# Adverbs of Frequency ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This frequency adverbs activity is ideal for practicing the adverbs of frequency: always, usually, sometimes and never. Divide the students into pairs and give each student a part of the worksheet. Students begin by circling the adverb of frequency in each statement that they think is true for their partner. When they have finished, students take it in turns to tell their partner which adverbs of frequency they chose, e.g. 'I think you never eat Italian food'. Their partner tells them if they are right or wrong and the other student marks the correct answer in the last column on the worksheet. If the student’s guess is wrong, their partner explains why. The student with the most correct guesses is the winner.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

In this free adverbs of frequency activity, students ask 'How often do you...?' questions and answer with adverbs and expressions of frequency. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and forming the 'How often do you...?' questions they need to ask to do the activity, e.g. 'How often do you eat in a restaurant?' Students then go around the classroom asking the questions. When a classmate replies with the same adverb or expression of frequency that is written on the worksheet, the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question. If their answer doesn’t match with the adverb of frequency on the worksheet, the student repeats the question with other classmates until one of them gives a matching response, e.g. 'I sometimes eat in a restaurant'. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates. As a variation, students can ask present simple questions with 'Do you…?' For example, 'Do you sometimes eat in a restaurant?' If a classmate replies 'Yes, I do', the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun frequency adverbs game, students write true and false sentences about themselves with frequency adverbs. Students then play a game where they guess which of their classmates' sentences are true and false. Tell the students that they are going to play a guessing game and in order to win they have to trick other students into thinking that true sentences are false and false sentences are true. Next, give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students then complete six sentences about themselves with the frequency adverbs shown on the worksheet, making three sentences true and three false. When the students have finished writing, divide them into groups of three or four. Give each student a set of true and false cards. Students then take it in turns to read one of their sentences to the other group members. Each group member asks the student one follow-up question to help them guess whether the sentence is true or false. The group members then make their guesses by each placing one of their true or false cards on the table and the student reveals the answer. Anyone who guessed correctly takes back their true or false card. The remaining cards are taken by the student who read the sentence. The game continues until all the sentences have been guessed. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a free frequency adverbs board game to help students practice asking 'How often do you...?' questions and giving answers with adverbs and expressions of frequency. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, the student to their right asks them the 'How often do you…?' question on the square. The player then answers the question by making a true sentence with an adverb or expression of frequency. If a player can’t think of anything to say or makes a grammar mistake, they must go back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this intriguing adverbs of frequency speaking activity, students play a game where they guess how often their classmates do certain things and make sentences with frequency adverbs, explaining their answers. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by ticking the adverb of frequency that demonstrates how often they do each thing shown in the chart on their worksheet. When the students have finished, divide them into groups of four. The students then complete an identical chart for each student in their group by guessing how often the student does the things shown and ticking the appropriate adverb of frequency. Afterwards, students choose one group member and take it in turns telling the group what answers they gave for that student. They do this by making sentences with adverbs of frequency, explaining their answers, e.g. 'I think Amy usually buys new clothes, because she often wears different clothes to class', etc. After all the students have explained how they answered, the group member reveals the correct frequency adverbs. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the most correct guesses wins the game.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this adverbs of frequency speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about daily routine using the present simple and frequency adverbs. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students take it in turns to find out about their partner's daily life by asking the questions on their worksheet, e.g. 'Do you have a big breakfast (every day)? Their partner responds using one of the frequency adverbs in the chart, e.g. 'Yes, I usually have a big breakfast'. The students note down their partner's answers in the chart and ask follow-up questions, noting the extra information in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students tell the class what they found out about their partner. As an extension, students write about a day in the life of their partner using their findings.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this adverbs of frequency activity, students play a game where they match beginnings and endings of sentences together to make present simple sentences containing adverbs of frequency. Give each pair of students a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. The cards contain present simple sentences with adverbs of frequency, but the sentences are in two halves, beginnings and endings. The students' task is to match the beginning of each sentence with its respective ending to make a grammatically correct present simple sentence. When a time limit has been reached, check the answers with the class. Pairs score one point for each correct sentence. The pair with the most points wins the game. Afterwards, the pairs play a pelmanism game with the cards. The students shuffle the cards and spread them out face down on the desk in two separate sets, beginnings and endings. The students then take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If the two halves make a grammatically correct present simple sentence, the student keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the two halves don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. This continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Worksheet - Writing and Listening Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

