Expressions of Quantity - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this captivating teaching activity, students practice asking and answering 'How much / How many...?' questions in order to complete missing information. The class is divided into two groups (A and B). Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together with the people in their group, students write down the 'How much / How many...?' questions they will need to ask in order to complete missing information about the athletes on their worksheet. When both groups have finished writing their questions, students pair up with someone from the other group. Students then take it in turns to ask their partner the questions they have prepared and complete the missing information on their worksheet with their partner's answers.
Much, Many, Some and Any
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
This supplementary worksheet helps you to teach your students the grammatical rules associated with expressions of quantity. Students begin by completing sentences using much, many, some or any. After analyzing their sentences, the students write the grammar rules for using much, many, some and any.
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Pack your Bags
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this memorable class activity, students practice asking and answering questions using 'a, an, some and any'. You will need a minimum of six students for this activity. Each student is given a picture card and an item card. The cards contain a mixture of countable and uncountable nouns. The class are told that they are packing their suitcase in order to go on holiday, but they are missing some items they need. The picture card contains things that they don’t need and the item card shows the things they need for their holiday. Students then move around the classroom and ask each other if they have got the things on their item card, using ‘Have you got a/an/any...?’ and ‘I've got a/an/some...’ in their conversations. When a student hands over an item, he/she crosses the item off their picture card. When the students receive an item, they cross it off their item card. Students are only allowed to obtain one item at a time from each student. Once they have obtained an item, they move to talk to another student. The first student to find all the items they need for their holiday is the winner. Finally, students work in pairs and tell their partner what they have and haven’t got.
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Place your Bets
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this engaging ESL activity, students practice recognizing the correct use of quantifiers. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read the sentences on their worksheet, some of which contain errors in the use of quantifiers. If they think a sentence is right, they put a tick next to the sentence. If they think it's wrong, they put a cross. When they have finished, the students bet on their answers, depending on how confident they are about each decision. Students bet between 10 and 100 points for each statement. When the students have placed a bet for each sentence, the answers are checked as a class. If a student guessed correctly, they win the amount they bet. If they guessed incorrectly, they lose that amount. The student with the highest grand total at the end is the winner.
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ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this memory game, students use 'a few' and 'a little' with countable and uncountable shopping items. The students sit in a circle. The first student completes the sentence 'I went to the supermarket and bought a few...' (with a countable noun like oranges) The second student must repeat the first student’s sentence and add an uncountable noun preceded by a little, e.g. I went to the supermarket and bought a few oranges and a little chocolate. The students have to remember all of the items mentioned by the other students and correctly use a few and a little. If a student cannot remember all the preceding items or uses a little or a few incorrectly, they are out of the game.
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The Shopping List
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
This useful worksheet helps to teach students how to differentiate countable nouns from uncountable nouns. In the activity, students write a shopping list for a class party. Working alone, the students then sort out a list of countable and uncountable nouns into their two groups.
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Where am I?
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
Here is an excellent teaching activity that helps students practice the question form: Is there / Are there...? A picture is stuck on each student’s back. The picture shows the location of the student. Students have to guess where they are by asking and answering questions. The students start by completing 'Is there / Are there...?' questions on a card. Students then look at the picture on their partner’s back. They take it in turns to ask their questions to find out where they are. The students listen to all their partner’s answers and mark the answers on their card. When they have asked all the questions, they write where they think they are. Then, they see if they were right or wrong by taking the picture off their back.
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Countable or Uncountable?
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
This fun card game is useful for teaching students the difference between countable and uncountable nouns. The class is split into pairs. The pairs of students take turns picking up noun cards and deciding if the nouns are countable or uncountable. The noun is then put under its correct heading. An answer key is provided.
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this entertaining class activity, students race to write a list of countable and uncountable nouns for things they will need in different situations. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the first card (a gym). Students brainstorm countable and uncountable nouns for that situation and write them under the headings on their card. The first pair to complete their card with five nouns for each heading wins ten points. After a winning pair has given their answers, the other pairs of students score their cards. Students score one point for each appropriate answer. The next situation card is then given out by the teacher and the game starts again. The pair with the highest grand total at the end of the game wins.
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ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this pairwork teaching activity, students ask and answer questions with ‘How much’ and ‘How many’ to see if their diet and lifestyle is healthy or unhealthy. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students complete the questions on their worksheet with ‘How much’ or ‘How many,’ adding two more diet/lifestyle questions of their own at the end. When they have finished writing, the questions are checked together as a class. The class is then divided into pairs. Students decide who will ask their questions first. The student being interviewed turns over their worksheet. The interviewer than asks their partner the questions in a random order and notes the answers down on their questionnaire. Their partner replies to each question using the phrases from the worksheet, but they also try to expand their answers when possible, e.g. I do quite a lot of exercise each week. I go cycling every day and go to the gym three times a week. When they have finished, students look at their partner’s answers. They then discuss whether the lifestyles are healthy or unhealthy and why.
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Make it Count
ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
This ESL activity is great for teaching or reviewing expressions of quantity. Students not only have to distinguish between countable and uncountable nouns. They also have to make sentences using words like much, many, some, any, a lot of, etc. The class is separated into groups of three. Students take it in turns to turn over a noun card and match it with a countable or uncountable heading. For each correct match, the students win a point. When each group has correctly matched all the cards, students take it in turns to pick up a quantifier card and make a sentence with an appropriate noun. For each grammatically correct sentence, the students win another point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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My Dream Home
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes
In this imaginative teaching activity, students design and present their dream home using 'There is/are' and prepositions of place. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students design their own dream home by answering questions and drawing a plan on their worksheet. The questions use the form 'Is there...?' and 'How many...?' When the students have finished their designs, each student presents their dream home to the class using 'There is/are' and prepositions of place. The class then gives feedback on the designs they liked the best.
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ESL EFL Writing and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this entertaining class activity, students race to write down countable and uncountable nouns that belong to different categories. They must also associate the nouns with quantifiers. This activity may be done individually or in small groups. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. On their worksheet are six columns with quantifiers as headings. The headings also indicate which type of noun (countable or uncountable) is used with each quantifier. Students have one minute to come up with a word under each heading for the given category. If a student completes their entire row before the time is up, they say, "Stop" and the rest of the class stops writing. Students score one point for every grammatically correct and appropriate noun and two points for every original noun. Then the next category is called and so on. The winner of the game is the student with the most points at the end.
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Quantity Noughts and Crosses
ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
This intriguing class activity helps to demonstrate to students how to produce sentences using quantifiers and expressions of quantity. The class is divided into two teams (A and B). The teams start by playing a normal game of noughts and crosses. After that, a new grid is introduced. On the grid are expressions of quantity and quantifiers such as much, many, some, any, a few, a lot of, etc. The teams play another game of noughts and crosses but this time they win squares by making sentences using quantifiers and expressions of quantity. The playing team gets 30 seconds to choose a square and produce an appropriate sentence using the word in that square. If they are correct, they write a nought or cross in the square accordingly. Then the other team plays and so on. The first team to get a row of three noughts or crosses wins the game.
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