Spanish Level 2, Activity 03: El arte de regatear / The Art of Bartering (Online)

Street market
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Description: In this activity, students are going to practice asking for the cost of something and practice purchasing items. Students will be exposed to the concept of bartering in Spanish-speaking countries and how to do it with a vendor. They will practice talking about prices, money, numbers, and items that are frequently purchased.
Semantic Topics: Favorite, conversation, ask, question, objects, store, gift, price, preguntar, objetos, tiendas, regalo, precio, vender, comprar
Grammatical Structures: Numbers, direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, preterite tense, números, los pronombres de objetos directos, los pronombres de objetos indirectos, el pretérito
Products: Barters, deals
Practices: How to barter at markets in Spanish-speaking countries
Perspectives: The art and culture of bartering within Spanish-speaking countries

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of Hispanic cultures.
  • Standard 4.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between Hispanic cultures and their own.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 – Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • CLTR 1.1 – Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture
  • CLTR 1.3 – Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.
  • CONN 2.1 – Access authentic materials prepared in the target language by or for native speakers.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask how much something costs
  • I can participate in the act of bartering with someone from a Spanish-speaking country
  • I can share with a friend what I purchased at a market
  • I can use rehearsed behaviors when shopping in a familiar type of store

Materials Needed

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Warm Up

  1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity. Display the Google Slideshow on the Projector.
    Hola, ¿cómo están? Estoy ____. Vamos a empezar el lab de hoy con los can-do statements.
    Hoy vamos a practicar “el arte de regatear.” En español, regatear significa pedir un precio más barato por un objeto. Por ejemplo, si el precio es 80 pesos, puedes pedir el objeto por 70 pesos. El vendedor puede responder, “Puedo darte el objeto por 75 pesos.”
  2. In the Google Slideshow, there are various clips embedded from Youtube. These clips are interviews of customers and a vendor talking about bartering. The first clip talks about what the vendor is selling.
    Ahora, vamos a ver un clip breve. Presten atención a lo que vende el vendedor.
  3. Ask the students what the vendor is selling. The vendor is selling rags, the answer will show up on the slide after a click.
    ¿Qué vende el vendedor? (toallas y trapos para la cocina)
  4. Show students the next clip, in which a few people from Mexico are going to talk about how they barter.
    Ahora en este clip, algunas personas de México van a charlar sobre cómo les gusta regatear.” Presten atención a las frases útiles.
  5. The next clip has a vendor talking about bartering and whether it benefits him or not. After the clip, ask students what happens when people barter with the vendor.
    En este último clip, el vendedor va a charlar sobre el acto de regatear. ¿Qué pasa con el vendedor cuando alguien regatea? (Recibe menos dinero, pero todavía gana un poco)
  6. Click to the next slide, which provides students with useful phrases for bartering.
    En esta diapositiva hay algunas frases útiles que pueden usar para regatear.
  7. Now you will do a short bartering practice with students. The example involves the selling of handmade, traditional Mexican skulls. Welcome your students to your imaginary vendor stall.
    ¡Ahora vamos a practicar el arte de regatear! ¡Hola y bienvenidos a mi puesto! Vendo calaveras muy bonitas. ¿Quieren comprar una calavera?
  8. Students should pretend that they are interested in buying an item.
    Estudiante: “¡Sí! “Instructor/a: “¡Perfecto! ¿Qué calavera quieres?”
  9. Students will ask how much the item costs. You (the vendor) would say a very high and unrealistic price.
    Estudiante: “¿Cuánto cuesta?Instructor/a: “¡Cuesta _$______!”
  10. Students should use the useful phrases the instructor went over with them on the slideshow. The instructor can return to the slide that has all of them to help guide students. Once a deal is made at a lower price, seal the deal (hecho).
    Instructor/a: Ahora van a regatear el precio. // Estudiante: ¿Cuál es el más bajo? // Instructor/a: Hecho.

Main Activity

  1. Put students in groups of two, one student will be the vendor and the other student will be the customer. The groups will go to their own breakout rooms. Send students the student PowerPoint where they will be able to access the materials.
    Vamos a tener dos grupos de dos. Un estudiante va a ser cliente y el otro va a ser un vendedor.
  2. The vendors are going to have a lot of objects to sell to their clients (found on the student slideshow). The clients are going to pick a card from the PowerPoint to use as their situation.
    Los vendedores van a tener muchos objetos para vender a los clientes. Los clientes van a escoger una tarjeta con una situación que deben tener en mente para comprar cosas. Por ejemplo, una situación es el cumpleaños de un novio/a y el cliente debe comprar un regalo para él/ella.
  3. The client should ask about items that might fit the scenario they are buying for. The vendor will present the item and give the price, and then the bartering will begin.
    El cliente va a preguntar sobre cosas para comprar. El vendedor debe presentar las cosas de la tienda y el precio. Después el cliente debe regatear. 
  4. After students have sold a few items, have them switch roles (the vendors become the customers and the customers become the vendors).
    Van a cambiar papeles después de cuatro o cinco ventas.

Wrap Up

  1. Wrap-up questions (Pick a few you’d like to ask):
  • ¿Qué compraron en el mercado? (What did you buy at the market?)
  • ¿Cuál fue la cosa más cara? (What was the most expensive item?)
  • ¿Cuál fue la cosa más barata? (What was the cheapest item?)
  • Tienes la oportunidad de tender un puesto en el mercado de aire libre en boise, ¿Qué quieres vender? (You have the opportunity to have your own stall at the open air market in Boise, what would you sell?)

End of Lab

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. (Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask how much something costs
  • I can participate in the act of bartering with someone from a Spanish-speaking country
  • I can share with a friend what I purchased at a market
  • I can use rehearsed behaviors when shopping in a familiar type of store

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