This free frequency adverbs worksheet helps students to master adverb of frequency word order. Students begin by writing their name at the top of the worksheet. The students then complete sentences by writing true information about themselves based on the adverbs of frequency on the worksheet. Students write sentences using two structures. The first structure uses the verb 'to be' followed by a frequency adverb. The other uses a frequency adverb followed by a main verb. When students have finished writing, collect the worksheets. The students then play a guessing game where you read some sentences from each worksheet to the class and they guess who wrote them. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the most points wins the game.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding frequency adverbs activity, students ask each other present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?' and respond to other students' questions with short answers and frequency adverbs. Divide the students into groups of six and give each student one of the six survey forms. The students then conduct a survey to find out about the topic on their form, e.g. holidays, eating habits, etc. The students ask each other the 'Do you...?' questions on their form and respond to their classmates' questions with short answers and frequency adverbs, e.g. 'Yes, usually', 'No, hardly ever', etc. Students record these answers in a chart on their form. Afterwards, students write sentences based on the results of their survey using phrases from the board. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on their findings.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging frequency adverbs game, students formulate 'How often do you...?' questions and give answers with adverbs and expressions of frequency. Give each group of four a set of frequency cards and a set of verb cards. The students shuffle the frequency and verb cards separately and place them face down on the desk in two separate piles. The first student picks up a verb card from the pile and thinks of a 'How often do you…?' question using the verb on the card. The student then asks the question to the second student. If the student formulates the question correctly, he or she keeps the card. The second student picks up a frequency card and answers by making a sentence with the frequency adverb or expression on the card. If the student forms their answer correctly, he or she keeps the card. The second student then picks up a verb card and asks a question to the third student and so on. If a student makes a grammar mistake or is unable to form a question or answer, another student can steal their card by correctly forming it for them. This continues until there are no cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Adverbs of Definite Frequency Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun adverbs of definite frequency game, students race to guess definite frequency adverbs for habitual activities. Give each group of three or four a set of cards. Have the students shuffle the cards, mixing the sentence cards and adverb cards together. Students then place the cards face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up a card from the top of the pile, without showing it to anyone. If a student picks up an adverb card, they ask a 'How often do you...?' question to the other students to elicit the adverb of definite frequency on the card. For example, if the card reads 'hourly', the student might ask 'How often do you check your phone?' The first student to respond by making a sentence with the correct adverb of definite frequency wins and keeps the card, e.g. 'I check my phone hourly'. If a student picks up a sentence card, they check to see if an answer has been provided on the card. If not, the student writes a definite frequency adverb on the card to reflect how often they do the activity. Next, the student reads the sentence in bold to the group, e.g. 'I celebrate my birthday...' The other students then race to guess the adverb of definite frequency for the activity, i.e. annually/yearly. The first student to correctly guess the adverb wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this free adverbs of frequency teaching activity, students play a true or false game and conduct a survey about how often they use English outside the classroom. Divide the students into groups of four and give each student a set of cards. The students prepare true and false statements about how often they use English when doing the things shown on the cards, e.g. 'I write emails in English every day'. 'I often make phone calls in English'. Each group then competes against another group in a true or false game (Team A and B). A student from Team A chooses one of their cards and makes a true or false statement to Team B, who guesses whether the statement is true or false. If Team B guesses correctly, they score a point. This continues back and forth until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. When the students have finished, they stay in their original groups of four and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Under the column marked 'You', students answer how often they use English when doing the things shown on the worksheet. The students then ask the 'How often do you...?' questions to their group members and complete the worksheet with their answers. When everyone has finished, groups give feedback to the class on their findings and discuss the results.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

