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Articles Pelmanism Game
ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this enjoyable pelmanism activity, students play a card game where they match articles (a, an, the) with words. The students are divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of article cards and picture cards. The students spread the cards face down on the table, keeping the two sets separate. Students then take it in turns to turn over an article card and a picture card. If the article matches with the word, the student wins a point. The student can then win another point by making a sentence with the article and word. The student then keeps the cards and has another turn. If the cards don’t match, the student turns the cards over again so they are facing down. Students play until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this productive teaching activity, students practice making general statements with and without articles. This activity helps students to learn to use 'a' with singular countable nouns, and 'no article' with plural nouns and uncountable nouns. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of article cards and noun cards. The students deal the article cards out evenly and place the noun cards face down in a pile. The first student turns over the top noun card from the pile and places it on the desk. The student then tries to make a general statement using the noun card and one of his/her article cards. If the student can make a general statement, he/she puts the matching article card next to the noun card and says the sentence, e.g. A car has four wheels. The two cards are then removed from the game. If the student cannot make a general statement, the noun card is put back at the bottom of the pile and the student misses a turn. The next student then turns over a noun card and so on. The first student to get rid of all their article cards wins the game.
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Right or Wrong
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this fun teaching activity, students practice recognizing the correct use of articles (a, an, the). Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read the sentences on their worksheet, some of which contain errors in the use of articles. If they think a sentence is right, they put a tick in the first column of the worksheet. If they think a sentence is wrong, they put a cross. When they have finished, the students bet on their answers, depending on how confident they are about each decision. Students bet between 10 and 100 points for each statement. The students write the bet in the ‘bet’ column. When the students have placed a bet for each sentence, the answers are checked as a class. If a student guessed correctly, they transfer the amount written in the ‘bet’ column to the ‘win’ column. If they guessed incorrectly, they transfer the amount to the ‘lose’ column. When all the answers have been given, the students subtract the amount lost from the amount won to give a grand total. The student with the highest grand total wins the game.
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ESL EFL Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
Here is a supplementary worksheet to help students practice or review definite and indefinite articles (a, an, the, and no article). The worksheet contains 20 gap-fill sentences that revise many of the uses of articles. An answer key is also provided.
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this pairwork activity, students race to see who can be the first to complete the most sentences with the correct articles. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. Students take it in turns to read the first sentence aloud to their partner. Students use the word 'blank' for the two missing articles in each sentence. Their partner then tries to complete the sentence with a, an, the or no article. If a student completes the sentence correctly, they can move on to the second sentence on their next turn. If a student gets one or both missing articles wrong, they stay on the first sentence. If a student completes a sentence incorrectly, their partner tells them how many articles they got wrong. If one article is incorrect, their partner indicates which one. Students must get both articles right to move on to the next sentence. The first student to get to the finish is the winner.
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ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
Here is an excellent revision activity to help students practice the various uses of articles. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students are told that they are going to hear sentences that contain missing articles (a, an, the or no article). Their job is to try to guess the missing articles in each sentence. The students then take it in turns to read each sentence on their worksheet to their partner. For each missing article in the sentence, the students use the word ‘blank’. Their partner then has to try to guess the missing articles in the sentence. The student listens and writes their partner's answers into the gaps on their worksheet. For each correct answer, the student wins a point. At the end, the students tally up their scores and see who got the highest score out of 26. The students then review any articles they got wrong.
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A Likely Story
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes
In this compelling teaching activity, groups of students create a story using phrase cards that contain articles (a, an, the). The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards. The groups are then told to create a story using as many of the phrases on the cards as possible. All the phrases contain an article (a, an, or the). The students begin by deciding on the type of story they want to make. When each group has decided on a genre, they choose which phrases to use and write their story. The students must use the exact phrase on the cards, including the same article. They will also sometimes need to use the same noun with a different article. When the students have finished their story, each group pairs up with another group and reads their story to them. The two groups give feedback to each other and help with any grammatical errors, paying close attention to the use of articles. Afterwards, groups take it in turns to read their story to the class. When all the stories have been read out, the class votes for the best one.
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Once upon a time...
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 50 Minutes
In this imaginative teaching activity, students create stories using word cards that contain articles and nouns. Students also practice narrative tenses and adjectives. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of cards. On each card, there is an article and a noun. The students’ task is to create a story using as many of the cards as possible. The students must use the same article and noun that they see on each card, but they can add adjectives to each phrase to make their story more descriptive, e.g. ‘a journey’ could be changed to ‘a long tiring journey’. Students may also need to use the same noun with a different article when they are writing. Each group looks at the cards and thinks about what kind of story they would like to make. The students brainstorm their ideas first and then arrange the cards in order on the table, so that they can then write the story down. When the students have finished writing, they tell their story to another group. The other group listens to the story and gives feedback. After each group has been given feedback and made any necessary changes to their story, they read their story again to the class. Points are awarded to each group based on how many cards they used, the story line, use of articles, grammar, adjectives, etc.
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ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes
Here is an engaging activity to teach or revise the use of definite and indefinite articles. In the activity, students complete quiz questions with articles. Then they ask and answer the questions in pairs. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete 25 quiz questions with a, an, the, or no article. When they have finished, the questions are checked as a class. Working in their pairs, the students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions, paying close attention to the use of articles in their answers. When they have answered all the questions, there is a class feedback session. The students give their answer for each question. For each correct answer, pairs win one point. The pair with the highest number of correct answers at the end of the game is the winner.
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