Be used to
Few and Little
Get Used To
Have and Have Got
Lend and Borrow
Past Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Simple
Present Perfect Continuous
Present Perfect Simple
Say and Tell
Small and Little
So and Such
Too and Enough
Will and Going to
(See the phonemic chart for IPA symbols used below)
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You can use a quiz. Divide
students into teams and each of them must create questions and answers with no
articles. The opposing team must find the right places for the articles and
answer the questions.
Ask students to encircle the
articles present in a selected text. Students can apply the rules and get
Prepare cards with all the
rules for articles and divide the class into two groups. Ask a student from
group 1 to take one card and read the rule aloud. Now the members from group 2
must write a sentence based on that rule on the board. The second group chooses
a card and the game goes on.
This will be a fun and
interactive learning practice session:
Building a Story:
The trainer/teacher starts by saying a sentence which has all the three artices, and then explains the following: The concept is very simple where each trainee in the class needs to form sentences using all the three artices and narrate his/her part of the whole story and then name the next trainee who will continue the story from there, and hence forth we create a new story; the trainer/teacher will end this story playing by the same rules. So we have a new and interesting story.
Ask students to get any object
from their bag and talk about that object for one minute. For example: "I am
holding a toothbrush. The toothbrush in my hand is red. Toothbrushes are used to
clean one's teeth." Take note of lapses or errors using articles. Write them
down on the board (without mentioning who said it), and ask the class to work
together to make the sentences correct.
When I teach my young students
a or an, I do this:
1. Draw a picture to show them 'Mr. An' - 'a' and 'e' for two eyes, 'i' for the nose and 'o' for the mouth. And draw a big 'u' for the face.
2. Tell students later, when they see this, they need to use 'an'.
Teaching indefinite articles
is not a difficult one. But teaching "the" is difficult. Learners often confuse
where to place it. You could select a paragraph from a book and identify the
articles and the need for those articles in such places. Then a paragraph can be
written without any articles and guide the learners to place articles where they
feel necessary. At the end teachers can discuss with students.
Scan or photocopy a page from
a book or a newspaper. Ask someone to cover all the articles in your copy using
a felt tip pen. Then try to write the correct articles above the markings.
Verify your answers by comparing with the original what you have written in the
The teacher divides the class
into two groups. She makes 10 sentences for both groups (the sentences are the
same). Students categorize the sentences as SPECIFIC or NOT SPECIFIC. Example:
Give me 'the' book. Give me 'a' book and so on.
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