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The following ESL resources are available for Articles:

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


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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.


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


Articles quiz with places
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
Focuses on the difference between physical places (e.g. the school) and institutions (e.g. school)


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


Articles quiz 1
Ten-question multiple-choice quiz


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


Why do some country names have 'the'?
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)


Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
Three articles in graded English on the Trump family, charting the creation of the Trump fortune.
Pre-reading section on well-known business leaders. (PDF version)
Lead-in on the Trump family. (PDF version)
Jigsaw reading for groups of three on Donald Trump, his father and grandfather.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download A Tale of Three Trumps (PDF)
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Download A Tale of Three Trumps (Advanced) (PDF)