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Bad Fruit: A Shoppers' Nightmare
Level: Easy to Medium
This is an oral communication activity appropriate for EFL learners
in elementary/primary school. (It's optimal for grades 3-6). This game
is designed for practicing "shopping" dialogues and vocabulary.
Materials: "produce" and
Object of Game: To
accumulate as many products as possible.
Students are divided into clerks and shoppers.
The clerks set up "stands" to allow easy access for all shoppers (e.g.
around the outsides of the room with their backs to the wall).
The shoppers are given a set amount of money* (e.g. dollars, euros,
pounds, etc.) and begin at a stand where there is an open space.
Students shop, trying to accumulate as many items as possible (each
item is 1 unit of currency).
Periodically, the instructor will say "stop" (a bell or other device
may be needed to attract attention in some cultural and classroom
contexts) and call out a name of one of the products. Students with
that product must then put ALL their products in a basket at the front
of the room. The remaining students continue shopping. Students who had
to dump their products must begin again from scratch (with fewer units
The student with the most products at the end wins.
Students then switch roles.
*It is recommended giving students as much money as possible since
students who run out can no longer participate.
Alternative play for more advanced
students: Clerks set the price of items. Shoppers have the
option of negotiating the price. There are two winners in this version:
The shopper who accumulates the most products and the clerk who makes
the most money.
Submitted by: Mike Yough
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