# Counting

From Teflpedia

**Counting** is a basic skill of using a sequence of numbers, usually to identify the quantity of something. For example, in English we count using the cardinal numbers:

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, etc

Counting backwards is similar but backwards. For example:

Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one.

Counting is taught to absolute-beginner level learners of English, particularly young children. Older English language learners will have learnt to count in their native language by the time they have to learn to count in English.

Counting songs, which are nursery rhymes, can be used to teach children to count.