Reem Taha Reem Taha

Speaking lesson: Bargaining
Intermediate level


In this lesson the ss will be better able to speak about prices and make them lower through the context of bargaining.


Abc Handout
Abc Listening Track
Abc Pictures
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Four Corners 2, Cambridge Press 2011. Student's book.

Main Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a role-play about bargaining in the context of shopping.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist listening practice using a text about bargening in the context of shopping


Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1- Show some pictures of the flea market and a yard sale. 2- Ask them what do they think this place is and does it sell new or used items? 3- In those markets; can I ask for lower prices? (bargain) 4- Discuss in pairs what was the last time you bargained to buy something.

Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through listening

1-Tell the ss that they will listen to a conversation between a buyer and a seller, did she buy the lamp? for same price or lower? 2- What is happening in this conversation? (bargaining) 3- Chest the handout of another conversation about bargaining and ask the ss to put the conversation in the right order. 4-Give the answer-key.

Useful Language (5-7 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

1- Ask the ss how would they ask for lower prices as a customer. Write on the board ways to lower the price (how about $10?, will you take $10?, would you take $10?) 2- Ask the ss how would they suggest another price as a seller. Write on the board ways to suggest another price;(you can have it/them for $15, I'll let you have it/them for $15, I'll give it/them to you for $15)

Productive Task(s) (12-13 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Preparation: Go through how to bargain: -Ask for price (how much is this/are these?) -Bargain for lower price (would be already on the board under 'asking for lower price') -Reach a middle-ground ( would be already on the board under 'suggesting another price') Role-play: Chest the sale items in the handout telling the ss the following instructions; - Divide the class in pairs (A-B) - Pair A is a customer Pair B is a seller. - Pair B will put the prices on the price tag and pair A will bargain till they reach a middle ground. - Open class feedback.

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