This is a discussion starter designed to get students to talk about how they spend their money. It could be used as a warmer, middle or final activity or even as a homework to report back on.
- Lead in: where should most people spend most of their money? Why?
- Where do you spend most of your money? why is it different/the same?
- Students note down what they spent their money on over a certain period of time. [Weekends are generally pretty good as they can remember most things they spent during this period and provides a longer sample period.]
- Categories amounts spent into different groups [can be student choose or teacher guided such as: food and drink, clothes, toiletries, entertainment, work/study, etc]
- Write down order where most money is spent and compare with first two statements.
- Follow on discussion options
- Explain the differences between where people should spend their money or not (feed in providing explanation vocab)
- Discuss statement “You money is where your heart is.” in light of budget.
- Draft a sample budget to change spending habits
So what happened?
- One person didn’t fill in their piece of paper,
- Another originally put in barely any information at all
- One of the students suddenly realised how much money they had spent over the weekend.
As this realisation dawned a real communicative need arose and a very natural production arose. What’s even more this was real relevant English, not English as a grammar point to be ticked off from a long syllabus list but necessary English to discuss a problem and find a solution.