The Auction Game
Aims: accuracy and revision work Grammar points: mixed structures, adjectivesLevel: Beginner 3 – Lower IntermediateTime: 30 minutesMaterials: Sentences prepared by the teacher according to the student level.A hammer if possible.An auction sheet with a budget for spending and a list of boughtitems.
1Create the atmosphere of an auction room with the teacher standing behinda high desk. Ask students if they are familiar with the words used inauctions and introduce them to the class. The game is also a chance toreflect on the cultural interaction between Europe and the Middle East. For example, words used in auctions are adapted from Italian words such as:–– ىلع هنوا ىلع ود ىلع زيرت 2Put students into pairs and give each pair an auction sheet with thesentences you have prepared. Tell them that some of the sentences on thesheet are correct and some are incorrect. They must read through and decidewhich sentences are correct and which are not. Tell them that if they buy anincorrect sentence they lose a certain amount of money. After you start theauction the students bid for sentences that they believe are correct. Tellthem that each pair has a certain amount of cash that they can spend on buying the sentences. They should write the prices of the sentences they buy onto their auction sheet. They must not exceed the amount of moneythey were allocated. The pair with the most correct sentences and the mostmoney at the end of the auction are the winners. Note that the teacher should not help the students while they are discussingin pairs which sentences to buy before the auction starts.3Start the auctiona) Read out the first sentence in a persuasive way even if it is wrong,and then ask them to bid for it. b) Keep the bidding moving fast to convey the excitement of an auction room.c) If the students buy an incorrect sentence, tell them that it was a wrongand what the right structure would be, but don’t go into details at thispoint so as not to lose the momentum of the auction atmosphere.4At the end of the auction discuss with the students the wrong sentences.Acknowledgment2