How Many Are There? Speaking Games

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Questions
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 7th Aug 2016

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How Many Are There? Speaking Games

Game 1
Ask your partner “How many… are there…?” questions about their own house, bag, 
family, town, etc, like those in the table on the next page. You get one point for each time 
they answer 
“I don’t know”. Each question must be about a different thing and a different 
place. If there is no such place, e.g. because your partner doesn’t have a brother, you 
don’t get any points. If they do know the answer, they should say it in a full sentence (e.g. 
“There are three cafés in the airport”), and you don’t score a point. 

Game 2
Change partners. Think of a “How many… are there…?” question that you can guess the 
answer of. Secretly write that number down on some scrap paper, without anyone seeing. 
Ask the question. If that person says the number that you wrote, you get that many points. 
For example, if you write 
“100” and they said “There are 100 books in my bedroom” when 
you asked them “How many books are there in your bedroom?”, you get 100 points. If they
answer with a different number or they say 
“I don’t know”, you get no points.   

Game 3
Ask personal “How many… are there…?” questions to find things in common with your 
partner. If their number is the same as your number, you score one point. You must use 
full sentences when you answer the questions. 

Game 4
Ask personal “How many… are there…?” questions to find things in common with your 
partner. If your number is bigger than their number, you score one point. You must use full 
sentences when you answer the questions.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Suggested How many are there questions
Some questions don’t need the words not in bold (“that” etc)
How many  … are there in

on
under
next to
near
in front 
of
behind

that
the
the nearest
this 
this building’s
this room’s
this school’s
your
your aunt’s
your brother’s
your coach’s
your cousin’s
your dad’s
your daughter’s
your dentist’s
your doctor’s
your grandfather’s
your grandmother’s
your house’s
your mum’s
your music teacher’s
your school teacher’s
your sister’s
your son’s
your sports teacher’s
your uncle’s
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airport
bag
bathroom
bedroom
body
bookshelves
box
Britain
building
car
China
city/ town
classroom
country
cupboard/ closet/ 
wardrobe
dining room
downstairs
floor/ carpet
fridge/ refrigerator
garden
gym
hall/ corridor
home/ house
Japan
kitchen
library
locker
noticeboard
pocket(s)
roof
school
school classroom
South Korea
street/ road
Taiwan
Thailand
The United States
wall
wallet/ purse
whiteboard
zoo

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

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