Before English class, get twenty vocabulary or picture flashcards and write different values of money on the back of the cards. For example, $50, $100, $100, $150, $50, etc. On the back of two of the cards, write 'Donation' and on the back of another flashcards, write 'Bankrupt!'
In class, divide your class into two, three or four teams (depending on how many students you have in your class.) Stick your ESL flashcards on the board, with the money values hidden.
To the side of the board, write your team names on the board and every team starts with $200. Ask the first team to choose a flashcard. If they can say the word, or better still use it in a sentence, then they turn the card and win the amount which is on the back for their team! Write the amount the team has next to their name on the board.
If they are unlucky and find the 'Donation' card, then they have to give all of their current money to another team of their choice. If they find the 'Bankrupt' card, then their current winnings go down to $0 and they have to start from nothing (the other kids LOVE this!!)
Keep going until all the flashcards have been turned over. The team with the most amount of cash at the end is the winner!
This activity encourages students to speak in sentences and helps them to remember key vocabulary long-term. A fun ESL activity which both the kids and you will enjoy immensely in your TEFL class.
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