Class theme/topics discussed:
How to make a hard bargain in Chinese?
How did you pick this theme or topic?
It’s a stereotype in China that foreigners are rich so it’s good for students to learn how to make a hard bargain in Chinese.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Group work, role play and summarize, the “customer” and “shopkeeper” who get the lowest and highest price win
How did students react?
They really like role play and come out many good sentences
Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes. They come out lots of interesting ideas and ask me how Chinese people bargain with shopkeepers
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Why or why not?
Role play can make students think from different perspective and therefore make them use words/expressions which they don’t use so often