Friday, 21 July 2017

Quantifiers - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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Athletes

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students practice writing 'How much...?' questions for uncountable nouns and 'How many...?' questions for plural countable nouns. Students then ask and answer the questions with a partner to find out missing information about four athletes. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working together with the people in their group, students write down the 'How much / How many...?' questions they need to ask in order to complete missing information about the athletes on their worksheet. When both groups have finished writing, the students' questions are checked. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. Students 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.

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Much, Many, Some and Any

ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this supplementary worksheet, students learn the grammatical rules associated with the quantifiers: much, many, some and any. Students begin by completing 20 sentences with much, many, some or any. After the answers have been checked, students look at their sentences and complete a gap-fill text explaining the grammar rules for using the four quantifiers.

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Place your Bets

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining teaching 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 the students think a sentence is right, they put a tick in the first column of the worksheet. If they think a sentence is wrong, they put a cross. When they have finished, the students bet on their answers, depending on how confident they are about their decisions. Students bet between 10 and 100 points for each item. When the students have placed a bet for each sentence, the answers are checked as a class. If students 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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Shopping Run

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes

In this memory game, students use the quantifiers 'a few' and 'a little' alternately 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' with 'a few' or a' little' and a matching shopping item, e.g. 'I went to the supermarket and bought a few oranges'. The second student repeats the first student’s sentence and adds a suitable shopping item preceded by 'a little', e.g. 'I went to the supermarket and bought a few oranges and a little chocolate'. This continues around the circle with students using 'a few' and 'a little' alternately. If a student cannot remember all the shopping items or uses 'a few' or 'a little' incorrectly, they are out of the game.

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Ask Yourself

ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this challenging activity, students play a game where they complete questions with quantifiers and then answer the questions by speaking for 30 seconds. The class is divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of question cards which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Students take it in turns to turn over the top card from the pile and look at the question without showing it to anyone. The student with the card then reads the question to the group, saying the word ‘blank’ where the quantifier should go, e.g. 'Are there BLANK of restaurants in your town or city?' The other students then race to repeat the question, inserting the correct quantifier as they speak. The first student to repeat back the entire question correctly must then answer the question by speaking for 30 seconds. If the student manages to do this, they keep the card. If the student stops speaking before the time limit has been reached, another student can try to steal the round by repeating the question and talking for 30 seconds. The game continues until all the question cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

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Health Questionnaire

ESL EFL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students ask and answer diet and lifestyle questions with 'How much' and 'How many' and reply using quantifiers. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students complete the questions on their worksheet with 'How much' and 'How many', adding two more diet / lifestyle questions of their own at the end. When the students have finished writing, the questions are checked together as a class. The class is then divided into pairs. One student interviews their partner by asking the questions in a random order and noting the answers down on their questionnaire. Their partner replies to each question using a quantifier from the worksheet, expanding their answers where possible, e.g. 'I do quite a lot of exercise each week. I go cycling three times a week and sometimes go to the gym'. When the students have both interviewed each other, they look at their partner’s answers and decide whether their partner has a healthy diet and lifestyle or not. Finally, students tell the class about their partner’s diet and lifestyle and discuss if each lifestyle is healthy or unhealthy and why.

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Quantifier Race

ESL EFL Writing and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this entertaining class activity, students race to write down countable and uncountable nouns that belong to different quantifiers and categories. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The worksheet contains six columns with quantifiers as headings. The students are then given a category, e.g. something you can see in the classroom. Students race to complete the first row on their worksheet with nouns to fit that category, one for each quantifier heading. When a one-minute time limit has been reached, the students stop writing. The students then take it in turns to give their answers, e.g. 'I can see a few bags, a large number of students, a little dust on the table', etc. Students score one point for every grammatically correct and appropriate noun. Two points are awarded for every original noun - a noun that no one else has written. This process continues until all the categories have been used. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

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Quantifier Noughts and Crosses

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable class activity, teams play games of noughts and crosses by making sentences with quantifiers. A noughts and crosses grid containing quantifiers is drawn on the board and the class is divided into two teams. The two teams toss a coin to see who will start. The winning team chooses a square and then has 30 seconds to make an appropriate sentence with the quantifier in the square. If the team takes longer than 30 seconds, they lose their turn. If the team manages to make a sentence, the other team help to judge if it's correct or not. If the sentence is correct, the team writes a nought or cross in the square accordingly. Then, it's the other team's turn to play. The first team to get a row of three noughts or crosses wins the game. Several rounds are played using different quantifiers each time.

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Too and Enough Question Time

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this pairwork activity, students complete a set of questions with too or enough. The students then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students complete the questions on their worksheet with too or enough and a word from the box. When they have finished, the answers are checked as a class. The students are then divided into pairs. The students take it in turns to ask each other the questions from the worksheet. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.

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Quantifiers Board Game

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is an engaging board game to help students practice or review quantifiers. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a set of topic cards, a dice and counters. The students shuffle the topic cards and place them face down in a pile on the table. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a quantifier square, they turn over the top card from the pile and make a sentence combining the quantifier in the square with the topic on the card. For example, if the player landed on the 'several' square and had the topic 'clothes', the student might say "I go shopping for clothes several times a year." The other students in the group judge the player’s sentence. If the sentence is grammatically correct and makes sense, the player stays on the square. If a player cannot think of a sentence or the sentence is incorrect, they go back to their previous square. The topic card is then placed back at the bottom of the pile and it's the next student's turn to play. The first player to reach the 'finish' square wins the game.

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