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Adverbs of Frequency and Manner - ESL/EFL Teaching Activities

About me

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This is a great teaching activity to help your students master the sentence structure used with adverbs of frequency. Each student is given a worksheet. Students begin by writing their name at the top. The teacher then draws the students’ attention to the structures and examples. After that, the students complete the sentences by writing true sentences about themselves based on the adverbs of frequency on their worksheet. When everyone has finished, the teacher reads some of the answers from each worksheet to the class. After reading each worksheet, the class tries to guess who is being described.

About me.PDF


Adverbs Guessing Game

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

Teach your students adverbs of frequency that they can use in real-life scenarios with this wonderful ESL resource. Students complete fifteen numbered sentences with true information about themselves. Then, they work with a partner, and take it in turns to read only the parts they have written. Their partner has to guess which sentence it comes from. They receive one point for each correct guess.adverbs-of-manner-and-frequency

Adverbs of Frequency - Guessing Game.PDF


Adverbs of Manner Game

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This teaching activity is a quick and easy way to practice adverbs of manner with your students. The class is divided into small teams. The teacher writes the first part of a sentence on the board, e.g. I was talking... The teams have five minutes to write as many sentences as they can, using the phrase on the board plus an adverb of manner. Teams score one point for each correctly used adverb. The team with the greatest number of points wins that round. Further rounds are played using different structures.

Adverbs of Manner Game.PDF


All about You 

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This pairwork exercise is great for teaching adverbs of frequency. Students work alone and choose which adverbs they think are true for their partner. Students then take it in turn to tell their partner their answers, e.g. "You sometimes sleep before 10pm." The other student tells them if they are right or wrong. If the answer is wrong, the student gives an explanation why, e.g. "No, I never sleep before 10pm."

All about You.PDF


How often do you? - Board Game

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

Below is a link to a fun board game for students to practice asking and answering questions using adverbs of frequency. Students play in groups of four. The players move their counters around the board. When a player lands on a question square, the student to their right asks them a How often do you..? question. The player must then try to answer the question appropriately using an adverb of frequency. If they do this successfully, they stay on the square. If they make a mistake, they must go back to their previous square.  The first player to reach the finish is the winner.

How often do you...? - Board Game.PDF


It's something I do...

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

This is a superb ESL resource for teaching your students about adverbs of manner. The activity contains a large amount of adverbs to increase the students' vocabulary skills. Divide the class into pairs. Place the adverb cards face down in a pile. Give each pair pieces of paper to write on. Students take it in turn to play. The first player takes the top card. The player has to write down an activity they do that matches the adverb. The other player then has five tries at guessing what the activity is.

It's something I do...PDF 


My Partner's Daily Life

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this insightful teaching activity, students ask and answer questions about their daily routine using the present simple and adverbs of frequency. The class is split into pairs, and each student is given the appropriate worksheet. Students interview each other about their daily life. Students respond to each question with an adverb of frequency. Students note down their partner's answers and ask follow-up questions. When everyone has finished, each student tells the class about their partner. As an extension, students can write about a day in the life of their partner. These can be read out to the class.

My Partner's Daily Life.PDF


Pick Up Two

ESL/EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This matching activity is useful for when you have to teach adverbial sentence structure. It is also handy for reviewing adverbs of frequency. Students have to put together sentences, which have been broken up into two halves. Group members take it in turn to pick up two cards. If the two halves make a grammatically correct sentence, they keep the cards and win a point. If the two halves don't match, they have to put the cards back in the same position. The individual with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

Pick Up Two.PDF

True Detective

ESL/EFL Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This is an amusing card game that helps students practice adverbs of frequency. Students are split into groups of 3 or 4. Each group is given a set of action cards and a set of frequency cards. Students deal out the frequency cards and place the action cards face down in a pile. Player 1 takes an action card and asks the other players a question beginning with ‘How often do you...?’ The player uses the cue on the action card to complete the question, e.g. ‘How often do you lose something?’ The other players must each reply, producing a frequency card. Player 1 then decides whose version is nearest to the truth and gives the action card to that player. The next player then takes an action card and so on. The first player to get rid of all their action cards is the winner.

