~ How to Make a Lesson ~ 


1) In the first section, fill in the blanks, then practice your role plays on your own.


2) Then, as a class, in groups, or in pairs, perform the role plays you have created.


3) After that, perform your role play in class with a partner/several partners.


4) Finally, challenge yourself by performing the role play with no written cues.


5) In the second section, briefly discuss the form as a class. Avoid over-analysis.


6) Select two questions from the list. Practice with a partner, then in front of the class.


7) You may wish to discuss the form (section two) before the role play (section one).

The Language Works ~ Basic English ~ Lesson 9

Section One ~ Basic-Talk 109 ~ Home Activity ~ Role Play Practice ~


A) How many hours a day do you watch TV and what shows?


B) I guess I watch about _____hours a day. I like__________________ .


A) How much time do you spend reading?


B) You mean newspapers, internet articles, and the like?


A) I mean any kind of reading and what kind of subjects?


B) I like________________________________________________ .

(browsing the internet/reading biographies/reading the paper in the morning)


A) How much cooking do you do during the week and on weekends?


B) ___________________________________________________ .

(I don’t cook during the week/I cook every day/I make brunch on Sundays.)


A) How many different dishes do you know how to make?


B) ____________________________________________________ .

(Not many, but I can cook…/I can make anything/My French bread pizza isn’t bad.)


A) How many times to you call/text friends during the day?


B) _____________________________________________________ .

(I dont know. Probably too many/Maybe about____ calls and about____texts.)


A) Tell me about the things you enjoy most at home.


B) Well, I enjoy_____________________________________________ .

(playing with my cat/watching movies/baking pies and cakes/playing online chess)



Section Two ~ Form-Talk 109 ~ How many/How much ~ Dialogue Practice ~


Non-count Nouns use...   (How much/is)


How much money is (there) in your bank account?   (there is optional)

There isnt any money. Im broke.

There is a little/some. Ill buy lunch.

Theres a lot. Lets take a trip!


Count Nouns use...   (How many/are)


How many people are (there) remaining at the party?   (there is optional)

There arent any. Everyone went home.                                                              

There are a few/some. They are drinking all the wine.

There are many. Theyre dancing and having lots of fun.


Q1: How many friends do you have? Do you want more? Why/why not?

Q2: How much time do you spend on the phone? For what reasons?

Q3: How many people are there on the planet? Are there too many?

Q4: How much do you spend at restaurants each month? When?

Q5: How much do you spend on a date with your spouse/friend?

Q6: How many people visit your home each month/year? Who?

Q7: How much sleep do you need to feel well? Are you tired?

Q8: How much _____ (e.g., cake, beer, exercise) is too much for you?

Q9: How many people are in your family? Who do spend the most time with?

Q10: How many countries have you been to? Whats your favorite?


Make some of your own questions using these forms.






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