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Twelve Months

Subject: Adverbs of frequency + Months


This game is based on the eponymous fairy tale.

Skills: Speaking, Listening, Writing.

Level: A2

Recommended Age: 12+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players.

Time: 15-25 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: Not required.

Materials: Not required.

Preliminary Preparation (5-10 minutes). First think of a month. Next make a few sentences, using all adverbs of frequency, which you have taught. Your list may look like this:

This month I always wear a hat.

This month I usually read a lot.

This month I often drink hot tea.

This month I sometimes go skiing.

This month I never carry an umbrella.

Immediate Preparation (1-2 minutes). Ask the players to guess the month. 

How to Play. First you read out your list, pausing after each sentence to give the players a chance to guess the month. The game may start like this:

You: This month I always wear a hat.

Player А: Is it January?

You: No, it isn't. This month I usually read a lot.

Player B: Is it February?

You: No, it isn't. This month I often drink hot tea.

Player C: Is it December?

You: Yes, it is.

As a result, Player A gets 1 point. Next ask each player to think of a month and to describe it by your example in their notebbok. When everyone is ready, Player A reads out his/her first sentence. Now it is Player B's turn to make the first guess and so on. The game lasts as long as all the months have been revealed. At the end, the gained points are counted up. The winner is the player to get the most points in total.