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# Expressions of Quantity - ESL EFL Teaching Resources

## Athletes

**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). Students work together with the people in their group. They 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.

## Betting Game

**ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes**

This engaging ESL activity will teach students to check the grammatical correctness of sentences containing expressions of quantity. Students decide if each sentence is grammatically correct or not by ticking right or wrong. When they have finished, they bet between 10 and 100 points for each statement. If their answer is correct, they win the amount of points they bet. If they are wrong, they lose that amount. The winner is the student with the highest grand total.

## Expressions of Quantity - Exercises

**ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes**

Here is a link to a useful set of writing activities for expressions of quantity. This worksheet can be used to teach or review quantifiers. To begin, students complete 25 sentences with *a*, *an*, *some* or *any*. This is followed by three exercises that look at much, many and a lot of. In the first exercise, students have to choose the correct quantifier to complete each sentence. In the other two exercises, students fill in the gaps with the appropriate quantifier.

Expressions of Quantity - Exercises.PDF

## Much, Many, Some and Any

**ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes**

This practical worksheet helps you to teach the grammatical rules associated with expressions of quantity. Students complete sentences using much, many, some or any. After that, the students write the grammar rules for using much, many, some and any.

## Shopping Run

**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.

## The Shopping List

**ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes**

This useful handout helps teach students to differentiate countable nouns from uncountable nouns. Students write a shopping list for a class party. The students work alone and sort out a list of countable and uncountable nouns into their two groups.

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## There is / There are

**ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes**

The link below will take you to a handy worksheet that helps students practice *There is* / *There are* in affirmative and negative sentences. Students start off by completing a paragraph using *There is* /* There are* in the affirmative. The students then complete negative sentences using *There isn't* / *There aren't*. After that, the students write about what does and doesn't exist in their neighbourhood. Finally, students create sentences using countable and uncountable nouns.

## 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.

## 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. Then the students put the noun under the correct heading. An answer key is provided.

## Going Places

**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.

Going Places.PDF Exclusive

## 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.

## 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. Students design their own dream home by answering questions and drawing a plan. 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.

## Quantifier Race

**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.

Quantifier Race.PDF Exclusive

## 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.

Quantity - Noughts and Crosses.PDF

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