After studying a grammar structure, I like to have a sentence auction.
I write 10 sentences on the board. Some of them contain mistakes, and
some of them are correct. The students are placed in groups, and each group is given $1500-2000. You then auction the sentences. After the students understand the concept of an auction, they begin bidding on every sentence.
After each sentence is sold, I ask the student that bought the first sentence if it is correct or not. If it is incorrect, they have 10 seconds to correct it.
I continue until all the sentences are corrected. The winner is the group with the most points at the end of the game.
1 point for every $100 left over at the end
5 points for every correct sentence
-3 points for every incorrect sentence they couldn't correct
3 points for every corrected sentence.
Usually I start the bidding at $100 and they can only increase the bids by increments of $50. This makes the auction go faster and keeps the students' interest. With 10 sentences and 4 groups this usually takes 30-45 minutes.
Name: Eowyn Buchan
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
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