothes.

Lesson Plan

The following lesson plan on this story is aimed at very young learners and young learners at beginner level. It can be used on its own or as part of the clothes unit on pages 15 to 20.

Linguistic exponents

  • Vocabulary related to the story: king, tailor, scissors,

cloth, items of clothing.

  • Colours and numbers.
  • I like [the pink jacket].
  • He/She is wearing [a crown].

Present the first picture of the story. Let kids count how

many people they see; present the emperor for children to

say what clothes he is wearing and what colour they are (if

they do not know items of clothing yet, you can introduce

them at this point).

Show picture 2 and ask how many people there are and if

the emperor is wearing the same clothes as in picture 1.

Children find the differences. Tell learners that the emperor

likes wearing different clothes every day and that he

spends a lot of money on outfits.

Introduce the tailors. Bring a piece of cloth (or several

pieces) to class and present the word. Let children feel and

smell and say the colours. Tell kids that the tailors in the

story are also weavers who make their own cloth. Ask

children if they can see the cloth in the tailors’ hands,

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