JOHN AND SARAH'S
http://www.classicweb.com/usr/jseng/jstefl.htmJOHN AND SARAH FREE MATERIALS (C) 1996
HOW MUCH WILL YOU BET?
Go to image of playing cards.
The idea from this game came from a Spanish television programme.
The version in the graphic image is suitable for a lower
intermediate class. However if you like the idea you could
adapt it to any level. It works much better in small
multilingual groups because all the negotiations have to
be carried out in English.
HOW TO PLAY
Divide the class into two teams. Cut the bet cards up and
put them at the front of the class. You will need some "money"
to play this game. If you have a lot of time you could make
some fake money, however lines made on the blackboard are just
as good. The object of the game is to win bets by completing
tasks in English. Team A turn over the first card. It says "say the
alphabet backwards. 1 mistake permitted". Team A must decide how
much they will bet that they can do the task. They must bet a minimum
of 1 and a maximum of 5. If they bet 5 they must do it straight
away but if for example team A bet 2 team B have the opportunity
to raise the stakes. If they do raise the stakes they must do what it says on the
card straight away. If a team does the task correctly they win their
stake back and the other team must give them the same amount
as the stake. If they don't manage to do it they must give their
stake to the other team. The team with most money at the end wins.
Some of the cards say "Guess something" This normally means that
one team knows the answer and the other team must ask them
questions to find the answer. The team who knows can only say
"yes" "no" or "not important"
Try to involve both teams in the tasks as much as possible
with the teacher just acting as a referee.