A fun business negotiation game for students to try their bargaining skills. This is a three-way negotiation in which students trade for a limited set of resources (for example trading swords for spices). Students also have an individual "special" resource that they can use to gain more in the negotiation.
The three-way aspect encourages participation, and can also help students improve their interruption skills. Teachers can also easily adapt the activity for two students, or three teams. The pirate context is also fun for students to get into character!
Students can practice:
The basic stages of a simple negotiation.
Making and giving concessions.
Using assertive and tentative language.
ESL / EFL Business Negotiation Game Activity Handout