ESL Grammar Games

Twelve Months

Subject: Adverbs of frequency + Months


This interesting game is based on the eponymous fairy tale.

Skills: Speaking, Listening, Writing

Level: Elementary

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).

1. Think of a month.

2. Make a few sentences, using all the adverbs of frequency, which you have taught. Your list might look something 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: (1-5 minutes).

1. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting in a circle or a semi-circle.

2. Explain the players that they are going to hear a few sentences, describing a month of the year and they must take it in turn making theit guess after each one. 

How to Play. A typical game might start something 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 one point. Next tell each player to think of a month and to describe it by your example in their notebook. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While they are working, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary. When everyone has finished, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite Player A to read aloud their first sentence. This time, it is Player B, whose turn to make the first guess and so on. The game continues right around the circle as long as all the months have been revealed. At the end of the activity, the number of points, accumulated by each participant during the whole competition, is counted up. The player, who gets the most points in total, becomes the winner of the game.