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Adverbs of Frequency - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

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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 Frequency - Guessing 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?

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

 

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

 

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.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

 
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