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Grammar - quantifiers
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn how to use quantifiers like "too much", "a little", "enough". Students will learn/clarify blocking vocabulary, be tested on their awareness of when to use each quantifier and then do a series of exercises to clarify the 'order' of quantifiers, i.e. too much > not enough. Students will practice quantifiers in the context of technology.


Abc Picture Print Outs - technology
Abc Handout - "Too much information!"
Abc Gap-fill Handout - "my supermarket disaster" KEY
Abc Quantifiers - cut outs
Abc Gap-fill Handout - "my supermarket disaster"

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of quantifiers in the context of technology

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in giving opinions in the context of technology


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1. Introduce context: technology - do we rely on it too much? 2. Elicit blocking vocab through pictures 3. Elicit "rely" - (guvenmek in Turkish) 4. Drill words

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

1. Students will be tested on their prior knowledge of quantifiers using the MY SUPERMARKET DISASTER handout 2. Complete individually 3. Check in pairs DRAW THREE COLUMNS 'big', 'medium', 'small' 4. Students place quantifiers in correct section on the board

Teach (10-12 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

1. We use much/a lot of in POSITIVE sentences e.g. "there are a lot of restaurants in Istanbul" 2. We use much/many in NEGATIVE sentences or QUESTIONS e.g. "I don't normally watch much TV"; "Are there many places to eat around here?" 3. When something is more than enough we use "plenty" - e.g. "there is plenty of room to sit" 4. We use "a little" to talk about uncountable nouns in small quantities e.g. "There's only a little water left" 5. We use "few" to talk about countable nouns in small quantities e.g "There are only a few apples left" 6. If it is the right amount, we say "enough" - e.g. "you've spent enough time on your phone" 7. If it is too little we say "not enough" e.g. "children don't play outside enough anymore" 8. Excessive - "too much" - "people rely on their phones too much" 9. We say "none" or "any" for nothing "We don't have any eggs"

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

EXERCISE 1a 1. Students look at the illustrations and answer the questions in pairs EXERCISE 1b 1. Students work individually and choose the correct word or phrase 2. Students check in pairs 3. Check a few answers as a class

Freer practice (7-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

EXERCISE 1d 1. Switch pairs 2. Students talk in their pairs and discuss whether the sentences in ex. b are true for them 3. 4 mins later - get students to report back on what their partner said

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