How many slaves work for you?

How many slaves work for you?

This is one I got from the wonderful Larry Ferlazzo, and which worked great in class with a small group of  (7) intermediate adults.

Essentially what we did was, together ("whole class"), work through the questions on how many slaves work for you on the site Larry recommended, negotiating our collective answer in each case, rather than doing it individually or in pairs. Doing so, and having to agree on an answer for the group as a whole, gave rise to a lot of discussion and language use (which, in a language class, was after all the point of the exercise).

In comparison, we actually made very little use of technology (we were using an interactive whiteboard, which strictly speaking wasn't necessary).

In the image shown, my own result, not that we agreed on (which was embarrassingly high!).

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  1. Third World Farmer (which I've not used in class, except with 2 private students) is another you could use.

    Definitely one to be played in pairs each on a single computer, with pairs discussing the best possible strategy for "winning".

    You might want to set a time limit of 3 min per round and play (say) 10 rounds, but make it that they can't advance until the three minutes are up.

    As a presentation, you could have learners present their strategy and tactics.

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