Quantifying culture–an ESL activity

Try this discussion activity to teach quantifiers to your students. Thanks, interwebs.

Draw a giant circle on your white board, label that circle “all”.
Within that circle, draw another and note it as “nearly all”.
Within that, “most” and so on until you reach the middle of the circle = “none”.

On the top of the board, write lifestyle verbs like eat, listen, watch, ride, live and so on.
Go nuts. Use smell, drink, love, wear, date, you name it.
Start the conversation with—

“In America, I think most people live in houses, but many live in apartments.
What about Korea?”

I think it’s human nature to enjoy talking about our lives and others’.
Here’s what HyoJung, my Friday night Toyota student speculated:

Most Americans are fat. (“I see fat Americans on TV.”)
A lot of
Americans eat at McDonald’s.
Many
Americans watch baseball.
Most
Americans are Caucasian, though some are Hispanic and a few are black.
More
European black and white people get married than Americans.
Americans were all shocked when Seal and Heidi Klum got married.

See, makes for interesting intercourse.

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