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Articles Pelmanism Game

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable pelmanism game, students practice matching articles (a, an, the) with nouns. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of article cards and a set of picture cards. The students shuffle the cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. Students take it in turns to turn over an article card and a picture card. If the article matches with the noun, the student scores a point. The student can then score an extra point by making a sentence with the article and noun. The student then keeps the cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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General Statements

ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this productive teaching activity, students play a card game where they make 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 a set of noun cards. The students deal the article cards out evenly and place the noun cards face down in a pile. One student goes first and turns over the top noun card from the pile and places it face up on the desk. The student then tries to make a general statement using the noun and one of his or her article cards. If the student can make a general statement, he or she puts the matching article card next to the noun card and says the statement, 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 - 25 Minutes

In this insightful worksheet activity, students find and correct mistakes in sentences that contain articles. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read the sentences on the worksheet, some of which contain errors in the use of articles (a, an, the, no article). If the students think a sentence is right, they put a tick in the first column of the worksheet. If they think a sentence is wrong, they correct the mistake and put a cross. When the students have finished, they 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 correct answers are elicited from the class. If the students 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 is the winner.

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Articles Practice

ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

This useful worksheet activity is ideal for practicing or reviewing definite and indefinite articles. The activity also helps students to revise how articles are used. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students complete the sentences on the worksheet with a, an, the or no article. When the students have finished, the correct answers are elicited from the class. For each correct answer, students score a point. The student with the most points at the end is the winner.

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Articles Race

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes

In this compelling worksheet activity, students race each other to see who can be the first to complete a set of sentences with the correct articles. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students take it in turns to read the first sentence aloud to their partner, repeating once if necessary. 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 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. Their partner then tells them how many articles they got wrong. If one article is incorrect, their partner indicates which one. The first student to get to the finish wins the game.

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Articles Review

ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is an excellent worksheet activity for revising articles. In the activity, students hear sentences that contain missing articles. The students' task is to complete each sentence with a, an, the or no article. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students take it in turns to read a sentence on their worksheet to their partner. Students use the word 'blank' for each missing article in the sentence. Their partner then tries to complete the sentence with a, an, the or no article. The student listens and writes their partner's answers in the gaps on the worksheet. For each correct answer, students win a point. Afterwards, the students tally up their scores to 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 - 40 Minutes

In this imaginative teaching activity, students create a story with article and noun cards. The class is divided into groups of three. Each group is given a set of article and noun cards, which they spread out face up on the table. The students begin by deciding on the type of story they want to write, e.g. horror, love, science fiction, etc. The students then create a story in their groups using as many of the article and noun cards as possible. When the students have finished, 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 stories 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 - 45 Minutes

In this creative teaching activity, students write stories with article and noun cards. This activity can also be used to practice narrative tenses and adjectives. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of article and noun cards. The students begin by deciding what type of story they want to write, e.g. a horror story, a love story, a science fiction story, etc. In their groups, the students brainstorm their ideas and arrange the cards in order to make a story. Each group then writes their story using as many of the article and noun cards as possible. Students are also encouraged to add adjectives to each noun to make their story more descriptive, e.g. 'a journey' could be changed to 'a long tiring journey'. When the students have finished, 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 stories 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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Quiz Time

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

Here is an engaging worksheet activity to help teach or revise the use of definite and indefinite articles. In the activity, students complete quiz questions with a, an, the, or no article and then take part in a quiz. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete the quiz questions on their worksheet with a, an, the, or no article. When the pairs have finished, the questions are checked with the class. Working in their pairs, the students then complete the worksheet with their answers. Afterwards, the pairs swap worksheets for marking. A different pair reads out each question and the students give their answers. For each correct answer, pairs win a point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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