This frequency adverbs game helps students practice adverbs and expressions of frequency together with the present simple. In the activity, students play a guessing game to see how well they know their classmates. The game can be played individually or in teams. One student comes to the front of the class, sits in a chair and picks a card. The student then reads the card out to the class, saying the word 'blank' where the adverb or expression of frequency goes, e.g. 'I BLANK watch TV in the evening'. The student at the front of the class then writes down an adverb of frequency on the card to make the sentence true for him or herself. If the 'blank' comes at the end of the sentence, the student writes an expression of frequency, e.g. once a week, every day, etc. The other students then write down the adverb or expression of frequency that they think the student has written. When everyone has written an answer, all the students hold up their cards. The student at the front then shows his or her answer. Anyone who has the same adverb or expression of frequency as the student at the front wins a point for themselves or their team. Then, another student comes to the front of the class and so on. This continues until all the cards have been used. The individual or team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Activity - Reading, Ordering and Writing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this adverbs of frequency activity, students play a game where they race to put words in the correct order to make present simple sentences containing adverbs of frequency. Give each team of three a copy of the worksheet. Teams then race to put the words in the first sentence on their worksheet in the correct order, adding in any necessary punctuation. The first team to show and read out the sentence in the correct order scores three points. Teams that show or read out a wrong answer lose one point. This continues until all the sentences have been completed. When everyone has finished, the students put the sentences into the correct order to form a text about someone’s weekly routine. The first team to do this wins an additional five points. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this frequency adverbs board game, students make true present simple sentences using adverbs and expressions of frequency. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. The players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they make a true present simple sentence using the phrase on the square and a frequency adverb or expression from the board. The other group members listen and judge the player's sentence. If the player makes a grammatically correct and believable sentence, they stay on the square. If the player makes a grammar mistake, they must go back to their previous square. If the sentence seems unbelievable, the group members ask the player to explain more about their sentence. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Game - Listening, Speaking and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an amusing frequency adverbs game to help students practice 'How often do you...? questions and adverbs and expressions of frequency. Give each group of three a set of action cards and a set of frequency cards. The students shuffle the frequency cards and deal them out equally. The action cards are shuffled and placed face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to pick up an action card from the pile and use the prompt on the card to ask the other two students a 'How often do you...?' question, e.g. 'How often do you lose something?' The other two students then look at their frequency cards and each choose one that is as close to the truth as possible. The two students then respond by making a sentence using the adverb or expression of frequency on their card, e.g. 'I hardly ever lose something'. The student who asked the question then decides whose answer is nearest to the truth and gives the action card to that student. That student lays the frequency and action card on the table for everyone to see and the two cards are removed from the game. The next student then picks up an action card and so on. The first student to get rid of all their frequency cards wins the game.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 45 minutes

In this rewarding frequency adverbs activity, students play a true or false game by making sentences with adverbs and expressions of frequency. Divide the students into competing pairs (Team A and B). Give each pair a set of subject cards and a set of frequency cards, which they shuffle and place face down in front of them in two separate piles. A student from Team A picks up the top card from each pile and places them face up on the desk. The student’s task is to make a true or false sentence with the subject and adverb or expression of frequency on the cards. The student then says the sentence to the other team, e.g. 'My father always goes to work at eight o'clock'. The opposing team guesses whether the sentence is true or false. If the opposing team guesses correctly, they win and keep the cards. If they are wrong, the other team wins and keeps the cards. A student from Team B then picks up two cards and the process is repeated. This continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Adverbs of Frequency Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

This printable frequency adverbs worksheet helps students review 11 adverbs of frequency. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by writing adverbs of frequency from a box next to their corresponding percentages. Next, students complete sentences with adverbs of frequency that match with percentages. Afterwards, students read a university student's timetable and write the number of hours the person spends on each of their commitments. The students then answer questions about the timetable using frequency adverbs. In the last exercise, students write sentences about their own timetable or routine using adverbs of frequency.

### ESL Frequency Adverbs Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is an adverbs of frequency activity to help students talk about themselves using more advanced adverbs and expressions of frequency. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students look at the sentences containing adverbs and expressions of frequency on the worksheet and then complete the sentences with true information about themselves, e.g. 'I normally see my friends at the weekend'. When the students have completed the sentences, divide them into pairs. The students take it in turns to read only the parts they have written to their partner, e.g. 'see my friends'. Their partner then has two chances to guess which sentence (1 to 15) the words come from. If a student guesses correctly the first time, they get two points. If a student guesses correctly on the second try, they receive one point. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.