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The following ESL resources are available for Articles:

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Articles - reference sheet
Reference sheet for general use of articles that students can fill-in from examples. Answer sheet attached


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Defininte article matching cards
20 cards with places / words or phrases that require a definite article; 10 cards with 'the'. Students match.


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Zero article - general plurals oral practice
Twenty cards with cues, 'Dogs...', 'Young people...', 'Politicians...' etc. Students must make a generalization. Can be done as board game.


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Articles - gap fill exercise
!2-question gap-fill, (includes Hong Kong places)


Articles quiz with places (geography) (5)
Sixteen-question, 2-option MC quiz


Articles quiz with places (72)
29-question, 2-choice mulitple-choice quiz. Title (Articles with geogrhapical names) misleading - it's for all kinds of places including hotels, streets (and ships). Doesn't point out difference between places as physical places and places as insitutions


Articles multiple-choice quiz (217)
Focuses on the difference between physical places (e.g. the school) and institutions (e.g. school)


Articles quiz - long (353)
Sixty-question multiple-choice quiz covering most of the basic rules including some for places and times


Articles quiz 1 (1145)
Ten-question multiple-choice quiz


Articles : complete the text (216)
Complete the text about Hong Kong by deciding whether the nouns require articles and if so, which ones.


Reading passages
Why do some country names have 'the'? (526)
Wordcount: 860; Flesch reading ease: 52



General English course books (adults)

Global Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

Global Upper Intermediate students' book 

Lindsay Clandfield   Rebecca Robb Benne   
Unit 2 Right & Wrong  Page 23   The definite article
Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate 

Vaughan Jones   Susan Kay   
Unit 3 Money  Pages 27 - 28  Close up
(1) Bookwork : gap filled passages with listening to check answers :(1) funny story (2) limerick (2) Rules for use of articles : mulitiple choice exercise (3) Practice : Ss make statement from prompts
Unit 7 Review 1  Page 63 
Board-type game for 3s testing ajective and verb + prepositions. Students have to make sentences from an adective or verb prompt.
New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book 

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
Module 8 Countries and cultures  Pages 70 - 71
Statements about people, nationalities and other general statements. Language focus on use of articles, general plurals
Consolidation modules 6 - 10  Page 96 
Gapped story
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book 

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
Module 6 Getting it right  Pages 66 - 67  Unse and non-use of articles
Short text, analysis and gapped general knowledge quiz for follow up. Listening to check answers.
Module 6 Getting it right  Page 71   Study - practise
End-of-unit practice exercises
Consolidation modules 5 - 8  Page 94 

Photocopiable resource books

Elementary Grammar Games book cover 

Elementary Grammar Games 

Jill Hadfield   
1 - a or an  Page 1 
Ss match food pictures with cards (a or an).
2 - a/an or the (1)  Page 2 
Matching game with word and picture cards (an orange vs a plate vs the Eiffel Tower).
3 - a/an or the (2)  Page 3 
Each S has a picture of a zoo with animals to place in different pens. The other S has to replicate this plan. 'Is there a monkey?' 'Where is the lion?' 'It's between the hyena and the giraffe.' etc.
Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
8 - 10 Articles  Pages 8 - 10
Chapter 8
(1) Gapped dialogue (talking about films and violence)
(2) Matching (6 sentences)
(3) Error correction - short paragraph on unemployment

Chapter 9
(1) True / false (grammar rules)
(2) Sentence completion - mini dialogues
(3) Matching - sentence with meaning

Chapter 10
Correct mistakes in signs (Please turn off a light etc.)


Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context 

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
30 Articles 1: general introduction  Pages 177 - 182
general introduction
31: Articles 2: special uses  Pages 183 - 188
(special uses)

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)