Level: Young Learners, beginner to intermediate
Aim: To practise dialogues between a customer and shopkeeper, food vocabulary, numbers, and the form "I want" or "I would like"
Warm Up: With children who can read, I cut up the dialogue in the pdf below, and get the children to put it in the correct order. We read it through a few times to check pronunciation, and then we are ready to play.
- Take turns to name a food, if somebody can't think of anything/repeats what has already been said they are out.
- I went to the shop and I bought.... each person repeats the phrase, adding on one item each time.
- Give each child a type of shop or a colour. Each child must then think/write down/draw of all the products which would be sold in their shop/food of their colour. If it's an individual they can race against their teacher. It's also good to have a one minute timer.
The game: We love this game as it's really fun, and gives lots of speaking practice. For two players we usually take two shops each, for three we cover one shop, and for four you each get a shop. Each player chooses what they are going to be buying, rolls the die and moves around the board until they reach their shop. Then they have a conversation with the owner of that shop to buy the product. Then they choose their next product and play continues until... the lesson is over, somebody's shop is sold out, or somebody has no money left.
I buy all of my games in England at carboot sales for no more than £1 each. Of course that probably won't be possible outside of the UK, but this game comes from Orchard Toys who deliver worldwide. Or you can find it on Amazon.