How to express quantities
In this elementary-level ESL lesson, students will examine the use of common quantifiers such as a little, lots of, and much to express quantities. They will learn how use these to indicate small or large amounts, which is essential for students to describe quantity accurately.
The lesson plan includes suggested boardwork that provides a clear and practical method for teaching these quantifiers. Following this, students will engage in several low-resource classroom activities. These will involve collaborative speaking and writing tasks, allowing students to practice their new skills with their classmates. We also include a fun idea for a group game to end the session on a high and reinforce the learning objectives.
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Use of the board
The students review some of the more common quantifiers that we use to express small and large quantities.
The ESL sample board for this lesson focuses on the functional uses of basic quantifiers, how they are used to imply small or large quantities along with questions and negatives. It's common for language learners at this level to have some knowledge of these quantifiers, so try to elicit as much as possible.
A writing activity where students complete sentences using the correct quantifiers.
Pack your bags!
For this fun group task, the students will organise their bags for a trip.
A pairwork writing activity where the students create some cooking instructions.
Hot seat with quantifiers
Students will have to describe sentences that contain the target language to the player in the hot seat.
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