True Detective.PDF


Adverb Animals

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This entertaining activity can be used when you teach adverbial time phrases and adverbs of manner. The students pretend they are an animal and give personal information as if they were that animal. The students then have to guess what animals their classmates are pretending to be. Following that, students write personal information about themselves, and the class tries to guess who wrote it.

Adverb Animals.PDF 


At the Hairdressers 

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

Students will love this highly amusing teaching activity for adverbs of frequency. First, students are separated into pairs and handed scripts with missing words and phrases on. The students ask their partners for the missing words and phrases to fill in the blanks. When both students have finished completing their script with their partner's answers, they read their script by alternating lines. One student reads the hairdresser script, and the other student reads the customer. The dialogue should turn out to be very amusing. You should hear lots of laughter coming from your students. When the students have finished reading, pairs of students read their scripts out to the rest of the class.

At the Hairdressers.PDF


Formulate it 

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

For those who are teaching students how to formulate questions and answers using adverbs, this teaching activity is extremely useful. Divide the students into groups of four. The group members play in sequence. The first student picks up a verb card and makes a How often…? question using the verb. This question is directed at student number two. Student number two picks up an adverb of frequency card and must answer using the adverb in a sentence. Student 2 then asks a question to student three and so on. Every time a question or answer is formulated correctly the student gets a point. However, if a student makes an error, anyone can jump in and take the point by correctly formulating the question or answer.

Formulate it - Adverbs of Frequency.PDF 


How do I do it?

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Teach your students to associate adverbs with actions with this fun class activity. Students come up to the front of the class and pick up an activity card and an adverb of manner card. The student then performs the activity in the manner shown on the adverb card. Students must try to guess the activity and adverb and make a grammatically correct sentence in order to win points for their team.

How do I do it?.PDF 


How often do you use English?

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

Here is an enjoyable speaking activity in which students make statements and conduct a survey about how often they use English outside the classroom. Each group of five is given a set of picture cards and each student takes two cards. Using the activities on the cards, the students prepare one true and one false statement about themselves, adding an adverb of frequency or time adverbial to the statement. The statements are only about activities done in English. Two groups then work together. Students in one group make statements to the other group who has to guess whether their statements are true or false. Each student is then given a copy of the worksheet. Students go around their group asking and answering questions about how often they use English outside of the classroom.  

How often do you use English?.PDF


Interview the Group

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

For this teaching activity, the class is divided into groups of six. The group members interview one another about the topic on their interview forms. The other group members reply using yes/no answers and adverbs of frequency. When everyone has finished, each student writes down five sentences based on their results. Students then report back to the class on their findings.

Interview the Group.PDF


My Way

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students guess how their classmates do everyday activities using adverbs of manner. Each student completes 20 sentences about everyday activities with an appropriate adverb of manner. The students make true sentences about themselves and use a different adverb for each sentence. The students are then divided into pairs. They take it in turns to guess how their partner does different activities from the worksheet. Students get five chances to guess the correct adverb of manner for each activity. They score 5 points for guessing correctly the first time, 4 points the second time, etc. If a student hasn’t guessed correctly after five tries, their partner scores 5 points. The student with the highest score at the end is the winner.

My Way.PDF


Parts of Speech - Adverbs

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 15 Minutes

The following is a link to a useful worksheet about adverbs of manner, degree and frequency. First, students are presented with a detailed explanation about what an adverb is. Then, examples are given to show how an adverb modifies a verb, adjective or another adverb. Students then look at 18 sentences and underline the adverb in each sentence. Finally, students make their own sentences using adverbs.

Parts of Speech - Adverbs.PDF 


Tell me about ...

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this insightful speaking activity, students practice adverbs of manner. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a set of shuffled question cards. One student in the group picks up the first card and asks the other students the question on the card. The other students in the group then take it in turns to answer the question using the adverb of manner stated on the card. Students try to justify each answer and try to talk together for one minute about each question. The second student picks up the next card and the process continues. When everyone has finished, the students tell the class about any interesting answers they received.

Tell me about ....PDF


Where does the adverb go?

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

This supplementary worksheet helps to teach adverbial sentence structure. Students rewrite sentences putting the adverb into the correct place. The worksheet covers adverbs of manner, adverbs of degree and adverbs of frequency.

Where does the adverb go?.PDF 


Teaching resources for adverbs of frequency can also be found below:

Christmas in England

Present Simple

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0 #4 Anas 2014-11-26 09:58
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