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Worksheets for articles
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Articles - reference sheet (939)
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 (766)
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 (767)
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 (264)
!2-question gap-fill, (includes Hong Kong places)



Quizzes for articlesPage top ↑
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



Gap fill exercises for articlesPage top ↑
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 for articlesPage top ↑
Why do some country names have 'the'? (526)
Wordcount: 860; Flesch reading ease: 52


Book references for articlesPage top ↑

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)

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