ESL Games for Adverbs of Frequency
Here are game ideas for teaching adverbs of frequency to primary school children. These games are taken from 176 English Language Games for Children.
1. Present the adverbs of frequency in a way that your pupils relate to and have them join in
Introduce the adverbs of frequency associated with hobbies, sports and activities that your pupils like. Put the following adverbs on the board:
Say, "I hardly ever dance." Those students who rarely dance put their hands up and repeat the phrase together. Say, "I usually play sport at school on Wednesday." The students who play sports on Wednesday put their hands up and repeat your sentence. Continue making up sentences along these lines, making sure your topics are relevant to your class. More examples are: I always listen to music in my room. I occasionally chat with my friends late at night when I should be asleep. I often do my homework after school. I never cook dinner for my family. I hardly ever make my bed in the morning. I always put ketchup on my chips. And so on.
2. Drill the adverbs of frequency with a fun game
Almost any game from 176 English Language Games for Children will do to drill any grammar! Here's the game BANG, adapted to adverbs of frequency.
Students form a circle with the teacher in the middle. The teacher pretends to ‘shoot’ a student in the circle by firing a question at him or her. The teacher's question is, "How often do you...?" However, it is the children on either side of this student who must race to shoot each other with their answer, using the adverb of frequency that corresponds to them, like "Never!" or "Often!" The fastest student with correct English wins, and the other person is out.
If your class is small then continue until only two students are left. These two then take four steps away from each other. Then the teacher calls out the question and the two students turn round and shoot at each other with the answer.
Request silence aside from the words used in the game. Eliminate students who are noisy. Tell them to read the workbook in the meantime.
3. Consolidate with a reading and writing task
Now is the time to open your textbook and have students race to count all the adverbs of frequency in the unit. Otherwise, have students make up fill in the blanks sentences for the class to fill in, or try this writing race.
I hope this blog post helped. Your comments and questions are welcome. If you are stuck for an idea on how to teach a grammar point, just ask!
All the best
Shelley Ann Vernon